Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Unveil Plan to Reduce Congestion

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently announced they will expand the hours during which trucks can pick up and return containers.

Offered on a pilot basis, the expanded hours will be monitored to ensure gate availability meets cargo demand.

The extra hours will improve terminal efficiency by maximizing nighttime operation at Long Beach and expanding weekend gate hours at Los Angeles.

Besides expanding hours of operation as described, the ports are working closely with the White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to alleviate bottlenecks and expedite the movement of goods.

The ports expect their actions to expand opportunities for U.S. exporters, including agricultural producers.

About 30% of containerized agricultural exports move through the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sept. 23, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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