Truckers reportedly quitting at CA ports

| 9/27/2004

Too much congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has caused some truckers to quit.

Media reported Sept. 27 the underlying cause is the volume of boxes arriving on the West Coast and straining the supply chain.

The drivers complained of waiting as long as seven hours to pick up one load. To help, some freight railroads were adding thousands of employees, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Meanwhile, some manufacturers and retailers said they might switch to more expensive air transportation to make sure hot holiday merchandise reaches stores on time.

In recent weeks, as many as 83 ships have been waiting to be unloaded, and it was taking six to eight days to empty each of them, the Times reported.