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Imports Spike at Prince Rupert Which Says it Can Handle More

(Mark Szakonyi – JOC)

The Port of Prince Rupert says it can handle more diversions of U.S-bound cargo after import traffic jumped 72% last month, a likely result of shippers rerouting cargo away from congested U.S. terminals.

U.S. shippers’ fears of a U.S. West Coast port lockout – like the one experienced for 10 days in 2002 – rose after the Pacific Maritime Association warned on Monday that International Longshore and Warehouse Union slowdowns and the withholding of skilled labor was bringing terminals to the brink of “complete gridlock.” The latest tit-for-tat between the two parties, which have been negotiating a contract for eight months, comes despite the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announcing on Jan. 5 that talks would be held under its auspices.

With an annual capacity of 850,000 TEUs and volume hitting 618,000 TEUs last year, the Prince Rupert Port Authority said its Fairview Container Terminal has “room for increased traffic.” Read more here.