Western Overseas Clients:
Please find below a recently issued letter from Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director/CEO, Port of Long Beach regarding the current supply chain issues within the port complex.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Western Overseas Representative.
Dear Valued Customer,
2021 has been an extraordinary year and the global supply chain has been no exception. As we continue to work around the clock to support your business needs, I want to provide you with a quick update on the Port of Long Beach.
Between January and July 2021, the Port of Long Beach has handled 5.5 million TEUs. We are on track to surpass 9 million TEUs for the first time in our history and that would shatter the previous year’s record of 8.1 million TEUs. While we welcome the additional business, we are seeing first-hand how the cargo surge is completely overwhelming the supply chain. Virtually every segment of the supply chain is stressed. Longer dwell times, equipment shortages, and slower fluidity are just some of the symptoms, and I can tell you that we are feeling it here inside the nation’s largest port complex. The recent shutdowns in Yantian and Ningbo triggered temporary slow-downs that were quickly followed by a rush in cargo that added choppiness to the supply chain. These sudden changes have further disrupted a supply chain already stressed by record volumes supporting the pre-holiday inventory build-up. Based on everything we are hearing and seeing, the cargo surge is likely to continue through the end of the Lunar New Year in 2022.
So, what are we doing here at the Port of Long Beach?
At the Port of Long Beach, we strive to be The Port of Choice, and we are working around the clock to earn that distinction. Look out for additional updates in the future.
Thank you for your business and partnership!