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West Coast Port Congestion 2015

West Coast Port Congestion 2015

The west coast port is a bustling hub for import and export between the US and Asia. According to statistics, the port handles approximately 60% of cargo entering the US from Asia. However, in recent years, the port has experienced major shortfalls in its modus operandi, which has resulted in poor execution and provision of its services. Consequently, the port has experienced reduced cargo handling capacities over the years. For instance, its cargo handling capacity has reduced from 60% in 2002 to 44% in 2014 and these figures are expected to decrease even further.

The port congestion can be blamed on a variety of factors such as short gate hours, inefficient unloading and loading of vessels, moving containers across the yards, and constrained labor relations. The latter serves as the major problem afflicting the port since it has resulted in massive slowdowns of port operations.

The causality of the problem is due to a lack of renewal of the contract between the International Long shore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which expired in June 2014. The stalled talks have resulted in a slowdown in port operations since October and there are further calls for a cessation of port operations through strikes.

According to industry experts, such an action could result in the US economy losing approximately $2.1 billion daily due to delayed cargo, missed sales opportunities, loss of business to other countries, among others. Therefore, majority of traders and players in the cargo handling business are considering moving their operations to east coast ports that have better operations. However, the downside to this move would be increased costs of transportation since cargo would have to be transported from the East coast to the West coast via rail or road. Industry players are proposing that west coast port problems be handled expeditiously and efficiently before their effects adversely affect the US economy.

West Coast Port Congestion 2015

Understanding Volumetric Weight And How LCL Chargeable Weight Calculated

Understanding Volumetric Weight And How LCL Chargeable Weight Calculated

LCL stands for Less Than Container Load; it is a term used for shipments that make use of partial container freight. If an entire container is used for a single shipment (FCL or Full Container Load), the volume of the cargo becomes extraneous since the client owns the whole container, while carrier would have a weight limitation for FCL. However, in a case where the consignment is small, requiring only partial container freight, a universal formula is applied for calculating LCL chargeable weight.

Pictorial Guide of Bonded Warehouse Procedures

Pictorial Guide of Bonded Warehouse Procedures

Standard laid down procedures are followed for LCL shipping consignments. If you are importing LCL goods from Shenzhen they will most likely be forwarded to Sinotrans Shenzhen Logistics Co. Ltd’s bonded warehouse which is the largest cargo consolidation platform in South China.

How To Choose The Best Freight Forwarder When Shipping From China

How To Choose The Best Freight Forwarder When Shipping From China

If you are just starting out with your small business and want to ship goods from China, your biggest concern will be to find a reliable freight forwarder and cargo shipping services. A freight forwarder is an intermediary who gives you peace of mind by handling consultation and organization all the way till the goods are in your warehouse. Having said that it is important to find the right freight forwarder to make shipping from China as hassle free as possible.

How To Choose Between FCL And LCL And Save Money When Cargo Shipping From China

How To Choose Between FCL And LCL And Save Money When Cargo Shipping From China

Cargo shipping from China by sea is not only for companies importing bulk cargo, but for individuals that want to import smaller packages as well – packages as small as one cubic meter in volume. Low volume cargo items are shipped together with cargo being imported by other companies.

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