Global Supply Chain Slowly Grinding to a Halt

We’ve posted warnings the past half year about the global supply chain steadily becoming more congested and the cost of shipping rising accordingly. In the past few months, more articles have published about shortages in everything from boba balls to garden gnomes. We highly recommend everyone to watch the video that the Wall Street Journal published a few…

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Protests by Truckers at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland

A group of truckers staged a protest last week around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The truckers were protesting the California state law, AB5, which limits the use of independent contractors and forces companies to classify the truckers as employee drivers. A similar protest gathered at the port of Oakland yesterday. During…

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Potential Rail Strike Friday, September 16, 2022

The rail industry and the unions representing the railyard workers have been busy trying to reach contract agreements over the past month. This Friday, September 16, 2022, marks the end of a federally mandated 30-day “cooling off” period. While roughly 45,000 union members belonging to other rail unions have reached tentative agreements, two of the…

Record Levels of Port Congestion as Peak Season Hits

As we enter the peak season, we want to highlight the port congestion crisis in the simplest way possible, with some screenshots showing the number of vessels anchored out various ports. Los Angeles/Long Beach Around late spring, the number of vessels anchored outside the ports of LA/LB peaked at around 30 vessels. This number briefly…

Shipping Congestion Nightmare Getting Worse as Peak Season Approaches

As we approach the peak shipping season, we wanted to make sure everyone fully understands that the state of transpacific shipping is continuing to deteriorate. Origin Ports in Asia Every origin port in Asia is continuing to face the same congestion problems: Huge backlog of products needing to be shipped out Equipment shortage (lack of…