White House officials said on Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles and the US dockworkers union have agreed to work even harder at night and over the weekend to ease queues that have hindered the delivery of many products.
Several other companies, including Walmart, FedEx and UPS, have also pledged to work harder at night to expedite the delivery of their containers from ports.
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to discuss these new initiatives with officials from these organizations during a virtual roundtable.
Expanding the hours of operation at the Port of Los Angeles, as the California port of Long Beach already did in mid-September, would make it possible to more quickly sell the many containers that are currently waiting to be unloaded from ships for several days. Huh.
These bottlenecks at ports have added to the myriad logistics challenges that have rocked supply chains around the world in recent months.
On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the disruption, combined with uneven vaccination across the world, was stifling global growth.
The US economy minister, Janet Yellen, for her part called on Americans not to panic over delays and shortages, assuring in an interview on CBS that there would be gifts for Christmas.
The reasons for this overcrowding are many. Since the start of the pandemic, the production of many companies that exploit raw materials or manufacturing goods has been regularly disrupted due to contamination.
Consumers have also ordered mass products for entertainment or household goods, as they cannot go to restaurants or cinemas.
And many companies are currently struggling to recruit key positions in the supply chain, from material operators to truck drivers.
But delivery delays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where 40% of containers come to the United States, exacerbate the problem.
Both these ports have already increased their capacity, but going into continuous service will accelerate as the holidays approach.
The American Dockworkers Union (ILWU) has stated that its members are prepared to work overtime.
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