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41 ships! air freight to Chicago sets new record

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In terms of LA/LB, the main congestion points of the global container transportation system, the congestion level has not only recovered from nearly half of the previous recovery, but also set a new record. Crazy can no longer be accurately described, it should be said to be a state of depression to aphasia...

41 ships! Container ships line up at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and set new record

Congestion in western U.S. ports has become a well-known secret, with congestion at major U.S. West Coast ports easing over the past few months and ship turnaround times improving. However, at present, the congestion level has not only recovered from the previous recovery of nearly half, but also hit a new high.

Yesterday, Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest container ports in the western U.S., set a new record for the number of ships waiting for berths to open — 41 in total.

This unusually crowded situation was much worse than the port strike days of 2002 and 2004, when there were no strikes for 10 days.

The latest data from the Port of Los Angeles shows that 90% of ships sail directly to break down and join the fleet, with an average waiting time of 7.8 days for breaking down. This monitoring data dropped to 4 days in May.

In addition to the skyrocketing freight rates, the consignee's inventory cost has also doubled due to the extended delivery time of the goods. But they have to load up ahead of time to keep them in stock for key upcoming sales seasons like Black Friday and Christmas.

On current trends, things could get worse in the coming weeks.

"Congestion is caused by a combination of factors, including but not limited to reliability of sailing schedules, inability of shippers to pick up, overcrowded terminals leading to inefficiencies, and COVID restrictions."

Shipping lines looking for alternatives outside the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are starting to add capacity to Oakland (recovering after months of congestion) and Seattle-Tacoma, despite the size of the Northwest Seaports Alliance (NWSA), with some terminals It has also been congested recently.

Cargo backlog at Chicago's O'Hare airport for six weeks

Congestion is reportedly increasing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a major cargo hub in the central U.S., with freight forwarders saying they have been stuck with cargo for six weeks.

Desperate Chicago logistics providers are resorting to a range of tactics to pick up their shipments, including bribing warehouse workers to sneak back their own shipments and even planning to build their own cargo terminal near the airport.

The freight management company said the backlog was so severe that there were rows of containers in the warehouse's parking lot, and it could take up to 10 days to retrieve the goods. Delivery trucks often line up for hours to deliver, and some local trucking companies refuse to ship from certain airlines.

Cargo volumes at Chicago's O'Hare Airport have exploded over the past 18 months as businesses turn to airfreight to import personal protective equipment, replenish depleted merchandise inventories and overcome disruptions to manufacturing and seaborne supply chains.

At the same time, airports are understaffed, and there is not enough space to quickly handle the mountains of cargo unloaded from giant freighters.

According to Air Chicago, O'Hare's cargo volume (by weight) rose 14.8% in 2020 to more than 2 million tons, and freighter flights rose 25% to 30,399. Chicago is a major cargo center in the central United States, and its international imports of wide-body aircraft are growing much faster than other large gateways.

As of June this year, the number of international all-cargo flights at the airport increased by 17.8% year-on-year, and the international cargo volume increased by 46% to 871,000 tons.

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