In their letter to Obama, the senators stressed that the negative impact that the delay has had on American consumers, shippers and the economy grows each day. The consequences of this gridlock are estimated to cost billions of dollars in higher transportation costs, increased storage fees and food spoilage in addition to the damaged relationships between domestic suppliers and international customers, which may result in the loss of business.
“The U.S. transportation network serves the American economy by moving goods in a cost-effective and competitive manner to global marketplaces,” the letter stated. “For the transportation network to work properly and serve our nation’s shippers and consumers, our ports must function efficiently and reliably.”
The letter also addressed concerns that the gridlock will result in the unnecessary and permanent loss of American jobs, affecting not only supply and demand, but also the already struggling middle class.