Long Beach relaxes container stacking rule
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Officials in Long Beach, Calif., Relaxed restrictions on the storage of shipping containers in a bid to reduce a bottleneck that has left nearly 80 ships waiting offshore to enter the world’s largest gate. American entry for sea freight.
The city manager, in a statement dated Oct. 22, said the temporary zoning rule, effective immediately and slated to last 90 days, will allow stacks of four containers up from a limit of two in the long term. The note published online cited a “national emergency related to the supply and distribution of imported goods arriving at ports in our country.”
The huge ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in Southern California are struggling to handle record volumes of inbound cargo due to shortages of truck drivers and equipment such as trailers needed to move containers from docks to airports. indoor warehouses, rail hubs and distribution centers.
In LA-Long Beach, the time a container remains at a marine terminal between unloading a ship and being picked up by a truck hit a September record of 5.94 days. Before the pandemic, the so-called residence time was typically less than three days, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
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