California ports, keys to the US supply chain, are some of the least efficient in the world

From Lisa Bärtlein

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (Reuters) – Southern California’s ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle the most ocean freight of any port in the United States, but according to a World Bank ranking they belong to and. among the least efficient in the world IHS Markit.

In a review of 351 container ports around the world, Los Angeles ranked 328th, behind Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Dutch Harbor in Alaska. The adjacent port of Long Beach was even lower behind Turkey’s Nemrut Bay and Kenya’s Mombasa at 333, the groups said in their first Container Port Performance Index, published in May.

The total number of ships waiting to be unloaded outside the two adjacent ports hit a new all-time record of 100 on Monday. American purchases of imported goods have soared to levels the U.S. supply chain infrastructure cannot handle https: // www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supply-chain-too-snarled-biden-christmas-fix-experts -say-2021-10-14, which leads to delivery delays and growls.

The highest port honors in the ranking went to the Japanese Yokohama and the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. Chiwan, part of Shenzhen Port in Guangdong Province, landed in the top five; Guangzhou Port in South China; and Taiwan’s Kaoshiung Port.

Ports in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa dominated the top 50, while only four U.S. ports cracked the top 100 – Philadelphia (83), Port of Virginia (85), New York & New Jersey (89), and Charleston, South Carolina (95).

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted trade around the world, making trade difficult, and exposing the fragility of a supply chain designed for predictable, just-in-time movement of goods.

The United States is the world’s largest consumer, importing approximately $ 2.5 trillion worth of goods a year. President Joe Biden is fighting for massive federal funding to modernize crumbling infrastructure – including seaports. Government control, 24/7 operations, and automation help make many ports outside of the United States more efficient.

Biden urges port managers, union leaders and large retailers like Walmart https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-holidayshopping-ships-idCNL1N2QX21I to address shipping hurdles that drive up goods prices and the risk of product shortages https: // www.reuters.com/article/global-shipping-holiday-idCNL2N2OA2J3 during the important Christmas season.

Persuade port managers in Southern California https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-ports-supply-chain-fix-challenge-selling-247-shifts-2021-10-14 Terminal operators, importers, truckers, railways, dock workers and warehouse owners to implement 24/7 operations to clear clogs that have secured dozens of ships offshore and delayed deliveries to stores and e-commerce fulfillment centers.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Heather Timmons and Diane Craft)

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