In an attempt to mitigate mounting congestion problems at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, chassis providers are piloting a temporary stop/start yard for the return of bare chassis, as well as empty containers awaiting return to Asia.
The Pool of Pools — the entity established by intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) Direct ChassisLink, TRAC Intermodal, and Flexi-Van Leasing to manage the chassis fleet in Southern California — said the site, which is located between the Fenix Marine Services and Everport Terminal Services facilities at the Port of Los Angeles, is designed to improve equipment turn times and overall productivity in the harbor. It began service on Tuesday.
By giving truckers the option to drop off empty containers and bare chassis at a near-dock site, the facility will help mitigate the ongoing congestion issues within the San Pedro Basin, the Pool of Pools said in a statement.
Los Angeles-Long Beach has been handling record import volumes this fall, with no sign of slowing down. The Port of Los Angeles digital platform “Signal” on Wednesday said the port this week will handle 143,571 TEU of imports. The volume will dip to 121,156 TEU during the week beginning Dec. 6 and then soar to 164,317 TEU in the week of Dec. 13. By comparison, when Signal was launched in September, weekly import volumes were 105,000 to 130,000 TEU. Signal tracks only import volumes in Los Angeles, not Long Beach.