The Port of Los Angeles will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the coming months, the White House announced Wednesday (local time). The port of nearby Long Beach already decided to do this a few weeks ago.
In addition to the authorities’ announcement, private parties have also announced that they will continue to work at night. Major retail chains like Walmart, Home Depot and Target, and carriers like UPS and FedEx, have pledged to move more goods from the other port inland at night.
The port area of Los Angeles/Long Beach on the American west coast is one of the busiest ports in the US. The area has been experiencing long wait times for cargo ships for months, and dozens of cargo ships are anchored at the Pacific harbour entrance. The congestion is causing problems in the supply of goods in many sectors.
Both the administration of US President Joe Biden and private parties feared that the upcoming holidays, when US stores generate a large part of their annual sales, would be endangered.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Walmart and Target, among others, were therefore starting to charter their own ships, which could go to smaller ports to avoid waiting times in Los Angeles / Long Beach.