Come here to avoid the traffic jam in the California port
Florida is encouraging shipping lines to consider the state’s 15 seaports while freighters remain safeguarded, pending open port space, in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.
Florida Ports Council President and CEO Michael Rubin released a statement Wednesday saying Florida ports may be a more efficient alternative for moving consumer goods across the Pacific Ocean to the east coast or even the Midwest.
“With rising inflation, the shipping and manufacturing industries can save time and money by calling at ports in Florida,” Rubin wrote. “Why pay to moor off the coast of California when the Florida sea lanes are open and serve as a gateway to get goods to the US market.”
Supply chains have struggled to meet growing consumer demand for products amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rubin said more than 60 freighters were moored off the coast of California and the situation could continue during the year-end vacation.
On its website, the Port of Los Angeles said all terminals were open and operational, with 24 ships in the port on Wednesday.
“Labor teams working on 18 container ships, one tanker and three dry bulk carriers. Also at the port: 2 cruise ships ”, indicates the port’s website.
The Port of Long Beach retweeted a CNN report on the slowdown in supply chains on Wednesday, highlighting comments from port executive director Mario Cordero that “We need an Amazon mindset,” pleading for 24 hour operations.