Biden Announces 24/7 Port Operations to Improve Supply Chain Disruptions in the Auto Transport Industry

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a considerable down toll on virtually every economic sector. The auto transport industry has not been left out in the share of these post-COVID challenges. During the lockdown and economic standstill, there was a pile up of vehicles at the ports and car dealerships.

Since the economy reopened, the demand for vehicles surged, but so has the price of automobiles. Most car lovers are compelled to opt for used cars. But, there is an increase in the price of used cars presently. Additionally, there is a shortage in supply of semiconductor chips which has proved a significant setback to automobile production. Consequently, all of these trends in the sector have worked together to create a ripple effect of complicated problems.

Despite the struggle to afford good cars, the semiconductor chips shortage has also reduced the production rate of quality automobiles. The demand for vehicles has outweighed the supply, even though the cost of purchasing one is now higher. Asides from the port congestion, there are truck driver limitations in the trucking industry. The truck driver shortage makes car shipping more costly and slow-paced. These issues are causing more strains in supply chain in the auto transport industry.

24/7 Port Operations in the Auto Transport Industry

With these bottlenecks in the automobile sector, President Joe Biden has, on Wednesday, 13th October, announced that the Port of Los Angeles (POTA) would remain open 24/7. The president made this decision to alleviate the strains on America’s automobile supply chain during a meeting in the White House. Biden had this meeting with business leaders, senior officials and stakeholders on the sector’s current situation. Asides from the announcement, the meeting held also determined what roles each participating group can play in redeeming the glories of America’s auto transport industry.

The new adjustment in the opening hours of Port of L/A should double the number of times cargo moves out of the port. Also, during night-time hours, when the roads and rail lines are free, transportation will bring speed to the supply of cars and increase productivity. Biden projects that night shifts from the port would be faster than moving vehicles during the day.

Metti International Is Here To Help You Ship Your Car

Metti international is a licensed and bonded car shipping company. We provide the best car shipping services at competitive pricing across the country. Asides from our excellent customer service and customer reviews, we are accredited by the BBB. Metti International is a three-time award-winner of the BBB Torch Award for Ethics.

We understand the auto transport industry’s challenges and the unpleasantness these may have caused car buyers and dealers. Therefore, we are proactive in working with the provisions of the government. Our aim remains to get your car to your required destination safely and promptly.

Call us today on 866-620-1776 to schedule your auto transport, and we will get back to you with an instant quote. You can also visit our website at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.