BDP Trendwatch: Export container dwell times soar at main ports globally, as berthing delays bite; U.S. ship logjam stretching far into pacific is longer than ever; Chittagong makes e-payment mandatory for shippers from 2022

Export container dwell times soar at main ports globally, as berthing delays bite 

Supply chain visibility data tracked by project44 indicates that berthing delays are causing a huge build-up of export containers within port terminals and creating a big spike in container dwell times globally. 

Berthing delay is defined as the time it takes a ship between its arrival at anchorage till the time it is berthed to commence cargo operations. If there is a queue of ships waiting for a berth, the ships wait at anchorage until it is their turn to berth. 



U.S. ship logjam stretching far into pacific is longer than ever 

The number of container ships headed for the busiest U.S. port complex has risen to close to 100 under a new counting method, underscoring the magnitude of the economy-restraining logjam that the Biden administration is trying to help alleviate. 

The backup outside the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, involves 96 container carriers, up from 86 on Nov. 16, when a new queuing system took effect and dozens of arriving ships stayed outside the official area to be counted, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The revised measure released late Friday includes those eastbound vessels farther out in the Pacific. 

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Chittagong makes e-payment mandatory for shippers from 2022 

Bangladesh has made mandatory the e-payment of any kinds of duty-tax, fees, and charges, linked to export and import trade, through Chittagong customs house (CHC). 

From 1 January 2022, no more manual payment will be accepted, the CHC said in a notification. 

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Singapore tightens requirements for vessels with DG cargo 

The Third Schedule to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005 has announced the maximum quantities of First Schedule dangerous goods that may remain onboard vessels within the port limits at any container berth of Jurong Port, PSA, at conventional berth, as well as at the Tuas Jetty or the Sudong Explosive Anchorage. 

In addition, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) requires cargoes containing ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate fertilisers under International Maritime Organization (IMO) Class 5.1 to be packed in containers, following regulation 42 of the Regulations. 

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Los Angeles and Long Beach ports continue to postpone new container dwell fee 

The port of Los Angeles and Long Beach will once again postpone the new container dwell fees on imports as they continue to monitor the flow of cargo through the critical San Pedro Bay Port complex. 

The twin ports are reporting “progress” at terminals with a combined decline of 37% in aging cargo on the docks since the new container dwell fee was announced on October 25th, according to numbers released by the ports on Monday. 

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2021 retail imports to show record growth despite pandemic 

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to end 2021 with both the largest volume and fastest growth on record despite supply chain disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. 

“This has been an unprecedented year,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We’ve seen more disruption than ever before because of issues along every step of the supply chain and continued strong consumer demand, but we’re also seeing more cargo and faster growth than ever before. There are still ships to be unloaded and containers to be delivered, but everyone in the supply chain has worked overtime this year to try to overcome these challenges. For the most part, they have succeeded, and consumers will be able to find what they need for the holidays.”