Tag Archives: transportation

DCSA publishes framework of just-in-time standards for main port call activities

Standards for port call activities could provide a basis for a data exchange system for status, and could also provide motivation for a priority basis for specific containers.

There’s currently no message or signaling system allowing all the supply chain partners to move a given container to know the required speed of service. Partners can’t coordinate unless they know precisely which containers need to be moved when.

The standards for service steps in the port would make it easier to determine when a container was behind schedule and expediting was needed to meet the level of service guaranteed.

Of course, the standards proposed by DCSA need to be tried out by ports, and the system needs to be tweaked based on what they find. But it’s a good start.

Sam Chambers November 16, 2021

DCSA publishes framework of just-in-time standards for main port call activities – Splash247

Trucking trade group to Gov. Newsom: Enforce law on port fees

California law AB 45 prevents ports and terminals from charging detention and demurrage fees for containers not picked up or empties not delivered when the facilities prevent drivers from picking up or delivering.

Sometimes, the authorities or facilities institute sudden rules changes that prevent delivery of empty containers or prevent pickup of specific cargo because of hours or appointments. These rules are troublesome and cost time for drivers. And often the drivers or their firms are the ones paying the fees.

The contention is that the ports are by their own actions forcing expenses on the trucking firms and drivers.

The law, if enforced, would keep ports and terminals from charging these fees. But how to enforce the law is not altogether clear.

Clarissa Hawes, Senior Editor, Investigations and Enterprise Friday, Novvember 5, 2021

Trucking trade group to Gov. Newsom: Enforce law on port fees – FreightWaves

Shippers Find New Supply-Chain Hurdles at Alternate Ports

This article shows that it isn’t so easy to divert containers from LA/LongBeach to other ports. The smaller ports don’t have the infrastructure to handle the added containers efficiently. They may not even be able to get drivers to move the incoming containers. And how will they handle empties? Ship them to LA/Long Beach? It’s a complete mess for shippers and forwarders.

The article details some of the techniques people are trying. Each has its own set of problems to wrestle with.

By Paul Berger Oct. 24, 2021 8:00 am ET

Shippers Find New Supply-Chain Hurdles at Alternate Ports – WSJ