In a meeting with his supply chain task force, President Joe Biden said a historic amount of goods is moving through the ports. “After working with our administration, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have nearly cut in half the number of those great big containers you see sitting on a dock for more than eight days,” said Biden. “The number of containers moving through our ports is higher than ever.” The ports at Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 40 percent of the imports into America. Since mid-October, the dwell time for containers at the Port of Long Beach dropped from 12 days to five days. In that same time period, the dwell time for containers in LA has gone from nine days to four days. Action is being taken to increase the number of truck drivers to move the freight. “We’re cutting the red tape so companies can set up registered apprenticeships with truck drivers in two days instead of two months.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his counterparts from Commerce, Labor, Transportation and the National Economic Council also participated in the task force meeting.
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