Holiday shoppers in Asia will have to deal with a little less Christmas cheer this year, as trans-Pacific shipments of Christmas trees from the U.S. Pacific Northwest are the latest casualty of West Coast port congestion.
14 May 2014
Two-thirds of shippers who participated in a JOC survey this week plan to divert at least some cargo away from U.S. West Coast ports to avoid disruption that could emerge from contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and West Coast employers.
14 May 2014
In a down market, U.S. ports outpaced their Canadian and Mexican rivals during the first quarter, with solid growth at Los Angeles offsetting a drop at neighboring Long Beach and lifting the Southern California port complex further above its competition.
13 May 2014
Contract negotiators between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association began yesterday on an upbeat note.
09 May 2014
On the eve of U.S. West Coast longshore labor negotiations, a coalition of 67 organizations representing manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, transportation and logistics providers is urging negotiators to agree on a new waterfront contract without any work stoppages.
08 May 2014
Domestic U.S. waterborne transportation for containerized cargo has failed to find a substantial market, but that has not stopped the federal government from pressing ahead with studies exploring the quixotic idea. A just-released study says a service along the U.S. West Coast is potentially viable but faces multiple hurdles.
08 May 2014
Union Pacific Railroad appears to be taking advantage of shippers’ frustrations with BNSF Railway service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago — one of the busiest North American intermodal lanes — by launching its own service between Portland and Chicago.
22 Apr 2014
The Port of Tacoma is working with the two western railroads, its local provider (Tacoma Rail), cargo transloaders, Washington State exporters and trans-Pacific ocean carriers to enhance intermodal rail service from the port.
21 Apr 2014
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma offer advantages to shipping lines that many ports would love to have — naturally deep water, more than enough container-handling space and excellent on and near-dock intermodal rail infrastructure. But in order to take full advantage, the ports are faced with a stark reality: they must invest heavily to upgrade facilities that were designed for vessels that are half the size of the ships with capacities of 8,000 to 10,000 20-foot container units that carriers are already beginning to deploy in their Pacific Northwest services.
18 Apr 2014
The Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma face battles on multiple fronts.
15 Apr 2014
In the brutal war for cargo that is underway in today’s world of powerful shipping alliances, the last thing the Southern California ports want to do is subsidize competitors by helping them pay to deepen their ports, the president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission said yesterday.