November 21, 2014 West Coast Port Update 11/21/14 ILWU/PMA “Big Table” Talks Resume in December According to a Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) press release, major talks with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) regarding a new contract for West Coast ports will not resume until December 2nd. Through December 1st, talks between the parties will be “limited to sub-committees discussing limited issues,” per the PMU statement. “Big Table” talks will resume after the Thanksgiving weekend. Wade Gates, spokesperson for the PMA, was quoted as saying “We are disappointed the Union is not showing the same urgency to resolve the issues between us.” The Seattle Times quoted Craig Merrilees, union spokesperson, who stated “A lot of progress is possible with these small committees,’ adding that, they are the ‘fastest way to make progress.” Some Carriers Opting to Reinstitute Congestion Surcharges on the West Coast In a reversal of earlier announcements last week, MSC, the world’s second-largest global container line by deployed capacity, announced that it will be reinstating congestion surcharges effective November 26th, date-in-gate. Charges will be USD 800.00 per 20-ft dv, USD 1,000.00 per 40-ft dv, and USD 1,125.00 per40-ft high cube. Charges from other carriers may follow. For up to date information on this issue please click here.