We continue to experience slow turns times at Oakland’s marine terminals, especially Ports America and SSA. While operations at SSA have improved, there is still work to be done…now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Ports America, on the other hand, has not emerged from the delays and congestion caused by the move of operations of Maersk and MSC from SSA to Ports America. The additional volumes are not being absorbed seamlessly.
Terminal gate hours remain a scourge. It is difficult for motor carriers to be productive when we can’t get an import pick after 2:30-2:45. The abbreviated gate hours preclude trucks running between the Central Valley and Oakland from cycling two round-trip loops per day, thus essentially halving their productivity and driver revenue. Congestion surcharges do not adequately address the shortfall. It is imperative that terminal operations revert to a full workday schedule or truck rates are going to soar.