Los Angeles ports are slowly chipping away at their ship backlog

Congestion off the big US ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles is now at the lowest level since December. The number of ships waiting to enter the port has now stayed below 20 for five days in a row.

Photo: Stine Bidstrup/ERH

Ship congestion outside the busiest US gateway for trade with Asia eased over the past week, with the number of container vessels waiting to enter the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach staying below 20 for five straight days.

A total of 18 container ships were anchored awaiting entry into LA-Long Beach in Southern California, as of Sunday, compared with 20 a week earlier, according to officials who monitor marine traffic in San Pedro Bay.

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