Over 250,000 container ships are “crowding ports from New York to Los Angeles” waiting to be unloaded. The ships are stuck at sea because of supply chain issues. The record backlog has small businesses worried about losing business ahead of the holidays.
Executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, said “only half the truck drivers registered to do business here visit us at least once a week. We need more drivers on the job.” Without drivers making the pickups, “there’s no room to put this cargo. Our docks are full. People need to come and pick up their cargo” said Seroka.
A trucker shortage may not be entirely to blame, as trucker George Anaya explains shortcomings at the port. He explains when he arrived for his 7 p.m. appointment to pick up a load, the port does not move fast enough and his shipment was not loaded and ready for him to leave the port until 2 a.m.
Normally Anaya says he picks up roughly 20 loads a week. But this year he has only been able to average around six per week. In August Bloomberg reported, “the U.S. has been grappling with a chronic lack of drivers for years, but the shortage reached crisis levels because of the pandemic.”
“Trucking has emerged as one of the most acute bottlenecks in a supply chain that has all but unraveled amid the pandemic, worsening supply shortages across industries, further fanning inflation and threatening a broader economic recovery” reports Bloomberg.
As is common with Democrats and their liberal policies that create problematic consequences, President Biden has made the problem worse and only offered implausible solutions. The Biden administration has disincentivized individuals from working through the global pandemic.
Forcing businesses to shut down while simultaneously paying individuals not to work and subsidizing certain companies to stay in business without having to produce any goods or services has created an economic standstill. As a result, Americans are hurting from growing inflation.
The Port of Los Angeles has already extended its hours. President Biden has said he’d like to see the ports operating 24 hours a day. President Biden, how would that be helpful when there are not enough truckers to pick up the cargo?
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