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US West Coast Ports to Begin Contract Negotiation

US West Coast labor contract talks are set to begin between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on May 12th which will span a period of two weeks. The talks will cover a new contract negotiation that is set to expire June 30th, 2014.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has urged the parties to speed up contract negotiations in hopes of avoiding a strike that could cripple commerce in the US. NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay, said the negotiations are essential for “all of the import and export and related industries who rely on these ports to move the nation’s commerce.”

The worry stems from a similar situation in 2008 when contract negotiations began mid-March, yet still failed to meet an agreement by the time the contract expired.

Several shippers are not waiting to find out if the PMA and ILWU will reach an agreement by June 30th and are already putting alternative routings in place to avoid the possible congestion.

TransGroup will continue to monitor the situation and keep you apprised of further developments. Meanwhile, if you have freight in or out of the US West Coast, please contact your local TransGroup Station and we will be happy to discuss alternative options.

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