How to Prepare for Peak Season

19Jul, 2023

August, the harbinger of the holiday season for retailers and manufacturers, often marks a peak in imports. This pattern, as identified by the latest Port Tracker report, is also anticipated to hold this year. However, the unfolding scenario has its complexities. Labor issues emerging at key junctions, including ports and warehouses, pose a potential threat to the seamless flow of goods.

Mario Cordero, the Port of Long Beach executive director, remarked, “While we foresee an escalation in imports through August, we cannot overlook the indications of labor disruptions.” 

Such disruptions could spiral into delays and an increase in costs for shippers.

Several elements contribute to these labor disruptions. The persistent shortage of truck drivers and the recent issues between dockworkers and management in Los Angeles amplify the situation’s complexity. Additionally, the continuing Canadian ILWU strike further compounds these issues.

Despite these challenges, Cordero expressed optimism about addressing these concerns in collaboration with their partners. He stated, “We are implementing strategic measures to mitigate these risks. However, it’s crucial for shippers to anticipate potential delays.”

Everglory Logistics is actively monitoring these unfolding situations. The company maintains open communication with its customers and aids them in formulating contingency plans to counter potential disruptions.

A spokesperson for Everglory Logistics commented, “Our commitment to our customers is unwavering. Despite the challenges we might face, we remain confident in our ability to deliver optimal services.”

Interestingly, the Port Tracker report isn’t only focused on imports. Exports, too, are predicted to maintain their strength through August, courtesy of the steady demand for American goods in overseas markets. Cordero noted, “The export market is demonstrating robust strength at present, and we anticipate this trend to persist through August.”

The Port Tracker report thus underscores August as a pivotal month for the logistics industry. However, the potential for labor disruptions necessitates that shippers stay vigilant and ready with contingency plans.

Everglory Logistics continues to uphold its commitment to deliver top-notch service, notwithstanding the challenges on the horizon. The company closely monitors evolving situations, ensuring its customers are well-prepared to handle contingencies. If you want to be one step ahead of disruption, contact Everglory Logistics today. 

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