Port Authority expands mandatory appointment requirements following continued reduction in turn times.
As published on JOC.com (see full article)
The Port of Virginia will require trucking companies to have appointments to pick up or drop off containers through 3 p.m. beginning Dec. 9, extending the mandatory window an additional hour and leaving only two hours at the end of the day for unfettered access.
The initial plan was to begin the new hours on Dec. 2, but port officials pushed back the change because of the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Appointments have been well received by trucking companies after a rocky start in March 2018. Even a group of truck drivers have come around to understanding the merits. These drivers were initially worried the appointment system would harm local draymen, who are paid by the job and depend on easy access in and out of the terminal several times each day.