Bottlenecks push record number of containers through Long Beach and LA

Major US ports Long Beach and Los Angeles have handled a record number of containers in the first months of the year, in which bottlenecks and the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in container queues off the US West Coast.

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Long Beach and Los Angeles, the largest ports on the west coast of the US, report of the best start to the year ever.

The ports are under massive pressure from a container industry riddled with lack of capacity and sky-high demand, which has drastically increased rates and created long waiting periods for ships to deliver containers from Asia in particular.

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