As the July 1 contract renewal deadline approaches for U.S. West Coast longshore labor, we are beginning to see an upsurge in U.S. East Coast bookings, particularly those to/from Asia. It’s apparent that importers are trying to hedge their bets by using the East Coast as an alternative routing.
If you are booking to/from U.S. East Coast ports, make sure your bookings are done with at least 2-weeks lead time. This may better your chances of getting on the vessel of your choice. Space is beginning to tighten up in the Transpacific trade.
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Rich Roche is Vice President, International Transportation for Mohawk Global Logistics.