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
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
Year-to-date, container throughput has increased 6.5 percent to 7.68 million
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
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