Wait time In the United States, simply unloading the ocean vessel can take 1 to 3 business days, as many ships have more than 10,000 containers on board. But this is different in every country; according to Statista, dry cargo container ships spend around 0.69 days in a port during layovers. For example, if a ship from Asia decided to change its route to Houston, it would add another 7 to 11 day trip to the Panama Canal. If a ship is approved for transit through the canal, 8 to 10 hours of transit time are added.
Next, you have to add the travel time once out of the channel to the port. Therefore, we are conservatively considering an additional delay of 12 to 18 days if a ship decides to go to Houston directly from the Canal. Even more so if you have to travel to South America, he said. The PMA reported in a statement released Friday afternoon that, between June 2 and 7, the ILWU in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach refused to send lasers that secured cargo for trans-Pacific travel and unfastened it after the arrival of the ships.
Peak seasons, specific ports, shipping modes, carriers you use, weather disasters, and other unforeseen circumstances can all influence delays in cargo delivery dates. The PMA stated in its statement that, while some port operations have improved, the ILWU's repeated disruptive actions in strategic ports on the west coast are causing companies to divert cargo to safer and more customer-friendly locations along the Gulf and Eastern coasts.