Story at a glance:
- The head of the California Trucking Association says a state of emergency should be considered.
- Stakeholders in the supply chain should be involved in shipping, trucking, railing, and warehousing issues, he said.
- The country has reached a new record; it lacks 80,000 truck drivers.
The head of a major trucking association said officials in Southern California should consider declaring a state of emergency as backed-up ports are causing shipping delays ahead of the holiday season.
Shawn Yadon is CEO of the California Trucking Association. He said that stakeholders in the supply chain should be involved in the shipping, trucking, railing, and warehousing issues in an interview with Fox Business Wednesday.
As Changing America previously reported, ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 40 percent of the nation's cargo carriers. Half of a million cargo carriers have toys, furniture, and appliances waiting to be delivered.
In response, Biden introduced a system that would allow 24/7 operation at the ports.
Yadon said the labor shortage with a delay in the supply chain is the "perfect storm" hitting ports.
"I think we are in a situation in California where a state of emergency related to the ports is certainly something that should be considered," he said.
He added that his association "joined with well over a dozen other business organizations and associations in California seeking that type of regulatory relief,” Fox Business reports.
According to Business Insider, 97 out of 100 ships that carry cargo on Monday could miss the holiday shopping season.
Before the pandemic, the highest record of ships waiting to be anchored at ports was 17, the head of the Marine Exchange, Kip Louttit, told Insider.
Due to a shortage of workers, including on-dock workers and truck drivers, containers are still waiting to be unloaded, delaying the delivery process.
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