President Joe Biden is expected to announce the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating 24 hours a day, a push from the White House to clear supply chain disruptions that are threatening holiday shopping season plans and slowing the nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic, according to media reports.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting Biden is scheduled to make the announcement Wednesday. A similar plan is in effect at the Port of Long Beach. The two ports are responsible for nearly half of all imports into the United States.
Under the proposed plan, the Port of Los Angeles will nearly double the number of hours that cargo is transferred from container ships offshore to delivery trucks on the nation’s highways. The crews will work through the night. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union members will fill the extra shifts, the L.A. Times is reporting.
Major shippers and retailers, including Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Samsung, Home Depot and Target, have agreed to speed up operations to clear cargo out of the ports and free up more space on the docks, the L.A. Times reports.
The goal is to process and unload 3,500 extra containers during the night each week.
Biden’s announcement is scheduled to be made during a virtual conference that includes industry executives such as Los Angeles Port executive director Gene Seroka and Long Beach Port executive director Mario Cordero.
Cargo ships have been anchored offshore from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles for weeks. There were 58 container ships reported offshore as of Tuesday morning. That is down from a reported peak of 73 container ships offshore two weeks ago.