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DOES THE PILE-UP AT THE PORT AFFECT MY MERCHANDISE?
I received many calls last week inquiring about the delays at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the potential impact to projects in-work.

Given our "brief, brilliant and gone" approach to keeping our clients up to date, here is an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of what is REALLY going on at the ports in Los Angeles:

BOTTOM LINE:

Ships are being held at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for up to one week due to overloaded of infrastructure and shortage of trailers. Inbound merchandise may take 7-10 days longer to arrive during October and early November.

IMPACT:

Since 40% of all US imports arrive into these ports, the delays could undermine retailers' ability to receive and stock product and promotional materials in time for the crucial holiday season. Manufacturers, retailers and logistics experts may also divert freight to other ports, resulting in lost revenue to Los Angeles and the Port Authority, now and in the future.

THE BAD NEWS:

According to port officials, the current congestion is the worst crisis in a decade at the ports. "We have a melt-down on the harbor. Every day it gets worse," says Robert Curry, president of a LA-based trucking firm that serves both ports.

THE GOOD NEWS IS:

The delays will wind down by the second week in November. Port officials are clearing space by moving empty containers and broken chassis to off-site locations. In the immediate future, they plan to purchase and supply additional chassis given peak periods. Finally, we're not the only ones: other ports are facing similar issues.

THE BETTER NEWS IS:

If Kelly Direct finds that the delivery deadline of your inbound product is impacted – or even potentially impacted -- we will notify you immediately, present a solution and get into action.