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Ports across U.S. cut hours as cargo volumes decline as 1 in 5 Americans hunker down

PortandTerminal.com, March 21, 2020

One in five Americans will soon be required to stay indoors as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Illinois join California in severely restricting residents’ movement. Ports remain open but low cargo volumes are forcing many to cut hours.

MIAMI, FL – The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) is temporarily suspending Saturday truck gate hours, according to a website announcement. The Port of Baltimore has also cut hours throughout March as a result of declining cargo volume. 

READ: Port of Baltimore reducing hours and closing cruise terminal

Two terminals at Port Miami will also close temporarily as a result of lower than normal volume. The Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company at Port Miami will be closed Monday and Tuesday, “due to extremely low import volumes caused by blanked vessel sailings,” the terminal said in an operational update​

READ: Seattle cargo terminals close as coronavirus and trade war kills cargo

Two Seattle marine cargo terminals also shut a week ago, and one stopped all operations — the first time in five years a Seattle terminal has done so. So few shipping containers are coming from China there was no reason to keep them open.

READ: ITALY LOCKDOWN – Summary of current situation at its Ports.

The Port of Houston this week was forced to suspend operations at two container terminals after an employee tested positive for COVID19. The closures lasted less than 24 hours and both terminals are now operating.

READ: Port of Houston terminals reopen after employee COVID19 closure

The closure was announced after a Port Houston employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Port of Houston Authority Chairman Ric Campo.

One bright spot was the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) which has been slammed by both the trade war and coronavirus. POLA reported this week that cargo volumes were creeping back and were at 85% of normal levels, as California

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