Congestion & Gridlock at US Ports

 In Industry Insider, Industry News

The shipping industry has been in a state of flux recently. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, record-breaking import volumes on both the East and West Coasts, India’s recent lockdowns, stateside port staffing issues, and so much more, the shipping industry continues to reel.

Below is a brief summary of US port wait times and equipment shortages.

U.S. West Coast:

The major ports across the US West Coast are experiencing never-before-seen import volumes, limited yard space, and a lack of available truckers. Average wait times at the major ports are as follows:

  • LA/Long Beach: 10 – 18 days vessel wait time
  • Oakland: 18 – 22 days vessel wait time
  • Seattle: 4 – 6 days vessel wait time

*Vessel wait time is the amount of time it takes for vessels to wait outside of the port to offload cargo.

U.S. East Coast:

The major ports across the US East Coast  are experiencing similar issues with limited labor and unprecedented import volumes:

  • New York/New Jersey: 3 – 4 days vessel wait time
  • Savannah: 2 – 3 days vessel wait time
  • Norfolk: 2 – 3 days vessel wait time

Equipment Shortages:

There is a severe shortage of chassis at many major US ports, impacting timelines for both import and export cargo. The ports experiencing limited chassis capacity are:

  • LAX/Long Beach
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Philadelphia
  • Columbus
  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Louisville

Trans-Border will continue to monitor this developing situation and provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please reach out to at or (800) 493-9444.