West Coast Terminals Evaluate Extended Gate Options

The marine terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach held a workshop on Oct. 20 with industry stakeholders to evaluate potential alternatives to the current extended gates model used at the ports under the OffPeak Program.

The 13 container terminals that comprise the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) met in San Pedro with more than 70 leaders representing importers, exporters, trucking companies, logistics providers, government representatives and other stakeholders. The OffPeak program is managed by PierPass Inc., a not-for-profit company formed by WCMTOA to coordinate multi-terminal programs addressing congestion, air quality and security.

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Terminals in Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Move Start of Chassis Rule to September 1

LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 1, 2016 – The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) has extended the implementation date of a new tariff rule for chassis services by one month until September 1. The rule applies to chassis owned by chassis leasing companies that receive services from WCMTOA’s marine terminal members at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The chassis system in the United States has been in flux for several years as shipping lines have moved away from providing the chassis (the truck trailer onto which containers are mounted) as part of their services. Since 2014, users in Los Angeles-Long Beach have arranged chassis directly with the leasing companies.

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PierPass Terminals Embrace Appointment Systems at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Control Congestion

LONG BEACH, Calif., August 27, 2015 – In the latest in a series of measures to combat congestion, PierPass Inc. today announced that 10 of its member container terminals have agreed on a coordinated initiative to establish appointment systems for trucks delivering containers to and from the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The terminals have adopted an appointment system action plan and committed to a set of common requirements. The five terminals that currently operate appointment systems have agreed to adopt these requirements, and five more terminals plan to introduce appointment systems in 2016 that will follow the same guidelines.

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Eight Marine Terminal Operators Suspend One OffPeak Shift Amid Seasonal Slowdown

Four more marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they will suspend one PierPASS OffPeak shift per week starting in March due to the traditional seasonal decline in cargo volume. Other MTOs announced an OffPeak gate suspension in February. This makes a total of eight terminal operators that have cut back to four OffPeak shifts per week.

Terminal operators are taking steps to adapt to market conditions during the traditionally slow period of January to April. Adapting the number of OffPeak shifts to match fluctuations in cargo volume helps ensure the viability of the OffPeak program.

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Four Marine Terminal Operators Suspend One OffPeak Shift per Week Amid Seasonal Slowdown

Four marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they will suspend one PierPASS OffPeak shift per week due to the traditional seasonal decline in cargo volume.

The rollout of this suspension starts February 12. An updated OffPeak schedule is available on the PierPASS website at http://pierpass.org/offpeak-information/offpeak-schedule-2/.

Terminal operators are taking steps to adapt to market conditions during the traditionally slow period of January to April.  Adapting the number of OffPeak shifts to match fluctuations in cargo volume helps ensure the viability of the OffPeak program. As cargo returns, the issue will be revisited, but Flex gates should not be impacted.

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Port of Long Beach Reports Record Jump in Traffic

The Port of Long Beach yesterday reported that 2010 container cargo volume at the port rose 23.6 percent over 2009, a record increase but still 14 percent below the port’s 2007 peak in container traffic.

Imports rose 23.4 percent over 2009 to 3.1 million TEUs, and exports were up 15.6 percent to 1.6 million TEUs. Including empties, Long Beach terminals handled 6.3 million TEUs for the year.

This is welcome news for Long Beach as it regained part of the 2.2 million TEUs it lost between 2007 and 2009 during the global trade recession – a drop of 30.7 percent. We have just been through a very challenging time, but things are clearly getting better in Southern California.

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