For almost a year now, I have been talking about the logistics problem for product (most notably, massage chairs) coming to the USA from China. There has been a back up at the Port of Long Beach since the 4th quarter of last year. Chairs coming from China had been backed up for 4-6 weeks before finally getting to the warehouses of the distributors.
Well, after almost a year, you'd think that things have worked themselves out and started getting back to normal. Honestly, things did pick up a bit over the summer and inventories were being restocked so that we didn't have to think much about the logistics pile-up. I hadn't thought much about it the last couple of months because most companies had stock to sell from.
That was until I was in Southern California last week visiting my store in Cerritos. I spent some time with my son in Huntington Beach enjoying the Pacific Ocean. I couldn't help but immediately notice the traffic jam of freightliners sitting off the coast of Huntington Beach. The line up extended for miles northward toward Long Beach. It was amazing to see this long line of freighters sitting idly on the horizon. I took some footage of the traffic and you can see the video below.
I also came across an article in the Wall Street Journal that elaborates more on the Port of Long Beach ocean traffic jam.
UPDATE 9/27/21: I just read this article in The Guardian with more up-to-date info on the cargo ship logjam:
A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening?
Port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach, already the busiest in the US, has seen major traffic this week as imports boom
Read in The Guardian: https://apple.news/
Unfortunately, I don't see it getting any better before the end of the year. Once Black Friday hits, sales demand will increase exponentially, which will result in further product back orders and port delays. Quite a year it's been, eh? Hang in there! Experts predict some semblance of normalcy coming back in 2022.
Dr. Alan Weidner