Cargo backlog creates headache for traffic on land and sea

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Los Angeles – In a Los Angeles neighborhood, outside the nation’s busiest port facility, trucks carrying cargo containers move day and night as workers attempt to break into an unprecedentedly unprocessed ship waiting to land. Despite this, it is backed up and there are frequent traffic jams.

About 40% of all shipping containers entering the United States pass through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Ship log jams disrupted global supply chains, and last week the Biden administration allowed port facilities to operate 24 hours a day to unload goods and deliver them to consumers.

Since then, residents of the Wilmington area, just north of the port, have complained that trucks are always parked on the road. On the other hand, cargo companies that lack space to store unloaded containers are stacking containers outside overloaded warehouses or in parking lots.

This week, a container slammed off a truck, turned into a narrow street, and pancaked a parked car. No one was injured, but local officials say it was an accident where so many trucks were packed into a small area waiting to happen.

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“It’s becoming a security issue,” said Jacob Haiku, deputy chief of Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscaino, who represents the working class sector. Haiku said the city would begin issuing citations to companies that were not safely stacking containers or trucks blocking roads.

As of Tuesday, there were 63 ships and 96 vessels awaiting docking and unloading at the two ports, according to the Southern California Marine Exchange, which oversees the passage of port ships. .. The number of ships waiting to enter the port reached a record 100 on Monday.

Wilmington resident Sonia Cervantes said a truck blocked her path when she was trying to go to work at 6:30 a.m. His entire block is tired of traffic.

“This is a group of neighbors who are very upset because of the non-stop situation,” Cervantes told CBSLA.

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Maria Arierne, who owns UCTI Trucking Company with her husband Frank, said she is sympathetic to the community, but that truck traffic is due to limited container storage.

“It’s an ongoing problem. We’re just trying to get these truck drivers in and out,” she said on Wednesday. “I’m literally on the road that guides the traffic.”

California Governor Gavin Christopher issued an executive order on Wednesday aimed at reducing the unprocessed portion. He directed the California State Agency to seek state-owned property that could temporarily store goods entering the port. Democratic Party Newsom has asked the state’s interior affairs and communications ministry to consider possible sites by December 15.

He also ordered the governor’s trade and economic development department to investigate other properties that are not with the state, such as privately owned or locally owned parcels, which could also be used for storage. , Review timeline not shown.

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Newsom’s orders are the beginning, Haiku said, but he also urged the governor to allow cities to change zoning rules to make it easier. He said the city has identified several port-owned plots that can be quickly paved and turned into storage without the existing red tape.

“The lots are very small, but if you can put together 10 or 12 lots and have 40 containers each, you’ll have 500 containers,” Hike says. “That’s some serious relief.”

More relief could be provided by diverting cargo traffic to Oakland Port. Mayor Libby Schaff told KRON-TV on Wednesday that her city’s port “currently has untapped capacity” and that Auckland “could take some of these ships out of your hands.” ..

Newzam’s order also directed state transportation agencies to look for freight routes to assist with freight traffic that could be exempt from vehicular weight restrictions. He urged his administration to bring reforms in ports and transport which could be included in the next state budget to be presented in January.

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A coalition of business groups including retailers, truck drivers, grocery stores etc said on Wednesday that Newsom’s orders were not going well.

“There are additional realistic and concrete actions that governors can take to face the moment and deal with this crisis, but set up a task force in 2022 to delay emergency action by at least a month. We cannot impose the money debate on the January budget, which now provides the necessary urgency to deal with this crisis. ”

The group will facilitate Newsom’s suspension of air quality rules governing truck emissions, allow cities to lift restrictions on unloading goods in stores during non-business hours, and facilitate the warehouse permitting process. I request you to take such drastic steps.

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Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronin of Sacramento, Calif., contributed to this report.

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