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Bulging Warehouses, 28,000 Idle Containers Herald New Supply Woe

  • Landside woes are further stretching US supply chains
  • Labor issues on the docks, rail could add to disruption
Shipping containters at the Port of Long Beach in California.
Shipping containters at the Port of Long Beach in California.Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Public attention has waned two years into the crisis that disrupted global supply chains, giving the impression that everything is back to normal. On the ground, the US’s busiest port complex is still battling bottlenecks across the board.

Responsible for 42% of all containerized trade with Asia, the US’s largest hubs of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California are dealing with an influx of cargo as retailers stock up on back-to-school and holiday goods that’s coinciding with the easing of the lockdowns in China. All this is happening just as US railroads and warehouses remain clogged and thousands of dockworker contracts across the West Coast are set to expire this week.