prevails at the Port of Los Angeles, stakeholders are trying to incentivize
cargo flow however they can, be it with carrots, sticks, or out-of-the-box
At all container terminals CMA CGM offers incentives to truckers to
pick up containers
CMA CGM set a
precedent for offering container pickup incentives in early December. The ocean
carrier is offering truckers $100 for daytime moves, and $200 for night and
weekend moves at all container terminals. Combined, the two programs are
carrots for truckers who may not otherwise have picked up a CMA CGM or Zim box.
The problem not unwillingness but inability truckers say
But talk to
truckers and they'll say the problem behind slow moving goods is not an
unwillingness to pick up cargo: It's an inability to do so. Drayage companies
looking to pickup goods need to be able to secure both a chassis and a terminal
appointment to move a container — and both can be hard to secure.
In a November
earnings call, Zim CFO Xavier Destriau recognized ocean carriers had a stake in
"nobody has any interest in incurring cost and then passing the cost to
customers," referencing the threat of a port-imposed dwell fee on loaded
containers. To speed flow, the CFO said Zim had "made sure that we
repositioned the containers full to places where customers could come and pick
up the cargo."
“Dedicated interchange lane" at the terminal
Zim advertised one
such solution at the same time as its new incentive program. In order to lure
truckers to West Basin Container Terminal, the ocean carrier noted it had
created a "dedicated interchange lane" at the terminal so truckers could
"make pick up appointments at the pedestal for ZIM Expedited Cargoes (i.e.
no pre-made appointment for pick-up is required)."
overly important for us, again, is to all work together to try to make sure
that the customers get the cargo, that we get our customers back, that the
ports can work and continue to work efficiently," said Destriau.