Bottlenecks and backups at some of the nation’s busiest shipping ports are creating a shortage of just about everything, from computers and furniture to household items.
President Biden is meeting on Wednesday with major retailers and suppliers including Walmart, UPS, and Home Depot as well as port leaders looking for ways to reverse the shortages Americans are already facing. The ongoing shipping and production delays are especially a problem as the holiday shopping season approaches.
“What happens with the railroads in the Midwest, and warehouses across the country affects the number of ships that everyone sees in the harbor,” said Frank Ponce De Leon of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.
Shipping ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA account for 40% of all shipping containers entering the U.S. According to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, as of Monday, there were 62 ships docked at the two ports and 81 waiting to dock and unload.
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