Importers analysing peak season shipments in LA to Long Beach

THE ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled 53

03 September 2020 - 19:00

THE ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled 53.7 per cent of US containerised imports, up 3.3 points from 50.4 per cent in July 2019, reports Newark's Journal of Commerce.

The new imports from the Los Angeles and Long Beach that began in July is expected to continue until September.

Meanwhile, imports are surging at the Southern California port complex, with the largest east coast gateways year to year volume declining in July. However, port directors have said their bookings in August were stronger compared to July.

Speed-to-advertise for internet business satisfaction and individual defensive hardware (PPE), and less expensive all-in-cost compared to air freight is driving a great part of the expanded volume to Southern California. Transporters and forwarders expect these market powers to keep the Southern California port perplexing as the primary door for US imports from Asia through the pinnacle season.

The Port of New York and New Jersey saw its market share of total US imports drop 1.1 points to 10.6 per cent compared to July 2019, while Savannah's market share dropped 0.3 points to 8.7 per cent.

Total imports through the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports in July rose 33.8 per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent from July 2019. Imports through Oakland increased 9.1 per cent in July from 2019 but were down 15.9 per cent at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma.

Regardless of the uptick, the current trend shows a differing reality. In the first seven months of 2020, the west coast's combined share of imports from Asia dropped 0.4 points to 60.8 per cent. The east coast's market share dropped 0.2 points to 33.6 per cent and the Gulf Coast's market share increased 0.6 points to 5.3 per cent.

Importers save about two weeks in transit time to the US interior by shipping via intermodal rail through the west coast compared with the east coast routing.

Non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOs) have expedited services to Los Angeles and Long Beach are oversubscribed because of the speed-to-market requirements for personal protective equipment and e-commerce fulfillment.

Retailers are additionally focusing their imports through Los Angeles-Long Beach in light of the fact that unsure purchaser requests during the Covid pandemic permit them to allow assignment of the US until their shipments show up in Southern California.

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