Overnight several carriers have announced that the recently implemented Port Congestion Surcharge on the US West Coast has been postponed until further notice. Many believe this came as a result of shippers pushback. The FMC has raised questions as to whether in fact the legal basis for the surcharges have been met.
Most carriers have said that labor slowdowns were the main reason for congestion, prompting the surcharges. However, the increased volumes and shortage of chassis are the roots of the problem. Labor slowdowns resulting from lack of labor contract negotiations have only exacerbated the problem.
This will continue to be investigated and should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.
Thank you for your continued patience during this very difficult time.