Miami cargo surge causes up to two-week harbour trucking deals
THE Port of Miami had a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in laden imports - topping 10,000 TEU in November - with the largest increase enjoyed by the Seaboard Marine terminal, which mainly handles Latin American trade, reported IHS Media
30 December 2020 - 19:00
South Florida's harbour truckers network is under strain as 2020 comes to an end after an unusual December surge in volume and vessels arriving late in Miami due to delays in other ports.
Truckers in South Florida say the situation has resulted in cargo owners needing to provide at least one week's notice to pick up import containers.
Imports through PortMiami rose in each consecutive week from November 5 through December 8, including more than 20 per cent year-on-year increases in the final week of November and first week of December.
The influx of cargo has strained trucking networks, especially because volume usually slows considerably by Thanksgiving in a normal year.
Said Southern Warehousing and Cartage CEO Jorge Mora: 'I have 80 drivers in Miami, and I know what I can do volume wise, so BCOs [beneficial cargo owners] need to book a specific date. If I'm booked for Wednesday and you need Wednesday, you're gonna have to pay demurrage, find another trucker, or wait a few days until my next opening because we are booked up.
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