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LA and LB must collaborate for port complex to compete

La and Lb ports must collaborate to compete

The Loadstar
Jan 24, 2024
Ian Putzger

Industry executives views digitization initiatives as the next area for the ports to tackle together. Paul Brashier, VP drayage and intermodal at ITS Logistics, said: “In LA/LB available appointment visibility to third-party platforms would be helpful. Also, empty return co-ordination and visibility is still severely lacking.”

One obstacle on this front is the ports’ rival data platforms. So far there has been no indication of any intention to tackle this issue.

For cargo owners and forwarders, a more immediate question is if the railways will be able to shoulder a surge in volume. Last winter, there were serious performance issues, particularly at Union Pacific, which was hauled before the US Transportation Safety Board for its excessive use of embargoes, blaming severe weather events and arctic temperatures.

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