California trucking boss suggests that officials consider declaring a state-of-emergency over jammed ports.
Monday saw a new record for the number of vessels awaiting entry to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Experts agree that it is necessary for all involved in the supply chain to resolve the crisis.
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A state trucking boss suggested that officials in Southern California declare a state emergency to ease congestion in ports.
Shawn Yadon (CEO of the California Trucking Association) stated that every stakeholder in supply chain must act to solve the crisis. This includes shipping, trucking and rail, as well as warehousing. Similar sentiments were expressed by other experts.
According to the Marine Exchange data, there were 100 vessels awaiting docking and unloading at Long Beach and Los Angeles ports on Monday.
Yadon stated that a "perfect storm" had hit ports due to labor shortages in the supply chain, which included trucking.
He said, "I believe we are in California in which a state emergency related to ports is definitely something that should be considered."
There were 100 ships in the harbor waiting Monday. 97 of them were container ships carrying cargo that could be lost during the holiday shopping season.
The highest port record before the pandemic was 17 ships waiting for anchorage, Kip Louttit of the Marine Exchange, told Insider this week.
Long delays are caused by a lack of truck drivers and on-dock workers who have piled up containers for weeks on the docks.
This record was announced days after the White House announced the LA port would follow in Long Beach's footsteps and shift to a 24-hour-a-day, seven day-a-week schedule.
CNN was informed by the head of American Trucking Associations that there were currently 80,000 truck drivers in the country, setting a new record.