‘Will It Be Enough?’: Clogged California Ports Are Finally Getting Some Much-Needed Help

President Joe Biden and his administration are making waves on the west coast with the supply chain issues and their attempts to fix them. Whether those are sound waves or destructive waves are yet to be seen. What’s known now is that truckers are upset about the Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and some have even quit. Placing more on truckers and the ports will make things better and even push things further into chaos.  

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-19-21, which says that “the State has near and long term actions underway, in partnership with the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force established by the Biden-Harris Administration to strengthen the resilience of California’s and the Nation’s supply chain.” 

The order also directs state agencies to find a state-owned property to help with short-term issues for unloaded ships and make revisions to priority. The automation at the ports isn’t helping, though. Automation will take away human reaction and lose the ability to prioritize and strategize for better solutions.  

When it comes to natural solutions, and the country is watching, Newsom could potentially have a few good ideas, but it’s not the only solution that will fix the problem.  

Newsom released a press release saying, “The City Manager will temporarily waive enforcement of current shipping container stacking and height limits for 90 days from October 22, 2021. During this period, affected operations will be allowed to stack up for four (4) shipping containers without being cited for a Code violation.” 

According to Forklift Certification, nine shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other. This manufactured crisis is continuing to “stack up” for lack of better words. The state of California is the worst, and it shows. The fact that there are so many regulations is a problem, and it’s becoming more evident.  

Taking away the stacking regulation will help in the short term, but what about the long term? Trucking industries are under fire right now not only because of the supply chain but also because of gas prices. They have to have the ability to get from one place to another, and the extra work along with inflated gas prices will lead to higher prices for Americans. Welcome to inflation, folks. It’s only going to get worse. Your goods are going up, and if Biden’s massive spending continues, your taxes will go up as well.