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U.S. West Coast Update: Contract Negotiators "Take Break" amid Reports of Congestion

According to a joint-statement issued by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on July 7:

"The parties have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest. During this break, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, through 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, the parties have agreed to extend the previous six-year contract, which expired last week. The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports."

According to port officials and maritime experts, containerized import volume to the U.S. swelled at many major ports in May as retailers sought to outrun potential port disruption ahead of the July 1 labor contract expiration. As negotiations continue and rhetoric regarding a work stoppage remains optimistic, several West Coast ports are experiencing delayed cargo flows. Below, please find a summary of the current challenges faced at three key West Coast gateways:



  • Long Beach is experiencing wide-spread chassis shortages and congestion, causing turn times in excess of six hours; according to an LABP chassis pool operator: "Inventories are tight all over the harbor right now (for LABP terminals)."
  • MLB and door moves from PCT, ITS and TTI are reportedly up to 96 hours. Limited appointments at APMT are causing delays on MLB moves of up to 24-48 hours.
  • Through July 6, LA and Long Beach reported westbound delays of over 96 hours on the UPRR and over 72 hours on the BNSF.



  • A door backlog has been reported due to limited terminal appointments.
  • SSA is reporting labor shortages and slow turn times.
  • PAOH is reporting delays of up to 48 hours on pick ups due to congestion and a lack of open appointments.



  • BNSF is operating at or above capacity due to car and power shortages, causing delays of up to 120 hours.
  • A slight backlog has been reported on door appointments.
  • A shortage of over-the-road drivers has been reported, as well as a surge in volume due to the holidays and the increase in pre-strike orders.


SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers informed of the latest developments. If you have any questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.