Due to severe intermodal railcar allocation shortage, containers moved by rail to the eastern half of the country are dwelling at marine terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach for more than 11 days, three times the average.
For the past decade, Pier S had been used as a staging yard for equipment and materials used to build the US$1.47 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge. The port intended it to be used as temporary storage for local delivery containers.
Now, its main contribution is to improve fluidity in the port and much-needed relief for the rail container dwell issue.
The port sees the pier as a long-term operation that will assist shippers, carriers, and terminals in improving cargo fluidity.
'Everyone hears about the lack of railcar allocations, but this is helping the terminals to maintain their fluidity,' said Pacific Terminal Services Co (PTSC) director Sepehr Matinifar.