(Michael Ramsingh – Seafood News)
Ongoing congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is now impacting the imported seafood trade and setting up a difficult supply situation in time for December’s holiday shopping season.
It was an especially trying time for traders trying to secure their containers from the ports this week, despite the congestion that has plagued the ports all year.
Five carriers said they would be levying “congestion surcharges” ranging from $800 to $1,000 per 40-foot-equivalent container. The carriers said the surcharges were to address several labor related issues that disrupted normal port operations and would begin on November 26. The Federal Maritime Commission said it will review that these surcharges are in compliance with the Commission’s rules and regulations. Read more here.