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Entire US Supply Chain Needs 24/7 Operations, Not Just Ports, Official Says

  • Round-the-clock operations needed in all transport, warehouses
  • Biden supply-chain envoy Lyons speaks to Long Beach port chief
A semi truck drives past petroleum storage tanks at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, earlier in July.

A semi truck drives past petroleum storage tanks at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, earlier in July.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

All parts of the US supply chain -- not just its ports -- need to move to round-the-clock operations to alleviate snarl-ups and reduce overall costs, President Joe Biden’s supply-chain czar said. 

“If only you or only a terminal goes to 24/7, that’s interesting,” Stephen Lyons told Port of Long Beach Executive Mario Cordero in an interview Tuesday. “But if everybody -- including the warehousing community, all the other modes of transport -- moved to 24/7, or something more than today, that makes logical sense that you could move much more cargo in the same period of time.”