July 25, 2014
The Impending California Strike Impacts Container Deliveries
An agreement between Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshoremen Workers Union (ILWU) has yet to be reached. PMA and ILWU have resumed negotiations, confirmed by a statement released on July 11th “Although there is currently no contract in place, both parties have pledged to keep the cargo moving.”

The truck drivers at California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have agreed to a “cooling off” period late Friday and will stop picketing, after it was requested by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Roughly 40% of all imports to the United States go through these two ports. Although the threat of the strike has momentarily ended, it could resume if a deal is not reached soon.

In the meantime, there are delays in the delivery of container shipments nationwide. On the West Coast there is major congestion at the ports as workers have slowed down production from usual levels. On the East Coast ports are receiving an overwhelming surge of extra container volumes with limited trucker capacity due to fear of the potential West Coast strike.

Sempermed will continue to keep you up-to-date of the situation as it develops. Although our Logistics’ team has taken the necessary precautions in regards to our inventory levels, we appreciate your understanding of this situation and would like to thank you in advance for your patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service at 1.800.366.9545.