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Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Congestio

10 November 2014

As of 2PM Pacific Standard Time 7th November 2014, 4 terminals servicing 11 carriers in Los Angeles and Long Beach Port were shut down for the rest of the day, due to a walkout by the ILWU.

Congestion in the two largest ports in the United States, Los Angeles and Long Beach, has not improved, and in fact has worsened during the course of last-week.
The Pacific Maritime Association had a press realise claiming that the ILWU is staging a slowdown in the ports, making the situation worse. The congestion in the LA/LB ports has become a huge problem to all parties in the supply chain due to:
   • Lack of available chassis in good order
   • Extremely high pre-holiday import volumes
   • Length of time needed to unload the huge-ships now coming into these ports
   • Lack of available drivers to pull and deliver containers
   • Unofficial labour slowdowns by the ILWU, who are still operating without contract
All of the above combined has resulted in delays ranging from days to weeks in cargo availability. On top of that, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma have been nearly completely shut down due to a severe slowdown by the ILWU.
The National Retail Foundation submitted a letter to the White House seeking assistance from the government in mediating the labour dispute.

News added by: Morne Ferreira on 10 November 2014

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