After consultation with countless supply chain holders and the US Department of Transportation, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have come to the same conclusion.
In an effort to combat the congestion that has plagued the Ports of LA and LB for months on end, the two ports have decided to extend their working hours.
The pilot programs intend on increasing effectiveness and decreasing the number of wait times containers and ships have been going through. Los Angeles will be extending their work hours over the weekends, and Long Beach will maximize night-time operations between 2AM – 7AM.
The Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, Mario Cordero, said: “We are in the midst of a historic surge in cargo, and our terminal operators and other supply chain partners are giving their all to keep it all moving.”
In the face of an unprecedented shipping crisis and record container ship volumes that only continue increasing, the two ports understand that they need to extend their working hours to reduce congestion and process cargo as quickly as they can.
Bill Peratt, CEO of Total Terminals International, states that “If we can increase utilization of our late night gates, we can better serve the supply chain, and help speed cargo to market.”