Even the Port’s director agrees something needs to be done; East Coast port notches new record; ATA crows about California victory.
It should be a valedictory year for the Port of Los Angeles. The biggest port in the U.S. is on track to close out another record year for freight. Yet customers are still voicing their discontent. Timothy Sher, president of the Asian Food Trade Association, spoke before the last meeting of the Board of Harbor Commissioners about the headaches his group’s members face when fetching containers from the port. Those problems include chassis availability, appointment times, and increasing demurrage fees. With the ocean liners having divested their chassis assets, shippers now face having to secure chassis from the port’s Pool of Pools or finding motor carriers with their own chassis. But Sher said current chassis procurement processes “kind of delays everything and makes the pickup very inefficient.” The port’s driver appointment system is also not allowing for timely pickup, with customers being forced to pay demurrage fees of $200 to $500. “The situation is worse than it was earlier this year,” Sher told the Board. During the meeting, the port’s executive director Eugene Seroka could only agree with Sher’s assessment, saying the delays are “absolutely unacceptable.”
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South Carolina Ports is the latest to report record volumes coming across its docks. The port handled 188,585 twenty-foot equivalent units in November, up 15 percent vs. November 2017, setting a new all-time record for the month of November. SCPA has moved 985,981 teus since the fiscal year began in July, an increase of 11 percent over the same period last year.
“This decision is a tremendous victory for the trucking industry, bringing our efforts to secure immediate relief for ATA members to a close.”
Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News