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·         Southern California Ports Struggle to Trim Cargo Backlog as Omicron Surges

Covid-related absences sidelined about 800 dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach this week

 

·         Cascading Flight Cancellations Snarl Airfreight Shipments

Freight forwarders are playing ‘whack-a-mole’ as they hunt for scarce capacity amid staffing shortages and bad weather

 

·         China Covid-19 Lockdowns Hit Factories, Ports in Latest Knock to Supply Chains

Toyota, Samsung and Volkswagen are among companies with production affected as economists warn of more challenging bottlenecks ahead

 

 

Southern California Ports Struggle to Trim Cargo Backlog as Omicron Surges

Covid-related absences sidelined about 800 dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach this week

 

By Paul Berger, The Wall Street Journal

Jan. 11, 2022

 

The Covid-19 Omicron variant is hampering efforts to clear a backlog of about 100 container ships at the nation’s busiest port complex as infections rise among Southern California dockworkers.

 

About 800 dockworkers—roughly 1 in 10 of the daily workforce at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—were unavailable for Covid-related reasons as of Monday, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. Absentees included workers who tested positive for the virus, were quarantining or awaiting test results, or who felt unwell.

 

The association, which secures labor for terminal operators on the West Coast, said the number of daily worker infections has risen rapidly in recent weeks, escalating from several cases a day to dozens and then hitting about 150 a day last week.

 

The shortfall meant that on Monday two container ships at the port complex received fewer dockworkers than requested and 13 ships didn’t receive any requested workers to load or unload cargo, effectively halting operations. That same day, 102 container ships waited for a berth at the port complex, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which monitors ship movements in the area...

 

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Cascading Flight Cancellations Snarl Airfreight Shipments

Freight forwarders are playing ‘whack-a-mole’ as they hunt for scarce capacity amid staffing shortages and bad weather

 

By Lydia O’Neal, The Wall Street Journal

Jan. 11, 2022

 

Airfreight forwarders are off to a turbulent start to the New Year as flight cancellations have sharply reduced aircraft capacity and disrupted expedited shipping operations.

 

Though cancellations eased over the past few days, airlines have scrubbed thousands of flights in recent weeks because of winter storms and staffing shortages tied to surging Covid-19 cases.

 

That has forced the freight forwarders that serve as middlemen between air carriers and companies shipping goods to scramble for alternative flights and to reroute shipments, from clothing and pharmaceuticals to printer cartridges and electronics, that fly in the bellies of passenger planes.

 

The cancellations have delayed deliveries and added to transportation costs for retailers and manufacturers seeking to fly goods over clogged ocean ports around the world.

 

Itasca, Ill.-based AIT Worldwide Logistics Inc. recently had to switch airlines for a 100-ton shipment scheduled to fly from the U.S. to Hong Kong for a major technology customer because the first carrier didn’t have enough ground handlers to unload the cargo at its destination, AIT Chief Executive Vaughn Moore said...

 

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China Covid-19 Lockdowns Hit Factories, Ports in Latest Knock to Supply Chains

Toyota, Samsung and Volkswagen are among companies with production affected as economists warn of more challenging bottlenecks ahead

 

By Stella Yifan Xie, Yang Jie and Dan Strumpf, The Wall Street Journal

Jan. 11, 2022

 

HONG KONG—With Covid-19 flaring up across China, major manufacturers are shutting factories, ports are clogging up and workers are in short supply as officials impose city lockdowns and mass testing on a scale unseen in nearly two years.

 

The prospect of continued disruptions in the world’s second-largest economy, which has a zero-tolerance strategy for combating the pandemic, is heightening fears that the disruptions will ripple through the global economy. Already, companies including memory-chip maker Samsung Electronics Co., German auto maker Volkswagen AG and a textiles company that supplies Nike Inc. and Adidas AG are suffering production hitches...

 

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