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Multiple Factors Turn California Ports Into ‘Dormant Volcano’


[Source: Transport Topics]   A year ago in early January, a record 109 containerships carrying U.S. imports surrounded the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. — a bottleneck so long that the payloads of all those metal boxes lined up end-to-end would have stretched from the Baja Peninsula to Vancouver.

“It was like taking 10 lanes of LA freeway traffic and squeezing them into five,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in an interview. As of today, the queue is gone. So why did it take most of 2022 to clear the backlog of ocean freight and where are those containers now?

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