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L.A., Long Beach ports losing to rivals amid struggle with giant ships

L.A., Long Beach ports losing to rivals amid struggle with giant ships

C.J. Nord spends her days tracking shipments of metal parts from China, Taiwan and Italy, which her Huntington Beach company assembles into high-end bathroom fixtures for customers demanding quick delivery. The congestion at Southern California ports, sometimes delaying her shipments for weeks, has sparked a radical new strategy. She now pays a premium to send some parts though East Coast ports and truck them across the nation — rather than directly from ports 20 miles away. "In an Amazon-driven day and age, the consumers' expectation for when they should get something has gotten shorter and shorter," said Nord, the supply chain manager for California Faucets. ...

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