US West Coast ports: Imports rise as cargo pileups shrink

"Docker throwing a twistlock on a container" by Danny Cornelissen - Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons
“Docker throwing a twistlock on a container” by Danny Cornelissen – Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons


It’s been almost three months since the labor dispute that crippled US West Coast ports was tentatively settled, and since then, containerized imports are on the upswing.

According to the Journal of Commerce*, the National Retail Federation in its publication, Port Tracker, reported that March import traffic jumped 45% from February, when the discord between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association severely hampered port operations for several months.

Dockworkers and management have made a concerted effort clear the massive container backlog resulting from the port slowdowns (presumably, in part, due to the implementation of chassis pools), although the ILWU has yet to ratify February’s agreement on the dockworkers’ labor contract (vote due on May 22).

See also our previous blog post:  Most shippers to divert cargo away from US West Coast ports.

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