Railroad Cargo Backups Threaten New Logjam at Port of Los Angeles

FILE PHOTO: Shipping containers are unloaded from a ship at a container terminal at the Port of Long Beach-Port of Los Angeles complex in California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Los Angeles, CA - The nation's busiest seaport says railroads and importers must remove cargo stacking up to avoid making supply chain congestion worse.

"We must take action on this issue immediately to avoid a nationwide logjam," Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka told Reuters during a news media call on Wednesday (July 13).

Rail service disruptions have resulted in backlogs threating to undo progress workers have made clearing docks after pandemic-fueled imports inundated the port and left more than 100 ships waiting offshore to unload.

More than 29,000 rail containers are sitting on Southern California port docks. That number should not be more than 9,000, Seroka said.

Union Pacific (UNP.N) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N)-owned BNSF serve the Port of Los Angeles.

They and other U.S. railroads cut jobs and mothballed equipment after the coronavirus pandemic sharply reduced usage of the nation's transportation systems.

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