PierPass October 2015 News and Updates

Despite being in the peak season, cargo has continued to flow smoothly with no increase in congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Average in-terminal turn times for truck transactions fell in September compared to August, from 49.2 minutes to 47.0 minutes on day shifts and from 51.4 minutes to 51.2 minutes on night shifts.

The OffPeak shifts operated under the PierPass program handled more than 331,000 truck trips or 47% of the total. By moving roughly half of all truck transactions outside of peak daytime hours, PierPass continues to meet its objective of reducing congestion in and around the ports.

PierPass Monthly Transaction Data
Each month we provide a summary of the latest transaction data from marine terminal operators (MTOs) at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. Below please find data from the month of September 2015.

Average in-terminal turn time:
47.0 minutes day shift
51.2 minutes night shift

For comparison, the average in-terminal turn time in August 2015 was 49.2 minutes for the day shift and 51.4 minutes for the night shift.

In-terminal turn time is the average amount of time a truck is inside a terminal to complete a transaction. Truck activity information is derived from RFID data, and excludes lunch hour, breaks and trouble tickets. Turn time at individual terminals will vary depending on time of day and other factors. For more information about turn times and how we measure them, please see our Q&A at http://goo.gl/PiOjBp.

Average daily moves per truck for frequent callers* in September:
5 or moves per day: 8%
4 moves per day: 14%
3 moves per day: 29%
2 moves per day: 32%
1 move per day: 17%

*The ports define frequent callers as trucks making one or more moves per weekday. Average moves per day by frequent callers tells us how many moves a truck can make if it is working every day. In September, 22% of frequent callers made four or more moves per day.

Gate moves during Peak and OffPeak/exempt shifts in September:
Total Peak gate moves: 370,736 (53%)
Total OffPeak/Exempt gate moves: 331,248 (47%)

The number of unique trucks calling on the ports in September was 12,865.

A gate move occurs when a container enters or leaves a marine terminal via the truck gates. Peak shifts are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. OffPeak shifts are Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday night and Sunday shifts, which are not regularly scheduled, are considered “exempt.”

Terminals were closed for the on Monday September 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

To learn what it takes for a truck to drop off or pick up a container at a marine terminal, please see http://youtu.be/P9IJN1yIIJ4.