The infrastructure account on the terminal backup – HotAir is missing


Democrats hailing the passing of the $ 1.2T infrastructure bill are ignoring the fact that it fails to address the terminal backup. Oh, they say it will be solved with millions of dollars thrown into building new facilities, but how does it solve a problem rooted in laboratory problems, not terminals?

Did you know that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach operate on weekdays and not overnight? Port authorities attempted to carry out 24/7 operations in September and October, but added a smattering of the weekend shifts. Long Beach is the only port able to get a weekend night shift with everything else “To be determined”.

Productivity problems also exist within ports. through The Journal of Commerce.

Huge cost increases, limited ability to automate terminals, avoidable chronic disruptions during contract negotiations, and much shorter productivity and working hours than at ports in Asia and other parts of the world are at the heart of the problem.

Just to give an example, for ship calls over 6,000 TEU, or most mega-ship calls, it takes on average 24 seconds to move a container to Yangshan, Qingdao and Yantian, versus 48 seconds to Los Angeles. – virtually double the amount of time, according to a three-year analysis of IHS Markit Port Performance data.

The main problem? Trade union power. International Longshore Union and Warehouses said NBC their workers wanted to be on the job longer, but ultimately blamed port operators and other parts of the supply chain. This runs counter to the complaints made by truckers at NBC News Other Washington Examiner on long waits for loading. Guess who represents the crane operators? Those who said ILWU get one of Marvel Comics’ famous “no-prices” to be fair.

Thus Gabriella Beaumont-Smith of the Cato Institute noticed Another major problem concerns the government inspectors of said cargo.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials who have to clear customs and admit goods do not work nights or weekends. These limits create additional pressure for goods to be shipped to the United States in a prohibitive amount of time or to leave ships stationary in ports until they can enter. The latter is the most common answer. Recently, ships waited an average of 12.5 days to enter the Port of Los Angeles.

There isn’t a single peek that CBP is also considering changing the contract to allow for night and weekend work. Perhaps persuading the CBP union to change their working hours would encourage other unions to do the same.

His other suggestions include removing tariffs for aluminum, steel and Chinese truck frames and changing the Jones Act so that overseas-built ships can dock in US ports. All worthy goals, but complicated, given the power that unions possess within American politics.

None of this will be heard from those in Washington, DC pushing this infrastructure bill. It’s about the fact that more money is going to go into building more structures or whatever in the next few years, which isn’t going to solve the real problem. Oh, and the ports and the union will be able to negotiate a new contract next year. Hopefully the new contract will involve further shifts as there is no way to fix the long-term problem without them.


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