Wednesday, 06 October 2021 21:27

Port of Long Beach Hosts Supply Chain Summit, Begins Pilot Program for 24-Hour Cargo Pickup


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Transportation and goods movement officials and other stakeholders gathered Sept. 21 at Port of Long Beach headquarters to broaden efforts aimed at speeding up the movement of goods amid a historic cargo surge that started in July 2020.

The California Supply Chain Success Initiative brought together federal, state and local leaders within the goods movement industry to develop immediate and long-term solutions to congestion such as 24/7 terminal operations, digitizing information, improved collaboration and strengthening freight policies for seaports across the country.


“Many of the supply chain challenges we are witnessing were already occurring prior to the pandemic, but are now magnified due to our high cargo volumes,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “We’re rolling up our sleeves and working with state and federal stakeholders to address the bottlenecks, price spikes and other issues created by congestion at our nation’s ports.”


“We are collaborating with some of the brightest stakeholders in the goods movement industry to tackle these disruptions and keep the economy humming,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal. “We are looking at every possible solution to determine what can be done now, and how we can keep the momentum moving into the future.”


The summit was co-sponsored by the Port of Long Beach, the California State Transportation Agency, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach.


The gathering was held the same day it was announced Total Terminals International container terminal on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach is making it easier for trucks to access the facility during the overnight hours in a new pilot program to widen access and speed deliveries amid the ongoing cargo surge.


The pilot program at the Port’s largest terminal focuses on the effort to reduce “dwell”---the amount of time cargo spends waiting for pickup on the dock. The terminal is taking two significant steps to increase cargo pickup in the late night, early morning hours, when there is less traffic on the region’s freeways and surface streets.


As part of the pilot program, truckers will...

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