Jan 25

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“Ch-ch-Changes Just gonna have to be a different one, Time may change me But I can’t trace time”

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Can you believe it is already the end of January? I am only mildly ashamed to admit that I still have a Christmas tree up in my home. Hey, what can I say? The market is getting busier and I have had very little time (ok, yes, and desire) to get a head start on Spring cleaning. I hope to see everyone in this industry also getting busier in 2024, if you are like us, we thrive on the chaos!

The Red Sea shipping Crisis is starting to have big effects worldwide. Vessel space shortages, increasing ocean rates and booming transit times are some of the occurring and upcoming disruptions. Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) have diverted away from the Suez Canal for sailings between Asia and the U.S. until late March. Wednesday, Iranian-backed Houthis fired three missiles at the Maersk Detroit vessel during a transit through the Gulf of Aden, according to U.S. Central Command. A US Navy guided missile destroyer intercepted two of the missiles, while a third landed in the sea. 

The Red Sea vessel updates show that a transit from Singapore to Newark will now take between 27 and 28 days, while the pro forma schedule for the TP17 shows an estimated transit time of 25 days.

Transit for Vietnam’s Vung Tau to Newark will now take 33 days compared with TP17’s pro forma transit time of 25 days. 

MSC has also dropped the “Indusa” service between West India and the US East Coast from its network. The weekly Indusa began in September 2020 with a port rotation of Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Valencia, New York, Savannah, Norfolk and Mundra. Additionally, MSC has pulled out of the IMED (India-Middle East-East Mediterranean) string it operated under a consortium with CMA CGM and Cosco Shipping. All MSC trades usually covered by the IMED will now be served via its standalone Himalaya Express (HEX) connecting Nhava Sheva/Mundra to Europe, trade sources noted.

As the Red Sea shipping Crisis continues, the need for expediting containerized cargo will continue to grow. The shipping crisis has Carriers changing up routings into the West Coast from the East Coast,  rail dwelling time is on an increase and inland U.S. rail ramps are starting to see chassis shortages.  Trust me you need us. Port X Logistics is the Gold Standard in expedited drayage, transloading and trucking. We track your containers from the time it leaves the overseas port until it reaches North America, dray your containers from Port or rail to our warehouse, transload with plenty of photos provided and once ready to load out all of our outbound trucks will always include a shareable tracking link to track your final deliveries in real time. Not to mention our customer service is elite, you will never have to track your own containers again once your order is in our hands! We also have a “NO DEMURRAGE GUARANTEE” on all your U.S. Port bound containers – if we can receive your work orders within 7 days prior to vessel arrival to the port and containers are cleared at the port and ready by the last free day, we guarantee no demurrage charges to you and your customer. Contact us for all your U.S. and Canada transload needs – letsgetrolling@portxlogistics.com

More shippers are also choosing to airfreight cargo in the midst of the Panama and Suez canals. Our Carrier911 team is your best option for your incoming expedited freight – We have cargo vans, straight trucks, dry vans and specialized equipment for all your urgent shipment needs and in most cases we can have drivers onsite at the airport within one hour after dispatch for pickup. We are available 24/7/365 and all shipments will have the same shareable real time driver tracking links and a POD at your fingertips at time of delivery. Check out what Jason Conrad, Shane Canahai, and James Byrne, have to offer at info@carrier911.com

Import TEUs are up 99.29% this week from last and a nice difference of increased volume compared to  this time last year. The heaviest volume this week arriving into New Jersey: 18.2% of incoming TEU volume, Los Angeles: 15.8% or incoming TEU volume and Long Beach: 12.7% of incoming TEU volume.  Are we headed towards port congestion, vessel backups and heavy chassis shortages ahead? Follow our Linkedin page to stay up to date and always be one step ahead!

What’s happening at the ports and rails?:

You can find all the information on the below link where we cover port congestion, chassis issues and capacity lead times weekly at all U.S. and Canada Ports and rail heads on our website – click on the link below 

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Memphis had a whole lot of weather related issues these past 2 weeks,  rails are finally starting to clean up, however DCLI has a shortage of chassis at the BNSF in Memphis. Did you know we have 48 trucks, yard space next door to the UP rail, and transloading capabilities in Memphis? We have our private chassis and a lift onsite too. Are you having a hard time covering Memphis drayage – we are here to help. Contact letsgetrolling@portxlogistics.com for competitive rates and immediate capacity.

Vancouver/Prince Rupert: Rail dwell times are increasing at Vancouver and Prince Rupert, some terminals in excess of 7 days on dock. Do you have hot containers that are waiting to rail into the U.S.?  We can help – with the approval of a diversion from your steamship line, we can transload containers in our Canadian warehouse and get them loaded out to dry vans for a much faster transit, often times delivering your cargo faster than it could have even hit the start of the rail transit. 

Our Canadian team is equipped with our powerhouse Rachel that has many years experience with Canada drayage, transloading and cross border trucking. Contact Rachel and her team to learn more about how crossborder transloading works and all the benefits it has for your expedited cargo. 

Container Vessels currently in Vancouver Port : 13 Expected Arrivals: 6
Container Vessels currently in Prince Rupert Port : 61 Expected Arrivals: 18

Did you know? Port X Logistics will be attending the Manifest Conference from February 5th – 7th at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, and we’d love to see you there!
Our very own Co-Founder and CEO, Brian Kempisty, will be sharing his insights on the Continuously Integrating Logistics/Transportation Tech panel. It’s an opportunity not to be missed if you’re interested in the future of logistics tech.

VP of Sales Patrick Morrison and COO Tom Zeis will be in attendance as well, and would be pleased to meet up during the event. To set up a meeting with our team, reach out to marketing@portxlogistics.com 

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