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U.S. West Coast Port Disruption Fears Spurs on Box Trade

(Mike King – Lloyd’s Loading List)

Retailers in the U.S. are continuing to boost Trans-pacific eastbound container trades with “above-average” imports because of fears that union disruption could impact West Coast ports later in the year, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.

The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union have been locked in talks over a new labour contract covering 29 Pacific seaboard ports since the previous contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers expired on 1 July.

The stalled negotiations have seen shippers place holiday season and back-to-school merchandise orders earlier than usual this year. Read more here.