When a labor dispute began in July after the longshoreman and the Pacific Maritime Association contract expired, confusion and congestion were the results. Months of disruptions at 29 West Coast ports led to what can be seen below to be quite a mess.
After 4 days of talks between shipping executives and dockworkers’ union leaders a tentative deal has thankfully been agreed upon, beginning the clearing of the congestion. With political pressure mounting, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks, recognizing that the conflict could cause billions of dollars in damages to the U.S. economy. Cargo delays to and from Asia might have damaged long term relationships, as well.
Port officials say that it will take 4-8 weeks to clear the backlog of containers and possibly months for freight traffic to return to its normal rhythm. The White House calls the temporary agreement a “huge relief” for American workers, farmers and businesses.
If your personal shipment has been affected by the West Coast Port Congestion, please feel free to contact your Kef International representative for updates. We are on top of the current situation and doing our utmost to ensure your possessions are on the way as fast as possible.