Logjam at California ports causes ripples across US economy

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By Alex Segura Lozano

Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oct 14 (EFE).- Two of the most significant economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic – the surge in online ordering and a decline in the number of qualified truck drivers – have led to gridlock at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handle 40 percent of cargo entering the United States.

The approach of the Christmas shopping season has given new urgency to long-brewing problems with the US supply chain.

Visible from the southern California coast are long lines of giant container ships waiting for up to 12 days, according to statistics provided to Efe by the Port of Los Angeles, to dock and unload their cargo.

Onshore, meanwhile, the truck drivers who take the containers to stores and warehouses can easily spend more than 10 hours at the port gates, Gio Marz, director of operations for transport company Atlas Marine, told Efe.

“There is a great deal of congestion. One often…

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