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Research Finds Western Ports Have Serious Impacts from COVID-19

Ports in New York, New Jersey have minimal impacts

Cite Georgia Ports Authority

Investigating the effects of COVID-19 on container shipping operations, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) found the Port of New York and New Jersey experienced only minimal difficulty in the first half of 2020.

During the same period, however, the ports of Los Angeles and California contended with more serious disruptions.

The San Pedro Bay port complex exemplifies many of California’s challenges: as a result of COVID-19, the port complex faced operational challenges related to terminal-closure notifications, cancelled vessel calls, and poor communication of earliest return dates for export containers.

An ongoing challenge shared by the West and East Coast ports is the need to improve chassis pickups and returns. Truckers would like to be able to return containers to one location and pick up an outbound container, a process known as a “double move.”

For FMC’s research on both the East and West port complexes, the agency spoke with port and shipping industry officials and other stakeholders. More information is available here.

Information provided by the USDA Grain Transportation Report.

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