Record Volumes of Containers at L.A Ports to Become the “New Normal”


Amid the post-covid recovery efforts by the U.S., pressures from the supply-chain crisis in the auto transport industry mount higher. There is increasing congestion of containers at L.A ports and Long Beach ports. Cars and shipments are being delayed at the ports for very long periods and they just keep stacking up.

This is due to the shortage of truckers and the peak season which contribute to the port congestions. The supply chain disruption has caused successive price hikes as the cost of shipping also takes a hit. The auto transport industry is also currently facing challenges keeping up with surging demand. 

Containers at L.A Ports keep rising

Since the resumption of activities after the lockdown, the recovery of the auto transport industry keeps slogging. A key contributing factor is the L.A clogged ports that have left almost everyone bewildered. Experts believe that this backlog reflects a much deeper issue in America’s supply chain. However, the volumes of containers at the ports sitting idle continue to soar to record high.

This rising container clogs is no doubt a consequence of the home shopping binge that became prevalent during the lockdown. Unfilled orders, stacked and long-delayed containers, dormant cranes and higher shipping costs constitutes the new normal at the ports.

While the demand for containers at L.A Ports keeps rising, some affected claim that the reasons behind the jam transcend normal market forces. However, there have been some slight contentions and finger-pointing amidst truckers, terminals, foreign shippers and retailers on the actual cause of the backlogs. In addition, there is limited available workforce and truckers at the ports’ warehouses to decongest the cargo backlogs and facilitate a seamless outflow.

Log Jam of Container Volumes Becomes the “New Normal”

Since the ports of long beach and Los Angeles handle about one-third of U.S imports, we would normally expect a quick fix. However, analysts claims that there is no short-term solution to the ongoing backlog of cargo containers. This issue might even transcend the winter period. Even the budgeted $17 billion for upgrading U.S. ports may not be enough, reports CBS news.

The de-escalation of the congested ports may even be further away in time than anticipated. According to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, the number of inbound vessels queued to enter the ports has reached a record high of 80.

Mario Cordero, the executive director of the port of long beach says he expects some improvements before the end of the first quarter of 2022.  He explained that the demand upsurge could help to ease the congestion of containers at L.A ports as consumers’ spending continues to rise.

In a bid to ease up the port, Cordero said they may start charging docks that have stayed for too long on the docks. He revealed that the threat alone has helped to improve the removal of cargo containers at L.A ports.

Metti International is here to Help

As the volume of containers at the ports increases, hiring Metti International to provide you reliable car carriers would be one of your best choices. Metti International is a licensed car shipping broker with the Federal Carrier Safety Administration. We render top-notch services that drive ultimate customer satisfaction. 

Whether you are moving to a new city or buying a new/used car, we will help you ship your car. We always advise our customers to ship vehicles from one major metro area to another. This is because, carriers find it easier during pick-up and drop-off to ship customers’ cars from central locations than remote locations.

Call 866-620-1776 to schedule your auto transport with Metti International today. You will also get an instant quote. For more information on our services, visit our website at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.