Wed, 08 Dec 2021

LOS ANGELES, California: The National Guard might be deployed to assist with the cargo log jam riddling the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, in a bid to end supply chain shortages nationwide.

A representative of the White House, speaking to CNN, noted that consideration is being given to having the National Guard assist in moving cargo stranded offshore.

Such a development comes following President Joe Biden's announcement of the planned round-the-clock operations at the Los Angeles Port.

Meanwhile, Gavin C. Newsom, the governor of California, has signed an order instructing state agencies to come up with suggestions to address future supply chain backups in port areas.

"California's ports are critical to our local, state and national economies and the state is taking action to support the movement of goods in the face of global disruptions," the governor noted.
"My administration will continue to work with federal, state, labor and industry partners on innovative solutions to tackle immediate challenges, while also bringing our distribution processes into the 21st century," Newsom added.

A backup of dozens of vessels carrying goods at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports has been ongoing for weeks. Some 58 container ships awaited off the ports since October 12, which is a decrease compared to the high of 73 cargo vessels earlier in the month.

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