Port of Long Beach Congestion, Delays & News

Port of Long Beach News

Updated Jan 23, 2022

Here’s the latest on what’s going on at Long Beach:

In recent weeks, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reported more than 50% improvement in long-dwelling containers – that is, containers that sit at the port container yard for more than nine days. Additionally, empty containers are beginning to clear out more quickly.

Nevertheless, long lines of ships waiting for berth continue the delays, while Omicron outbreaks may slow operations as well.

Port of Long Beach congestion

Backed-up ports have become a major factor in the supply chain crisis. The problem is especially pronounced at the Port of Long Beach, one of the busiest ports in the US.

Why are the ports causing so much delay?

Watch this short video to learn:

  • Why adding more vessels doesn’t solve the capacity crunch
  • Why loading and unloading are key factors in shipping time
  • Why getting stuck at the port is so expensive

What Causes Port Congestion?

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Want a quick summary? Read on:

Port of Long Beach delays

Everyone is talking about port delays. Here’s what’s really happening.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are filled to capacity with ships – without the resources to unload and reload all the ships that are waiting.

That means moving containers out of the port is taking too long.

How long?

Many vessels are anchored for two weeks waiting to be unloaded. Two weeks is about the time is takes to sail back to China, so this essentially means the ship is missing the next trip out. And if this ship gets held up again in China, it has now missed two potential voyages.

Port delays mean less capacity for goods

When ships get held up, it means lower capacity.

And lower capacity means higher prices.

With ships that carry such a high quantity of goods, sometimes a day’s delay can mean a loss of half a million dollars. And that cost gets passed on to importers and exporters.

If you want to stay on top of shipping costs, head over to ship.freightos.com to compare quotes instantly. Or, you can follow the Freightos Baltic Index to track rates on a variety of lanes.

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