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Arlington business owner hopes supply chain fix trickles down to his restaurant

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 10/14/2021 Justin Hinton
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The White House announced an agreement it helped broker that could mean your holiday packages arrive on time.

The Port of Los Angeles is joining the Port of Long Beach by shifting to 24/7 operations to relieve supply chain bottlenecks.

"Now we need the rest of the private sector chain to step up as well. This is not called a supply chain for nothing. This means that terminal operators, railways, trucking companies, shippers and other retailers as well," President Joe Biden said.

"I think that’s great news," said Bill Blackburn, owner of Pork Barrel BBQ in Arlington.

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He's hoping it will have a trickle down effect for the supplies his restaurant receives.

"It certainly can’t hurt," he said.

Since the pandemic began, he says prices have risen and getting certain supplies has been a challenge, like so many other businesses have experienced.

"Some people say it’s going to get better, and I’ve got some distributors telling me brace for a difficult winter because the supply chain problems are going to continue," he said.

President Biden is hoping by the Port of Los Angeles joining the Port of Long Beach in operating 24/7, that problem will diminish.

After all, it’s where 40 percent of all shipping containers entering the U.S. come from and if they’re stuck there, that can drive prices higher.

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One place not experiencing a backlog is the Port of Baltimore.

Executive Director William P. Doyle tells 7 News On Your Side, “The Port of Baltimore is not experiencing supply chain congestion issues that are impacting other ports. Our most recent figures from August showed containers up 12 percent year over year. In fact, due to congestion at other ports we have recently attracted two new container services totaling 21 new ships. We have many local distribution centers, an excellent truck and rail network, and very skilled longshore workers which all contribute to reasons why containers move efficiently through the Port of Baltimore.”

While Blackburn doesn’t know the path all of his supplies take to get to his restaurant, he is excited about the announcement.

Whatever the result, he says he’ll continue pushing forward.

"The cup might be different and the bag might not be what you saw in the past but everybody’s trying their hardest," he said. "Our customers here especially in Alexandria have been very patient with us and we’re grateful."


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