The driver exodus brought on by months of terminal inefficiencies in conjunction with the January 2014 California Air Resources Board (CARB) drayage truck retirement deadline has resulted in tight truck capacity on the West Coast.
Add to the fray the advancement of shipments into May and June in an effort to get cargo through West Coast ports prior to the anticipated slowdowns brought about by the labor negotiations, and everyone is feeling the pinch.
More containers have to be moved with fewer drivers. It is increasingly imperative to improve the velocity at marine terminals. The system exists in a delicate balance with everyone doing their part. One hitch, and the whole house of cards tumbles.
Vessels need to arrive on time. Longshore labor needs to be available and productive. Containers and chassis need to be available. Terminal operations need to be efficient. Drivers need to be productive and able to turn multiple times.