West Coast resolving rail congestion

West Coast resolving rail congestion

Terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are working to resolve the backlog of rail containers that is a result of strong import demand over the past few months.

US imports from Asia were 39.6% higher over January and February compared to the same period in 2023. This increase in activity was further compounded by the congestion caused by the discretionary cargo left on West Coast ports during last year’s prolonged contract negotiations.

Subsequently, the dwell time for all rail-destined containers in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex increased from 4.72 days in January to 6.26 days in February, whilst 45.9% of rail-associated containers dwelled for five days or longer last month (compared to the 5.9% of truck-associated containers left to dwell for the same period of time).

Whilst the rail container inventory is currently sitting at higher than desired levels, it is anticipated this backlog will clear over the coming weeks


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