(by Ben Zeisloft | The Daily Wire) – There are now 111 container ships waiting to unload in California’s ports.
For the past several months, shipping vessels delivering consumer goods from Asian markets have idled in the Pacific Ocean as the United States faces labor shortages, creating bottlenecks in key California ports. As a result, retailers and suppliers across the United States are short on inventory to meet consumer demand.
Even after action from the Biden administration, more consumer goods than ever remain stranded. As Business Insider reported on Wednesday:
According to data from the Marine Exchange, a total of 111 container ships are bobbing at sea around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waiting to dock and unload. That breaks the previous record of 108 vessels reported on October 21.
The two ports remain clogged despite efforts to speed up the processing of containers amid a surge in consumer demand for goods. The White House announced a shift to an around-the-clock schedule in October and a new looming threat of fines for leaving containers on the docks for several days.
Analysts expect that the crisis will endure for the foreseeable future. In a recent Wall Street Journal poll of economists, roughly half cited supply chain bottlenecks as “the biggest threat to economic growth in the next twelve to eighteen months” — with 45% estimating that bottlenecks will not recede until the second half of 2022.
Nevertheless, the Biden administration has emphasized that the supply chain issues are attributable to increased consumer demand following COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession. Indeed, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a CNN interview last month that the crisis points to how “successfully” President Biden has managed the economy. Read Full Article >