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The US West and East Coast ports saw a reduction in port congestion during January, as workers cleared a substantial backlog amid Covid-19 outbreaks, according to the supply chain visibility platform provider Project44.

Particularly, the number of ships waiting per day to berth at US ports, on average, fell from 14.1 ships in December to 7.4 in January, according to Project44 intelligence.

However, while there was some easement at US ports, including Los Angeles (POLA) and Long Beach (POLB), congestion shifted to Asian ports, which recorded an increase from 13 ships per day to 16.7 per day, on average, from December to January.

Among the Asian ports, Hong Kong recorded the biggest increase, from 13 ships per day in December to 16.7 per day in January, according to the company’s data.

Regarding the European ports, they noted a month-to-month average decline from 6.5 ships per day in December to 5.6 ships per day in January.

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