IMPORT DOCUMENTATION PROBLEMS, CONGESTION HIT LOS ANGELES
Non-vessel-operating common carriers are struggling to obtain prompt release of cargoes at the port of Los Angeles, while congestion at the port has forced the Grand Alliance to divert two weekly transpacific services to the neighboring port of Long Beach.
NVOCCs report delays caused by problems in obtaining clearance from the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. The delays are the result of NVOCCs and ocean carriers submitting multiple entries for the same shipment.
Grand Alliance carriers P&O Nedlloyd, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK have temporarily moved their JCX loop and their PAX westbound service to Long Beach.
Following the switch of Maersk Sealand from Long Beach to Los Angeles last summer, Los Angeles has experienced a surge in traffic volumes.