Omicron hampering productivity in US ports

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Back-to-back weeks of two-day holidays followed by the outbreak of the Omicron variant among the workforce are not providing any relief to ships waiting for an available berth at the start of 2022, keeping imports sitting for longer on the docks. About 800 dockworkers—roughly 1 in 10 of the daily workforce at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—were unavailable for Covid-related reasons as of Monday, according to the Pacific Maritime Association and in New York – New Jersey the end of 2021 saw about 275 workers quarantine due to COVID-19. Last Friday, the number hit 525, New York Shipping Association. However, more longshore workers are able to return to the ports faster thanks to federal guidelines that require only a five-day quarantine from potential exposure.

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