Thousands of empty boxes sprawled “as far as the eye could see” along the railroad lines in Lincoln Park, with FedEx containers and others having their doors wide open and boxes tumbling over.
The trains carrying cargo containers from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were targeted by burglars as they passed through a homeless encampment.
“Union Pacific railroad said there was a rash of cargo container break-ins as the containers were being hauled by train near downtown Los Angeles, as officials are trying to clear the backlog of cargo at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
As far as the eye could see, thousands of boxes were strewn along the railroad tracks near Valley Boulevard and North Mission Road in Lincoln Park in footage captured by NewsChopper4.
Several container doors were wide open—including a FedEx container with boxes tipping over.”
Two people were videotaped hopping onto moving trains with bolt cutters in an apparent effort to break into the mounted containers. Nearly 80 ships are still stalled off the coast of California today, a sign of the logistical bottlenecks and manpower shortages that are keeping numerous consumer items out of American stores. Trucking companies have been dumping empty containers in residential neighborhoods, CBS Los Angeles reported:
With the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now running 24/7 operations, a new problem has occurred. Many of the shipping containers that spent weeks onboard ships waiting to be unloaded now being dumped in nearby neighborhoods once they’re emptied.
Currently, “with the ports and everything that’s going on over there, we’re stuck with the containers, having to bring them all to the yard, and we only have so much space,” said one trucking executive.
Gov. DeSantis (R-Fla.) began giving incentives to shipping firms that discharge goods in Florida as supply chain backlogs continued to grow.
A news conference with Gov. DeSantis stated that “year after year we continue to invest in our seaports, in infrastructure and in workforce education to make sure our supply chain is resilient.” adding he was “proud of Florida’s seaports. They are crown jewels in our state. While other U.S. ports are just now announcing around-the-clock operations, in Florida many of our ports are used to serving Florida farmers, families and businesses with 24 hour operations.”
In order to counter rising prices and supply chain issues, the message is, “Florida is here, we have capacity, we have incentive packages to help businesses who want to move here and we are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas Gifts this season,” DeSantis said.