While some consumer goods from Asia may go missing, bananas will continue to be on US supermarket shelves.
Tony Taviano, a fruit broker with B&B Imports in Visalia, California, said: “We know that [there’s] congestion at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles, and it’s not going to get better. Consumer goods from Asia — whether it’s from China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea — whatever, it doesn’t matter. There’s going to be empty shelves or limited availability on those goods in retailers in November and December.”
Taviano says the delays are due to a severe shortage of truck drivers across the US, affecting rail loading and unloading, and highway trucking. He predict delays will continue into late spring of 2022.
“There’s only so many drivers. And part of the problem here in California is the delays in getting commercial driver’s licenses, and you have to be cleared by Homeland Security to be in these sensitive areas, and that takes time.”
But you won’t be seeing shortages of bananas, says Taviano, because they come in through Gulf Port, Mississippi, and Wilmington, North Carolina.