[Warning] Los Angeles-Long Beach Port Covid-19 Outbreaks 700 Employees Infected, Serious Delay in Logistics

On January 20th, US time, the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 700 dockers in the two ports of Los Angeles LA and Long Beach were infected with the new crown virus. Hundreds of people are still in isolation. The two ports are billions of dollars. The logistics economy of China is likely to slow down severely.

With the spread of the virus in California, the infection rate of coastal workers is also increasing, which has exacerbated the chaos in the port, which is also triggered by the surge in imports of general merchandise caused by the epidemic. Port executives, union leaders, and elected officials are launching an emergency campaign to help start the vaccination of dock workers, who fear that labor shortages may cause the dock to close.

“We have more cargo than skilled workers,” said Eugene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Eugene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said that 1,800 workers are currently unable to go to work because of the new crown, including those who have been ill, are in isolation, are waiting for testing, and some are afraid. In addition, some employees continue to work even when they are sick.

The entire Southern California is facing the threat of the virus, and businesses and warehouses are struggling to survive amidst the wavering sanitation ban.

As the epidemic worsens, it becomes more difficult to control the virus, especially for medical staff, supermarket employees, and dock workers.

In the second half of 2020, the container throughput of Los Angeles and Long Beach increased by nearly 50%. This has led to a backlog of cargo in the port, a large increase in the number of containers and a shortage of manpower at the terminals. As of January 19, a total of 45 ships berthed outside these two ports waiting for unloading. This is the rarest months-long delay in the last six years.

Judging from the import data of Chinese goods arriving in the United States, the Port of Los Angeles in the United States, as the largest container cargo handling port in the United States and the gateway for many Chinese goods, in November 2020, the throughput reached a 114-year high. We believe that there are two main reasons for the high total exports of China to the United States in 2020. They are the substantial increase in exports of epidemic prevention materials and the substitution effect of China’s exports to the United States.
Representatives Nanette Diaz Barragan and Alan Lowenthal wrote in a letter to health officials in California and Los Angeles County on January 15: ” If action is not taken immediately, the largest port in the United States may face closure, which is a very real danger. Not only is this catastrophic for Southern California, the United States is very dependent on the flow of goods at the port.”
Two lawmakers said that the port is the country’s key infrastructure and an important logistics channel for anti-epidemic medical supplies. Anti-epidemic equipment imported from Asia, including masks, disinfectants and ventilators, must enter the United States from the two ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Beginning in December last year, logistics companies, port supervisors, and officials from the International Terminal and Warehouse Alliance have been “doing their best” to help dockworkers perform testing and vaccinations.

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