May 18, 2015 – The port issues earlier this year continue to hurt shippers. The congestion is still causing delays and in some cases lost business.
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor of the Journal of Commerce (JOC), has reported that the big question for the industry is whether shippers will permanently route cargo away from the West Coast ports when the wounds heal, or will they go back to pulling the majority of cargo through the Pacific gateways.
It looks like there may be relief in sight. The West Coast ports say productivity should be back to normal by the end of May. That is more than 4 months of congestion that they have dealt with. There definitely seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.
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