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Continuing congestion at U.S. West Coast ports

     Port of Los Angeles
  It will take several months to clear the backlog of containers waiting for births at the Port of Los Angeles and other key U.S. west coast ports.

The serious backlog of containers at U.S. West Coast ports, created by a protracted labour dispute, will take 2-3 months to clear.  Shore crews are working nights and weekends, but there is still not enough staff to clear the backlog.  Southern U.S ports are expected to return to normal operations a little more quickly than northern ports.

Meanwhile, the demand for airfreight has increased, leading to price increases that are expected to continue until normal ocean freight operations resume.  For example, The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines reported a seven percent increase in volumes in January of this year.

For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

Quick Tip #24
Are you using the latest Incoterms?

Make sure your contracts of sale include the appropriate trade term in conjunction with the words “Incoterms 2010”, which came into effect January 2011.

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