Update: West Coast Labor Negotiations & Proposed Port Congestion Surcharges

 In Breaking News, Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

As you may know, negotiations are underway between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) regarding work and pay conditions at all West Coast Ports. Negotiations started on May 12th and both sides are optimistic that an agreement will be in place by midnight, June 30th.

In the event of a strike or any other significant work related disruption to any West Coast port, all major carriers have filed and announced a Port Congestion Surcharge. These surcharges and implementation dates will differ depending on the carrier and equipment sizes but will be applicable for both LCL and FCL cargo both to/from all US ports.

Port Surcharges are estimated to be the following:
*Will vary from carrier to carrier*

USD: 800 / 20’ (all equipment types)
USD: 1000 / 40’ (all equipment types)
USD: 1125 / 40’HC (all equipment types)
USD: 1266 / 45’ (all equipment types)
LCL Cargo: USD: 25.00 per W/M

Contingency plans / Re-routing of cargo
We strongly urge all clients to carefully plan their supply chains by factoring in these negotiations. Planning ahead of time is key for your shipments to move in a timely fashion and may entail looking at alternative shipping routes, services, and strategies. Please know Trans-Border will assist in any way!

We will keep you posted of developments as they happen. If you have any questions, please contact one of our below Managers at 1-800-493-9444 or via email.

Rose Hidde – Ocean Export Manager (rhidde@tbgfs.com)
Lauren Mason – Import Operations Manager (lmason@tbgfs.com)
Allison Burak – Customer Service & Project Manager (aburak@tbgfs.com)