Clogged ports, ships waiting in harbors for days, weeks (BBC) October 16, 2021

Read this excellent BBC article about how and why container ships are waiting so long outside major U.S. ports.

“About 25% more cargo was shipped from Asia to the US in the first eight months of 2021 compared with the same period in 2019 pre-pandemic, according to Container Trades Statistics. The volumes have largely remained the same between Asia and Europe.”

“As private firms encourage employees back to offices to work in person, there is a big surge in demand for office equipment ranging from computers, printers and servers, and many of them are now stuck in various containers from Asia.”

“And there’s an immediate personnel problem, says Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics – the lack of skilled port workers, truck drivers and rail crew to move everything.”

Opinion: If more of these goods were made in the USA, backups and shortages like this wouldn’t happen! And it would create American jobs as well.

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