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The hidden costs of shipping goods around the globe & solutions to the broken supply chain

Shipping containers at the canal port in Dortmund, Germany.
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Shipping containers at the canal port in Dortmund, Germany.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll continue our discussion about The American Prospect's series, How We Broke The Supply Chain, with a focus on the hidden costs of containerization and solutions.

Nine ocean carrier companies control 80 percent of global shipping and they’re raking in massive profits. The rise of the shipping container revolutionized the global economy with huge costs to workers, the planet, and underwater life. What will it take to reverse the policy decisions that created this system?


Amir Khafagy, independent journalist who has written for a number of publications, including The American Prospect, The New Republic, and The Appeal

David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect and author of Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power

Web Resources:

The American Prospect: The Hidden Costs of Containerization: How the unsustainable growth of the container ship industry led to the supply chain crisis

The American Prospect: Re-Engineering Our Supply Chains

The American Prospect: The Supply Chain Debacle

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.