Port of LA and top freight carriers will work 24/7 to clear backlog

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The Port of Los Angeles and some of the nation’s largest commercial freight carriers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as part of a White House-led push to ship mass unloaded shipping on time for holiday shopping. Will start working to clear the backlog. Season.

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According to a senior White House official, the Port of Los Angeles efforts will be pushed forward to a 24-hour operation by workers from FedEx, Wal-Mart, and UPS.

Additionally, the White House is looking to other transportation providers to do the same to maximize capacities nationwide and avoid supply chain bottlenecks, with many experts warning of shortages during one of the peak seasons for US retail businesses. .

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The Port of Los Angeles is the largest port in all of North America, spanning 7,500 acres and containing 25 separate cargo terminals. The 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach is the second largest port, and has been operating 24 hours a day for several weeks. Combined, the two ports handle nearly half of all cargo entering the United States, including containers from America’s biggest trading partners such as China, Japan and South Korea.

Both have seen record numbers of ships waiting to be unloaded in recent days due to pandemic-era changes in labor supply and shopping practices. White House officials are hoping that full-day, all-night operations in the supply chain will help address shipping and supply bottlenecks. Other companies joining the push to expand operations are Samsung, Target and Home Depot.

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“We need the private sector to help us solve these problems,” a White House official said about the announcement Wednesday afternoon during a virtual roundtable with President Joe Biden and shipping industry leaders. informs journalists.” .

The official said the White House is hoping that more and more shipping and logistics providers will join those who have already made a commitment to move to non-stop operations, as such commitments are most effective “when there is a gap in the supply chain.” With every private company does the same thing”.

“We will be looking into the extension of hours as well as trucking and freight traffic to deal with bottlenecks,” the official said.

“We will work in the supply chain for a 90-day sprint by the end of the year”.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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