West Coast port labor talks slowing scrap flow

Jul 03, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Saranya Kapur

Tags  nonferrous scrap, ferrous scrap, container scrap, West Coast ports, labor negotiations, Pacific Maritime Association, PMA, International Longshore and Warehouse Union ILWU

NEW YORK — The flow of scrap is being impacted by labor negotiations at West Coast ports despite no official disruption of port operations.

The contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have slowed containerized ferrous and nonferrous scrap imports and exports, according to scrap sources.

"The longshoremen are still working, although ‘moving like snails’ is an appropriate description. The terminals are backed up for miles and trucks are sitting eight hours just trying to return loaded containers or trying to get empty containers," one scrap exporter said.....





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