White House Port Envoy Says Nation’s Entire Supply Chains Need 24/7 Operations, Not Just Ports

White House Port Envoy Says Nation’s Entire Supply Chains Need 24/7 Operations, Not Just Ports

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By Ngai Yeung (Bloomberg) —

All elements of the US provide chain — not simply its ports — want to maneuver to round the clock operations to alleviate snarl-ups and scale back general prices, President Joe Biden’s supply-chain czar mentioned. 

“If solely you or solely a terminal goes to 24/7, that’s fascinating,” Stephen Lyons advised Port of Lengthy Seaside Government Mario Cordero in an interview Tuesday. “But when all people — together with the warehousing neighborhood, all the opposite modes of transport — moved to 24/7, or one thing greater than at this time, that makes logical sense that you may transfer far more cargo in the identical time frame.”

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Through the peak of the supply-chain disaster final yr, California’s twin ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seaside introduced 24-hour longshore operations and prolonged gate hours for truckers. However whilst backlogs have eased considerably, round the clock operations at terminals stay scarce, making US maritime areas much less environment friendly than many others worldwide.

Cordero has lengthy been a proponent of adopting 24/7 operations, as many of the world’s greatest and most effective ports have finished. Expanded, constant gate hours might consequence from the continuing labor-contract discussions underway between the Worldwide Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Affiliation that represents employers, he mentioned in June.

Lyons mentioned extra fluidity is vital to enhancing the motion of cargo. 

“It’s all about restoring shopper confidence and bringing prices down,” Lyons mentioned. “What we need to do is transfer in that path.” 

–With help from Augusta Saraiva.

© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.

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