U.S. Officials Seek To Fix Transportation Supply Chain Problems, Auto News, ET Auto

By David Shepardson

New Delhi: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is looking for ways to address supply chain disruptions – from clogged ports to shortages of truck drivers.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order in February on supply chain issues.

In June, the White House unveiled a supply chain disruption task force led by Buttigieg and the Secretaries of Commerce and Agriculture “to provide a whole-of-government response to address supply chain challenges in the short term… (and) to diagnose problems and surface solutions – large and small, public or private – that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints. “

On Thursday, Buttigieg hosted a virtual roundtable on congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which was attended by Federal Maritime Commission Chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other senior U.S. officials to examine ways of reducing congestion in ports.

“For our economy to fully recover, we now need our vital supply chains to operate smoothly and without avoidable congestion,” Buttigieg said.

Approximately 40% of all containerized freight transiting the United States arrives or departs through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The California State Transportation Agency announced Thursday that it will host a forum in September to examine options for improving the movement of goods.

Last week, Buttigieg and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh held a separate meeting with the trucking industry and labor groups to discuss recruiting and retaining drivers.

The ministry said turnover rates are over 90% for large long-haul carriers. This engine bearing, coupled with the impact of COVID-19, has contributed to supply chain disruptions.

American Trucking Associations (ATA) said projections show the industry will need to hire about 1.1 million new drivers over the next decade, or an average of nearly 110,000 per year, to keep pace with departures. retirement and growing transportation needs.

Bill Sullivan of the ATA said the group was working with the federal government to “make our supply chain more resilient and grow our workforce.”

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