We’re now halfway through 2022 and it appears as if the supply chain crunches that snared up shipping rates and caused soaring inflation has begun to finally even out. Southern California readers will vividly remember an ocean horizon filled with well over 100 massive cargo ships waiting for unloading during the pre-holiday rush, but the line to enter the Los Angeles harbor has finally slowed to a manageable trickle.
This slowdown has two major causes – a dramatic fall in demand thanks to markets responding to vastly increased shipping prices and the current port closures all over the Chinese seaboard. As fewer and fewer ships enter and exit Chinese ports, shipping rates have slowed dramatically, finally giving a beleaguered Los Angeles port a welcome break to clear out the buildup.
This situation is not to last, however. Chinese authorities have already begun easing some restrictions on some port cities, including some of the largest in the country near Shanghai. With 1/5 of the entire world’s shipping fleet stuck off the Chinese coast, once operations begin in earnest, we can expect a deluge of shipping containers making their way back across the Pacific.
This means that logistics companies need to start getting ready now to handle the huge influx of cargo coming our way. Companies that will be servicing the port need to ensure vehicles are well-serviced, new drivers are trained, and fleets are ready to hit the ground running once the vessels make their way into port.
A key part of this is making sure fleet vehicles are properly insured and that drivers, loaders, and logistics operators are fully aware of what paperwork needs to be filed quickly and efficiently once containers are picked up. This means finding a highly communicative insurance provider that can find you the best policies for your field of operation.
One southern California local insurance provider that checks all these boxes is S.W.A.N. Insurance. S.W.A.N. Insurance has been finding San Diego trucking companies great rates for Last Mile, Cargo, Auto Liability, and Inland Marine insurance coverage for the better part of a decade.
S.W.A.N. is best known by their clients for going above and beyond the line of duty to ensure that they know exactly what procedures and paperwork are needed to create an airtight claim in the event of an accident. Here it is in their own words:
Chris Mahlberg of Swan Insurance was recommended by a friend. At the time, I was searching for a knowledgeable, proactive agent that would find the best policies to fit my personal & business needs. I wanted a professional I could rely on to continually keep our policies updated with the right coverage and competitive rates. The top notch customer service and ongoing communication with personalized support that I have received has been absolutely AMAZING!! A major factor in my decision to retain this agency was the willingness that Chris provided to go above and beyond the customary practice. He is extremely competent, driven, and extremely passionate about his job and it shows. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for help in finding the best coverage for commercial auto, general liability, workers’ compensation etc. Swan Insurance values client relationships which provides outstanding, professional service along with competitive pricing. By far this agency is one great example of a local company demonstrating that capacity and aptitude!Danny Boyd, Google Review
With a new port logjam likely coming up on the horizon, logistics companies need to be ready to take advantage of yet another spike in demand for their services. Being ready means making sure your fleet is properly insured, and for that, you need S.W.A.N. Insurance. Call now:
2148 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101