UPDATED 7:24 AM PT – Monday, November 1, 2021
Supply glut is worsening at the Port of Los Angeles despite Joe Biden’s attempts to ensure 24/7 operations at the port. According to new reports, around 169 cargo ships are anchored off the coast of Los Angeles and are trying to unload. This is up from 100 ships two weeks ago.
This comes as the Port of Los Angeles decided to impose fines on carriers who take too long to offload amid labor shortages and a lack of trucks. Business owners say large corporations are benefiting from this bottleneck while small distributors are being pushed out of business.
The L.A. Harbor Commission voted to implement a “Container Excess Dwell Fee” directed at ocean carriers in an effort to improve cargo movement on container terminals amid record volume. Program starts 11/1 w/ penalties to be assessed no earlier than 11/15. https://t.co/6h7U7I31Lz pic.twitter.com/cQu3NkEwSL
— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) October 29, 2021
Meanwhile, economists are blaming labor shortages on the Biden administration and California Democrats.
“The major retailers like Amazon, Target — they’re doing their own shipping so they can get the new product in,” expalined Los Angeles business owner Lou Calderon. “And like me, I’m basically depending on my wholesaler to get it and they are smaller wholesalers so they can’t get it. So we don’t have the resources to compete with those big companies.”
In the meantime, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) invited ships to offload in his state while touting quick and smooth operations in Tampa as well as other ports.