Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

William A. Cunningham III, PhD


USTRANSCOM (United States Transportation Command) sends containers to various overseas destinations, mainly commercial container shipping companies. Delivering the containers to the destinations on time is important to support the United States (US) Forces deployed in foreign countries. This study analyzes container shipment records for two years from 2019 to 2021 and prepares insights for USTRANSCOM. This study utilizes descriptive statistics, data visualization, and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). According to the records, almost half of the containers (41.25%) were delivered late for one day or longer. The container with the longest delay took 408 days. Major reasons for delays included port staging and related issues, delivery scheduling, incremental weather, missing documents, customs issues, COVID-19, and so on. One-way ANOVA results revealed that shipments to the Republic of Korea (ROK) took longer than any other country in the USINDOPACOM region, which was statistically significant. In addition, when only delayed containers to ROK were selected, the mean delay days were 6.92 days with a standard deviation of 17.078, which showed high variability. Although most delayed shipments have been approved by USTRANSCOM, it is critical for USTRANSCOM to understand delays for planning shipments to the destinations.

AFIT Designator



Approved for public release, 88ABW-2022-0244.