It’s a welcome relief to shippers hearing that the US West Coast port negotiations are finally showing signs of a solution as the contract talks have stretched out month after month. While a final agreement isn’t coming up this week, reports that parties have settled on health benefits have been reached show a massive hurdle cleared.
The post-pandemic world looks different daily, making negotiations more complex than in previous years. This isn’t to say that the world of labor relations had been smooth until 2020. The West Coast ports are consistently problematic, as 40% of cargo coming into the US utilizes the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.