07 Dec Rain Dwells Rising Along West Coast Amid Shortage Of Available Rail Cars
A shortage of rail cars has resulted in rising rail container dwells across the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with operators unable to move inbound rail boxes off their marine terminals in a timely manner. Fortunately, at this stage this has not caused any disruption, an outcome predominantly attributable to the manageable level of imports.
However, across the Pacific Northwest, this shortage of rail cars is a concern due to low volume of cars heading westbound to balance the high volume going eastbound. This has resulted in an increase in container volumes over the past few weeks, which has created temporary congestion for intermodal cargo at some terminals, a situation currently being resolved by extra cars being sent it to alleviate any backlog.
The delays appear to be highest at Tacoma-area terminals with an average import dwell of just over 7 days, whilst Washington United Terminal is seeing delays of 3-7 days, while Seattle’s T18 terminal is experiencing 1-3 day dwells. The terminals are expected to recover fully within a few weeks.