Hapag-Lloyd is recommending that shippers to reroute cargo from the Port of New York and New Jersey to avoid delays that the carrier said it expects will continue until mid-September.
It was the strongest public statement yet by carriers in response to two months of operational delays that have forced truckers to endure almost-daily waits of up to several hours at New York-New Jersey container terminals.
In a letter to customers, Hapag-Lloyd cited marine terminal system updates and rollouts, trucking shortages accompanying new hours of service regulations, vacation-season shortages of ILA labor, and construction and bunching of ship calls at marine terminals.
“Both local and rail cargo are affected,” Hapag-Lloyd told customers. “In efforts to minimize commercial exposure to NY/NJ and restore our service to our customers, we strongly suggest rerouting cargo where possible.”