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Port authority suggests vessels waiting off Californian coast divert to Florida ports

Florida officials are advising ships, backlogged for weeks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to make for Florida ports. The stranded cargo carriers are exacerbating a national supply chain crisis ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year; California ports broke three new records Wednesday with 167 ships berthed.

Meanwhile, governor Ron DeSantis claims the Jacksonville port 'has capacity'. It will only take a week for ships to move to Jacksonville, Florida, through the Panama Canal. The Jacksonville Port Authority said it’s the solution to an unprecedented logjam at The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where weeks-long queues are slowing commerce ahead of the year’s busiest shopping season.

It’s a sharp contrast from the scene in Jacksonville, which officials said has maintained terminal fluidity – and set a new container volume record - despite market disruptions.

According to Florida ports council president Michael Rubin, they can expedite cargo ship movement by rerouting container ships via the Panama Canal, a seven-day journey from Southern California to Northern Florida.


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