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Congestion at Los Angeles Ports | Update | January 2015

Posted on 8 January 2015
Congestion at Los Angeles Ports | Update | January 2015

UPDATE: 12th February, 2015

Contract dispute between Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) may inevitably result in a port strike at West Coast ports in the US.

PMA has said it will suspended vessel operation from the 12th, 14th – 16th February. This may bring the already congested ports to gridlock.

We will continue to update this news article as new information comes to hand.

UPDATE: 9th February, 2015

We continue to see challenging conditions through various ports in the United States. The major delays are being experienced through the port of Los Angeles effecting all containers departing, arriving or being railed via this port.

LA Port closure near

The situation regarding the US West Coast ports has not improved despite the involvement of Federal Mediation. On February 4th, 2015 the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) submitted an "all in" offer to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) which has not helped the two parties come to an agreement.

West Coast ports are at capacity and vessels remain offshore awaiting berth further intensifying the congestion issues. We will update this page with any new information as it comes to hand.

Can I route my cargo differently?

Other ports such as New York, Savannah and Houston are experiencing some backlogs and delays as many importers route cargo via the East Coast to avoid the congestion. Inland rail hubs such as Chicago and Cleveland are also experiencing some backlogs. Although at the moment these delays are far smaller than the ones from LA.

Our Account Management teams are equipped with the most up to date information for cargo in and out of these ports and will be able to offer the best tailored route for your shipments.

January 2015

As previously notified, we continue to see challenging conditions through various ports in the United States. The major delays are being experienced through the port of Los Angeles effecting all containers departing, arriving or being railed via this port. Other ports such as New York, Savannah, Seattle, Oakland, and Houston are experiencing some backlogs and delays as many importers route cargo via the East Coast to avoid the congestion. Inland rail hubs such as Chicago and Cleveland are also experiencing some backlogs.

 At this stage there does not seem to be an end in sight and the problems continue to cause problems for our customers.

There are several issues combining to create the issues

On-going labour talks between ILWU and PMA. Reports advise that the ILWU has reduced the amount of skilled crane operators available to work shifts at the LA port thus restricting the ports ability to move containers through the facility in a timely manner. The decrease in crane operators has reduced capacity by approximately 60%. Today ILWU and PMA have agreed to mediation to try to end the dispute.

  • Shortage of truck power
  • Shortage of available chassis
  • Larger vessels calling the port taking additional time to unload.
  • Peak Season

We appreciate your patience during this time and if you can please place your bookings as early as possible it will give us the best opportunity to deliver on time.