Ships at California ports are now waiting RECORD 17 days to unload: Supply crisis gets worse after Biden vowed to fix it / November 16, 2021

  • There were as many as 83 ships at anchor and in a holding pattern outside ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach as of Friday night, a new record
  • The nearly 17-day wait is double the wait time from two months ago 
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom is attempting to address the problem by doubling capacities at the state’s DMV 
  • The logjams at the ports come as strained supply chains have caused controversy for President Joe Biden  

The logjam at California‘s ports for ships to wait is now as long as 17 days – a new record amid the continuing supply chain crisis just weeks before Black Friday and the holidays usually turn spending into overdrive..

There were as many as 83 ships at anchor and in a holding pattern outside ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach as of Friday night, officials said.

The nearly 17-day wait is double the wait time from just two months ago. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is attempting to address the problem by doubling capacities at the state’s DMV in an effort to conduct more commercial driving tests and ease the truck driver shortage.  

‘With today’s announcement, we’ll get more truckers on the road to get goods where they need to go faster,’ Newsom said. ‘The supply chain crisis is not a California specific problem, but we’ve taken swift action to relieve congestion and increase our capacity to move goods quickly.’ 

The California DMV will open up Saturday hours at various test sites.  

The logjams at the ports come as strained supply chains have caused controversy for President Joe Biden as they combine with inflation and shortages of workers. 

Record inflation and supply-chain shortages are driving customers to shop for bargains at discount stores, where spending jumped 65 percent last week as consumer prices hit the highest level in 31 years as the crucial holiday shopping season approaches. 

Biden headed to his home in Delaware for the weekend amid the continued crisis, in addition to ongoing trouble at the US/Mexico border.

Every sector of the supply chain has reached capacity,’ Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement earlier this week. ‘We are trying to add capacity by searching for vacant land to store containers, expanding the hours of operation at terminals, and implementing a fee that will incentivize ocean carriers to pull their containers out of the port as soon as possible.’

Biden said on Wednesday that most Americans cannot understand the problems faced by the United States’ supply chains, adding that ‘not a lot of people’ have a clear grasp of the networks and their implications.

Since September, the United States has – like other countries around the world – been battling snarled supply chains.

Ships have spent days off the coasts of the world’s major ports, unable to unload their cargo due to a shortage of delivery drivers and technical staff. Container ships have plied their routes with their vessels only partially loaded, due to logistical issues in ports and warehouses.

The crisis has led to fears that stores may not have enough supplies for the holidays, and gifts may not arrive.

Biden has said before that the knock-on effect of the supply chain problems were scarcely understood.

On Saturday, he said: ‘If we were all going out and having lunch together and I said, ‘Let’s ask whoever’s in the next table, no matter what restaurant we’re in, have them explain the supply chain to us.’ Do you think they’d understand what we’re talking about?

‘They’re smart people,’ the president added, but he concluded the current crisis was a part of a ‘complicated world.’

Biden also said Saturday that he has yet to see a reporter outline ‘very well’ how supply chains work

Earlier on Wednesday an inflation report showed the largest annual increase in prices in three decades.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that prices in October rose 0.9 per cent from September — and more than 6 per cent over the past year, the largest annual rise in 30 years.

‘I’m here to talk about one of the most pressing economic concerns of the American people,’ he said. ‘And it’s real.

‘And that is getting prices down, number one.

‘Number two, making sure our stores are fully stocked.

‘And number three, getting a lot of people back to work while tracking and tackling these two above challenges.’ 

Speaking at the port of Baltimore, where he touted his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill – which was passed by Congress earlier this month, and which he plans to sign into law on Monday – Biden said that investing in resiliency was essential.

‘You hear a lot about the supply chains in the news, but frankly, not a lot of people have a clear understanding, whether they have a Ph.D. or they didn’t go to school, about how a supply chainworks,’ the president said.

‘In simple terms, supply chain is just the journey that a product takes to get to your doorstep,’ he said.

The irony is people have more money now because of the first major piece of legislation I passed.

‘You all got checks for $1,400. You got checks for a whole range of things,’ Biden said, referencing his COVID relief checks sent out in April.

‘If you’re a mom and you have kids under the age of 7, you get $300 a month and if it’s over 7 to 17, you’re getting $360 a month,’ he said, misstating the second amount, which is $250 per month.

‘It changes people’s lives. But what happens if there’s nothing to buy and you got more money to compete for getting [goods]? It creates a real problem.’

‘On the one hand, we’re facing new disruptions to our supplies. At the same time, we’re also experiencing higher demand for goods because wages are up as well as people have money in the bank. And because of the strength of our economic recovery, American families have been able to buy more products.’ 

Biden said it was ‘easily understandable’ why Americans would not comprehend how ‘incredibly complex’ supply chains work, because they rarely crossed peoples’ minds.

‘As long as goods and materials are getting where they need to go on time, there’s usually no need to worry about the supply chains,’ Biden said.

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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