The West Coast Port Issues, Fallout, and Solutions


Posted by Averitt Express on Feb 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

After port congestion caused by the labor crisis between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached critical levels, the PMA temporarily suspended all vessel loading and unloading operations at the West Coast’s 29 ports this past weekend. The PMA’s decision to halt vessel operations, which resumed on Monday, was carried out in an effort to move through the backlog of containers that has been building up over the past several months.

Since July 1, 2014 (when the ILWU’s contract ran out), the two organizations have been engaged in a bitter back-and-forth exchange of words and demands. Having failed thus far to come to any sort of agreement, the problem has fallen primarily on the backs of importers, exporters, and businesses across the U.S. that rely on goods sent to and from Asia.


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