Container dwell times improve at ports of LA and Long Beach


In April 2024, container dwell times at San Pedro Bay’s ports improved, with truck-bound containers averaging 2.50 days and rail-bound cargo 4.55 days.

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.

According to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s (PMSA) latest report, 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.

The April figures remained steady when compared to March’s 2.59 days. 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 favourably to 7.02 days in 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 April while the truck dwell time continues to remain low,” stated Natasha Villa, External Affairs Manager of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (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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