United States facing massive record cargo-ship backlogs | Dock workers warn “it’ll be catastrophic if things get worse”;￼
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The ports handle nearly half of inbound containers for the US, making the backlog a huge issue.
- A California longshoreman told Insider what it’s been like to work the ports. They chose to remain anonymous due to their job, but their identity has been verified by Insider.
- I’ve been working as a longshoreman at California’s San Pedro Bay Port Complex for close to 15 years, and the only thing I know for sure about the congestion here is that everyone is blaming someone else.
- The shipping companies blame us for not covering skilled-labor jobs, but they’re the ones that approve training for those types of jobs.
- Then we turn around and blame COVID-19 for the influx of online orders. Consumers see the ships backed up and say we’re not unloading fast enough.
- Truckers complain about the lack of chassis at the port, which limits the number of containers that can be carried out of the yard. It’s a total blame game.
- But the blame game has to start somewhere, and this time, it started with backlogs at the port.