Ports have turned their full attention towards making the supply chain process as smooth as possible for customers and cargo owners. East Coast ports have been experiencing higher volumes as shippers attempt to avoid port congestion in the West Coast ports. The increased activity has resulted in growth at some ports while others are experiencing processing backups. The Port of Virginia, in particular, believes that this could be their best performing calendar year on record, especially if the flow of shipments remains strong throughout peak retail months. The ports of South Carolina, in response to the uptick in activity, have extended their Sunday gate hours for motor carriers; they plan to keep these extended hours through to the peak retail season. The SC ports are also giving berth priority to vessels taking out more cargo, launched a port-owned and port-operated chassis pool and hired more employees to handle the influx of cargo. SC Ports said as a result, they’ve had significantly improved rail dray dwell times. An article published by American Shipper reports on the operational changes at East Coast ports further.
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