Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Published: March 24, 2020

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

On Sunday morning, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz stood on a third-story deck overlooking the Port of Alaska, where workers were unloading 1,200 shipping containers of goods.

In two days, another 1,200 will arrive on Anchorage’s shore.

Berkowitz was intentionally addressing news media with a busy port as the backdrop. He wants to dispel rumors that the coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain, which has prompted residents to make a run on grocery stores, clearing out pasta, rice, meat, baking ingredients and cleaning products.

Every Sunday and Tuesday, about 600 containers each from Matson and Tote shipping companies arrive in Anchorage and are unloaded. The goods supply local stores, but are also ground- and air-shipped throughout the state, reaching some of the most rural communities in the country. That supply line has not been interrupted, and is expected to remain intact for the foreseeable future, the mayor and shipping executives assured the public Sunday.

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