Shipping containers that spent weeks on ships stuck in ports are now dumped in nearby neighborhoods – CBS Los Angeles
WILMINGTON (CBSLA) – With the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now operating 24/7, a new issue has arisen. Many shipping containers that have spent weeks on board ships awaiting unloading are now dumped in neighboring neighborhoods when emptied.
Sonia Cervantes lives along Anaheim Street, where UCTI Trucking Company is located.
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The company’s land only has a capacity of 65 containers, so the additional containers now line up along Anaheim Street in front of some people’s homes.
âIt’s a bunch of neighbors who are very upset because it’s a non-stop situation,â Cervantes said.
âI had to come in at 6:30 am to go to work. There was already a trailer blocking my driveway so I couldn’t get out. Without a driver in the trailer, so we were honking and honking, and it was just crazy.
“Right now, with the ports and everything that is going on there, we are stuck with the containers, having to get them all to the yard, and we have very little space,” said Frank Arrieran, owner. UCTI Trucking.
âThey sit on the street for 15 to 20 minutes,â Cervantes said. “Sometimes they just unload the trailer in the street with no front end, and they just leave it there.”
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CBSLA spoke with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday, who said the Biden administration was working on both short and long-term solutions.
Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the Port of LA would implement 24/7 operations.
âThere are so many parts in the supply chain and most of them are in private hands. But what we have discovered is that the administration can act as an honest intermediary and that is what we are doing, by bringing together the different actors and by guaranteeing commitments that will make the difference to move these goods â, Buttigieg said.
âThere are $ 17 billion in port improvements in the President’s infrastructure bill and they are urgently needed. That’s one of the reasons we’re eager to see some action from Congress, and I know my department is ready to put those dollars to work, âButtigieg said.
Meanwhile, back in Wilmington, Arrerian said they were doing everything possible to reduce congestion on the street. He asks the inhabitants to understand.
âWe were messed up with tickets and harassed,â Arrerian said. âWe are asking the community to help us because we are only in the middle.
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Arrieran said he would meet with city officials tomorrow. He hopes they will work with him to move to a bigger yard.