Bottlenecked US container ports are being targeted by crooks, compounding supply chain problems even further. Stolen shipments are becoming an increasingly common theme, as slow-moving cargo that crawls through backlogged West Coast ports is being targeted by criminals looking to cash-in on consumer electronics, the price of which has been driven up by the semiconductor shortage.
On the East Coast, meanwhile, refrigerated trucks used to transport food have also become a top target of thieves. One of the biggest issues is the lack of space to process cargo. Clogged container yards prevent ships from unloading efficiently, presenting criminals with sitting targets in those areas.