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 December 18, 2014       


Port Group Calls on Obama to Force Federal Mediation in West Coast Contract Dispute


White House|18 Dec 2014|



Federal Mediation is now “necessary” to bring about resolution in the ongoing labor contract dispute between International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association, said American Association of Port Authorities President Kurt Nagle in a Dec. 17 letter to President Barack Obama. Industry groups have for months pressed the White House to involve the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the negotiations (see 1411180015). "As the economy continues its recovery, America cannot afford disruptions nor a shutdown of any portion of its port system,” said the letter. “After seven months of negotiations without reaching an agreement, significant impacts are being felt throughout the supply chain, and uncertainty and concerns are mounting daily.”




Port of L.A. sees container decline

Container volume would have been worse had it not been for the transport of empties.

By Eric Kulisch |Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Port of Los Angeles reported a 3-percent decrease in container volume last month compared to a year ago. Total cargo for November was 663,346 TEUs.
November has been a weak month for all of California's major ports.
The L.A. figures would have been worse if not for empties. The volume of loaded containers fell 7.2 percent, while empties increased 10.6 percent from November 2013.
Year-to-date, container throughput has increased 6.5 percent to 7.68 million TEUs.
The port authority said imports decreased 2.7 percent to 333,153 TEUs, compared to November 2013, while exports declined 16 percent to 150,568 TEUs. U.S. exports, overall, are down slightly due to the strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive.
Empties were also the story at the neighboring port of Long Beach


Our regulatory experts are monitoring the situation and keeping a close eye on labor negotiations, which began on May 12, 2014. In the meantime we are checking shipment status on a daily/hourly basis to see where our client’s cargo stands in movement towards its final destination. While we can’t control the situation we can keep you informed.


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