We are reaching out to provide more updates on the severe congestion crisis that is currently plaguing U.S. ports.
The White House has announced their plan to utilize funding included in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation towards port and marine infrastructure opportunities.
The legislation comprises $17 billion specific to ports funding, and within the next 45 days alone, an estimated $243 million from this amount will be issued in the form of grants. In allocating this money towards proactive projects, many are hoping that the bottlenecks and stagnant lines of shipping containers will begin to ease.
Port officials are also planning to ship any and all backlog by truck and rail to new overflow lots in Georgia and Savannah, and also hope that introducing modernization will work to “repair outdated infrastructure and to deepen harbors for larger cargo ships”, per a White House fact sheet.
The question of this decision being only a temporary fix to the container blockage will continue to raise concern, especially as President Biden is scheduled to visit the Port of Baltimore on Wednesday, November 10.
Source: The Washington Post
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