The sharp increase in online shopping during the pandemic and the lack of carriers and trucks have caused chaos in the terminals of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two most important in the country, which are now looking for strategies to solve a collapse without precedents.
The proximity of the Christmas season has put the problems of the US supply chain in the crosshairs of millions of people, who cannot explain how a power of such caliber has paralyzed their routes of entry of products, mostly from Asia.
The epicenter of this problem is in the neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where 40% of the containers enter the United States, and which have become the graphic representation of the worrying stoppage of US supply.
You only need to walk through the coastal areas of the Los Angeles megalopolis to notice the long lines of huge freighters that anchor in front of these two piers waiting to be able to dock and unload their goods, a task that can now take up to twelve days. according to data provided to Efe by the port of Los Angeles.
10-hour queues at ports
Waiting for these goods and products on the mainland are hundreds of carriers a day, such as Gio Marz, who tells Efe from the outskirts of the Los Angeles dock that the queues at the terminals to pick up cargo easily exceed 10 hours.
“There is a lot of congestion: you see many times that drivers arrive at 10 in the morning and leave at 8 or 9 at night with a single load,” explains Marz, truck driver and director of operations of the transport company of loads Atlas Marine, while some cranes move containers behind it.
In his opinion, the main problem lies in the “great increase” in electronic commerce during the pandemic, which grew by 4% globally according to United Nations figures, and in the lack of frames or chassis, the structural element of the trucks designed to support and transport cargo.