(Martin Roebuck – The Loadstar)
Chilled and frozen food exports from US west coast ports are suffering worsening backlogs as terminal operators and dock workers continue their long-running war of words over pay and conditions.
The US National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) says the stalled negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are delaying exports of citrus fruits now in peak season.
Around 25% of the navel oranges and lemons grown in California are shipped from the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland. China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia are the main destinations. Click here to read more.