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Logistical logjam

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Logistical logjam
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The number of empty containers shipped out of the Port of Los Angeles in May, roughly twice as many as normal. Pandemic restrictions and increased demand for goods from Asia bottlenecked ports across the world. Rather than wait days to refill cargo holds, many shippers returned to Asian ports empty in 2020, leaving American ports with a glut of empty shipping containers and Asian ports with a shortage. Shipping industry experts warn the coronavirus-caused kinks in the global supply chain may not straighten out until 2022.


The cost of shipping a 40-foot container between Asia and the East Coast on June 22 according to the Freightos Baltic Index, more than double the price last year.


The number of days ships had to sit outside the Port of Yantian in China prior to obtaining a berth. A June COVID-19 outbreak at the port reduced loading capacity to 30 percent of ­normal.


The value of goods transported by the ocean shipping industry yearly, according to the World Shipping Council.


The number of days the container vessel Ever Given spent out of commission after blocking the Suez Canal for six days in March.


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