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Biden steps in as delays cripple supply chain

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Truckers at the Port of Los Angeles sometimes have to line up for hours just to pick up one container.
Nearly 60 cargo ships are stuck floating outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — a symptom of a broken supply chain. Truckers at the Port of Los Angeles sometimes have to line up for hours just to pick up one container. But even then, there’s nowhere to take them, because the warehouses are all full. That’s a big problem for drivers like Manases Gonzalez, who gets paid by the truckload, not the hour. Gonzalez said he’s waited 7-9 hours to pick up a load — and he doesn’t get paid for any of that time. Clearing the backlog could take months. Estimates say it could take until the end of 2022 to get things back to normal, with ships entering a port, offloading, and departing with no delays.

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