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Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:21 AM

One question about this bullcrap shipping "crisis", what's actually on those ships?

Throughout this months-long media created "crisis", nobody has ever researched what's actually on those ships? Seems like that would be the first thing discussed if rational thinking were involved.

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Reply One question about this bullcrap shipping "crisis", what's actually on those ships? (Original post)
traitorsgalore Nov 2021 OP
lagomorph777 Nov 2021 #1
getagrip_already Nov 2021 #2
lagomorph777 Nov 2021 #3
getagrip_already Nov 2021 #4
Farmer-Rick Nov 2021 #6
JustAnotherGen Nov 2021 #8
Farmer-Rick Nov 2021 #11
MineralMan Nov 2021 #5
JustAnotherGen Nov 2021 #7
leighbythesea2 Nov 2021 #9
Rebl2 Nov 2021 #10

Response to traitorsgalore (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:22 AM

1. Pretty much everything.

I'm surprised you haven't seen that part of the stories. Every one I've seen talks about it.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:42 AM

2. yuppa, everything from electronics to machine tools/parts to toys and games...

Just about everything you could buy on amazon.com that isn't perishable is on those ships. And then some.

But as others have pointed out, the queuing of the ships is more a function of management and profit than capacity or logistics.

One crane per ship. A lack of container trailers. Long wait time for drivers who are essentially off the clock while waiting. One shift per day.

The shipyards have zero incentive to change any of that. Their profits are assured with or without increasing throughput.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:47 AM

3. I'm pretty sure perishables are in there too.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:51 AM

4. true, but they probably get expedited offloading.....

Nobody wants to be offloading a load of rotten meat or veggies.....

They probably aren't the ships that wait.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:55 AM

6. There was a consolidation of port functions back in 2017 or so

Basically the port's redundancy and excess capacity was removed.

Making surges in capacity almost impossible to handle. So, like just in time stocking in warehouses, it saves money for the corporations but reduces flexibility and adaptability to changes.

The supply chain is Not a strongly linked chain. It is more like a rubberband. The more you pull it, the more likely it will break somewhere. And when it breaks, it slaps you in the face.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:00 AM

8. There was a white paper delivered to CBP

In late August detailing what needed to be done. Trade Compliance folks? We saw this coming a year ago.

I will say this - that 'consolidation' in 2017 - was designed to fail. We spent four years caging little kids and taking them from their parents, when we should have been building our port exit programs for Export.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 05:35 PM

11. Thanks for the info

Interesting comments.

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Response to traitorsgalore (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:53 AM

5. Everything is in the containers on those ships.

It's not "bullcrap." That's a right-wing meme.

We import most goods these days, and they arrive in containers on ships.

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Response to traitorsgalore (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:58 AM

7. Parts and Components

That Manufacturers rely on to complete finished goods, that they can then export.

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Response to traitorsgalore (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:12 AM

9. In my industrys case

Apparel.

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Response to traitorsgalore (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:16 AM

10. I have heard

several times this year what is in those containers. Furniture, toys, outdoor furniture, tools, etc.

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