(ZEROHEDGE) – The waiting game is getting longer for container ships entering the largest U.S. ports for transpacific shipping, that being ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.
Ships at anchor and waiting time to berth have jumped sharply across the twin ports. Bloomberg cites new data from both ports, compiled by Wabtec's Port Optimizer supply chain platform, that shows 55 vessels were moored or drifting offshore waiting to offload cargo as of Friday. Just two weeks ago, readers may recall that congestion outside the busiest U.S. gateway for trade with Asia was 40. The average wait jumped almost one day, from 7.6 in late August to 8.5.
Port congestion is getting worse as peak shipping season is underway. This week, Los Angeles and Long Beach officials were forced to shift vessels to an overflow space because the main waiting areas were at full capacity. There are 17 container ships in overflow zones.
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