The Port of Los Angeles has announced a new programme to expedite cargo by streamlining container moves. The Peel Off programme is designed to speed up operations and clear the backlog at the port.
The Port pf Los Angeles worked with stevedoring company The Pasha Group, harbour trucking firm Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), several marine container terminal operators and a core group of major retailers to create the programme. The process involves peeling off containers of high-volume customers to a near-dock yard where they are sorted for destination to inland distribution centres.
Under Peel Off, import containers loaded with goods belonging to high-volume shippers are stacked together in a block upon arrival at the port. The terminals expedite TTSI trucks through their gates to retrieve the containers and deliver them to the near-dock yard less than a mile away where they are sorted. The same trucks loop back to the terminals for the next inbound container. The trucks keep boxes moving by delivering outbound containers on the return leg.
Cargo owners can move their containers through the Peel Off yard in less than 48 hours and make those trips at night during off-peak traffic hours. TTSI has leased 250 chassis to ensure containers are on wheels and ready to roll. The parties are also coordinating their efforts with the new interchangeable chassis pool in the harbour complex.
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