West coast port congestion ‘could last until summer peak season’

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A major port and landside congestion at US west coast ports could last until the summer peak season, according to ocean carriers attending the JOC’s virtual TPM21 conference this week.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) CEO Jeremy Nixon and Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen both warned of a “difficult” period leading up to the start of the traditional peak season.

MSC’s US president and CEO, Fabio Santucci, said he believed the supply chain disruptions on the transpacific were “temporary issues”, which would be resolved in the long-term.

He said it was “very difficult to predict” when things would get back to normal, given that carriers had not seen the usual slowdown after the Chinese new year and MSC’s “pipeline of cargo and projections very strong”.

Mr. Santucci called for cooperation across all supply chain stakeholders, with “constant and effective cooperation and communication with partners, vendors and clients” being key to a “more balanced situation”.

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