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Containers remain stacked up at California’s Port of Long Beach as supply-chain problems continue. Imports are tumbling at the nation’s busiest container port complex even as the backup of ships waiting to unload there breaks records. Top news and in-depth analysis on the world of logistics, from supply chain to transport and technology.What's up with the backlog of container ships off Southern California's coast?
That was even as the backlog of container ships off the coast of Southern California kept growing. The queue of vessels waiting to enter the port complex rose past 100 during December, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and reached a record 109 ships in early January.Is this the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach's biggest crisis?
Claims Journal calls it the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s “biggest crisis in a decade”. What we’re talking about is the congestion at the Southern California ports, which happen to handle approximately 40% of U.S. imports. Our blog has looked at the causes of the congestion:Why are there so many ships stuck at Southern California ports?
Congestion at the Southern California ports was also significant in 2004, when Union Pacific Railroad was not adequately staffed to handle the peak season that year, resulting in 65 ships at anchor or steaming offshore, plus 127 ships that diverted to other ports, Louttit said.