Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, hired a boat to visit the Port of LA/Long Beach to see the traffic jam of ships and observe what the terminals are doing. He came away with numerous suggestions, some of which have appeared in the directive published yesterday by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Ryan is a keen observer of the shipping scene, in addition to being CEO of a fast-growing forwarder.
The problems he detects seem to be yard space for containers, and a shortage of chassis and places to put empty containers to get them off chassis.
The new policy will allow stacking up to six high instead of only two high. That will help out both port yards and inland yards, such as for rail. More land available for stacking will also help, if properties close to rail yards can be identified and assigned for stacking.
Apparently, because empty containers cannot be dropped off, chassis are standing around with empty containers on them, preventing their use for a full container newly unloaded from a ship. A shortage of chassis ready to take a loaded container thus occurs.
How come it is always chassis and empties that cause the problems in the container supply chain?
By Alex Lennane 25/10/2021Major forwarder on how to reduce the bottlenecks at Long Beach – The Loadstar