Ports of Southern California experience no relief from congestion as the queue of container ships keeps growing.
According to Marine Exchange of Southern California, more than 60 container vessels are berthed at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, America’s busiest ports, for availing cargo operations and the average anchorage time has soared to 8.5 days.
By the end of September, the number of ships at anchorage is expected to be doubled for both ports. The port of Los Angeles has estimated that the import volume would increase by about 9.14% and 21.65%, over the next two weeks respectively, in comparison to the previous week.
This congestion may result in severe financial losses for many shippers in the end.
According to the Russell Group, the congestion could affect trade worth USD$90 billion due to disruption of international trade and supply chain and further undermine the growth of the American domestic economy.
While the upcoming holidays in China during the first week in October may bring some relief to the port with an increase in blank sailing, the crisis still exists and will need a long time to fix.
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