Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays

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Transport department blames infrastructure, COVID-19 pandemic, claims progress being made

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Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been involuntarily silent congested port Across America, and his critics say that if he ever wants to see if a future presidential campaign can take off, it’s better to address the problem before shipping delays ahead of the holidays.

The Marine Exchange of Southern California last week reported 144 ships in southern California’s San Pedro Bay, 85 of them waiting for the green light to take off, According to Los Angeles Business Journal. Ports from Seattle to Savannah, Ga. have also reported increased congestion.

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Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., best known for his 2020 run for the presidency, has remained largely silent.

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“The Story” anchor Martha McCallum said Buttigieg’s department referred her to a July 15 virtual roundtable on the work being done. She noted on “Sunday Night in America” ​​how shipping falls under the purview of the Department of Transportation.

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Host Trey Gaudí told her, “I haven’t heard her talk about it, and I haven’t heard the media asking her — mainstream media, DC media — questioning her a lot on this.”

a Statement told the July meeting that the Biden administration believes the supply chain disruption will be “transient”.

The Port of Houston Bayport Container Terminal in 2019.

“Participants identified a number of factors contributing to overcrowding at San Pedro Bay ports, but agreed that the situation is critical and called for solutions to increase throughput at the port in an environmentally sensitive manner,” the statement said. Committed to identify and act.”

Analysts have said that many are to blame for overcrowding ahead of the holiday season, including supply chain disruptions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Transportation also blamed America’s “neglected” infrastructure, calling for billions of dollars in additional investment in the country’s ports.

Granthshala News’ Michael Garrity contributed to this report.


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