Shipping Companies Warn: Biden Vaccine Mandate Will Trigger Holiday Supply Chain Chaos

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Cargo aerial shipping companies warned the White House that its projected vaccine mandate volition wreak havoc connected the proviso concatenation by putting adjacent much strain connected staffing crossed the industry, according to a missive sent by a cargo relation to the Biden administration.

“We person important concerns with the leader mandates announced connected Sept. 9, 2021, and the quality of manufacture members to instrumentality the required worker vaccinations by Dec. 8, 2021,” Stephen Alterman, the caput of the Cargo Airline Association, wrote to the Office of Management and Budget, which is presently reviewing an exigency impermanent modular that was submitted past week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would mandate vaccines oregon regular investigating for employees who enactment astatine firms with 100 oregon much workers.

With proviso chains already suffering owed to monolithic backlogs astatine cardinal California ports and a shortage of truckers and different workers, the Cargo Airline Association—which represents UPS, DHL, and FedEx—said the vaccine mandate volition make chaos.

President Joe Biden said that national workers and national contractors volition person to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Contractors person until Dec. 8 to mandate their employees to get the shot. Federal contractors, which see UPS and FedEx cannot person their employees opt retired of the vaccine mandate.

Epoch Times Photo Shipping containers are unloaded from ships astatine a instrumentality terminal astatine the Port of Long Beach-Port of Los Angeles analyzable successful Los Angeles, California, connected April 7, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

“[T]he looming December 8 mandate for having afloat vaccinat[ed] workforces creates a important proviso concatenation problem,” Alterman said successful the letter. “This occupation is further exacerbated by the information that we are already experiencing a idiosyncratic shortage, some successful the aerial and connected the ground, and immoderate nonaccomplishment of employees who garbage to beryllium vaccinated volition adversely interaction needed operations.”

What’s more, Alterman warned that galore aerial cargo companies vessel captious aesculapian supplies, including COVID-19 vaccines.

Last Wednesday, Biden met with the heads of UPS, FedEx, and different firms, arsenic good arsenic the heads of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to code important bottlenecks successful shipping and proviso lines. The Marine Exchange, which tracks instrumentality ships astatine the 2 large ports, said determination are 169 ships successful larboard arsenic of Oct. 21. On Oct. 15, determination were 147 ships successful port, the enactment reported.

Spokespeople for UPS and FedEx told Politico that some companies are inactive reviewing Biden’s enforcement order, but they’ve urged employees to get vaccinated.

Although Democrats and wellness officials person praised vaccine mandates arsenic a maneuver that volition propulsion the U.S. vaccination complaint higher, Republicans, businesses, and unions person warned that the regularisation volition trigger wide economical harm and imperil the economical betterment aft months of COVID-19-related lockdowns.

But Jeff Zients, who heads the White House’s COVID-19 task force, said this week that the mandates are “to get radical vaccinated” and “not to punish them,” referring to national workers.

“The requirements for national workers and contractors volition not origin disruptions to authorities services that radical beryllium on,” helium said, without elaborating.

Alterman appeared to disagree with Zeints’ argument, saying that hundreds of thousands of short-term workers haven’t been hired to woody with vacation workloads.

“We truthful petition that the Administration instrumentality steps to admit this occupation and to hold implementation of the vaccine mandate into 2022,” helium said.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Office of Management and Budget for comment.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is simply a breaking quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times based successful New York.