With the national supply chain in crisis, and dozens of ships anchored offshore in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach waiting to offload cargo, some ships are choosing to sail up the coast to Port Hueneme.
Typically, Hueneme handles cargo like bananas, fresh produce, cars and fertilizer, but with the current backlog of ships, the port’s CEO and Director, Kristin Decas, said they have become a “relief valve” for the congestion at the bigger ports down south. Decas also said that the port is helping out on the export side.
“Because there’s so much money being made on import cargo that a lot of times the export cargo gets left behind, and we’re seeing those containers come here to Port Hueneme and be able to get on ships and move to South America trade lanes. In fact, just this first quarter alone, our export volume is up 219%.”
Some vessels have opted to unload all their containers at the Port of Hueneme, as a way of avoiding the larger ports all together.