USA WEST COAST PORTS UPDATE
Since the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached a provisional agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 US west-coast ports in late February – the union awaits rank-and-file voting on the new contract.
Meanwhile the ports continue working to clear up the backlog from several months of disruption, which is still causing congestion, particularly in Oakland.
Result of the ballot is expected to be published on 22 May.
Shipping industry sources believe that it will still take several weeks to clear the current backlog. Unfortunately there are no real solutions forthcoming yet to the many underlying problems of chassis provision, truck driver shortages, intermodal capacity and peak volumes caused by larger ships.
Arrivals and departures in New Zealand are still subject to delay, as lines struggle with schedule integrity in the US – NZ – AU – Asia loops which are all connected.
We continue to recommend that our clients – both importers and exporters – discuss with suppliers and customers, ways and means to add at least 10 days to current lead time expectations.