Everything you should know about the supply chain nightmare causing gridlock at L.A. ports

Container ships wait outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to unload on Wednesday.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are facing unprecedented gridlock as the global supply chain struggles to meet consumer needs amid a pandemic, shortages of cargo ships and containers and a lack of workers willing to drive trucks or handle inventory in warehouses for the wages offered.

How did these problems begin? How will global supply chain issues impact you? We’ve got you covered.

Photos: Gridlock at L.A. ports as dozens of ships idle off the coast