Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would both be operating 24/7 to ease supply chain bottlenecks. These ports handle 40% of shipping containers imported to the United States. During off peak hours, cargo leaves the port 25 percent faster. The president received commitments from major retailers Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Target, Home Depot, and Samsung to ramp up activities to utilize off-peak hours at ports.1
President Biden promised that “this is the first key step toward moving our entire freight transportation and logistical supply chain, nationwide, to a 24/7 system.”2 We’re hopeful that these changes will help clear the growing backlog and delays.
1. President Biden Remarks on Global Supply Chain Issues, C-Span, Oct 13, 2021, Accessed Oct 18, 2021.
2. Remarks by President Biden on Efforts to Address Global Transportation Supply Chain Bottlenecks, The White House, Oct 13, 2021. Accessed Oct 18, 2021