Joe Biden may have announced an increase in port operations, but ships are arriving faster than they are leaving, at a slow but ever evident rate. With California being the state with the highest gross domestic product in the nation, its governor Gavin Newsom wants to further accelerate the emptying of ships, and to that end he has signed an Executive Order.
Executive Order Details
The entire Executive Order can be read on the state of California’s website. If you are a relatively busy individual and do not have time for political jargon, here is a summarized translation of all the points.
- California is considering designated routes that can be granted gross vehicle weight limit exemptions, presumably based on the durability of the roads in question.
- California hopes to rent land from other parties (private, local, federal) that can be used for short-term storage of ship cargo. Better to have it on a lot than on a ship!
- California’s Department of General Services is ordered to search for state-owned land that can be used for short-term storage of ship cargo. The more the state finds, the less it will have to rent.
- In pursuant to point three, California’s Department of General Services will collaborate with other state agencies to find out what land they have that they are not currently using.
- California hopes to increase training opportunities for all parts of the supply chain, ranging from crane operators to truck drivers.
- Industry leaders will hold a meeting on March 1st, 2022.
- Increased state funding for port operations.
- State funding towards the above procedures gets priority over funding for other general operations. Hypothetically speaking, the high-speed rail line connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles may be delayed.
- California repeats its commitment to working beside the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.
There is a very good chance that these points, especially the ones related to the short-term storage on land for cargo, will alleviate the problem for the short term. With shipping containers piling in Los Angeles neighborhoods, having designated spots for them will at the very least keep boats moving and reduce congestion in the already concentrated area of Los Angeles.
At the same time, governments have a tendency to move slowly. Lots of the deadlines established in this Executive Order are set for after Christmas, meaning there is still a chance that Christmas shopping may be more difficult than even last year.
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