February 5, 2015
San Jose, California
West Coast ports in the United States are experiencing heavy congestion and slowdowns that have affected all imports and exports. The ILWU has been working without a contract since its previous contract expired on July 1, 2014, causing the shipping situation to be unstable, and future delays may occur if an agreement isn’t reached. This situation could continue to affect the supply chain and businesses across the nation. Adding to the problem are more mega-ships with greater volumes of containers, on larger new ships, that create surges when they’re unloaded.
Imerys is working aggressively to prevent or mitigate delays in shipments, by using their extensive shipping network and multiple plant locations. Imerys feels it is necessary to let customers know they may have to announce delays that are beyond their control and that the resulting extra logistics costs may be passed to their customers. However, as a global company with multiple assets, Imerys is confident they will be able to respond to the crisis and minimize extra costs and disruptions by offering alternative products from their non US-based locations. In addition, Imerys may be able to offer re-routing as an option for customers ready to pay for the extra costs.
Imerys is concerned about fulfilling customers’ shipments in a timely manner. For specific information on a shipment, please contact your local representative.
For more on the latest developments on the port slowdown:
Pacific Maritime Association
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)