The article lays a good deal of blame on the size of the ships now moving into ports designed for smaller vessels. Our experience is that the ports congestion can also be attributed to:
- The continued (but improving) labor slowdowns at the West Coast ports.
- The fact that many shippers have transitioned volume away from the West Coast in an effort to by-pass congestion there, thus increasing congestion on the East Coast.
- Rising export volume in the Gulf ports due to the US energy production boom.
- The negative impact of new Federal and State regulations on the independent trucking sector.
We at FGN continue to work to ameliorate the impact of port congestion on our customers' supply chains. But, as noted in the article, congestion and delays are challenges that the logistics industry faces every day.