San Pedro Bay ports move to cut delays

Written by Nick Blenkey
Aerial view of San Pedro Bay ports

Image: Port of Long Beach

After consultation with supply chain stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the two San Pedron Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles say they are taking new measures to improve freight movement and reduce delays through the ports as they continue to experience record volumes. The measures will enhance the ports’ landside operations to help meet the unprecedented growth in cargo volume moving through the San Pedro Bay.

Specifically, both ports will expand the hours during which trucks can pick up and return containers.

Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, said that Long Beach will take the first step towards a 24/7 supply chain by maximizing nighttime operations.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced that the port will expand weekend operating gate hours. Dubbed “Accelerate Cargo LA,” the Port of Los Angeles program will operate on a pilot basis to ensure that gate availability meets cargo demands and provides greater transparency to improve efficiency.

In addition, both ports have called on marine terminal operators to incentivize the use of all available gate hours, especially night gates, to reduce congestion and maximize cargo throughput capacity.

“We appreciate the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration in marshalling a response to the unprecedented global supply chain disruption so acutely felt here at the San Pedro Bay Port Complex,” said Port of Los Angeles Director Seroka. “These steps, in addition to what has previously been recommended, demonstrate that the Port of Los Angeles will continue to innovate in order to manage this historic cargo surge.”

“The Port of Long Beach is prepared to take bold and immediate action to help the supply chain move the record cargo volumes that keep our economy moving, and we appreciate the support and leadership shown by the Biden-Harris Administration,” added Cordero.

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will work closely with the trucking community to ensure that all truck operators understand how to take advantage of incentivized gate hours as well as the expanded opportunities that will be created to move cargo during non-peak times. In addition to expanded hours and incentivized reservation priority, the ports urge terminals and the trucking community to consider other corrective measures.

“I thank Directors Cordero and Seroka for their leadership and all of the men and women who have helped meet the challenge of moving extraordinary cargo volumes during a global pandemic,” said John Porcari, the Ports Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration’s Task Force on Supply Chain Disruptions. “I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to strengthen the resiliency of our transportation supply chain.”

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