Long Beach port time study results released

Jill Dunn | May 01, 2011

A recent report on the time trucks spend at the Port of Long Beach made recommendations to improve efficiency, including reviewing the Traffic Mitigation Fee structure.

The Truck Turn Time Stakeholder Group, which includes trucking company representatives, was formed last year to address concerns about visit times and commissioned the study. It evaluated truckers’ time at the port, including how long they waited outside the gates and in queues.

The port uses fees as an incentive for truckers to use off-peak shifts and to cover costs of extra shifts added in recent years. The $100 per container fee is required for most cargo movement during peak hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The researchers recommended reconsidering the “all-or-nothing aspect” of the fee to minimize queue congestion immediately before 6 p.m.

They also advocated the port review management of one-hour breaks to minimize productivity gaps. Carriers can reduce wait times by avoiding breaks and shift changes and arriving during underutilized hours.

The study also indicated that:

  • Majority of visits take less than two hours.
  • About 91% of queue times were less than an hour.
  • Daytime visits are shortest for trucks that arrive at 3 p.m.
  • The queue and visit time measurements include a significant proportion of visits involving two transactions, which typically are dropping off an empty container or picking up a loaded container.

The study’s executive summary is available at: http://pierpass.org/turn-time-study/613-2/.

  • Gordon A

    Sounds like a plan but do these guys really know what is going on around them?
    Container haulers and any other drivers do not control traffic on LA’s freeways. One fender bender or lane closure can screw up traffic both directions for a very long time and if your trying to get to the port during the off period you just did not make it. Considering how much these port employees make and how little they work, you would think a time study team would see this and recommend pay cuts based on production.
    Then again look at what the fee is per hour per ship to dock at the port and you would really be upset at the $100 fee.
    Last I heard it was $1500 per hr.
    Last time I was at the port of Long beach I was denied entry due to age of my truck. Even though I met the pollution standards set forth by CARB and Federal EPA. Needless to say it was the last time for me at ANY port.
    Best of luck drivers, only you can change it.