Hours of Operation Are Not Operating Hours

At Terminals 015We have been saying for months, even years, the key to making CARB compliant trucks affordable to drivers is increased pay AND increased turns/productivity at the marine terminals.  Unfortunately, most terminal operators in Oakland just put the kibosh on productivity by shutting down transactions at 2:30 in the afternoon.

TraPac has announced they may not, or maybe they will, release import loads after 2:30 in the afternoon.  Ports America is a moving target daily and generally disallows pick ups about the same time, 2:30pm.  SSA has posted a dual transaction cut-off of 2:45pm and a single transaction cut-off of 3:15pm.

Two terminals, Ben E Nutter and Howard (Evergreen and Matson respectively) remain open for all transactions until at least 4:15.

We understand the terminal operators’ constraints.  They are trying to manage costs and reduce overtime.  The increased volumes through their terminals result in high traffic and congestion.  In an effort to process the drivers by the ILWU quitting time, they cease transactions and thus the inflow of drivers and containers early in the day.

However, the rest of the logistics community has constraints as well.  Drivers are trying to make two loops between the Central Valley and Oakland.  Drivers leave the yard about 5:00am in order to be in Oakland before the terminals open.  They make their first terminal transaction and return the Central Valley between 10:00am-1:00pm, maybe later depending upon transaction times and traffic.  If a driver arrives in the Central Valley mid-day, his is unable to return to the Bay and be processed into the terminal gates by the 2:30pm cut-offs.

The two-loop model is critical for the industry and ourselves.  Our drivers rely on it to support their families and our customers rely on it to support their businesses.   Closing at 2:30 effectively makes two turns impossible.