I barely finished my previous newsletter when I received word that various terminals along the USWC were shutting down for the day due to ILWU longshoremen walking out. The latest is that four terminals in Los Angeles / Long Beach have been shutdown most of today due to walkout by ILWU. SSA Terminal in Oakland shut down this afternoon around 2pm due to ILWU walkout.
With the Veteran’s Day holiday next Tuesday scheduled with many terminals planning to either be closed or serving a few nominated carriers, I would be surprised to see if any longshoremen show up for work next Monday.
Importers and exporters should prepare for the worst as there is a more than a decent chance we may see closed ports / terminals throughout next week. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.
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