LONG BEACH (CNS) – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will visit the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday to discuss progress on supply chain disruptions and the backlog container ships off the coast in recent months.
Buttigieg will start the day with a 9:15 a.m. boat trip with elected officials and port representatives in each port, where he will provide an update on port operations and the status of the Department of Transport’s investments, including the new Long Beach International Gateway Bridge. and a $ 52 million grant to the Port of Long Beach last month to fund a rail facility.
At 11:15 a.m., Buttigieg will hold a press conference with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, as well as members of Congress, port officials, labor leaders and state officials. The press conference will focus on the progress made by the Supply Chain Disruption Working Group in reducing congestion at the port, the bipartite infrastructure law and the emerging ports agreement aimed at improving movement of goods in California in the future.
In recent months, the San Pedro port complex has experienced a backlog of ships waiting to enter the port, prompting President Joe Biden on October 13 to announce that the Port of Los Angeles would start operating 24 hours. on 24, 7 days a week, a decision that had already been made at the port of Long Beach. At the time, around 70 ships were waiting to enter one of the ports.
Port officials said Monday there were 12 ships waiting at anchor within 40 miles of the San Pedro port complex and 93 other ships were either waiting further off the coast or still approaching ports.
Ports have changed their queuing process, now allowing ships leaving Asia to queue on departure, allowing ships to no longer run to get to ports and instead anchor in outside the region’s air quality pool while awaiting their turn to enter the port complex.
Ports have also announced a fee on companies that have import containers lingering at sea terminals, but the fee has been repeatedly delayed due to progress in reducing the number of containers, the ports announcing On Monday a combined 45% drop in aging freight since the charges were announced on Oct. 25. The fee implementation policy was developed in coordination with the Supply Chain Disruption Working Group, the US Department of Transportation, the Port of Long Beach, and supply chain stakeholders.