This week NAEGA joined a multi-industry letter to manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers, and other supply chain stakeholders encouraging the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to begin early discussions on either a contract extension or a new contract. In the past, ongoing contract negotiations have led to port disruptions and slowdowns that have had a negative economic impact. The signers of the letter believe that a new model for contract negotiations, one that encourages early and continuous dialogue, is necessary to prevent these unneeded disruptions.
A copy of the letter can be found here. For more information, please contact Gary or Ryan.