The State of Florida has invited the many cargo ships stranded off the coasts of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California to make port in the Sunshine State, noting it’s open for business and not shut down by Covid restrictions.
President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council Michael Rubin released a statement last week encouraging cargo ships to make port in Florida, claiming the state is the “solution” to the “global supply chain crisis.”
“Florida is where your success comes in, and our seaports are the solution to ensure the cargo shipping logjam doesn’t become the Grinch that stole Christmas,” Rubin said.
“With inflation growing, shipping and manufacturing industries can save time and money by calling on Florida ports,” he continued. “Why pay to moor off the coast of California, when Florida shipping lanes are open and serving as the gateway for getting goods to America’s market?”
“Florida is open for business, and we are the solution to help resolve the global supply chain crisis,” Rubin added.
“Instead of waiting off the coast of California, cargo vessels can offload and move their product to Florida and other discretionary markets in the same time it takes to find space in an increasingly congested California.”
The map of the Los Angeles Port reveals massive congestion compared to the South Florida port.
The Florida Ports Council on its website noted that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) allocated $250 million in stimulus cash to 15 of the state’s seaports to offset supply chain disruptions.
“This stimulus is in addition to other port infrastructure and connectivity investments made in Florida to increase our capacity and ability to move cargo and passengers around the world – Florida continues to invest in the infrastructure to become the pier to the world.”
In response, Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating at a 24/7 capacity in a bid to clean up the mess his policies started, namely lockdowns and COVID welfare.
“This is the first key step toward moving our entire freight, transportation and logistical supply chain nationwide to a 24/7 system,” Biden said.
Biden also used the announcement to push his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill currently stalled in Congress.
“Let me be clear, we’re proposing to make the biggest investment in ports in our history,” he said. “The bill would also make investments in our supply chains and manufacturing and strengthening our ability to make more goods from the beginning to end right here in America.”