Port Congestion and Delays
Elevated container volumes have put a major strain on US ports both on the East and West Coast. The Port of NY/NJ saw an increase of 14,600 additional discharges from December 10th to January 2nd.
With the surge of inbound containers we are seeing elevated dwell times, chassis shortage and container demurrage. The reason for the increased volume is US importers are rushing to import merchandise prior to the March 1st potential increase in duty rates on Chinese merchandise. This combined with the Chinese New Year scheduled to begin on February 5th has lead to port congestion.
At one major terminal, it was reported that turn times (in/out) are upwards of 7 hours. Terminal efficiencies have been greatly reduced thus delaying how many containers can be moved. Due to this delay there is a possibility that some containers might incur storage/demurrage. We are doing our best to efficiently and effectively move containers on a timely basis.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and alert you with any updates. If you have any questions regarding your particular shipment, please contact us at 800-493-9444.