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.