West Coast USA shutdown averted
There now appears to be an end in the on-going congestion experienced in the West Coast ports of the United States. Trouble on the wharves started in October 2014 and was caused by disputes between International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which
represents port employers.
Both parties have been involved in negotiations for nine months. With vessels
waiting to berth outside Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busy waterway resembled Singapore's. A whopping twenty-nine ports on the West Coast continue to struggle with setbacks. Both importers and exporters
are feeling the crunch of these delays, but there is hope that a five year contract deal
has averted any further trouble.