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Moving Port Cargo Faster

Release Date: 2021-10-20

By now you have seen numerous news reports about the incredible congestion and backlog we face at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The global pandemic and decades-old supply chain challenges have caused disruptions across the port industry, trucking, warehousing, rail, and goods movement.

We are receiving historic amounts of cargo that our national infrastructure is not built to handle. Fortunately, we are making progress by working with the U.S Department of Transportation and moving to a 24/7 port operation along with other public and private sector partners.

Our dock workers and truck drivers are working incredibly hard to empty ships. And thankfully national retailers and rail companies are shifting workers and operations to take in more cargo faster. We have an enormous amount of work ahead.

Everyone from the White House and the Governor to our local ports is working hard to solve this challenge not just for today, but for the future. We are committed to meeting this enormous challenge and getting shelves and stores stocked for the holiday season.

This pandemic cargo surge won’t be solved overnight, but we are making good progress.

Thank you,

Mayor Robert Garcia