PORT OF LOS ANGELES — PierPass Inc., a nonprofit run by international shipping companies, this week announced an initiative to reduce delays in getting cargo on and off trucks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A 2011 study by the ports found that the median turn time for trucks to pick up or drop off cargo was 31 minutes per visit. Eighty-eight percent of trucks took less than two hours per visit.

PierPass studied how to improve the flow of cargo at the nation's largest port complex. In a survey of terminal operators, the group found the largest source of delays was from truck drivers having inaccurate or incomplete information about an import container delivery or an export booking.

Invalid or inaccurate information on container cargo can lead to so-called "trouble tickets" and substantial delays of container movement through the ports.

About 5 percent of all transactions at terminals in U.S. ports result in trouble tickets, according to a 2011 report by the National Cooperative Freight Research Program cited by PierPass.

- City News Service



Advertisement