In an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” DeSantis pointed to the ongoing backlogs at California ports which have led to empty shelves and ongoing supply chain shortages in communities across the U.S.
“We have capacity at all of our ports,” he told Carlson.
The governor fired shots at the White House for making a “big deal” over last week’s announcement that LA’s port would start operating 24 hours a day in an effort to reduce the backlog ahead of the holiday season.
“We always do 24/7 in Florida,” he said.
DeSantis said Florida seaports are further offering incentive packages to businesses that want to send cargo through the facilities, noting that companies in other parts of the globe have already begun rerouting shipments to the Sunshine State.
“We’ve got capacity and all of our ports can offer these businesses good incentives if they reroute their ships,” he said. “If you were going to sit off the coast for days on end, you might as well bring it to Florida. We have great logistics on the ground that can get it to market and we are happy to be able to step up because there are empty shelves.”
DeSantis said his state is taking various steps to accommodate these ships because the backlog “is driving inflation. This is going to cause shortages, we already see shortages. It’s going to affect the Christmas season,” he warned, “So I think Florida can be part of the solution.”