The time it takes to move containers out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach improved in April, with dwell times down from an average of 3.77 days to 3.65 days, according to data recently released by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
The number of containers that stayed at terminals for over five days also fell in April, with 13.1% of boxes kept more than five days on average, which is down from 14.4% the previous month.
Meanwhile, the dwell time for on-dock rail averaged 11.2 days in April, an increase from a 10.5 day average the previous month.
“The pandemic brought many uncertainties to our San Pedro ports, starting with a drop in cargo last year to a sudden surge that has continued to this day,” said Jessica Alvarenga, manager of government affairs for the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. “Despite the challenges, the marine terminal operators and dock workers have adjusted seamlessly and continue to move cargo efficiently through our ports daily.”