Industry: Trade
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Feb. 15, 2015
You can debate what’s causing gridlock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; The dockworkers’ union blames the shipping companies, and the shippers blame the dockworkers. But this much is for sure: increasing delays in moving cargo are getting costly for California exporters, especially for growers, which are experiencing the worst delays they have seen in 13 years.
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Feb. 12, 2015
Why isn't there a national conversation about the West Coast port slowdown? That's exactly what Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, wants to know.
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Feb. 12, 2015
As a result, companies affected by the slow ports are finding ways to import their product without using West Coast ports, including the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. In California, agriculture groups have warned of long-term economic damage if the slowdowns persist.
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Feb. 11, 2015
Shipping companies said they will stop unloading ships at West Coast ports for four of the next five days because they don’t want to pay overtime to workers they allege have deliberately slowed operations.
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Feb. 6, 2015
Oakland port officials have said the labor dispute "needs to be settled ... quickly" to avoid further economic harm as businesses suffer from cargo delays. "Central Valley farmers can't ship their produce. Small business owners can't get goods to put on the shelf. Harbor truckers can't do their jobs. Everyone is suffering," the port said in a statement on Wednesday. "If the situation worsens … if West Coast ports shut down, the U.S. economy and the global supply chain will be jeopardized."
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