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Port of Long Beach container volumes plunge in January

Port of Long Beach container volumes plunge in January
The Port of Long Beach saw container volumes drop by 18.8% in January as congestion took its toll.

The port reported container volumes of 429,490 teu in January down 18.8% on the same month a year earlier. The port blamed the nine-month contract dispute US West Coast ports and unions, which was finally resolved this weekend, and congestion.

Meanwhile the port, which was not a part of the bargaining process with the unions, welcomed the agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

"The Port of Long Beach welcomes the tentative contract agreement announced today and is especially grateful to President Obama, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Federal Mediator Scot Beckenbaugh whose leadership and direct involvement were key in reaching this pact,” said Port of Long Beach chief executive Jon Slangerup.

“We thank the ILWU and PMA and look forward to everyone getting back to business as usual starting immediately. We know that the marine terminal operators, longshore workers, truckers, railroads and others will be extremely busy as they work to clear out the massive backlog of cargo at all of the West Coast ports, including Long Beach.”