Ship congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit an unprecedented level, worsening the bottleneck at the busiest gateway for US imports.
A record 38 container ships are awaiting berth space -- 36 at anchor and two more that were directed to wait in designated areas at sea until anchorages are available, the Marine Exchange of Southern California said in a note late Thursday. It's the first time since 2004 that so-called drift zones have been used to manage traffic into the neighboring ports.
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