This is one of those bizarre stories which is indicative of a greater future crisis than telling the story of just how bad the supply chain situation is now.
For those of my readers new to these pages, I’m one of those consultants who sell their services to connect and manage logistics to get raw materials, parts, etc. from point A to point B. The majority of my customers are intermediate manufacturers making smaller parts for larger companies for final assembly. To say that the past two years has been a challenge is an understatement.
I checked on the situation a few hours ago via MarineTraffic and yes indeed, it is now an enormous challenge and getting far, far worse.
As I was scanning my news feeds this morning, this story from The Epoch Times caught my attention for obvious reasons:
While a growing number of Los Angeles-bound cargo ships are now biding time off the coast of Mexico, the supply chain crisis progressed this week as consumers found empty shelves in stores across the U.S.
“There’s a big population [of ships off the coast of Mexico],” Kip Louttit, director of the Marine Exchange, told The Epoch Times. “If you look at the Pacific, it kind of makes sense to go down there. The weather is better the further south you go.”
The number of ships waiting to deliver goods in Los Angeles has jumped about 12 percent since October, when President Joe Biden announced the ports would be opened around-the-clock to ease congestion.
The marine exchange reported 190 ships of all types were waiting in line to dock at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports on Jan. 19. In mid-October, the number was about 170.
But we were told the big lie again that the supply chain crisis was “fixed” by the Biden junta. Trust me, from someone on the front lines who helps transit a lot of parts from the Far East to the USA, the delivery times, estimated that is, have expanded to well over 150 to 180 days. Needless to say the “just-in-time” manufacturing process that the US has adopted is imploding before our very eyes.
For example, per Flexport, transit times alone, not including dwell times for ships waiting to dock, is well over 110 days:
The China to US transport times are just as lengthy per Freightos:
Thus if any idiot tells my readers that the empty grocery store shelves the you are witnessing on an almost daily basis are “political propaganda” perhaps they should remember what has happened every time food shortages and unemployment spike at the same time with inflation.
Revolutions are ugly affairs.