Record-breaking 44 container ships stuck off CA coast…

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  • Forty-four container ships are stuck outside California ports, worsening shipping delays and costs.
  • This tops the previous pandemic record, set in February, of 40 ships.
  • The ports account for about one-third of US imports, serving as a main source of trade with China.

Forty-four freight ships are stuck awaiting entry into California’s two largest ports, the highest number recorded since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Exchange of Southern California reported on Saturday.

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The queue is a result of the labor shortage, COVID-19-related disruptions, and holiday-buying surges. Port of Los Angeles data indicated that the ships’ average wait time had increased to 7.6 days.

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“The normal number of container ships at anchor is between zero and one,” Kip Louttit, the executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told Insider in July.

www.businessinsider.com/shipping-delays-china-supply-chain-record-ships-stuck-california-ports-2021-8

 

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