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Although the Biden administration recently announced that the Port of Los Angeles would switch to a 24/7 operation to help ease supply chain bottlenecks, the port’s executive director, Jean Cerocca, said when the schedule change would actually A timeline for when this will be effective remains unclear.

“It’s not a lever we can pull to open all the gates today, but what we’re doing is trying to squeeze the efficiency out of this port complex every minute, every hour, that we can, can share information, build on those strong decades-old relationships, and with the strength of the federal government behind it,” Serocca said during a media briefing Thursday. “Work here will be fast. It has to happen… but it’s bringing everyone together. There’s no timeline for when we’ll suddenly wake up and everything is going to happen 24/7.”

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According to the White House, the Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach account for about 40% of the country’s imports. Through August, Los Angeles and Long Beach have moved 30% more and 20% more containers, respectively, to help U.S. exporters reach customers around the world and U.S. families and factories get the goods they need. Can you

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More than 125,000 companies import cargo through the Port of Los Angeles each year, while another 75,000 companies export through its facilities. Meanwhile, about 18,000 truck drivers are registered to do business at the port.

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Serocca’s remarks come at a time when the Port of Los Angeles has recorded its busiest year in its 114-year history.

The Port of Los Angeles has averaged over 900,000 container units for the past 14 consecutive months. As of Thursday, the port processed more than 8.1 million units for the year, a 26.4% increase over the previous year, amid increased consumer demand.

On Thursday, 62 ships were waiting to enter both ports in San Pedro Bay, 31 of them headed for the port of Los Angeles. The ships anchored offshore for an average of 12 days before docking at the port. An additional 25 ships are expected to arrive at the port of Los Angeles over the next three days.

White House port envoy John Porcari said at the briefing that meetings would begin Friday to address the current barriers to 24/7 operations at the Port of Los Angeles and to reduce backlogs for many private sector companies within the supply chain. Cooperation between players will be required.

“It’s not flipping a light switch,” he said.

Going forward, the Port of Los Angeles will double the number of hours cargo is transferred from container ships to trucks and aims to unload 3,500 more containers during the night each week. The White House said members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union would work additional shifts.

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In addition, companies including Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Samsung, FedEx and UPS have committed to helping expedite the process of clearing cargo from the port to reduce congestion.