Government, Business, Logistics

White House Envoy Optimistic Port Talks to Produce Deal Soon

A tentative agreement covering longshore workers at the largest U.S. ports is within reach after a year of negotiations between the union and employers, according to Stephen Lyons.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2023
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Global Freight

California’s Port Dominance Is Slipping as Cargo Shifts East

The pandemic’s cargo crush pushed the Los Angeles and Long Beach complex close to the breaking point, allowing ports from New York-New Jersey to Houston to grow their market share.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
May 8, 2023
Business, Logistics

West Coast Dockworkers Have a Tentative Deal on Some Issues

The labor union representing 22,000 U.S. West Coast dockworkers in contract renewal talks said it has reached a tentative agreement with their employers on “certain key issues.”

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
April 20, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

L.A., Long Beach Ports Close for Second Day on Labor Shortage

The largest container gateway into the U.S. remained closed April 7 as a shortage of dockworker labor that halted operations April 6 goes into a second day.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
April 7, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Global Freight

Supply Chain Envoy Says Automating Ports Doesn’t Have to Cost Jobs

The White House’s supply chain envoy said the ports and logistics industry must move toward automation, a sticking point in protracted contract talks between U.S. West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Supply Chains Have Healed, Yet Their Mark on Inflation to Endure

Supply chains across the world are healing up almost as fast as they broke down. That doesn’t mean the pressure they’re exerting on inflation will disappear as quickly.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
February 27, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Multiple Factors Turn California Ports Into ‘Dormant Volcano’

A year ago in early January, a record 109 containerships carrying U.S. imports surrounded the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. — as of today, the queue is gone.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Biden Takes on Ocean Shipping as FMC Sees Market Setting Rates

President Joe Biden is taking on the concentrated market power of ocean shipping companies, although officials at the agency overseeing the industry indicated they lack both the jurisdiction and, for now, any evidence of wrongdoing.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Narrow Window to Clear Clogged L.A. Ports Hinges on Demand Waning

The bottlenecked ports in Los Angeles face a narrow window between now and midyear to clear container backlogs before another import surge and union contract talks threaten to stall progress moving record volumes of cargo through the busiest U.S. gateway for trade.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
February 22, 2022
Business, Logistics

Seroka Sees Chance to Ease Ship Backlog by Summer Peak

U.S. supply chains have a chance to return to more normal operations after retailers replenish inventories next quarter, even if the next peak shipping season arrives sooner than usual, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said Feb. 9.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2022