Thursday, October 14, 2021

The REAL Reason for West Coast Port Problems

We trust Sundance, and he's done a bunch of homework on the question.

...The trucking issue with California LA ports, ie the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), is that all semi tractors have to be current with new California emissions standards.  As a consequence, that mean trucks cannot be older than 3 years if they are to pick up or deliver containers at those ports.  This issue wipes out approximately half of the fleet trucks used to move containers in/out of the port.  Operating the port 24/7 will not cure the issue, because all it does is pile up more containers that sit idle as they await a limited number of trucks to pick them up.  THIS is the central issue....

That should not surprise anyone who knows anything about the Land of Fruits and Nuts.

Now that there's a massive rush of buying (and shipments) following the semi-pause during Covid, cutting the truck fleet in half is a disaster.

Let's Go, Brandon.

1 comment:

Mar said...

And Cali is basically eliminating owner-operators in favor of the big truck companies with unions