Currently, industries all over the world are facing major setbacks as cargo and shipping delays have mounted, causing challenges along the supply chain. As we reported on our sister site ANUK, President Joe Biden announced plans to expand pick-up and return at Los Angeles and Long Beach cargo ports to help ease the delays for those that rely on cargo shipment here in California. However, it looks like as many as half a million shipping containers could be waiting off the ports in Southern California for up to four weeks before they could dock, raising concerns about shortages in the months ahead.
Shipping bottlenecks, a shortage of shipping containers, and various other factors have caused the ports in Southern California to extend wait times, which trickles down the supply chain to drive up demand and prices, reported local news source CBS Los Angeles. Allegedly, the ports recently broke several records for the number of ships they had at shore as well as for the number of ships waiting to dock.
With these bottlenecks affecting the supply chain, many are concerned that there could be a shortage of goods in the run-up to the holidays, noted Business Insider. The source continued to state that, as a result of ongoing delays, many retailers are being forced to find creative ways to overcome shortages and price hikes.
Luckily, this issue isn’t nationwide; East Coast ports are faring better than us here on the West, as there are fewer ships waiting in New York and New Jersey cargo ports to anchor.
“Amid a global increase in shipping delays, which have significantly impacted some ports, including those on the West Coast, operations at the port remain strong,” Scott Ladd, Media Relations at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, stated to Business Insider.
Ladd further commented, “During September, and throughout the pandemic, the port performed extraordinarily well in keeping the supply chain moving throughout the region.”
Deli Market News will keep a close eye on the wire to report on the latest.