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February 14, 2023

By Bill Priestley and Paul Brashier

Bill Priestley and Paul Brashier, Vice President of Drayage and Intermodal for ITS Logistics, cover various labor situations and negotiations going on in the freight industry.

“I think the biggest concern that everybody in that area right now is that the further that this goes out into 2023, we get closer to contract season with the steamship lines and the BCOs and the shippers signing those contracts. They’re going to navigate towards east coast ports. If you look at the data from Long Beach this morning, 28% down year over year is not a good sign for a port that actually has done a pretty good job holding its own in 2022. So as this prolongs there is going to be a pressure put on the folks that are running the terminals that come to some kind of terms but they will continue to lose market share if we do not come to some kind of conclusion. Now we are already starting to see some kind of workage slowdowns in this area and it might continue to as well as we get through 2023. The biggest concern right now is right now would be that freight moving from the West to the East.” said Paul Brashier, Vice President of Drayage, and Intermodal for ITS Logistics.

If clients are discussing their plans for 2023 to 2024, from a very challenging two years and navigating the disruptions in the supply chain. We be located on the East Coast to ensure the smooth flow of goods in Q2 and Q3, when the retail season picks back up. Although some infrastructure was established on the West Coast earlier, it will continue to be used due to transit times, spot market rates, and the cost of moving goods from East Asia said Brashier.

Watch the full interview here.