“Port Surcharge” Carriers Rescinding!
NEWSFLASH: White House expresses confidence in port bargaining
Obama administration is monitoring the contract negotiations. Meanwhile, some carriers are rescinding
their port congestion surcharges.
By Chris Dupin |Tuesday,
November 18, 2014
The White House made a brief comment Tuesday about
the ongoing labor talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union and employers, stating it is monitoring the negotiations and expressed
confidence the two sides will reach a contract agreement.
Referring to the contract reached between employers and union
dockworkers on the East and Gulf coasts last year, Assistant White House
Press Secretary Frank Benenati remarked, “just last
year, there was a long negotiation at the East and Gulf coast ports. And just
as the two sides in that case were able to resolve their differences through
the time-tested process of collective bargaining, we're confident that
management and labor at the West Coast ports can do the same thing.
“They’re at the table trying to work it out, and we’re confident
that there’s a way forward. We continue to monitor the situation,” he added.
ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said it
“seems to me the White House is doing a good job of monitoring the situation
and expects the parties to negotiate a settlement through the collective
it appears some container shipping lines are responding to the pushback from shippers and the U.S. Federal
Maritime Commission over their plan to implement hefty $1,000 per 40-foot
container congestion surcharges on boxes entering or exiting West Coast ports
by abruptly announcing they will postpone implementing those surcharges.
For example, OOCL released a customer notice announcing a
congestion surcharge on Nov. 18, only to withdraw it
the same day, "until further
Evergreen posted a similar notice
saying that a surcharge it announced on Friday for implementation on Monday
will be postponed, despite “very
difficult conditions created by the ongoing congestion.”
“We ask for your consideration and understanding that the
conditions continues to exist as we informed you in our Nov. 14 notice. The
ongoing congestion at the major U.S. West Coast ports causing serious
interference with our service schedule and terminal operations are causing
significant financial losses,” Evergreen said.
Please find links
below for additional carrier notices sent out today.
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Our regulatory experts are monitoring the situation and keeping a
close eye on labor negotiations, which began on May 12, 2014. In the meantime
we are checking shipment status on a daily/hourly basis to see where our
client’s cargo stands in movement towards its final destination. While we
can’t control the situation we can keep you informed.
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