October 24, 2022
By Ian Putzger
To avoid the congestion at major west coast gateways, US importers have now clogged up ports elsewhere and, instead of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it’s Houston that now has the biggest problem, according to ITS Logistics.
ITS’ current US Port/Rail Ramp Freight Index rates operational issues at the US Gulf region’s port as ‘high’, whereas operations on the west coast are normal. Other regions are rated as having ‘moderate’ issues.
Houston’s challenges span the gamut of problems importers and operators have been struggling with for the past year – from vessel congestion and clogged terminals to depleted chassis pools and low container storage space.
All these issues, plus the Gulf hurricane season, are regarded by ITS as potential headwinds for Houston.
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