What is causing the supply chain issues?

Illustration of container box above chaotic pile of more boxes.
(Jim Cooke / 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 supply chain issues affect you? And how will they be resolved? We’ve got you covered.

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