Weekly Update Week 25: June 13th-17th
West Coast Port Contract Update:
ILWU and PMA : Committed to Negotiate and Reach Agreement on US West Coast Port Labor. The current agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expires on July 1st, 2022.
Members of the ILWU and PMA met with President Joe Biden on Friday June 10th on the U.S.S. Iowa battleship in San Pedro California to discus current supply chain issues and their shared commitment to reach a new agreement between dockworkers at all 30 US West Coast Ports and the employers who operate marine terminals and shipping lines.
Both the PMA and ILWU agree that is is unlikely to reach a new agreement before the current contract expires. Cargo operations are to continue beyond the expiration of the contract and neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout.
Juneteenth, In observance of Juneteenth, we will be working with limited staff on both Friday, 6/17 and Monday, 6/20.
South African Shipments
Services from South Africa to North America are suffering from severe congestion and equipment shortages. As a result ocean carriers are modifying services or restricting bookings on all schedules. Currently shipping lines are taking bookings for August sailings.