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US Air and Ocean Ports Facing Compromised Schedule Reliability

With a surge of imports along with labor and chassis shortages, major delays are being seen at air and ocean ports across the United States.

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The United States has seen a surge of imports from Asia coming into the ports on the West Coast. The increase in volumes, along with labor and chassis shortages have contributed to ongoing, unprecedented congestion and backlogs.

The congestion is now being felt at air and sea ports across the U.S., due to compounding factors. While we are currently in peak season, there was also a backlog of freight from around the world due to the coronavirus situation. Along with the extra freight coming in, personnel shortages are occurring more frequently due to the possibility of virus exposure and social distancing measures are in place at the terminals and transloading facilities. All of these factors have combined to create days- and sometimes weeks-long terminal dwell times.

Airport Situation
At Chicago’s O’Hare, New York’s JFK, New Jersey’s Newark, as well as Los Angeles’ LAX and other major airports around the country, some cargo retrievals are delayed over a week due to the increased quantities of cargo flying into the airports.

Ocean Port Situation
The Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach as well as the Port of New Jersey are suffering the worst delays in the United States currently as the Trans-Pacific Eastbound lane is seeing record levels of demand.

As an importer, please be prepared for possible disruptions. Contact your DSV account manager to discuss contingency plans and the possibility of rerouting your shipments through other gateways.

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