Weekly Logistics News Headlines: Biden’s Supply Chain Push, Typhoon Kompasu, Expanding Amazon Air
President Joe Biden has reached a deal to enact 24/7 operations at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The action aims to reduce congestion at the nation’s busiest port complex and blunt the effects of inflation ahead of the holidays. According to The Loadstar, Biden has urged private companies like Walmart and FedEx to take advantage of the expanded hours and clear out containers more efficiently.
Two of the industry’s most prominent steamship lines are shifting select service routes away from the Port of Savannah. CMA CGM has pointed to severe congestion at the port complex as its rationale to move arrivals to Charleston. Happag-Lloyd said that one of its services will call Jacksonville instead as a means to optimize operations. American Shipper reports more.
The southern China ports of Yantian and Hong Kong ground to a halt as Typhoon Kompasu thrashed the coast. The Loadstar reports heavy flooding and high winds impeded port operations. Consequently, delays may worsen for some shippers as the pre-holiday scramble for inventory continues.
Amazon is seeking to bolster its efforts for direct import operations by adding long-range cargo jets to its existing fleets. Transport Topics reports that the e-commerce giant is shopping for used Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft to ferry goods directly from China to the U.S. According to the story, Amazon currently charters international cargo flights.
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