In anticipation of a potential strike, lockout, work stoppage, slow down or labor unrest at U.S. Pacific Coast Ports, many ocean carriers filed Port Congestion Surcharges in their FMC tariffs earlier this year, but did not apply these surcharges. We are advised today due to recent developments at these ports several carriers are now preparing to begin applying these surcharges effective Monday 11/17/2014.

Customer advisory: November 2014

Months-long labor dispute continues to slow, even halt operations at West Coast ports!

The dispute between the maritime shippers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents 20,000 full and part-time dockworkers on the West Coast, has been brewing since the six-year contract expired July 1st. Since October, members of the ILWU have worked slowly and walked off the job, resulting in growing congestion during this critical harvest and impending retail season.

With more than two-thirds of all U.S. international trade moving through West Coast ports and Black Friday approaching, the Obama administration has met with the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers to address the dispute. The six U.S. senators from California, Oregon and Washington sent an open letter to both parties, seeking to prevent the slowdowns from escalating to a complete shutdown.

We will continue to monitor this crucial situation and work diligently to deliver your shipments as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will also communicate with you closely on each shipment effected and keep you informed as negotiations ensue.