In response to surging US imports and the resulting intermodal equipment flow imbalances all members of the logistics sector have been challenged to find solutions. Maersk senior officials have stated that this is a situation the company takes very seriously. Every component of Maersk’s integrated global logistics business model is working across the entire logistics spectrum to respond with solutions involving all supply chain participants. Maersk is taking steps to address the concerns of the US export community and the trucking industry feeling the impact during this already difficult time. Global trade patterns often result in limited availability of empty containers in the US, which has a historic equipment imbalance of more imports than exports. This has been especially acute with US import demand spiking during the COVID-19 environment due to changing consumer spending patterns.
Maersk is working with the FMC Chairman and Commissioners, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition AgTC and Trucking Associations like the HTA on the US West Coast, and the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers on the US East Coast to find new and better ways to serve their needs. As the global integrator of container logistics, we are confident we can find workable solutions that will alleviate supply chain pain points.
Surging import cargoes have also been causing challenges for local truckers in major ports such as Los Angeles/Long Beach. Maersk is in daily contact with Weston LaBar, the President of the Long Beach, California-based Harbor Trucking Association.