Amid the severe resurgence of the global epidemic, as manufacturers and retailers hope to replenish depleted inventory as soon as possible, resulting in a backlog of goods, beyond the usual seasonal off-season for shipping while demand remains strong, congestion in major global shipping channels will continue until next year.
The number of containers arriving at U.S. shores has reached record levels during this year’s peak shipping season, and the number of ships waiting for berths at Southern California ports is growing. The resulting congestion has spread to warehouses and warehouses across the interior. Distribution Network.
Container traffic usually slows during the Chinese New Year in February as Chinese factories close for the holidays, but shipping congestion may not ease much this time. The congestion issues major container ports are experiencing have not eased significantly. Many expect this situation to continue until the summer of 2022. “Shipping market conditions are likely to remain very strong at least through the middle of 2022 and throughout 2022.” The Port of Savannah, owned by the Georgia Ports Authority, is one of the largest maritime gateways in the United States.

Major U.S. ports are expected to handle about 2.37 million import containers in August. This number is the highest since 2002, and the NRF expects the total number of inbound containers to reach 25.9 million TEU this year. This will break the 2020 record of 22 million TEU.
Ports have become one of the key bottlenecks in global supply chains. Thousands of containers are stuck on container ships waiting for berths or stacked at docks, waiting for freight trucks or rail to be transported to inland terminals, warehouses and distribution centers. At the same time, crowded freight rail stations and warehouses operating at capacity abound.
The current shortage of truck drivers and warehouse workers at ports is exacerbating freight delays as manufacturers and retailers of all kinds need to replenish inventory at an all-time high. The congestion has led to a worldwide shortage of shipping containers and spiraling shipping costs. The impasse prompted the Biden administration to appoint a port commissioner last month to figure out how to improve cargo movement. Previously, U.S. companies complained about inventory shortages, shipping delays and rising costs.
Congestion is the most serious in the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the West Coast of the United States. These two ports account for more than one-third of the total U.S. seaborne imports. On any given day in recent weeks, 40 or more ships have been anchored there, setting a pandemic-era record, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

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