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How goes the inflation fight?

Dec 22, 2021
The White House has pushed changes at ports to fix supply chains and ease prices, but high demand for goods continues to exert pressure.
Though the Biden administration has pressed for changes at ports to improve goods transport and ease inflation, they're still not operating 24/7.
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Prices will remain high, California warehouse owner predicts

Dec 16, 2021
David Erlanger is dealing with shipping delays and price increases the likes of which he hasn’t seen in his decades in the business.
David Erlanger at his main warehouse in Riverside, California. Business is good, but the conditions are challenging, he said.
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How omicron may affect China's ports, a key to the global supply chain

Dec 2, 2021
China's no-tolerance COVID-19 protocols may keep the variant at bay but may slow down shipping again.
If the omicron variant were to cause port shutdowns, they would likely coincide with Lunar New Year closures. Above, workers at a container port in Wuhan, China.
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Mexican border town residents resilient despite pandemic isolation

Nov 23, 2021
When the border closed between Big Bend National Park and Boquillas in 2020, it separated residents from their main source of income.
Pre-pandemic, thousands of tourists crossed through the Boquillas port of entry each year. The port connecting Boquillas to Big Bend National Park in Texas closed in March 2020 but reopened on Nov. 17.
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LA's port problems have retailers worrying about empty shelves for the holidays

Nov 9, 2021
Retailers and manufacturers are anxious about holiday shopping as they monitor supplies on delayed cargo ships.
Lots of space on the shelves in the toy department of a Houston Target store.
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Ports are crowded as the holiday season approaches

Sep 3, 2021
Workers across industries have expressed frustration all year about shipping delays. Now it's crunch time again.
Container ships and shipping containers are viewed at the Port of Los Angeles with the Port of Long Beach in the distance in San Pedro, California.
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Shipping cost index reaches 11-year high

Aug 25, 2021
The Baltic Dry Index tracks how much it costs to ship materials long distances.
A container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in California. The Baltic Dry Index, which tracks the cost of shipping materials long distances, is at a high level amid congestion at Chinese ports.
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Congestion at U.S. ports means there's now a shortage of shipping containers

Aug 11, 2021
The lack of available space means that if you can get a container, you'll pay more for shipping what's in it.
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Infrastructure plan would invest in U.S. ports

Mar 31, 2021
The modernization plan could expand port capacity and create jobs along the supply chain.
Container ships outside the Port of Long Beach in California.
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As e-commerce booms, U.S. ports face traffic jams

Nov 23, 2020
A federal commission is investigating.
Containers are offloaded from a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
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