Leading global LCL consolidator, ECU Worldwide, has stepped up efforts to leverage its global network and innovative solutions to minimize adverse impact of port congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports on customers’ global cargo shipments.
Owing to a number of factors including the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns around the world, labor shortage leading to trucking delays, chassis and equipment availability constraints, blank sailings and an unexpected increase in volumes have led to heavy port congestion. The port of Los Angeles reported an increase of 22% this November over the same time last year. For December, the Port of Los Angeles estimates a 60% increase during the last three weeks over the year.
This acceleration in volumes resulting in port congestion appears to be a result of businesses speeding up imports to safeguard against negative repercussions of the US-China trade war and consumer behavior patterns shifting to drive the need for increased e-commerce fulfillment.
In this situation, ECU Worldwide’s commitment to offer more direct services to inland points is proving to be an ideal way for customers to avoid congestion and keep their business supply chains running on-schedule. With 68 direct services from trans-Pacific origins to Atlanta, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Houston, New York, Miami, Oakland, San Juan and Seattle, ECU Worldwide continues to enable seamless logistics services.
“When you are a global player with a network operating in over 180 countries, offering services across more than 2400 direct trade lanes for LCL, it becomes possible to collaborate and create synergies that few others can match. We are taking complete advantage our network, constantly communicating with customers and working out innovative routing schedules and product offerings with our team of experts, so customers can be assured of safe, timely and reliable cargo transportation despite the port congestion crisis,” says Vincent Argenzio, Chief Executive Officer – USA & Canada, ECU Worldwide.
For XLERATE, which is its combined sea-air express service between China and USA, further going up to LATAM and Europe, ECU Worldwide has partnered with carriers like Matson to utilize the fastest port-to-port carriers in the market, all with express terminal gate out services in Los Angeles and Long Beach so as to significantly minimize delays. Additionally, offering express trucking services to 19 inland CFS destinations, ECU Worldwide helps make transportation of global transport shipments quicker and more efficient.
To further save time and make shipping more convenient, ECU Worldwide has its state-of-the-art digital logistics platform ECU360 v2.0. It empowers customers to conduct business 24x7, get instant quotes and quick bookings for door-to-door deliveries in 57 countries and easily access relevant information to complete transactions independently.