West Coast ports

Government, Business

Nation’s Ports Booming in Anticipation of Holiday Shopping Season

Holiday Shopping Season Port of Virginia. (Luke Sharrett — Bloomberg News)

Many of the nation’s ports continue to see growth in import and export activity, as retailers gear up for what is expected to be a strong fourth quarter and holiday shopping season.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 18, 2018
Government, Business

TRB Panelists Urge Inclusion of Ports, Rails in Infrastructure Bill

TRB Infrastructure Panel Mario Cordero (left), Walter Kemmsies and Catie Kawchek by Ari Ashe/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Port authorities, trucking companies and shippers are hopeful that the infrastructure bill to be debated in Congress will fund solutions to alleviate congestion in the ocean container freight industry, panelists said Jan. 9 at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting here.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2018

Real Estate Prices Soaring for Warehouses Near Ports, Intermodal Ramps

Port of New Jersey Port of New Jersey by Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Real estate prices to build distribution centers near major marine ports and intermodal ramps jumped double-digits in 2017, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, as demand outstrips supply due to a retail supply chain increasingly tied to e-commerce and speed.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018
Business, Logistics

Truck Turn Times Slow One Minute in August

Port of Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg News)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The average truck turn time at the nation’s two largest ports slowed one minute in August compared with last year, even while more containers flowed into the terminals this year.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2017

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland Shatter Records

Port of Los Angeles Tim Rue/Bloomberg News

All three major containerports in California reported record-setting volumes in July, prompting an industry consultant to forecast the summer of 2017 one of the best peak retail shipping seasons in U.S. history.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
August 11, 2017

West Coast Ports, Longshoremen Ratify Contract Extension to 2022

Port Long Beach containers Reuters Bob Riha Jr./Reuters

West Coast longshoremen at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association on Aug. 4, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 7, 2017

West Coast Dockworkers Likely to Ratify Three-Year Contract Extension

Port of Seattle Don Wilson/Port of Seattle

Longshoremen on the West Coast are poised to ratify a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement with the port authorities and terminal operators in California, Oregon and Washington.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
July 28, 2017

Truck Turn Times Up One Minute in June as Cargo Volumes Grow Again at L.A., Long Beach Ports

Port of L.A. trucks Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

The average time it took a trucker to enter and exit the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., inched up one minute in June from the same month in 2016, although data from the Harbor Trucking Association revealed encouraging signs that drivers are moving quicker than a year ago.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
July 17, 2017

Expanded Panama Canal: Huge Ships, Port Projects but Experts Unsure of Its Impact a Year In

Panama Canal Authority

One year into operations of the expanded Panama Canal, the freight transportation world has witnessed leviathan containerships, gargantuan land-based cranes and dredging projects along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, but intermodal shipping professionals say it’s too early to quantify the precise impact of the massive infrastructure project.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
July 6, 2017

Cargo Owners Face 2.3% Increase in PierPass Fee at West Coast Ports Aug. 1

Cargo ship Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Cargo owners will soon pay more to have trucking companies pick up their containers after the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement announced a 2.3% increase in the PierPass fee effective Aug. 1.

June 28, 2017