We are hoping for a Christmas miracle as the negotiations drag on between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
Since the contract expired on June 30th, we have seen labor actions erupt over the use of IAM mechanics, pay discrepancies, and safety concerns. These actions have resulted in terminal closures or disruptions and continue to drive containerized cargo to Gulf and East Coast ports. Once warehouses are built and networks are established, the cargo shift will not likely reverse course.
We implore both sides to come to agreement.