White House plan aims to help key West Coast ports stay open 24/7 to ease supply chain bottlenecks

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FedEx, UPS, Walmart, Home Depot and others will also announce plans to expand hours during a virtual meeting Wednesday with Biden.
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WASHINGTON -- As supply chain bottlenecks around the world threaten to hobble the U.S. holiday shopping season, President Joe Biden will unveil a plan Wednesday to try to ease West Coast delays at the ports of Long Beach, California, and Los Angeles by expanding round-the-clock operations. Central to this plan are commitments by some of the nation's leading retailers and shippers to ramp up overnight and off-hours operations at Long Beach and Los Angeles.

In an aerial view, container ships (Top L) are anchored by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as they wait to offload on September 20, 2021 near Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama | Getty Images

FedEx, UPS, Walmart and Home Depot will announce their expanded-hours operation plans during a virtual meeting Wednesday with Biden, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters Tuesday night. The officials were granted anonymity in order to discuss private sector commitments that had yet to be made public. The Port of Los Angeles will announce Wednesday that it is shifting to 24/7 operations, following a similar transition by the Port of Long Beach in September of this year, the official said. Together, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles account for approximately 40% of the shipping containers entering the United States. Another key stakeholder in the plan is the powerful International…
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