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October Southern California Port Update | Road | Drayage

This month the biggest challenges for shippers will continue to include a shortage of pickup appointments, a shortage of empty container appointments, and a shortage of chassis.

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The Port of LA is showing a three-week projection with an increase of import volume of 34% in comparison to 2019. The Port of LA/LGB handled a record-breaking 961,833 TEUs in August; this high-volume trend will likely continue with 900,000 TEUs in September and an estimated 800,000 TEUs through October.

Port of LA 3 weeks import volume projection:

Sept 27- Oct 3: Week 40 – 110,124 TEU
Oct 4- Oct 10: Week 41 – 126,638 TEU
Oct 11 – Oct 17: Week 42 – 157,637 TEU

The Port of LA saw 33,393 40’ containers drayed locally last week (Sept 27-Oct 3).

Week 42 is estimating 42,000 40’ containers to be drayed from the port locally.

We are currently at 5 imports to every 1 export – the widest imbalance in recent history within Southern California ports. Drayage carriers have greater success in returning your rented chassis and empty containers back to the terminals when there is a dual appointment able to be made; it is recommended to utilize steamship lines that operate with a strong export capacity to maximize your return success during this trade imbalance.

It is highly recommended to get your delivery orders out as early as possible to secure the capacity and secure appointments!

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