Biden works to expand Port of L.A. to 24/7 operations

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According to administration officials, the Biden administration is working with private companies, port officials and unions to keep the Port of Los Angeles operating 24/7 to reduce the backlog of cargo ships floating in the Pacific.

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why it matters: With the International Monetary Fund citing supply chain problems as a major factor in cutting global growth projections, the White House is scrambling to address some of the sources of the problem at US ports.

  • Delays caused by shipping logjams can empty holiday shelves, with disruptions affecting everything from retail to rental cars remodeling.

running news: The White House is convening trade and union leaders as well as port officials on Wednesday to discuss delays at ports and congestion in transportation systems.

  • President Biden will meet with leaders from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to discuss how they address the challenges in Southern California.
  • They will announce public and private commitments to improve operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together are the point of entry for 40 percent of containers into the US.
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what to watch: The goal is to expedite the shipment of goods across the country.

  • Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, The Home Depot and Target will all be part of the effort.

Between the lines: The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has agreed to allow its members to work those additional shifts to increase capacity.

  • The Port of Los Angeles will expand to 24/7 operations, following the Port of Long Beach last month.
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