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US shippers are now facing severe airport congestion – New York’s JFK and Los Angeles seeing delays of up to two weeks to recover cargo, in some cases.

“We are truly struggling with the air product, in JFK especially,” said one US freight forwarder. “There is huge congestion at JFK, while the airlines are not able to push the handlers.

“There is weeks and weeks of backlog and cargo on the tarmac in JFK terminals for weeks.”

He added: “We continue to hear about the ocean crisis, but we are not seeing detailed messages about the air crisis at the larger airports. I have worked for a major freight forwarder for 28 years, and have never seen it as bad as at JFK.

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