Podcast: Unclogging America's biggest ports

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Los Angeles, CA - October 13 The sunset illuminates the scene of dozens of container ships siting off the coast of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waiting to be unloaded Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. President Biden is set to announce Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles would operate around the clock to alleviate a logistical bottleneck that has left dozens of container ships idling off the California coast and Americans waiting longer to get products manufactured overseas. The agreement to have longshoremen unloading cargo through the night is intended to speed the flow of toys, electronics and other gifts to American doorsteps during the holiday season. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Sunset illuminates container ships floating near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waiting to be unloaded. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Nearly half of imports in the United States go through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. They're the largest in the U.S., but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a humongous backlog of ships stuck at sea, making imported goods more expensive. The wait to unload cargo is so bad at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach that President Biden is taking action. Today, we're going to discuss the backup's repercussions with three L.A. Times reporters who cover the ports, the global market and the White House.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times national and global economy reporter Don Lee, L.A. Times White House reporter Chris Megerian and L.A. Times California economy, labor and workplace reporter Margot Roosevelt

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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