Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg met with representatives of the transportation industry, business circles, and trade unions to discuss a solution to the problem with unloading ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This is stated in the message of the White House.
The heads of two major American ports who took part in the meeting said that both ports would work around the clock seven days a week.
According to the White House, the leaders of trade union organizations supported this initiative, and the heads of the most significant transport enterprises promised to switch to the mode of cargo transportation at night and on weekends.
Cargo transportation at a less busy time will speed up the transportation process; at the same time, truck drivers in ports will be able to pick up cargo from ships faster.
Vice President Harris stressed that the current problems are global: as a result of the outbreak of the delta strain, the entire transport and logistics chain around the world was affected. In addition, the pandemic has led to the closure of port operations in some Southeast Asian countries, which has led to delays and disruptions in cargo deliveries.
The meeting was also attended by the head of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, the President’s representative in the port industry, John Porcari, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach, Mario Cordero, as well as heads of trade union organizations and heads of companies such as Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Target and Home Depot.