Canadian Shipper


Carriers prepare for possible problems at US west coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.–The chief executive of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said there are early promising signs indicating that a strike action will be averted during the upcoming labour contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for US ports.

A new six-year labour contract covering US west coast dockworkers is expected to be agreed by the end of July without any cargo disruption after the existing contract expires at the end of June. It’s reported that both sides hope to achieve a new contract for the 23,000 dockers at the 29 ports on the US west coast without any industrial action that would disrupt terminal operations, reported American Shipper

Shippers  are said to be making contingency plans in case there is any labour unrest during the negotiations that would disrupt supply chains, having expressed concern about the relatively short time available in which to come to an agreement.

Furthermore freight forwarders have been receiving notices from ocean carriers announcing the introduction of congestion charges starting in May. 

A close eye should be kept on the negotiations and contingency plans should be put in place in preparation for any eventual labour disruptions on US coast ports, said the report.