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Railway Age
May 18, 2023
Marybeth Luczak

ITS Logistics on May 17 issued its May index on port container and dray operations for the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf regions and on ocean and domestic container rail ramp operations for the West Inland and East Inland regions. The 3PL (third-party logistics) firm based in Reno, Nev., forecasted “an improvement from severe concern to elevated concern for the Pacific Ocean Region but continued problematic empty return availability and dual transaction mandates at the terminals.”

“We are still advising caution when conducting business on the West Coast,” reported Paul Brashier, Vice President of Drayage and Intermodal for ITS Logistics, which offers drayage and intermodal services in 22 coastal ports and 30 inland rail ramps. “The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have agreed to some tentative terms, including automation, but more difficult negotiable topics surrounding benefits and pay have not yet been decided. In addition, empty return availability and dual transaction mandates at the terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach are still proving to be problematic for the industry.”

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