Los Angeles – There’s a lot of talk about production delays, but the nation’s largest port complex faces a similar dilemma. The 47 container ships waiting off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to unload their cargo last Sunday represent a backup record, according to an American Shipper report.
Before the pandemic, the daily average of waiting vessels was 16. In total on Sunday, 76 vessels were docked, anchored or adrift. This is almost five times the normal pre-COVID level.
The very bad news is that an already stressed port system is planning higher inbound volumes next month as the pre-holiday peak season hits.
This could force ocean carriers to cancel more crossings due to clogged US port terminals, resulting in a shift of shipments to subsequent crossings.
I’m Powell Slaughter, Editor-in-Chief at Furniture / Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing furniture retail strategies and best practices in a monthly magazine focused on home furniture retail operations. Previously, I spent 10 years at F / T covering wood furniture, the last five years as a showcase editor. Upon my return to F / T, I developed coverage of the logistics and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as tracking the casual, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018, I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for covering the categories of fixed and mobile fabrics and leathers, recliners and massage chairs.