[Source: Transport Dive] Supply chain problems, many jointly related to trucking and West Coast ports, have frustrated transport executives and national leaders for months. But the regulatory relief may be chipping away at a persistent problem in 2021. Much of that relief, of late, has been aimed at the trucking end.
Trucking is key to unclogging the ports because trucks are the main tool to move the containers, full and empty, out of the yards. Frustration with systems at the ports led Matt Schrap, CEO of Harbor Trucking Association, to tell Transport Dive that the empty containers were not being sent back to the ocean carriers fast enough. Instead, drivers with empty containers were being turned away at their appointed times. That also led chassis to run short, because the containers sit atop the chassis.