- Oct 13, 2014
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- Pasco, WA
The pesky hours of service rules also get in the way of truckers being more productive aka moving more stuff per driver. Most professional drivers are nearly always pushing max hours and they can only drive so fast.If only it were that easy. The real reason for the jam is that California and the EPA enacted[consent decree] restrictive emissions laws that about 50% of the trucking fleet couldn't meet. They are not allowed by law to operate in California ports. This was in 2020 and the storage sites are only now getting full, which is why there is a backup in the harbor. They can't empty the container yards fast enough because of this totally manmade bottleneck.
The big companies, Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart et al saw this coming years ago and have started shipping to other ports, but companies that have to buy space from shipping brokers are screwed. Amazon has its own branded ships that go to Houston for one example.