The Port of LA has revealed three “critical” focuses over the next few months – and has seen an import and export gap grow following the US-China trade war
Port spokesperson Phillip Sanfield told Container Shipping & Trade its focuses are:
After trials, Port Optimizer was launched in January this year. Port of LA has partnered with GE Transportation to launch the port information portal across both Port of LA and Long Beach that will allow the supply chain to have better planning capabilities to service container ships at the ports more effectively.
Mr Sanfield said “We are getting very positive feedback, whether it be truckers or chassis operators and we are continuing to refine it – we have had more than 20 versions. 90% of cargo imported is seen by Port Optimizer. It gives stakeholders a better line of visibility and allows incoming cargo to be better planned. This is critical if we want to optimise the existing space so that when volumes double, we are able to make that cargo come in and out fluidly. We have had record cargo volumes over the last three years without significant delays and breakdowns.”
Elsewhere, the port is aiming to install a global trucking reservation system through the San Pedro Bay complex. It plans for the Port Optimizer to play a role in this trucking system.
The port also wants to move chassis off the terminal, which are currently taking up space and slowing down processes.