Biden’s plan to operate the Port of Los Angeles 24/7 to break the backlog is insufficient
Angels — President Joe Biden announced a deal last month to set up round-the-clock operations at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest, to break an unprecedented container ship traffic jam blamed on rising consumer prices.
But this has not happened yet.
Port of Los Angeles CEO Jane Siroca said in an online briefing Tuesday that the sprawling complex has “24/7 capacity,” but the shortage of night-time truck drivers and warehouse workers poses problems with a non-stop schedule, along with urging importers to accept it. Extended hours.
“It’s an effort to try and get this whole orchestra of supply chain players to get the same calendar,” he said. Out of the thousands of importers, “we’ve had very few importers so far.”
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that going to a 24-hour-a-day schedule in the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere “does not, of course, mean changing the situation. There are a lot of players, even just on the port land.”
Regarding the transportation of goods, Siroca said there is encouraging news: since October 24, the port has seen a 25% decrease in the number of imported containers on the berths – from 95 thousand to 71 thousand. During the same time, he said, merchandise that’s been sitting for nine days or more is down 29%.
“There is a lot of work to be done on this front, but there is significant progress by port workers, shipping lines, truck drivers, marine terminal operators and our rail partners,” he said.
With container ships stranded in ports and empty goods waiting for trucks, the White House hoped a longer working day at the port would help ease congestion and reduce shipping delays for everything from cars to toasters to sneakers.
As of Tuesday, there were 84 container ships waiting outside to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles or its adjacent sister port in Long Beach, an improvement from some recent days when the number exceeded 100. In normal, busy times, there were only a handful of Ships have to wait for docking.
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