LOS ANGELES — President Joe Biden is expected to announce that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will begin operating 24 hours a day, a push from the White House to address supply chain disruptions that have plagued plans for the holiday shopping season. endangering the economy and slowing down the country’s economic growth. According to media reports, to recover from the epidemic.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Biden is due to make the announcement on Wednesday. The two ports are responsible for nearly half of all imports into the United States.
Under the proposed plan, the port will almost double the number of hours that container ships move cargo from offshore to delivery trucks on the country’s highways. The staff will work all night. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will fill additional shifts, the LA Times is reporting.
As the LA Times reports, major shippers and retailers including Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Samsung, Home Depot and Target have agreed to ramp up operations to clear cargo from ports and free up more space at docks .
The goal is to process and unload 3,500 additional containers during the night each week.
Biden’s announcement is set to take place during a virtual conference that includes industry executives such as Los Angeles Port Executive Director Jean Cerocca and Long Beach Port Executive Director Mario Cordero.
Cargo ships have been anchored offshore for weeks from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. 58 container ships had reported offshore as of Tuesday morning. This is down from a reported peak of 73 container ships offshore two weeks ago.