Each port authority is acting as a facilitator to locate sites in the harbor area for container dray-offs from the terminals and chassis storage and drop-off/pick-up yards in order to free up space at the terminals so they can accept more import containers.
For example, the Port of Long Beach in October opened the Pier S overflow site for the temporary storage of up to 1,400 import, export, and empty containers.
The Los Angeles site will accept empty container returns from certain specified ocean carriers which have made arrangements for storage there, as well as bare chassis returns for any Pool of Pools chassis, according to the statement.
“By facilitating empty container storage and export pick up off-terminal, this pilot initiative should create new opportunities to decrease local equipment turn times and improve productivity,” it said.
Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said establishing a site for chassis and container storage is only the first step. “The next step is to infuse technology to continue improving port fluidity,” he said.
The Pool of Pools said it will evaluate the operation of the Los Angeles site after 45 to 60 days and will announce any changes in location status following the evaluation.