We 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.
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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.