Backlogged LA port struggles to implement 24/7 schedules: ‘We’ve had very few takers’ | Shipping industry | The Guardian

…US ports have been inundated with cargo since the pandemic shifted spending. Covid-19 reduced labor needed to keep goods flowing smoothly. Ageing truckers retired early, while infection control measures limited dock and warehouse staffing. Facing full warehouses at home, companies delayed picking up goods at the port.

With container ships stranded at ports and unloaded goods waiting for trucks, the White House hoped the longer workday at the port would help loosen the bottleneck and reduce shipping delays for everything from cars to toasters to sneakers.

On Tuesday, the backlog remained significant, but there were signs of progress. Eighty-four container ships were waiting to enter the Los Angeles–Long Beach port complex, slightly down from some recent days when the number topped 100…

Source: Backlogged LA port struggles to implement 24/7 schedules: ‘We’ve had very few takers’ | Shipping industry | The Guardian