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ILWU, PMA Prep for Negotiations as Container Stacks Rise

(Bill Mongelluzzo – JOC)

Containers continued to pile up at U.S. West Coast ports over the Thanksgiving weekend as negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association met separately today to prepare for face-to-face negotiations on Tuesday.

Cargo volumes are somewhat lighter now as the trans-Pacific trade enters a seasonal slack period. However, since ILWU slowdowns continue to plague all of the West Coast ports, terminal operators have not been able to reduce the container backlogs.

Truck turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach, the largest U.S. container complex, have deteriorated. Some 39% of all truck visits to the harbor in November took two hours or longer to process, according to Val Noronha, president of Digital Geographic Research Corp.  Read more here.