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:
LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH
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.