Steady Container Dwell Times at San Pedro Bay Ports in May 2024

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Average dwell times for containers at the San Pedro Bay Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in May 2024 remained steady compared to April 2024 for containers moved by truck. Containers destined for local delivery via truck spent an average of 2.47 days at port terminals in May, nearly identical to April’s average of 2.50 days.

Efficient Cargo Movement

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) noted, “There has been a trend of consistently low truck dwell times in the past year compared to the historical average of 3.46 days from 2016 to the present, indicating that cargo is moving efficiently during this stage of the supply chain.”

Increase in Rail Dwell Times

Rail-destined containers imported to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw an increase in dwell time, averaging 6.44 days at marine terminals in May. This is a rise from April’s average of 4.55 days for rail containers but is still favorable compared to the 7.02 days of rail dwell in March earlier this year. Despite the increase, the average rail dwell time for May remains lower than the average since 2021, which is 7.61 days.

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Source: Container News