The Shipping Crisis Could Be The Grinch That Steals America’s Christmas
The port of California, where 36 percent of US imports come from, is months behind in getting its cargo.
One of the industries affected is the toy industry, which belongs to Toy Association President Steve Pasierb, who said Wednesday on “America Reports” that kids can’t get a gift of their choice if they’re shopping closer to Christmas. Is.
“It’s hitting us at the worst times of the year, which are the holidays,” he said.
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Pacierb said it would take “many, many” months to resolve the crisis at West Coast ports. Another part of the issue is the “trucking crisis,” said host Sandra Smith. Even when goods are unloaded, transportation backlogs due to labor shortage.
“We have a long, long way to go. It took us over a year to get there,” Passierb said.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House had set up a task force in June to tackle the problem. She blamed the pandemic for the economic fallout, calling it “inevitable”.
“I can’t make any predictions,” said Saki, as to how long the supply chain bottlenecks will last. However, she added that mitigating the problem is not going to happen overnight.
“The supply chain task force has been working round the clock for months and months … Various issues that we see in the supply chain … There are issues at ports … They are increasing lately,” she said.
To ease the crisis, the Biden administration announced that it has worked out logistics with the Port of Los Angeles to extend its hours of operation to 24/7.
President Biden said, “Today’s announcement has the potential to be a gamechanger by increasing the number of late-night operations and opening up to less crowded hours when goods can move faster.”