The problems in the supply chain will continue “until the pandemic is truly over,” although “improvements are expected in the coming months,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Monday.
In an interview with EFE, Buttigieg also spoke about the desire of President Joe Biden’s administration to invest in green infrastructure in Latin America and the need for the United States to modernize its own transportation network in order to compete with China.
Asked about bottlenecks in the global supply chain, the Transportation Secretary said that American companies are anticipating an “unprecedented record” in the “level of sales” during the Christmas and holiday season in the country.
“There’s huge demand, which means that even though our ports and supply chains are moving more goods than ever, they’re going to have trouble keeping up,” Buttigieg stressed.
“Add to that the complexity and disruption that the pandemic has caused, and I think we’re going to continue to see challenges (in the supply chain) until the pandemic is truly over,” he added.
Supply chain competition with China
The transportation secretary said the investments contained in the infrastructure bill “are essential” to the United States because “they’re going to create millions of good jobs, millions of opportunities for businesses large and small.”
Buttigieg also described the contents of the law as an “investment in competitiveness” that can help the U.S. win the pulse with China.
“We see countries like China investing massively in their infrastructure, while the U.S. is trying to get by with infrastructure that is decades old, and that puts us at a competitive disadvantage,” he asserted.