(Florham Park, NJ)…As of October 28, 2022 we are pleased to inform you that Hamburg Süd has resumed booking acceptance for our import rail service from Houston into the Los Angeles market. Upon discharge from vessels in Houston, Hamburg Süd will arrange drayage from ocean terminal to the BNSF Pearland ramp where containers will load onto railcars for movement to Los Angeles Pier 400. Import containers will be available for pick-up or delivery from the Pier 400 facility.

  • Transit time from Houston to Los Angeles is 6 days.
  • Standard rail acceptance policies for the BNSF network (hazardous cargo, weight, etc.) are applicable for this routing.
  • All import containers will be subject to tariff free time.
  • For customers purchasing Store Door service, Hamburg Süd will continue to deliver shipments to their final destination.
  • Please note there is no change for exports moving from Houston to Los Angeles to load vessels for ocean departure. This announcement specifically refers to Maersk resuming acceptance for imports discharging in Houston that need to reach the Los Angeles/Long Beach market.

Effective Date

As of October 28, 2022 the import lane from Houston to Los Angeles APM Terminal Pier 400 will be available for booking.

Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have.