Port Delays Intensify

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Port Delays Worsen

The volume of containers at the Port of Los Angeles is up 30 percent over last year but the capacity to truck the containers out of the port has only increased by 8 percent.

More than 60 ships are lined up to enter the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA in a record backlog, according to the BBC. And tens of thousands of containers are stuck at those ports at the moment, said the Wall Street Journal.

News reports today blamed the bottlenecks on increasing demand for goods from early holiday shoppers and a labor shortage of truckers and warehouse workers.

Clogged ports are part of the reason shortages are expected to grow more severe next quarter for many goods including car audio.

“This fourth quarter is going to be tough, not just for car audio but for every industry,” said Ronnie Brashear of Epsilon Electronics.  “My Chinese counterparts told me 45 days ago that if I knew what I wanted to get my friends for Christmas to buy it now because it won’t be there in the fourth quarter. We employ 5 people in China. They are in touch daily with everything going on, not just electronics.”

Many 12 volt dealers said they expect worsening shortages this holiday season including Todd Hays of Columbus Car Audio, OH. “It’s going to be a problem in the fourth quarter for sure. I just hope we continue to get more of these air freight opportunities. If I have to pay more, that fine, I’ll just sell it for more.”

MSNBC aired a news report today forecasting many Christmas gift items will be out of stock after Black Friday.

Costco has returned to limiting purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and bottled water. Nike doesn’t have enough sneakers to carry it through the holidays, reported the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets.

The two LA ports are working at 60 to 70 percent of their capacity due to labor shortages and other bottlenecks.  Long Beach will test running 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday,  but the Port of Los Angeles is keeping its current hours, said the Wall Street Journal.

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5 Comments

  1. There IS a theory that part of the problem, besides lack of labor (covid etc) and facility bandwidth, to absorb the overflow, is there is an agenda to “encourage” return to more US mfg self-reliability, and this situation, whether ‘by design’ or not, will lead to more domestic production, wherever possible.
    That would naturally be good thing (in theory, more decent jobs, in under-developed central states).
    Not saying this is actually a ‘Labor Conspiracy’ (as that seems improbable), but the net result is the higher costs and extreme delays to get PRC made goods delivered, the fulcrum of that equation is now starting to shift, towards being inevitably more viable. Thus NO more ‘Cheap + Fast + Good’ — that’s seems increasingly obvious…

  2. Can we get the National Guard’s assistance in moving faster than longshoremen? Military trucks for deliveries? Hello Joe?

  3. We have Covid restrictions in the northeast and business is booming. Pack ’em in. I’m all in culling herd.

  4. LA covid restrictions are killing us! But yet you can pack 80,000 people into the Rose Bowl for a
    college football game with no space restrictions! Come on Vendors and all companies out there
    put some heat on these people running the show out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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