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Over 250,000 Shipping Containers Stuck at U.S. Ports with Record Backlog Ahead of Holidays

Biden has made the problem worse and only offered implausible solutions

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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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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Staber

    October 9, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Let’s go… you know, the thing.

  2. Juan Salazar

    October 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Yet ANOTHER Dem caused crisis left to “others” to clean up… Dear God, when are libs and lib followers wake up and realize YOU’LL never get better results or even basic ones if you keep electing the same do nothing damaged Democrats into power!! NO WONDER ALL THINGS SEEM HOPELESS!!!

  3. Bud

    October 10, 2021 at 9:29 am

    So what is taking so long to get the trucks that ARE available to get loaded.

    • Linda

      October 11, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      It is not the truck drivers period. It is the Dems and Biden holding the ships out at sea. They will not let them dock. To cause a shortage to scare people to become communistic. And about 56 percent of the people in America are to stupid to wake the hell up.

  4. harold hand

    October 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    We have National Guard that should be able to drive trucks and unload ships

  5. JOHNNY RIVERA

    October 10, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    DURING THE “PLANDEMIC” TRUCK DRIVER WERE CLASSIFIED FRONT LINE WORKERS. DON’T STOP RUNNING, KEEPS SUPPLY AND DEMAND ROLLING, NO WORRIES, OUT OF DOT COMPLIANCE, NO PROBLEM, KEEP MOVING.EMERGENCY SITUATION. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS THE MOST RESTRICTIVE TRUCKING LAWS IN THE NATION, OLDER TRUCKS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE STATE, REGARDLESS THAT THEY MEET ALL THE FEDERAL DOT REGULATIONS. YOU HAVE A CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA, ALLOW ALL TRUCKS TO ENTER THE STATE, IT’S A NO BRAINER, WAKE UP PEOPLE, BLAMING SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS AS THE REASON FOR THE BACKUP IT’S A B.S.

    • Jerry

      October 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      O M G!!!
      The comments here are SO idiotic!!!
      NONE of you are in the Shipping business. I AM.!
      There is NO driver shortage. Container drivers get paid by the load; not hourly.

      John, only “clean” trucks are allow in the L.A. Ports. There was a Clean Air Act that started in 2005! George W was in office. Blaim him. LOL. There is NO State law about older trucks into California. Actually, the government helped Californian trucker to purchase New “Clean” trucks to replace old trucks that pollute the air.

  6. RoadRunner

    October 11, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I live just off I75 and I can tell you it does not appear there is a driver shortage. There are so many trucks on the road it’s unbelievable. Question is, why are the docks so slow in loading? Think it’s on purpose or just the work force dumbing down. Everywhere I go, seems to take forever. No one moves quickly.

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