Hapag-Lloyd North America West Coast – Terminal Congestion Update

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hapag-Lloyd provides a status update for the heavily impacted ports. As noted in recent press articles, in anticipation of possible labor action on the US West Coast, shippers have significantly increased their import volumes. This is causing congestion in various West Coast Ports.

We wish to provide you a status update for the heavily impacted ports.

Los Angeles / Long Beach:
Increased cargo volumes starting in June resulted in major terminal congestion and delays. Currently rail cargo is still impacted with delays and increased dwell times. We expect this situation to further deteriorate with continuous surge of import volumes.


An increase in volumes diverted away from US West Coast, coupled with limited allocation in rail cars to US corridors has resulted in significant congestion and increased dwell times. Cargo to US locations should expect heavy delays or divert to alternative ports.

Seattle / Tacoma:
Hapag-Lloyd continues to monitor the situation in these ports, should they become impacted by the congestion in other ports, we will inform you. Furthermore, as we advised in our customer letter on June 26th, shortage of truck power continues and is also contributing to the delays.


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