Historic backup at Port of Oakland could be bad news for consumers



CBS News

A record number of cargo ships are anchored in San Francisco Bay, waiting to unload their containers at the Port of Oakland, reports CBS San Francisco. The backup extends up and down the West Coast – and it’s pandemic-related.

All are carrying multiple containers full of goods, so those items may take a little while longer to arrive in stores and at your front door.

Experts predict the trend to continue through the summer and if that happens, it could realistically last the rest of the year as the demand for imports increases during the holidays.

“We set a historic record. We have never seen anything like this before. It’s unprecedented,” Port of Oakland spokesperson Marilyn Sandifur told CBS San Francisco, adding that it’s the busiest time in port’s 94-year history.

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