Ferroalloy importers and traders are bracing for delays at the
port of Baltimore, where industrial action has brought cargo
movements to a halt.
All cargo operations
at the port reportedly ceased Oct. 16 due to a strike by
members of International Longshoremens Association (ILA)
Local 333, which is in a contract dispute with the Steamship
Trade Association of Baltimore, according to local media
AMM that the strike is likely to cause delays for
anyone moving material through the port.
"We have containers
arriving during this time which will certainly be delayed. We
are not sure by how much at this point," one trader said.
"We have a couple of
hundred tons of material arriving over the next four days so,
yes, we will be affected" a second trader said. "We are led to
believe it should be over by this weekend."
However, not everyone
who imports material will be impacted immediately.
"It wont affect
us in terms of inventory because we have more than enough to
last us a while," a third trader said. "But we have some
shipments that will incur demurrage, which is obviously not
The ILA, the Steamship
Trade Association and the Maryland Port Administration could
not be reached for comment.