- Maersk is working with stakeholders to deal with U.S. export and congestion challenges stemming from an ongoing surge in imports at U.S. seaports, the carrier said in a press launch final week.
- Maersk has been holding conferences with the Federal Maritime Fee, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition and the Harbor Trucking Affiliation.
- Maersk didn’t present specifics on how it’s working to enhance export circulation past its conferences with stakeholders. However it did define its aim of enhancing the speed of twin transactions at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 in Los Angeles, noting that 65% of its transactions are already twin transactions.
Gear availability and port congestion roiled the transport business within the second half of 2020, and the logistics neighborhood has predicted continued bottlenecks by means of no less than the Lunar New Yr.
Maersk’s notification of working with stakeholders got here simply over per week after two FMC commissioners despatched a letter to the World Transport Council expressing concern at studies that U.S. exporters are having cargo refused by main ocean carriers.
“We began to listen to … that the carriers have been more and more shifting to attempt to get containers, specifically, again and positioned in Asia,” FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel said in an interview last month.
This led the FMC to start an investigation and warn carriers their failure to offer containers to exporters could violate the Shipping Act.
“As the worldwide integrator of container logistics, we’re assured we are able to discover workable options that may alleviate provide chain ache factors,” A.P. Moller – Maersk CEO Søren Skou stated in an announcement.
Stakeholders have referred to as for extra twin transactions to assist with container circulation by means of ports, so that every truck arriving to a port terminal with an empty container additionally leaves with a load.
The California ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore have individually stated they’re working to extend twin transactions.
HTA CEO Weston LaBar has been calling for increased dual transactions since at least October when C.H. Robinson warned its prospects of extreme congestion at California ports. Maersk stated it was in “every day contact” with LaBar.
Whereas a number of members of the transport neighborhood have acknowledged the problems round tools and congestion, they’ve additionally famous that they seemingly will not go away in a single day.
“Each ocean provider is enterprise a large effort to reposition containers to Asia to satisfy the elevated calls for,” Matson CEO Matt Cox said in November. “We do not count on the tools demand and the port congestion elements to vary within the close to future.”
Quantity on the Port of Los Angeles is expected to be up an average of 88% YoY within the first two weeks of 2021 — an indication that swelling imports have but to let up.