The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are gearing up for peak season, which means that gate congestion and equipment issues are expected to become more pronounced in the coming months. In an interview with the Journal of Commerce (JOC), Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association, described the anticipated congestion as […]

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that around 100 truck drivers and warehouse workers plan to strike, starting on Monday, June 19. The striking workers serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. With the backing of labor unions, port drivers have been locked in a long battle for classification as employees rather than […]

New vessel rotations implemented in April as part of a shakeup in global shipping alliances are causing shippers and port stakeholders to brace for delays at West Coast ports, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reports. The reorganization, in effect on April 1, significantly altered the makeup of the ocean carrier alliances, reducing the number of […]

According to Cargo Business News:  Dockworkers and employers at U.S. West Coast ports are considering an extension of the five-year contract they agreed to in February of 2015, according to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who met with the two groups Friday in Los Angeles. Extending the existing contract would avoid another contentious round of negotiations […]

According to American Shipper: Southern California marine terminals say they are unable to help shippers obtain the container weights they need to comply with the new requirement to do so under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention when it goes into effect this summer. The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators […]

  According to Cargo Business News: A labor dispute linked to a group of dismissed dock workers disrupted cargo handling at SSA Marine Terminals at the Port of Oakland on Monday, completely halting operations at one of the terminals at the East Bay cargo hub, port officials said.  “Daytime operations were suspended” at SSA Marine’s […]

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) – ILWU Local 8, and ILWU Local 40 – to cease and desist from a variety of activities at Terminal 6 in Portland that violate federal labor laws. The violations of laws include engaging in slowdowns and work stoppages, […]