supply chain

November 6, 2021

California farmers say supply chain delays are disrupting their exports

California farmers say global supply chain delays are preventing them from exporting their crops, leaving container ships lined up off the coast with nowhere to deliver their goods.

The ongoing issues with the supply chain have retailers worried about the holiday shopping season, calling for action from state and federal lawmakers. The logjam of ships entering US waters means that fewer are trekking back across the Pacific Ocean, leaving regional farmers nowhere to send their goods.

“We’re at the mercy of foreign shipping companies,” said Roger Isom, the president and CEO of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association and the Western Agricultural Processors Association. “We’re in a game, somebody changed the rules on us, and we have no way to correct it.”

California is the country’s only supplier of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the global exports of tree nuts totaled more than $8.1 billion in 2019.

Isom said that more than 80 percent of last month’s scheduled shipments were canceled.

“One of our members lost $7.5 million in one month of sales because of an inability to fill timely commitments,” Isom said.

Last month, the Biden administration announced that the Los Angeles port would soon begin 24-hour operations to help clear the backlog. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) waived some state regulations, allowing companies to include more cargo on trucks.


Supply chain delays disrupt California agriculture exports

October 20, 2021

DeSantis says Florida ports could fix supply chain issues, save Christmas

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the Sunshine State’s ports could handle the imports currently offshore on the West Coast and Georgia.

“We are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas Gifts this season,” DeSantis said.

Last week, DeSantis called President Joe Biden “the Grinch that stole Christmas due to the ongoing supply chain crisis robbing our loved ones of gifts under the tree.”

On Tuesday, DeSantis announced that Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and other Florida ports are offering incentives to businesses who want to move their cargo to Florida.

“We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate these logjams and ameliorate these problems with the supply chain,” DeSantis said. “It really is, I think, a model for the rest of the country.”

“Florida’s here. We’ve got capacity,” the Governor said.


Ron DeSantis says Florida ports could save Christmas, solve supply issues

October 15, 2021

White House says Walmart, FedEx, UPS to work 24/7 amid supply chain woes

The White House announced a move to combat global supply chain issues: major carriers like Walmart, FedEx, and UPS will start 24 hours a day, seven days a week operations.

“The supply chain is essentially in the hands of the private sector, so we need the private sector to step up to help solve these problems. Three of the largest goods carriers in the country, Walmart, FedEx, and UPS, will make commitments towards moving to 24/7, working during off-peak hours,” a senior official said.

The Biden administration said that UPS and FedEx combined shipped 40 percent of American packages in 2020.

“By taking these steps, they’re saying to the rest of the supply chain, you need to move too, let’s step it up,” the administration official said. Target, Samsung, and Home Depot are also moving to a 24/7 schedule.

Administration officials recently cautioned that global supply bottlenecks could cause Americans to see higher prices and empty shelves this holiday season.


White House: Walmart, FedEx, UPS to go 24/7 to address supply bottlenecks

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