Port Houston Storing Containers Longer Due to Supply Chain Delays

Port Houston has seen sixth straight months of double-digit growth, but it's not immune to supply chain delays plaguing other U.S. ports.

The Port did not respond to requests for an interview with KTRH News, but Executive Director Roger Guenther recently told KPRC television containers are "coming off the ship faster than they're leaving the terminal."

"People that left the workforce didn't return to the workforce, like those that work in the distribution centers where this cargo is ultimately going," he said.

Guenther says COVID forced Americans to do more of their shopping online from overseas.

"Just a tremendous demand was unleashed on the economy in the U.S. So it's really unprecedented surge in import demand that's really causing the challenges across the country."

Like other ports, Houston cannot find enough truck drivers.

Sierra Nicole of Dallas-based Elite Trade Academy warns nothing the White House has done so far will fix the problem.

"We need about 60,000 more drivers on the road and by 2023 they're saying it should be about 100,000 more drivers. So it's definitely something that is going to take some time to resolve."

Home Depot has started chartering ships to get around the crisis, to ensure plumbing supplies, heaters and other items are in stock.

"Things that usually would take maybe 30 days to ship from overseas are now taking 60-90 days and we don't see a resolution coming toward the end of the year," says Nicole.

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