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Peel off method gaining momentum as port congestion fighter

SAN DIEGO — The terminal operator of the future in high-volume ports must eliminate multiple handling of containers and reduce truck wait times within the yard in order to handle cargo surges from big ships, logistics experts were told Wednesday.

A process known as free flow, or peel off, is attracting favorable reviews from terminal operators as well as truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach. Though still considered to be in its infancy since it was launched in early 2014, the ports are confident enough about the potential of peel off that they are identifying parcels of land in the harbor area that can be used to expand the program.

What makes peel off interesting and somewhat different from other initiatives designed to reduce terminal congestion is that it takes place in the terminal yard, rather than alongside the vessel or at the gate, yet the efficiencies generated by peel off are shared by truckers, vessel operators and cargo owners, as well as the terminals.

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