(Janet Porter – Lloyd’s Loading List)
The Port of Los Angeles has introduced a scheme to expedite the cargo of high-volume customers in an effort to clear the huge backlog that built up during the recent labour productivity slowdown.
The so-called "peel off" programme is designed to improve the flow of cargo after months of congestion and disruption. "We have found an efficient way to get containers to their destination that is beginning to pay off," said the port’s executive director Gene Seroka in a statement. "We’re acting on our pledge to our customers to harmonise the supply chain and make it work better. Permanently."
News of the initiative comes as both Los Angeles and neighbouring Long Beach struggle to return to normal. Both port directors have said it may be three months before the logjam is cleared. On Monday morning, there were still 34 ships at anchor outside the two ports, including 24 containerships, one more than on Sunday. Click here to read more.