The shipping crisis and tight labor market combined is leading to higher prices, shortages, and heightened risk of travel cancellations.
Americans seem to be facing shortages at every turn. Here's everything you need to know about what's causing the supply-chain crisis.
The ports of Southern California hit a new record on Monday, with 100 vessels floating off the shore waiting to dock and unload.
The global supply chain has been stretched past its limit during the pandemic and experts say consumers are more than partly to blame.
"I think that any opportunity to make a difference will be looked at," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said over the weekend.
Rising input cost are prompting Chinese exporters to hike prices, adding to global inflation risk amid the global shipping crisis.
Worldwide shortages of glass, corks, and labels and a shipping crisis have winemakers scrambling to find ways to bottle and ship wine.
A local resident said a trailer with no driver blocked her driveway, slowing her from leaving her home in the morning.
Seeking to avoid the shipping crisis, desperate retailers are chartering planes for up to $2 million - sometimes even more - to get their goods shipped from Asia to the US.
Holiday shopping might still be chaos this year, but shipping should be back to normal by winter of 2022.
President Joe Biden wants to clear traffic jams at US ports and save the holiday shopping season, but experts say he can't solve the problem.
It currently takes an average of 73 days for shipments from China to reach their destination in the US, but Christmas is in 71 days.
The credit rating agency said disruptions "will get worse before they get better." The largest US port is seeing the worst of the delays.
The massive jets could fly goods directly from Asia to the US - evading port delays that could tack on weeks to a delivery date.
"The only thing I know for sure about the congestion here is that everyone is blaming someone else," a California port worker told Insider.
Major companies are scrambling to overcome backlogs. From flying in power tools to chartering ships, Home Depot has worked to overcome port delays.
Some ships are having to wait at sea for nine days before they can get a spot in the port, the head of the Georgia Ports Authority said.