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Toy prices up as much as 10 percent ahead of Christmas: trade group

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The price of youngsters’s toys is up as much as 10 percent ahead of the vacation season, and lots of in-demand presents will doubtless be out of inventory quickly amid a snarled international provide chain, the Toy Association president warned.

“People are going to see price increases this holiday,” mentioned Steve Pasierb, president of the Toy Association, a trade group that represents enterprise throughout the $32.6 billion US toy market.

“We’ve seen some toy categories go up five to ten percent,” he instructed Fox News’ “America Reports” on Wednesday.

Pasierb pointed to the large backlog at California’s ports, that are accountable for 36 percent of US imports, and he described the problems within the worldwide provide chain as a “global crisis.”

There have been 56 container ships anchored off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as of Wednesday, in accordance with the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which operates the Vessel Traffic Service for these two ports.

During regular instances, there would normally be up to at least one ship ready to enter the ports, in accordance with Kip Louttit, govt director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Container ships are docked at the Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports in Long Beach
There have been 56 container ships anchored off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as of Wednesday.
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On prime of the backlog on the ports, Pasierb famous there’s additionally a scarcity of truckers stopping firms from distributing provides throughout the nation.

“The system is breaking down and now we’re paying the price for it,” he mentioned.

“It’s hitting us at the worst time of the year, which is the holidays,” he added.

It will take till the tip of subsequent yr’s fiscal second quarter for the ports backlog to resolve, Pasierb predicted. 

“We’ve got a long, long way to go. It took us more than a year to get into this,” he mentioned. 

Container ships moored off the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports in Long Beach,
“The system is breaking down,” mentioned of the provision chain points.
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The White House on Wednesday blamed the state of affairs on the pandemic, saying it was “inevitable.”

“I can’t make a prediction,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned in response to a query about how lengthy the provision chain bottlenecks are anticipated to final.

An in a single day repair on the problem isn’t lifelike, she added, acknowledging that the problems might persist by the vacation season.

“The supply chain task force has been working around the clock for months and months to address a range of … different issues that we see in the supply chain… There are issues at the ports … those have been on the rise recently,” she mentioned. 

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Toy prices may rise as much as 10 percent ahead of the vacation season.
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To deal with the problem, the Biden administration introduced Wednesday that the port of Los Angeles is increasing its hours of operations to 24/7.

FedEx, UPS, Walmart and Home Depot additionally agreed to ramp up in a single day and off-hours operations on the ports.

“By increasing the number of late-night hours of operation and opening up for less-crowded hours when the goods can move faster, today’s announcement has the potential to be a gamechanger,” President Biden mentioned. 

Thousands of containers can be seen on a container ship docked at the Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports in Long Beach, California, USA,
The White House has blamed the state of affairs on the pandemic, saying it was “inevitable.”
ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Critics, although, criticized the plan, saying that firms and port operators are already working across the clock to satisfy lofty earnings targets.

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