All Eyes On ILWU Caucus Beginning 12/15

Source: This week’s International Longshore and Warehouse Union caucus in San Francisco may or may not be the end to seven months of contract negotiation that has engulfed the West Coast in disruption and uncertainty. ILWU-PMA contract negotiations in 2014 have now taken longer than bargaining sessions in 2002 and 2008. The most contentious,…

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The US Is Facing A Shipping Port Congestion Crisis

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Source: Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. The congestion crisis has been most pronounced at the twin ports of Los Angeles and…

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West Coast Port Slowdown Won’t Halt Holiday Goods

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Source:  Marine With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.…

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U.S. Port Congestion Hides Deeper Issues


Ports on the US west coast are currently suffering from chronic congestion, but are there deeper issues affecting their performance? Drewry’s new report Container Terminal Capacity and Performance Benchmarks compares capacity and performance benchmarks for 500 terminals worldwide that help to explain some of the underlying factors hindering ports in North America. The well documented severe congestion…

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Shippers Switch To Expensive Air Freight Due To US Port Congestion


Research into current US West Coast port congestion by maritime advisory company, Drewry, indicates that shippers are paying high prices to switch their transport from ocean to air for the holiday season. The diversions are generating expensive costs because air rates are at their seasonal highpoint of the year and the addition of cargo, usually…

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Los Angeles, Long Beach Port Truck Drivers End Eight-Day Strike

Congestion worsens at Ports of L.A., Long Beach

Los Angeles and Long Beach port truck drivers ended an eight-day strike Friday after the two remaining holdout area trucking companies agreed to meet with union officials about their wage and labor issues. While the strike added to some of the bottlenecks at port terminals, the twin ports remain congested due to the lack of…

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The Benefits Ultra-Large Containerships vs Port Congestion and Surcharges

Last week saw the naming of the latest behemoth of the seas the 19,000 teu CSCL Globe, the largest container-ship ever built, and there are plenty more ultra-large box-ships more to follow. The size war that has broken out in container shipping has far surpassed even what most expected. A decade ago if you had…

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ILWU Slowdowns Now Extend to Bargaining Table

Union Refuses To Hold “Big Table” Talks During 12-Day Break… Source: PMA SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov. 20, 2014) – Three weeks after initiating a coordinated series of slowdowns that have plagued the major West Coast ports of Tacoma, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has now taken…

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Collateral Damage Mounting From Slowed Activity At West Coast Ports

Source: Gary Gieser has a one-word summation of the effects of a three-week slowdown of shipping activity on West Coast docks. “Catastrophic,” said Gieser, who is the vice president of the Puget Sound’s largest container freight consolidator, MacMillan-Piper Inc. “We are pretty much at a standstill,” he said. Containerized exports and imports alike have…

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MSC – Port Congestion Surcharge Suspended

Source: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Further to our announcement on November 14, 2014 advising of our USWC Port Congestion Surcharge, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has decided to suspend this surcharge until further notice.  MSC shall nevertheless reserve the right to implement again with immediate effect. While the U.S. West Coast continuous to be heavily impacted…

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