Expect a lot of empty shelves this Christmas. Supply chain issues are affecting all of North America. This excerpt deals with the crisis in Vancouver B.C. but there are also problems with the port in Los Angeles. The author has worked in the shipping customs field for ten years and has never seen things so bad. He discourages panic buying but suggests if you want something and can afford it to buy it now...
The province was already a nightmare with the port of Vancouver being 2+ weeks behind offloading ocean vessels. Trying to get carriers in the area to move things around, or find warehouse space to destuff containers was already a premium and incredibly hard to find. This was causing huge delays and extra costs for importers. Almost every container is getting storage and demurrage charges as well as increased trucking costs due to lack of capacity to move the loads.
I'm working on shipments that left China in August that are just now arriving and clearing customs in BC.
Sixty Minutes covered the crisis in Los Angeles.