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Port of Long Beach reports record July cargo volumes

Cargo container volumes surged through the Port of Long Beach in July, jumping 18.4 percent from a year ago and making July a record month in the port’s 104-year history.

Previously, the port’s best year was 2007, just before the recession hit in 2008. After a slow start at the beginning of the year, the [...]

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Cargo volumes fall at Port of Los Angeles

Cargo volumes at Port of Los Angeles fell off during the month of July, and exports registered a significant decline.

For the first seven months of this year, total cargo volumes at Port of Los Angeles are 3.5 less than what was recorded during the same period last year.

Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip [...]

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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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Long Beach Harbor Commission elects officers

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison succeeds Doug Drummond as Commission President.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Lori Ann Farrell Harrison as its new Board President on Monday.

The five-member Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach, also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary. The Commission [...]

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SoCal truck drivers strike indefinitely because of ‘misclassification’ and ‘dangerous’ trucks

From an article titled ‘Contract truck drivers strike indefinitely against Pacific 9 Transportation in Los Angeles’ at CBS Local:

Port truck drivers went on strike Tuesday to improve conditions for themselves, their families and all drivers.

At 6 a.m., Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) drivers displayed their intention to strike indefinitely at the company’s yard [...]

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Long Beach City Council to hold public hearing Tuesday on port terminal expansion

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The City Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on two appeals of a recently approved environmental impact report for a terminal expansion at the Port of Long Beach.

In May, the Harbor Commission, which oversees operations at the port, certified Mitsubishi Cement Corp.’s environmental impact report on [...]

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PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee increasing August 1

Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee by 4 percent, effective August 1.

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) said the fee increase to $69.17 per TEU from $66.50 per TEU will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost [...]

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US Labor chief, Congressman reject bills targeting port negotiations

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez during at visit to the Port of Los Angeles on Monday. Click on the image to view the rest of the gallery by Press-Telegram photographer Thomas R. Cordova.

Text from an article titled ”US Labor chief rejects bills seeking port labor-management system reform” in the Journal of Commerce: [...]

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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated [...]

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May busiest month since October 2007 for Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach reported this past May was the busiest month at the port since October 2007, officials said Wednesday.

The increased volume, however, was in no small part the result of a large number of empty containers being sent to other countries because the volume of imports coming to Long Beach terminals [...]

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Port of Long Beach executive outlines strategies to reduce congestion

From the Press-Telegram:

The people who run the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are developing plans to work together to help themselves and the companies who do business at the harbor alleviate congestion around the waterfront.

That’s the word from Michael Christensen, appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new senior executive for [...]

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Port of Long Beach to shell out for chassis fleet

From the Los Angeles Business Journal

Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said the fleet would not compete with private companies that own truck chassis and service the twin ports. Rather, he said, it would complement them and ensure there are enough chassis to go around during peak port activity. Photo from [...]

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Mitsubishi Cement port terminal project gains approval in Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has granted approval for the Mitsubishi Cement facility modification project at the Port of Long Beach. This will see the cement company increase its storage capacity at the port by 40,000 t, expanding its site at the port from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. Storage and loading silos [...]

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Rulings mixed for LA, LB truckers fighting congestion fees

Southern California truckers who said they were improperly charged late fees for containers they couldn’t return on time to gridlocked ports received mixed decisions in the first arbitrators’ rulings on their cases.

Arbitrators this week issued their first four rulings on the dozens of claims submitted to arbitration under the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement, which [...]

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Port of Long Beach takes steps to add chassis

From the Press Telegram:

The Long Beach Harbor Commission voted unanimously Monday night to accept bids from companies interested in managing a new program to provide truckers with vital equipment to ease traffic congestion around the harbor.

The port’s plan calls for the winner of the bids to initially deploy 1,000 chassis. Another 2,000 chassis [...]

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