Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Monthly Imports Down at U.S. West Coast Seaports, PMSA Data Shows

Imports arriving through U.S. West Coast seaports in May fell 4% from the same time a year ago, while U.S. East Coast ports saw an 8% uptick in the same time period, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. While year-over-year percentages dropped for U.S. West Coast ports, ports along the Pacific still processed 43,569 more imports in May than the nine U.S. East Coast ports monitored by PMSA. Meanwhile, West Coast ports saw exports in May 5% from the same time a year ago, PMSA data show. Regarding trade with Asia, West Coast seaports…
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Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Launch Again Delayed at LA, Long Beach Ports

Officials at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports have decided to again move the start date of their Container Dwell Fee, this time to July 29. The officials again agreed to delay a fee that would charge ocean carriers for imports staying at terminals past their allotted time after seeing a combined 26% drop in lingering cargo since Oct. 25. Officials said that they plan to continue monitoring dwell times over the week. The temporary fee, which lasts until Oct. 26, was developed with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and supply chain stakeholders…
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Dwell Time for Rail-Bound Cargo Remains High at LA, Long Beach: PMSA

Dwell Time for Rail-Bound Cargo Remains High at LA, Long Beach: PMSA

In June, the amount of time rail-destined cargo lingered at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was among the highest recorded by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, according to new data released Monday, July 18. Last month, the average time containers stayed at terminals before leaving on rail was 13.3 days, two days longer than the 11.3 day average recorded in May and the highest average dwell time observed since January 2021 when PMSA started regularly tracking dwell times in San Pedro Bay. Imports leaving by truck in June were also up from the previous month. Last month,…
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Imports from Asia Down at Major U.S. West Coast Ports: PMSA Report

Imports from Asia Down at Major U.S. West Coast Ports: PMSA Report

The five busiest seaports on the West Coast saw their imports from Asia decrease in April, according to latest West Coast Trade Report from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. “On the import side, USWC shares dipped across the board,” the PMSA explained in a statement. At the adjoining Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports, imports fell a combined 2% from April 2021 to April 2022 according to PMSA data. Meanwhile at the Port of Oakland, imports from Asia fell 1.5% from April 2021 to April 2022. Also, the Northwest Seaport Alliance (the combined shipping operations of the Seattle and Tacoma…
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Container Dwell Fee Still on Hold at LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Still on Hold at LA, Long Beach Ports

Amid continued progress on clearing out lingering cargo containers, officials at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles agreed to yet again postpone the start date of their “Container Dwell Fee” to June 24, the adjoining ports announced June 17. The fee, which calls for ocean carriers to be charged for every import sitting at terminals past its allotted time, has been delayed every week by ports’ leaders who have been holding off on collecting on the fee based on how quickly imports are being picked up. The latest data from the ports show a combined 38% drop in…
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March Trade with Asia Up at L.A., Long Beach, Down at Oakland, NWSA: PMSA Report

March Trade with Asia Up at L.A., Long Beach, Down at Oakland, NWSA: PMSA Report

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach posted gains in East Asia-related trade in the month of March, while ports in Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance – consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma – saw decreases, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. Combined, the five major West Coast gateways processed 56.9% of all containerized import tonnage coming to the U.S. from Asia in March, up slightly from 56.8% the previous year, according to the report. “However, the Big Five’s combined share of the value of containerized imports from East Asia…
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Container Dwell Fee Delayed to May 27 by LA, Long Beach Ports

Container Dwell Fee Delayed to May 27 by LA, Long Beach Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have once again postponed a fee that would charge ocean carriers for imports staying past their allotted time in San Pedro Bay. The new planned start date for the Container Dwell Fee is now May 27, but ports’ officials may move down an additional week depending on the progress being made to whittle down stacks of older containers. The fee, first announced Oct. 25, calls for ocean carriers to be billed $100 for every import lingering at Long Beach and Los Angeles terminals for nine or more days, rising in $100 daily…
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Queen Mary Transfer to POLB Could Affect Port Projects, Analysis States

Queen Mary Transfer to POLB Could Affect Port Projects, Analysis States

The Port of Long Beach’s potential ownership of the Queen Mary and the land around the historic ship could affect port projects if a downturn were to happen, port officials told the Long Beach Harbor Commission this week. During an informational presentation on Monday, May 2, Sam Joumblat, the port’s managing director of finance and administration, said that while the port would be able to absorb the financial impact of the area encompassing the iconic vessel and surrounding properties known as Pier H, the port would not be able to take on additional projects. Should a recession or downturn occur,…
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LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Start Again Postponed

LA, Long Beach Ports’ Container Dwell Fee Start Again Postponed

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have again moved the start date of a fee that would charge ocean carriers for lingering cargo containers. The start date is now planned for April 15, but implementation will depend on the weekly progress of how many older imports are staying on the ports’ docks past their allotted time. So far, leaders from both ports have been seeing the number of aging containers fall by 49% since first announcing the fee Oct. 25. Recently, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association reported better dwell times for cargo leaving by truck in February, with an…
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U.S. West Coast Ports Saw Imports Drop, Exports Rise in January: PMSA

U.S. West Coast Ports Saw Imports Drop, Exports Rise in January: PMSA

In trade with Asia, the five biggest U.S. West Coast seaports processed 49.5% of imports from that continent in January, dropping by nearly 5% from the 54% the same time last year, according to the latest edition of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s West Coast Trade Report. When one includes the rest of the U.S. West Coast ports, the number falls from 54.7% in January 2021 to 51.2% in January 2022, according to the report. The value of the import cargo also fell at the Big Five ports – Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Oakland and Tacoma -- dipping from…
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