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Potential ILA East Coast and Gulf Strike

Customer Advisory

December 20, 2012

Dear Valued Customer,

Contract negotiations between the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) ended abruptly Tuesday, December 18th.  With the end of the mediation period quickly approaching, there is an increased likelihood that the ILA will go on strike December 29th.  The ILA represents 15,000 dock workers handling containerized, and roll-on and roll-off cargo operations at a majority of terminals on the U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports.  A prolonged strike at affected locations would have a severe impact on freight movement to and from these ports, as well as all regions of the country.

In anticipation of significantly increased port congestion due to labor issues, carriers have announced congestion surcharges that will be applied on a per container basis.  CaroTrans has also filed a congestion surcharge of $20 w/m to coincide with these carrier increases.  Contingency plans have been established for a potential ILA strike similar to those implemented after Hurricane Sandy closed New York ports and the OCU/ILWU strike closed a number of Los Angeles and Long Beach Terminals.

If necessary, viable diversion options will be explored to maintain our customer’s transit time integrity.  No action to divert freight from its originally booked routing will be taken without your consent.  All plans are booking specific and will be directed by our CaroTrans Export and Import Customer Service Teams.

Shipment tracking updates will be provided at regular intervals in the event of a strike. Information on shipments status is always available on our website, carotrans.com, and reflects the most current data in our system.

If this strike comes about, we will work to minimize disruptions to your customer’s supply chain and quickly update you on this event.  If you have any questions, please contact your CaroTrans sales representative.

 

Thank you for using CaroTrans International

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OCU/ILWU Strike UPDATE– Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

OCU/ILWU Strike UPDATE– Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

Striking Office Clerical Workers and the Harbor Employers Association reached a settlement today ending the eight day strike action that resulted in closing 10 of 14 terminals in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.

 

Last week, CaroTrans took actions to begin reroute export cargo in the Midwest, Gulf and East Coast that was intended to sail via Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to use All-Water and Pacific Northwest routing options to maintain transit times where ever possible. Most export cargo in Los Angeles has been routed via carriers operating in terminals not impacted by the strike.

 

Today we will begin to withdraw some of those diversion plans and return to our preferred routings as soon as Monday of next week.

 

As always, all changes are reflected in our sailing schedule on www.carotrans.com: and all routing actions on freight in our system are communicated directly to our customers.

 

Import cargo moving through the affected area has been tracked and status updates as well as any delays are being communicated to our customers.

 

We will continue to update our customers by email and website postings as the situation develops.

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OCU/ILWU Strike – Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

OCU/ILWU Strike – Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

Striking Office Clerical Workers and ILWU dockworkers that refused to cross picket lines have effectively shut down 10 of 14 terminals in the region.  The strike started last Tuesday. It has been reported that as of Sunday the OCU was studying the most recent offer by the Harbor Employers Association but the ports remain closed as of this posting.

In response, CaroTrans took actions last week to reroute export cargo in the Midwest, Gulf and East Coast that was intended to sail via Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to use All-Water and Pacific Northwest routing options to maintain transit times where ever possible.  Export cargo in Los Angeles has been routed via carriers operating in terminals not impacted by the strike. And where those options are not available, we are reviewing the possibility of sailing out of other West Coast ports.  

All changes are reflected in our sailing schedule on www.carotrans.com:  and all routing actions on freight in our system will be communicated to our customers.  

We are monitoring import cargo destined to or transiting thru Los Angeles and will be updating our customers when actions such as port diversions are announced by the underlying carriers.  

We will continue to update our customers by email and website postings as the situation develops.

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