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Container dwell times improve at San Pedro Bay ports

Average dwell time for containers moving through the San Pedro Bay’s Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach improved during April 2024, as dwell times for containers moved by truck and rail saw reductions.

Containers imported to the San Pedro Bay Port complex and destined for local delivery via truck spent an average of 2.50 days at port terminals, according to data from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA). The April figures remained steady when compared to March’s 2.59 days.

Additionally, there was a significant reduction in dwell time for rail-destined cargo in April, with intermodal cargo spending an average of 4.55 days at terminals. This decrease compares favorably to 7.02 days during March and 6.26 days in February. One improved factor in April was a reduction in the number of rail-bound containers that dwelled for five or more days.

"We’re pleased to see that the rail dwell time has experienced a significant decline during the month of April while the truck dwell time continues to remain low,” stated Natasha Villa, External Affairs Manager of PMSA. “These data points are important to understanding the operational efficiency within these segments of the supply chain. When dwell times are consistently low it is a good indication that marine terminals and our carrier partners are operating efficiently.”

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