Ongoing backlogs clogging West Coast ports, delaying crop shipments

California agricultural exporters claim that ongoing delays at West Coast seaports could cause more products to spoil before reaching their destination. Pandemic-fueled purchasing in the US and the onslaught of e-commerce goods – mostly coming in from Asia – have flooded West Coast ports. The ports have been trying to keep up with the surge in cargo since last fall and have faced disrupted shipping schedules and equipment shortages for marine terminal operations, railroads and trucking companies.

These backlogs have left California agri exporters ‘living in a world of uncertainty’, David Najarian, vice president of Paramount Export Co. in Alameda County told "When you're dealing with perishable products, it's just awful."

"We're trying to figure out what to do," Najarian said, noting that he may turn to more air transport, which raises the shipping cost upwards of 83%—a price he said he's not sure markets can bear.

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