POLA, POLB again push back consideration of container dwell fee to May 6

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) said late last week that they have again postponed the implementation date for their ocean carrier Container Dwell Fee, which will now not be considered until May 6. This follows previous joint announcements by POLA and POLB, whom collectively account for roughly… Continue reading POLA, POLB again push back consideration of container dwell fee to May 6

Federal incentives are now available for Port of Oakland exporters, to use pop-up container yard

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · April 27, 2022 The Port of Oakland recently announced that its new temporary container yard is receiving federal help through financial relief for customers, with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing agricultural and other exporters assistance in covering expenses for using the pop-up yard. Port officials… Continue reading Federal incentives are now available for Port of Oakland exporters, to use pop-up container yard

Industry associations call on Congress to bring Ocean Shipping Reform Act to conference

An April 20 letter penned to a quartet of House and Senate members of Congress, from a whole host of companies and trade associations that represent U.S. importers, exporters, freight transportation providers, and other industry stakeholders, called on Congress to get to work in conference the differences in the House and Senate versions of the… Continue reading Industry associations call on Congress to bring Ocean Shipping Reform Act to conference

ILWU leadership is confident a new labor deal with the PMA will be reached

While the negotiations on a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are set to begin in May, prior to the expiration of the existing deal on June 30, the ILWU’s top executive expressed optimism that a new deal will come to fruition. The ILWU represents… Continue reading ILWU leadership is confident a new labor deal with the PMA will be reached

POLA and POLB report record February volumes

Following a record-setting January, container volumes recently respectively issued by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) saw new records being set again, in February, according to data issued by each port. Total February POLA volume—at 857,764 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units)—represented a 7.3% annual increase, for the highest-volume February… Continue reading POLA and POLB report record February volumes

Port Tracker report expects high import levels to remain largely intact

United States-bound retail container imports are expected to remain at high, if not record-breaking, levels, driven by the combination of strong consumer demand and ongoing supply chain challenges causing congestion, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report, which was issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett… Continue reading Port Tracker report expects high import levels to remain largely intact

Industry groups react to President Biden’s planned ‘crackdown on container liners

There was no shortage of feedback stemming from President Biden’s comments about the ocean shipping sector made during his State of the Union (SOTU) address earlier this week. President Biden did not pull any punches in addressing how over the course of the pandemic, about half a dozen or less foreign-owned companies raised prices by… Continue reading Industry groups react to President Biden’s planned ‘crackdown on container liners

DOJ and FMC intend to continue partnership focused on fair competition in ocean shipping sector

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · February 28, 2022 The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced late last week that they have reaffirmed what they called their continuing commitment “to jointly enforcing competition laws and strengthening their cooperation to promote competition in the ocean freight transportation system.… Continue reading DOJ and FMC intend to continue partnership focused on fair competition in ocean shipping sector

POLA and POLB each set new January volume records

January container volumes recently respectively issued by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) saw new records being set again, according to the ports. Total January POLA volume—at 865,595 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units)—were up 3.6% annually, marking the highest-volume January in POLA’s 115 years of operations (topping the previous… Continue reading POLA and POLB each set new January volume records

NRF’s Shay calls on ILWU and PMA leadership to begin negotiations on a new contract

At a time when there is ostensibly a new supply chain- and logistics-related challenge popping up daily, it bears repeating that in the run-up to the end of June, yet another is looming, which could have significant repercussions for myriad industry stakeholders. This challenge is, of course, the pending June 30 contract expiration between the… Continue reading NRF’s Shay calls on ILWU and PMA leadership to begin negotiations on a new contract