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Supply chain crisis unabated

Nearly 80,000 shipping containers piled up in Port of Savannah

The Port of Savannah is approaching crisis point. It has nearly 80,000 containers - 50% more than normal - stacked up. About 700 containers have been left there for a month or more. In September, 4,500 containers sat in the port for weeks, waiting to be collected by the trucks or boats that take them to their next destination.

These issues have become common in ports around the world. After falling shipping demand in the first half of 2020, a surge at the end of that year led to delays, port traffic jams, and blockages across the supply chain. A lack of shipping containers and dock workers made it worse. Now, containers are getting jammed up in ports because of both rising demand and a continuing shortage of staff to unload them and take them to their destination.

The traffic jam in Savannah shows no signs of easing up, Griff Lynch, who oversees the port and is executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said.

"The supply chain is overwhelmed and inundated ... It's not sustainable at this point," he told The fact 4,500 containers sat for weeks in September was "bordering on ridiculous," he said.

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