LA Shipping Lanes as Congested as Freeways Let My Cargo Go!

Posted By Alex Naumov on October 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

LA Shipping Port VS Oakland Shipping Port

Congestion at Port of Los Angeles Hits Record High - Ship through Oakland

It seems getting around Los Angeles by both land and sea is increasingly difficult. Traffic jams on its freeways are already legendary. Now it appears the LA Port is following suit with Long Beach Port not far behind. Volume reports for September 2014 indicate a 9% traffic increase YTD for LA and a 7% YTD up-tick for Long Beach. Port executives state that 4 out of 7 Port of Los Angeles container terminals are operating at over 90% capacity. It is no surprise that both ports are experiencing significant, costly delays.

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Much of the surge in volume is attributed to a recovering global economy. Cargo delays are another story. Some attribute delays to the super-sized container ships on the trans-Pacific shipping lanes which need additional time to load and unload. Others blame a lack of available chassis and drayage drivers. Port managers point to  slowdowns resulting from the ongoing Longshoreman labor dispute, and couple the threat of a strike and cargo delivery delays as a negotiating tactic. 

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Take the High Route

Whatever the reason given, if you are in the business of importing and exporting autos overseas, or even just shipping a single vehicle, you really don't care "why" your cargo is being delayed - you just want it to depart and arrive on time. Delays in cargo traffic are more than a nuisance - they are expensive. But, if you are shipping cars overseas, they may also be avoidable.

To assist businesses experiencing delays in the Port of Los Angeles, West Coast Shipping (WCS) is introducing, for a limited time only, free ground transportation from LA to Oakland*. Given all the difficulties with the  Southland ports, there's never been a better time to be shipping cars out of the Port of Oakland.

Please contact the shipping professionals at WCS, your overseas car shipping company, to take advantage of this offer to save time, money and aggravation.

*New wholesale customers only. Contact us for more details.

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Topics: West Coast Port Congestion, Car Shipping, Service Updates

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