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.

Extended free time contributes to chassis shortages in LA-Long Beach

Spot shortages of chassis continue to plague terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach, seven months after the portwide “pool of pools” was rolled out by chassis-leasing companies with the intention of eliminating that very problem.

When a terminal does not have sufficient chassis to handle import loads, containers back up on the docks and congestion [...]


Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to update Clean Air Action Plan

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010, this historic environmental plan called for aggressive strategies that have proved [...]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in [...]


Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and [...]


Delays for LA-LB truckers worst inside terminal, not at gates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.

In other words, the 13 container [...]


Long Beach port CEO acknowledges ILWU labor had 'very little to do' with cargo disruptions

Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup says he ”realized that labor had ‘very little to do’ with the disruptions, that the difficulties had more to do with organizational glitches and inefficient cargo-handling practices” — a conclusion consistent with ILWU’s statements during negotiations.

From a Bloomberg article titled ‘Record Long Beach port traffic shows [...]


Federal official calls for audit of trucking fee at ports of LA, Long Beach

The Federal Maritime Commission’s chairman told an audience of trucking industry professionals Thursday the nonprofit organization formed to reduce congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could benefit from an outside audit.

Commission chairman Mario Cordero called for the audit of PierPass, the organization in question, while participating in a panel discussion [...]


Port of Oakland’s ‘Oakpass’ plan on hold

A plan by Port of Oakland’s terminal operators to work containers on Saturdays and charge fees to weekday clients has been set aside by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) pending further information.

The original plan would see the introduction of full container operations on Saturdays, a rarity in the industry throughout the US. Its purpose [...]


LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ [...]


PierPass terminals embrace appointment systems at Ports of LA/LB to control congestion

PierPass news release:

In the latest in a series of measures to combat congestion, PierPass Inc. today announced that 10 of its member container terminals have agreed on a coordinated initiative to establish appointment systems for trucks delivering containers to and from the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The terminals [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]