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.

US box imports continue to climb

Container business at America’s major box terminals continued a steady growth trend that began earlier in the year as US retailers head into the peak shipping season.

Overall import volume is expected to increase 1.2% to 1.61 million teu in September compared with September 2014, according to the latest monthly forecast released 9 September by […]


US container imports surge as West Coast backlog clears

From the Journal of Commerce:

Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.

The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity […]


LA, Long Beach bring recovery plan to legislators, shippers

From the Journal of Commerce:

Port leaders — including Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond — also stressed that they were taking responsibility for the months of congestion that brought terminals to near gridlock and […]


PierPass meets with Federal Maritime Commission and industry stakeholders to address congestion

Excerpts from a Pierpass news release:

PierPass Inc. executives have concluded meetings with the five Federal Maritime Commissioners (including Chairman Mario Cordero) and with FMC staff, briefing them on measures the marine terminal operator (MTO) members of PierPass are taking to address the current congestion issues in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. […]


Port labor talks worry retailers

From Thursday’s Los Angeles Business Journal:

West Coast port operators and dock workers have not had a contract since June, and retailers are starting to worry about whether they will get their shipments in time for the holiday shopping rush.

That’s the gist of the letter Matt Shay, chief executive of the National Retail Federation […]


US imports above average as port contract talks continue

From Marine Link:

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, […]


Delay container-scanning rule two years? Not good enough, importers say

Mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security issued a requirement that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. Since then, Congress and DHS have been kicking the can down the road, repeatedly delaying implementation of a rule that industry says is […]


Study: Imports Support 16 Million US Jobs

More than 16 million U.S. jobs depend on imports, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Electronics Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

The economic impact study, which was prepared by Laura M. Baughman and Joseph F. Francois of Trade Partnership Worldwide, […]


Retailers fear port strike would stall holiday shipments

Retailers are antsy about the possibility of having to reroute cargo if ports such as Massport, above, close due to a strike.

From the Boston Herald:

A potential strike by longshoremen from Maine to Texas threatens to disrupt retailers’ shipments before the busiest shopping time of the year.

The National Retail Federation Monday called […]


NY-NJ dock workers authorize strike as talks sour

A spokesman for ILA Local 1804-1 of confirmed the strike authorization vote was entered late Tuesday. The local represents about 1,200 of the Port of New York and Jersey’s 3,500 longshoremen and consists of maintenance and repair workers, spokesman James McNamara said.

From the Associated Press:

A union representing dock workers at the East […]