Its anything but counter productive.
A.) It takes a tug 15 minutes to drive the road from remote gates to TBIT. LA
watch the speed limit very closely there.
B.) When the A/C go to remote, it takes 2 mechanics to taxi it, which takes them away from other duties. If you have 4 planes at the remote gates there were not even enough mechanics to bring them in at the same time.
C.) And the less a plane moves, the less chance it gets damaged.
So the T-3 international arrival situation is great.