According to multiple media outlets, the Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada expects increased container volumes in coming weeks as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to work through massive congestion.
“Our carriers have advised us and CN and Maher Terminals to expect an increase in volume in the next couple of weeks,” commented Brian Friesen, Manager of Marketing for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, while in attendance at the Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City sponsored by the JOC Group. “Given congestion challenges on the West Coast, shippers are looking at alternative options, and because we have capacity and fluidity, shippers are looking at Prince Rupert.”
To date, import volumes for Prince Rupert in 2014 are up 18% over last year, bolstered by the acceptance of numerous diversions during the summer. According to its website, Prince Rupert is 36 hours closer to Shanghai than Vancouver and over 68 hours closer than Los Angeles. According to experts, the congestion in LA-Long Beach has increases to its worst level in recent years.
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. If you have questions or concerns about specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.