A reorganization of the United States Postal Service combined with a standoff at West Coast ports could lead to vacation shortages and shipping delays.
Starting Friday, a small amount of first class mail and periodicals may take longer to arrive. First class single mail traveling within the same region will still be delivered within two days. But items such as First Class packages or items traveling from one area to another may take an additional two days on top of the usual shipping time.
Also from Sunday, the postal service will temporarily increase the prices of all parcel deliveries until the end of Christmas. That could mean an additional 75 cents to $ 5 per article.
Another shipping problem for consumers and businesses in the United States is the congestion of container ships outside east and west coast ports, which could delay the arrival of goods in stores.
There are two reasons for the traffic jam: a record demand for goods in the United States and a shortage of truck drivers and warehouse space to move and store these goods.
“If I’m a local farmer and try to get a truck driver to bring my load of tomatoes to market, I might suddenly find that my favorite trucking company doesn’t have enough truck drivers because that there are more lucrative jobs than consumer electronics. companies that pay extra for the same service, ”said Bindiya Vakil, CEO and founder of Resilinc. “So it’s just a matter of who has the richest pockets to buy all the talent available, skilled drivers being one of them.”
Locally, the Port of Oakland says it actually handled fewer ships last month than a year ago, as many of those ships were hijacked to avoid traffic jams here on the west coast. Despite this, the volume of imported cargo edged up last month, proof that fewer ships were carrying significantly more product in their holds.