Part 2 Clogged Ports Require a Massive Solution… Not Patchwork Fixes
Fong says if California bolsters its workforce and infrastructure, hours of operation at warehouses and distribution centers must align with the ports for a smooth movement of goods.
According to the Port of Los Angeles, more than 50 thousand empty containers sit on terminal and off-dock depots. Fong says the ports need more chassis, and to move those empty containers out.
And when it comes to tracking containers across the ocean… Fong says modernizing data management is also a top priority.
“We haven’t invested in that type of data infrastructure in over thirty years, and other ports around the country and across the world have made those critical investments.”
With so many moving parts involved in the supply chain, Fong says there needs to be better collaboration between the private and public sector to dive into short-term… and long-term solutions.
Fong says Assembly Bill 1679 will establish a high-level advisor to work with state and federal leadership to bring solutions to the many problems.
“So having an expert advisor craft policy to streamline regulations, and coordinate investments to improve our supply chain, would be critical.”