(Washington) Joe Biden on Wednesday highlighted the progress his administration has made in easing logistical problems, which he said helped avert a supply crunch during the holiday season.
“Goods are transported, gifts are delivered, and the shelves are not empty” was welcomed by the US President, the White House, who spoke with representatives of the sector.
Biden, whose economic policy has come under fire even in his Democratic camp, received a progress report on Wednesday from members of his cabinet and private sector chief executives on efforts to solve the oil chain’s problems. Supply, slow inflation, and stocks stocks for the holiday season.
“Today, retailer stocks are up 3% from last year,” the president said. “Stocks are good,” he continued, arguing that before the pandemic, product availability in stores was about 91% and now stands at 90%.
This marked improvement is directly related to the relief of congestion at the country’s ports.
Joe Biden commented on this by saying that “the number of containers passing through our ports is higher than ever,” who felt he had taken the appropriate measures to stop the paralysis of containers.
Last October, the White House pushed for the 24-hour opening of the Port of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States, to speed up the unloading of goods and reduce the queue of freighters waiting in line to unload.
Then, in early November, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach taxed shipping companies on their shipments that stayed at the docks for more than eight days.
According to data released by the White House on Wednesday, “Since then, the number of containers parked on berths has decreased nearly 50%, as has the average time one spends on containers on berths for a week.”
It also noted that “the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle 40% of the country’s container imports, moved 15% more containers between January and November of this year compared to 2018, which is the previous record.”
On the other hand, Joe Biden realized that the problem of the shortage of truck drivers must also be addressed.
“We’ve heard a lot about the need for more drivers, and that’s very real. We have set out to work to solve this problem.
Facing a career crisis, the Biden administration this week announced an action plan to hire and retain more truck drivers by improving job quality.
On the other topic that worries Americans, inflation, Joe Biden noted that prices at the pump have fallen back to the average recorded between 2011 and 2020.
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