The intertwining of the haphazard economic and COVID-19 pandemic policies of the Biden administration complicated by problems abroad in countries such as Vietnam and China have already created a monstrous supply chain crisis leaving empty shelves in store throughout the nation.
The supply chain problems have contributed to the spiking inflation spearheaded by growing gas and energy prices, and the two have become mutually reinforcing in a horrifying spiral for the American consumers – with the administration of Democrat President Sleepy Joe Biden for now being completely unable to come up with any fixes.
As supply chain and shipping problems are threatening to spiral completely out of control right in time for the holiday season, apparently Biden has launched a desperate push to find some remedies.
‘We’re not the postal service’
On Wednesday, White House officials announced that Sleepy Joe has reached an agreement with business leaders and workers’ unions from entities such as FedEx, UPS, and Walmart, among others, to get them to expand their operations at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s biggest shipping port, in order to unclog the supply chain bottlenecks.
The agreement, which Biden was due to announce in a televised address later on Wednesday, is supposed to up the output of the LA Port by over 3,500 shipping containers per week.
That is because under the deal, the Port of Los Angeles will start working around the clock not unlike the Port of Long Beach, which is the second biggest shipping port in the United States.
Biden was also due to speak with the leaderships of the two ports plus representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Also on Wednesday, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by reporters if holiday packages can be expected to arrive on time.
She replied that the Biden administration isn’t “the Postal Service or UPS or FedEx” and “cannot guarantee” that.
She further claimed that the administration is using “every lever” that it has in order cut down the delays.
24/7 work schedule
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 40% of all shipping containers arriving to the United States.
Last month, the latter port went on a 24-hours seven-days-per-week work schedule, with the former now expected to do the same.
White House officials are cited as saying that goods from the LA Port will be moving 25% faster during the night compared with during the day.
At the start of this week, according to Marine Exchange of Southern California, a total of 62 ships were berthed at the two ports, with another 81 vessels waiting to dock and unload.
Data released on Wednesday by the Labor Department revealed that the consumer-price index grew by 0.4% from August to September, for a 5.4 percent year-over spike, which is the highest inflation increase in 13 years.
For the time being, it remains unclear whether the above-mentioned measures, or any other potential moves by the Biden administration could really make a difference in taming the inflation and restoring supply chains strained by the pandemic and its pandemic-era economic and health policies.