Continued Quagmire in Supply Chain Persists

Persistent port and rail ramp congestion, container chassis shortages, and excessive detention and demurrage fees from carriers, as well as upheaval among air cargo service providers, are causing significant harm to import and export supply chains.

U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) of all sizes are facing multi-week delays and higher costs of routing shipments through the nation’s congested seaports, airports, and rail ramps.

The frustration of these delays is compounded by the imposition of excessive detention and demurrage fees by ocean carriers. In the worst cases, containers are being reported lost by the carriers and terminals.

The same types of delays to commerce are experienced at the nation’s airports.

Truckers hired to retrieve or deliver freight, more than likely will encounter inefficiencies at ports and airports that severely disrupt and add significant cost to what should be an efficient activity. In many areas, there is a severe shortage of available truckers to move your cargo domestically.

The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) is working to overcome these hurdles by communicating NVOCCs’ collective frustrations to the nation’s container ports and carriers, as well as to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission which has taken great interest in this matter. Worldwide Logistics Group is a member of NCBFAA and is collectively working towards finding a quick and sensible resolution to the nation’s troubled supply chain.

Worldwide Logistics Group (WWL) operates in the middle of the supply chain, on behalf of its customers, and must contend with untangling these persistent transportation logistics challenges the best as possible.

“Unprecedented challenges are all encompassing, affecting ports, carriers, railroads, and truckers throughout the United States,” said WWL CEO Joe Monaghan.

“As the front-line representative of the supply chain, please be assured that we are doing our very best to help you navigate your business through this difficult period,” explained Mr. Monaghan.

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