West Coast Port Labor Fight Hinders Deliveries
The west coast port handles more than 40 percent of U.S. containerized cargo. However, congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports has been a problem for most of 2015. The number of anchored ships has been in the double digits nearly every day since Jan. 14th, causing serious backlogs in shipment times and affecting many US businesses. Nineteen container ships were anchored outside the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Saturday morning, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Many of these large ships move 10,000 containers per vessel and carries cargo for multiple carriers.
According to Global Transportation Services, “The gridlock has been aggravated by reduced productivity because of what the Pacific Maritime Association describes as intentional slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in a attempt to gain leverage in the nine-month-old contract negotiations between the PMA and the ILWU. The union denies it’s to blame.”
How does the gridlock affect Toolbarn?
Unfortunately, some of our manufacturers use the west coast port to transport their goods into the United States. This has caused shipping delays that are longer than we expected. In the meantime, we ask for your patience if we can’t fulfill your order as quickly as we would like. We’re doing our best to stay informed and keep our customers informed as the situation progresses.