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U.S. West Coast Ports: Getting Back on Track

FU.S. West Coast Ports: Getting Back on Track

Port CongestionTwo weeks ago, U.S. West Coast ports resumed full operations after a tentative labor deal was reached between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). This news brings huge relief to businesses and workers as supply chains have been disrupted for months. It’s projected to take several more months to clear port backlogs. Here are steps you can take to minimize the impact of these setbacks.

  • Look into expedited services. For instance, shipments you planned to move via rail may be better served with truckload and less than truckload (LTL) services. Your transportation provider should bring all options to you.
  • Research air freight options in situations you may have dismissed in the past. While backlogs are resolved, this may be an opportunity for you to keep your freight moving on time.
  • Has your freight been delayed as it comes in from overseas? If this is the case, look into a solution that diverts your freight to Los Angeles for unloading/transloading.
  • Look for alternative transloading solutions to cut down on transit times.
  • Bring freight to the port with expedited trucking (truckload/LTL) while both ports and rails are working through the congestion.

Whether shifting to a different port or another mode of transportation all together, explore all of your options as the situation resolves. The strength of your transportation network and the responsiveness of your supply chain will help you manage any remaining delays or unexpected challenges. We’re interested in hearing what’s working and where you continue to have supply chain issues. Share your experiences and leave a comment. If you are struggling with delays,          C.H. Robinson can bring you options, so please contact us.