Inland rail congestion in the United States is impacting the number of import containers moved by rail from Los Angeles-Long Beach. In 2019, 67.9% of imports to LA-LB were moved by rail. Between January to April this year, the number has dropped to 40.8%.
The large reduction in rail services to LA-LB is impacting truckers as well, with average truck turn times in July increasing to 86 minutes, up from 82 minutes in May and June. With peak-shipping season starting soon, industry experts are concerned that congestion in rail operations will impact truck operations at the largest port complex in the US.
Inland congestion cuts LA-LB intermodal rail service to record low, Journal of Commerce, Aug 3, 2022. Accessed Aug 22, 2022.