TALA News Flash
February 3rd, 2015
Crisis at the PORTS for Apparel Importing

Media update:
(February 2, 2015: International Trade Today)

Despite the recent federal intervention, the California apparel industry continues to suffer from the months-long labor negotiation impasse at West Coast ports, The two sides have battled over the terms of a new contract since the last one expired at the end of June 2014.

The ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have reportedly made progress on chassis maintenance and repair, but lawmakers say the threat of port shutdowns looms. Federal mediators joined the negotiations at the beginning of January..

Lawmakers involved said, “We are becoming increasingly concerned the negotiations are not progressing and a shutdown is possible, which our trade-dependent communities, and nation cannot withstand. Moreover, even if a resolution is reached quickly, our constituents will endure months of attempting to clear the backlog at the ports and some business may never be recovered.” 
TALA outlook:
According to CFA’s logistics industry experts, the backlog for the ships currently in the Los Angeles harbors may take as long as 90 to 120 days to unload.
Meanwhile, the Port of Oakland experienced a strike last week and, while the negotiations were going on, ships entering the Portland Harbor were re-routed to Los Angeles...those in route will add to the backlog. The Oakland strike was settled today.
The current ‘slow-down’ affects all west coast ports, including Seattle and San Diego.  More information to follow.
What to do:
Suggested contacts for advice relative to your company’s situation:
Richard Wortman and Heather Litman, GDLSK LLP             
Phone:  213 452 0860  Email: rWortman@gdlsk.com or hLitman@gdlsk.com