Trade Alert: Longshoremen strike may affect 29 West Coast ports as early as Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Rapid Customs Information Bulletin, June 27, 2014
The current contract between employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is set to expire at midnight on Monday, June 30, 2014. Negotiations for a new contract are ongoing. Failed negotiations may result in a strike or other disruptions resulting in delays or diversions of vessel cargo. Such disruptions could occur in the days and weeks after the current contract expires and would affect 29 ports on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma.
US Customs and Border Protection has issued guidelines for importers in the event of a trade disruption. The guidelines aim to help trade stakeholders develop contingency plans in the event vessels and cargo scheduled for discharge in the affected West Coast ports are unable to do so.