The head of the California Trucking Association has called for a state of emergency to be declared in California over the chaos at ports.
“I think we’re in a position in California where port-related emergencies are definitely something that should be considered,” California Trucking Association CEO Sean Yadon told Fox News.
The closed ports are being caused by global supply issues, increased demand for goods for the holiday season, and local labor shortages of dockworkers and truck drivers.
Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, told CNN that the trucking industry needs an estimated 80,000 drivers. The pre-pandemic industry was already operating on low workforce, with a shortage of 61,500 truck drivers.
The California ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles account for 40 percent of container imports into the US. The Biden administration announced last week that the Port of Los Angeles would follow Long Beach’s example and operate 24/7 to reduce blockages. President Biden calls for expanding operations to all areas of the supply chain in the coming weeks
“For the positive impact to be felt by all of you across the country and at home, we need major retailers who have ordered freight and freight movers who move goods from ships to factories and shops, with Just to step up,” he said.
Other ports around the US are facing similar problems, with about 70 cargo ships lined up to head into the port this week in Savannah, with tourists queuing up to catch the unusual sight of giant ships. come for.
There have been warnings of a shortage of toys, clothing and food over the Christmas period, as well as rising prices of goods. Consumers are being advised to plan ahead for the holidays.
Freight-tracking company Freightos said the cost of containers between China and the US has risen to $20,000 in the past year, from just $4,000 a year ago, while prices between the countries have fallen by 500 percent year over year. There was an increase.
UPS President Scott Price told the AP in September, “I half-jokingly tell people to ‘order your Christmas presents now because otherwise on Christmas Day, there might be a picture of something that’s going to last until February or March’. Not coming.”
The bipartisan infrastructure bill has earmarked funds to address national transport issues. A state of emergency is typically used to protect civilians, and resources are focused immediately on a problem. California recently declared a state of emergency in response to an oil spill near Huntington Beach. “The state is moving to cut red tape and mobilize all available resources to protect public health and the environment,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement in early October.
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