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Cargo Congestion Worsens With More Ships Waiting to Enter U.S. Ports

  • Forty massive cargo vessels are waiting off Los Angeles ports
  • China’s trade gateways are crowded, too, amid peak season
Satellite image of congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, on Aug. 26.

Satellite image of congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, on Aug. 26.

Photographer: Gallo Images Editorial/Getty Images

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The number of container ships waiting to enter America’s top three ports has been on a steady rise since July.