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The fascination with port congestion: American Shipper’s top headlines of 2021

December 29, 2021


2021 will go down as the year the mainstream media took notice of West Coast port congestion. American Shipper was writing about global port backups, shutdowns and labor issues months — no, decades — before supply chain snarls in Southern California were spotlighted on national evening news broadcasts.

Port problems figured so prominently in American Shipper’s coverage this year that eight of the 10 most-read stories focused on problems in ocean shipping, from escalating costs to record numbers of container ships waiting to berth.

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