President Biden Says Trucking Companies Must ‘Step Up’ Amid Supply Chain Woes
Washington D.C. – The President of the United States is calling on trucking companies and truckers to “step up” their contributions amid America’s worsening supply chain crisis.
Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, President Joe Biden detailed current challenges in America’s supply chain — particularly bottlenecks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — and the actions his administration is taking to help alleviate the deteriorating conditions.
“After weeks of negotiation and working with my team, and with the major union retailers and freight movers, the Port of Los Angeles announced today that it is going to begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” the President said. “This follows the Port of Long Beaches’ commitment to 24/7 that it announced just weeks ago.”
Mr. Biden said this is the “first key step toward moving our entire freight, transportation and logistical supply chain nationwide to a 24 hour system.”
The President also argued unloading cargo during off-peak hours will increase efficiency for truck drivers since “highways are less crowded at night.”
“During off-peak hours in Los Angeles cargo leaves the port at a 25 percent faster pace than during the day shift. So, by increasing the number of late night hours… today’s announcement has the potential to be a game-changer,” he said. “I say ‘potential’ because all these goods won’t move by themselves.”
The President implored retailers and trucking companies to work harder.
“We need major retailers who ordered the goods and the freight movers who take the goods from the ships to factories and stores to step up as well,” he said. “If the private sector doesn’t step up we are going to call them out and ask them to act.”
Giant retailer Walmart, along with mega carriers FedEx and UPS have each committed to “significantly increase the amount of goods they are moving at night,” the President announced.
Mr. Biden also used today’s speech as an opportunity to promote his $5 trillion “Build Back Better” infrastructure and social spending bills currently languishing in Congress as Democratic infighting threatens to derail his agenda.
Arguing the “world has changed” since the pandemic began, Mr. Biden said, “We need to invest in building greater resilience to withstand the kinds of shocks we’ve seen over and over whether it’s the pandemic, extreme weather, climate change or other disruptions.”
He asserted that in order to accomplish this, maritime and trucking companies must “reduce their carbon emissions” while “creating and supporting good-paying jobs so folks want to stay in these jobs.”
Today’s developments come after the White House set up the Supply Chain Disruption Task Force (SCDTF) in June to explore ways to solve supply chain inefficiencies.
WATCH his full remarks below.
Tune in as I deliver remarks on efforts to address global transportation supply chain bottlenecks. https://t.co/Uabftrq0V7
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 13, 2021