- cargo ships are again idling off jammed Southern California ports
- a crush of advance orders from US manufacturers and retailers is contributing to the odds
Container ships are stacking up again off Southern California’s jammed ports, as a flood of imports and logjams in domestic logistics networks hit operations at the biggest U.S. gateway for seaborne trade says an article on Businesshala.
Global supply chains
Leaders of the two ports say the armada of cargo ships is due to increased volumes and unpredictability in global supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and later increased by shippers pushing holiday season imports to avoid delays.
Slowdown in operations
Jean Cerocca, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said US importers are bringing cargo earlier “knowing it will probably take longer to get it into their systems.” Twice this year dozens of container ships had to wait at anchor in major Chinese ports because of a slowdown in operations following the coronavirus outbreak.
West Coast congestion is one of many global constraints as ports meet labor and equipment shortages due to strong consumer demand and health and safety measures related to the pandemic.
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