LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ocean carriers will meet with large and small shippers in San Francisco on June 7 and in New York on June 25 to continue a discussion on fuel costs, infrastructure concerns and service contract developments relating to the U.S. import trade from Asia.
The meetings, which are being organized by the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, will continue a dialogue between shippers and carriers that started in early March in Long Beach.
The TSA, a carrier discussion group and research organization with 12 member lines, met with some larger shippers in March to share information on conditions in the U.S. import trade from Asia.
Other shippers, including smaller importers, have since told the TSA they would like to be included in future meetings. "Our goal is to continue the successful conversation begun earlier this year on matters of mutual interest to shippers and carriers and to broaden the discussion to more customers of all sizes and types from across the U.S.," said Ronald D. Widdows, APL chief executive and TSA chairman.
-- Bill Mongelluzzo