West Coast ports

Government, Business, Logistics

White House Won’t Yet Step Into Rail, Port Talks

Stephen Lyons and Gene Seroka Supply chain envoy Stephen Lyons (left) talks with Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. (Port of LA via YouTube)

The White House is monitoring labor talks in the logistics industry as unions representing 115,000 rail workers and 22,000 West Coast dockworkers negotiate fresh contracts, but won’t get directly involved in either bargaining process now, its supply chain envoy said.

July 13, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

West Coast Dockworkers Extend Labor Talks

Workers at the Port of Oakland. Workers at the Port of Oakland. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The union representing about 22,000 West Coast dockworkers and their employers will continue negotiations for a new labor contract past the July 1 expiration of their current pact and said the ports — among them the U.S.’s busiest — will keep functioning.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
July 1, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

West Coast Ports Strike Unlikely Even if No Deal Is Reached by July

Port of Los Angeles Containers at the Port of Los Angeles. (Port of Los Angeles)

Employers and the union representing more than 22,000 dockworkers at 30 U.S. ports on the West Coast are unlikely to reach a wage deal by the time the current contract expires next month, but neither side foresees disruptions that would hobble supply chains.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
June 14, 2022
Business, Logistics

Critical Talks to Begin for West Coast Port and Warehouse Workers

The Port of Los Angeles The Port of Long Beach, one of 29 ports on the West Coast who work under the Pacific Maritime Association’s master contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, seaport officials on the West Coast, International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiators and leaders with the Pacific Maritime Association are talking optimistically that a long-term contract with workers can be negotiated this summer.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
May 9, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Crunch Time at Southern California Ports as Black Friday Nears

Gene Seroka Gene Seroka by Port of Los Angeles

One day after announcing the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating 24/7, port officials said they were working feverishly to get ready for what promises to be a busy stretch.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 14, 2021
Business, Equipment

Ports Continue to Set Records; Congestion Worsens on West Coast

Trucks at Port of Los Angeles Trucks move cargo at the Port of Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Falloon/Bloomberg News)

More than 60 containerships sat in San Pedro Bay on Feb. 18, at the entrance to the sprawling ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vessels are waiting for a slot to sail into those facilities to begin unloading their cargo and then start the nearly two-week trip back to China.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

West and East Coast Ports Report Strong November Volume

Port of charleston South Carolina Ports Authority

The nation’s ports continued their breakneck pace in November as imported products arrived and unloaded at a record or near-record rate at facilities on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

West Coast Ports Slump While East Coast Facilities Weather Tariffs

Port of Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Several of the nation’s most prominent ports felt the impact of the trade war between the United States and China as 2019 comes to a close, just as the Trump administration struck an initial trade agreement with China that is due to be signed sometime in 2020.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
December 27, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Shippers Sue Oregon Port Over Fee

Port of Astoria, Oregon Port of Astoria by Getty Images

An association representing oceangoing ships is suing the Port of Astoria in Oregon over its $300 fee for pier maintenance.

Edward Stratton | The Daily Astorian (Oregon)
September 16, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Trade War Leaves Pacific Northwest Port Growth at Risk

Port A United Grain Corp. employee stands on a ship. (Moriah Ratner/Bloomberg News)

An industry that saw dramatic growth in the 10 years before Donald Trump became president is now concerned his administration’s trade tussle with China, and the lack of a deal with Japan, will cut future growth short.

Shruti Singh | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019