A Teamsters-affiliated group in Southern California on Friday said it took down the pickets that had been posted this week at facilities operated by LACA Express, QTS and WinWin Logistics, thanks to intervention by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
U.S. retailers today expressed their disappointment that coastwide U.S. West Coast port labor talks won’t begin until early December and reiterated their call for President Obama to get involved.
Maher Terminals has ordered eight additional straddle carriers for operation at its terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
It’s not just Brazilian ports that are struggling to meet demand. Brazilian road and rail projects are also suffering from severe delays caused by bureaucratic red-tape.
Container throughput at Shanghai edged closer to the 30 million TEU mark in October, with the 3.02 million 20-foot containers handled in the month putting the port on course to blow last year’s 33.6 million box record out of the water by the close of business in December.
The freight transportation industry remains bitterly divided over the future of the organization that was established in 2005 by marine terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach to manage the extended gates program at the largest U.S. port complex.
West Coast states would be hit hardest if their ports are shut by a longshore strike or lockout, but the most severe impact would be longer-term, according to maritime economist John C. Martin.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will not have a contract settlement until December at the earliest because the ILWU is suspending negotiations on coastwide issues until Dec. 2, according to the employers’ organization.
The Port of Oakland is closed today following the death Wednesday night of a longshoreman in Benicia, a breakbulk and bulk port on the San Francisco Bay.