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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

NW Seaport Alliance relaunches drayage app

From Maritime Executive:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo along local freight corridors. The app, DrayQ, is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around cargo terminals, plus instant access to traffic camera views.

When DrayQ first launched at NWSA […]

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Port of Oakland to continue nighttime operations with help of new box fee

The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will levy a $30 fee per movement of all loaded containers to fund the continuation of night operations at the terminal after a $1.5 million port subsidy expires later this month, the port has announced.

The fee imposed by the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) will be the […]

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Port of Oakland terminal: appointments mandatory for imports

Shippers sourcing their goods out the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will soon need to make an appointment with drayage providers before their cargo is released.

Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) said it’s making appointments mandatory for most containerized import pick-ups beginning June 6. It means harbor truckers usually won’t be able to drive […]

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Port of Oakland announces new app for truckers

FYI from a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland Press Releases, Seaport May 18th, 2016

Oakland, Calif. – May 18, 2016: A groundbreaking mobile phone app developed for the Port of Oakland to aid harbor truckers is now live. The Port said today its DrayQ feature is available at Apple and Google app […]

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Port of Oakland annouces smart phone apps for truckers

From the Port of Oakland news release:

Oakland, CA – April 5, 2016: The Port of Oakland today introduced two smart phone applications that could transform containerized cargo handling at seaports. The apps provide a highly anticipated tech-based calculation of harbor trucker turn times – an elusive industry metric.

The apps, DrayQ™ and DrayLink™, employ […]

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Teamsters ramp up drayage, warehouse worker organizing effort in LA-Long Beach

The Teamsters union Tuesday stepped up its organizing efforts in Southern California, targeting another drayage company in Los Angeles-Long Beach, and announcing a partnership with a warehouse worker advocacy organization.

The latter signals a move by the Teamsters to organize what could potentially be thousands of workers in the warehouse and distribution industry. Although the […]

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Port of Long Beach truck drivers wait for court ruling, enter week 10 of 6th strike against employer

Thursday, September 10 concluded a historic six weeks of testimony in back-to-back individual hearings of 38 independent contractor port truck drivers who claim they’ve been misclassified, many of whom have been on strike against their employer, Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9), six times in the last two years.

The individual hearings, which began on […]

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Dual drayage system promises LA-LB shippers will have enough capacity

Los Angeles-Long Beach is moving slowly toward a dual system of drayage in which some drivers are becoming unionized employees, while others prefer to remain independent contractors. Eventually, the result could be a sufficient pool of drivers to serve the 13 container terminals in the largest U.S. port complex, resulting in service and pricing consistency […]

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Free-flow container operation launched in Port of Los Angeles

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while deliverinhttp://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2015/03/free-flow-container-operation-launched-in-port-of-los-angeles/g import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.

“I am confident we will see […]

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Drivers suffering as delays continue to clog ports

From The Hill:

Drayage, the business of carrying cargo containers by truck from a port terminal to a distribution center, warehouse, or rail ramp, is in a god-awful mess right now at ports from California to New Jersey.

The problems:

Shortages of chassis and dislocations of chassis, meaning that chassis are in the wrong places […]

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Some LA-LB drayage drivers agree to stop striking but not all

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would […]

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Truck turn time and congestion problems haunting ports, drivers for past year

Excerpts from an article called ‘Truck turn times escalate in LA-Long Beach, HTA reports’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Truck turn times at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex have increased more than 30 percent since last year, according to statistics provided by the Harbor Trucking Association to JOC.com, a result of crisis-level congestion.

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JOC series paints picture of drayage crisis

The JOC says the recent truckers’ strike in Vancouver, BC, ‘served as the flashpoint of an emerging drayage crisis that’s adding hundreds of millions of dollars to shipping costs and threatening the growth of intermodal commerce’ and concludes that ‘any solution to the drayage problem will require cooperation among terminal operators, longshore labor, chassis […]

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Electric Drayage Trucks Unveiled at PortTech Los Angeles

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Two electric battery-powered heavy-duty trucks that will help cut pollution at busy Los Angeles County ports were unveiled recently at PortTechEXPO 2012, a symposium for green transportation technologies.

These large Class 8 trucks are port drayage trucks that haul cargo containers to and from seaports. They transport containers relatively short distances, usually between ports […]

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