OOCL hereunder gives us a comprehensive overview on the USA situation:
BNSF operation maintained good fluidity across its’ network. Their maintenance teams continue planning and executing track and bridge maintenance projects.
Truck Power across the United States to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern, and our Operations colleagues continue to seek out new truck suppliers in a challenged market. Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.
All Southern California marine terminal facilities remain highly congested. Labor shortages have delayed vessel operations and related scheduling. To help alleviate the back log many terminals are performing dock work during the 2nd and 3rd shifts in order to keep their yards fluid. For the most up to date gate schedules please refer to the individual terminal web sites or emodal.com.
Vessel / Loop Deployment Changes
- In response to seasonal changes in market demand, the members of the G6 Alliance have announced the temporary suspension of their Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the U.S. West Coast until further notice.
- The last sailing for CC2 will be OOCL Italy departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services.
- Meantime, CC3 will be revamped by replacing Xingang with Shanghai effective from week 45 (APL Thailand 185 November 8th at Qingdao). The revised rotation will be Qingdao – Shanghai – Pusan – Yokohama – Los Angeles (GGS) – Oakland – Yokohama – Pusan – Qingdao.
Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal
- Appointments are to be made as soon as cargo has been fully cleared by CBP and the ocean carrier. Customers are therefore encouraged to clear their cargo containers as soon as possible. Appointment availability did improve last week though the terminal remains congested.
- Any motor carrier that misses their appointment has a next day grace period, and then must reschedule to obtain a new appointment time.
Pacific Container Terminal (PCT)
- Due to congestion the terminal is moving all custom cleared 40’ import local and store door delivery containers to an off dock depot facility (Shippers Transport) where it will remain on wheels for pick up. It may take up to three days to be transferred to the off dock facility. Importers are encouraged to monitor the SSA website for availability which will specify if the cargo is on terminal or at the off dock depot.
- Terminal productivity and chassis supply have improved this past week.
- Motor carriers reporting favorable turn times on both import intermodal and local cargo.
Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI)
- Yard congestion and chassis shortages are still issues with excessive turn times.
- All major Southern California chassis pools continue to experience severe shortages.
- The G6 chassis pool (GACP) operator has agreed to inject 3000 chassis to help cope with peak demands. Thus far almost 1000 chassis have been added to the pool.
- CUT, PCT, Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI) and TraPac, Inc. continue to be ongoing deficit locations in terms of chassis supply. Prior to sending trucks into these facilities, motor carriers are encouraged to arrange to bring in a chassis to support their import container delivery. Dispatchers should contact the GACP to determine chassis supply and to identify alternative pick up locations if required.
USA Midwest & South Central
- Chicago, St Paul and Kansas City are all experiencing high volume and the BNSF is asking that containers out-gate as quickly as possible to alleviate congestion at the ramps.
- Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has seen improvement in gate times this week with the average turn time at one hour. Chassis inventory remains adequate.
- Receiving dates for export cargo may fluctuate due to ongoing congestion in Southern California that impact vessel schedules. Truckers have been reminded to verify receiving dates on Terminal’s web site.
- Washington United Terminal (WUT) in Tacoma remains congested. They are reviewing possible night gates or weekend gates to deliver import containers.
- T-18 Terminal closed early FRI 10/24 at 1:00 PM due to a work related fatality at the Port of Seattle. The accident was reported at a grain terminal. The T-18 gates have reopened for business on Monday, 10/27.
Oakland, Tacoma & Seattle
- Intermodal operations at both DeltaPort and Centerm Terminals are reported as normal.
- The CN had adequate cars on hand or in route to evacuate the current intermodal containers at both CAST and Termont Terminals. Both terminals remain fluid.
New York Terminals
- Empty inventory levels in NYC remain adequate.
- Due to an anticipated influx of volume, Global Terminal will be open until 5 PM all next week starting on Monday, October 27th for double moves including reefers
Norfolk International Terminal
- The Virginia Maritime Association and the Port of Virginia have agreed to jointly host a productivity summit on Tuesday, October 28th, to review the issue of congestion at the port and to discuss solutions to meet this challenge.
- Intermodal operations in the region are reported as normal.
- All operations are normal.