The congestion in California continues to challenge the major US ports in LA and LB, as demand surges and retailers pile up stock ahead of the holiday season.

According to Container xChange’s container availability index data, there is a 60% spike in the inbound outbound ratio at the ports of the US West Coast, surpassing the pre-pandemic levels.

This is indicating that “there is excessive stress on the ports, and therefore indicating further congestion is expected in the coming months as we approach the holiday season in the latter part of the year,” said Dr. Johannes Schlingmeier, Co-founder and CEO of Container xChange.

It also indicates that in the coming months, which are the most crucial months for the industry, there will be higher demurrage and detention charges, higher spot rates and surcharges and intermodal delays before it finally settles.

There is an average increase of 60% in the CAx values during the month of August 2021 as compared to the same time period in 2020. This shows the inbound containers at the LA port have increased 60% from the last year during the same time last year.

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