Supply chains backed up on US east coast, but free-flowing areas remain

Vivek Srivastava, Senior Trade Analyst at VesselsValue, observed on Friday July 29th that several major Container ports on the US East Coast were experiencing elevated levels of congestion, but he noted that a few remained relatively-free flowing and uncongested.

Vessels Value noted that container lines were repositioning their services away from the US West Coast, which meant that the strain on East Coast logistics had increased considerably. Of the top 10 US East Coast Container terminals, four – New York and Elizabeth APM Terminals (both part of the Port of New York) and Garden City and Savannah Terminal (both Port of Savannah) – currently exhibited long waiting times.

Average waiting times at the Port of New York had oscillated between 20 and 50 hours for most of this year – far higher than last year’s levels, which rarely exceeded 20 hours.

However, the other six in the top 10 on the East Coast continued to function normally and were suffering relatively short waiting times, wrote Srivastava. These are Norfolk International and Virginia International Gateway Terminals (both Port of Norfolk), Maher and Port Newark Terminals (both Port of New York), Packer Avenue Terminal (Port of Philadelphia) and Wando Welch Terminal (Port of Charleston).

Average waiting times for Containerships at Norfolk had rarely exceeded six hours in recent history and were currently at almost zero.

VesselsValue data as of 26th July 2022.