We let everyone and everything into the country but cargo. What is wrong with this picture?
- Ports in New Jersey and New York, as well as in Texas and Georgia, have seen record pileups.
- Turnaround time for container ships has increased across the country.
- Southern California ports face the greatest delays as they handle nearly half of all US imports.
The fourth-largest port, Port of Savannah, has 20 containers waiting to dock.
The Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority Griff Lynch told The Wall Street Journal that the boom in e-commerce has contributed to the backlog of cargo ships.
“Because of all this extra freight being imported, it’s creating a backlog from the ship side to the dockside to warehouses and across the whole supply chain,” Lynch told The Journal.
Or, is it something else? Some think it’s a manufactured crisis:
A map of ship traffic doesn’t show much. A close up of the ports like Long Beach where there are 40-75 ships stacked up waiting for load/unload supports your statement more. The Long Beach anchorage areas are full and they’ve started to stack up out by Catalina island. pic.twitter.com/QFAaVxhV0M
— lost target (@OsunaTim) October 2, 2021
I don’t know where you got your map, but this shot of my chart plotter I took last month of 45 container ships outside of Los Angeles. I hear that it’s still backed up today. pic.twitter.com/ieIOYkRZct
— Boat bum (@roadrunnerboats) October 1, 2021