With a new surge in the cases of COVID-19, U.S west coast ports have been backed up for various reasons. And Suntsu has been trying to overcome these delays as soon as possible to provide their customer’s order on time.
Although things were expected to ease up this month, there is still congestion off the West Coast due to rising cases of COVID-19 among international longshore workmen. There have been approximately 700 COVID infections out of 9,000 ILW staff members. Suntsu is dealing with these challenges to the best of their ability.
Congestion at these ports has caused delays from 10 to 14 days because the surge cannot be received fast enough. Import volumes were up by almost 50% in the second half of 2020, causing the massive surge during their COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 33 vessels are still waiting for a berth at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports and storm conditions have only added to the problem.
There will continue to be schedule changes due to long and unavoidable delays in Asian and North American ports. Some carriers are canceling services altogether to get their vessels back in their intended positions. Suntsu will keep updating their customers on the status of the situation.
The company is doing everything they can to ensure that their customers get their orders on time.