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Cargo Is Piling Up Everywhere And It's Making Inflation Worse

A surge in imports is overwhelming transportation networks and testing supply chains, making life hard for small business owners.
Shipping containers stacked high at the Port of Los Angeles, California on April 19. Supply chain disruptions are hitting small business owners across the U.S. Source: Frederic J. Brown

John Nephew thought he had a winner with a new, tabletop game called "Dice Miner." Importing the games from China turned out to be its own roll of the dice.

Nephew, founder of Atlas Games in Duluth, Minn., ordered a 40-foot cargo container full of games from Shanghai last December, anticipating delivery in about six weeks.

Instead, the games took nearly six months to arrive — an increasingly common example of the supply chain bottlenecksin more than a dozen years.

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