Hyundai gives that latest overview on the port situation  at the  West Coast of the USA :





27thNovember 2014

Dear Valued Customer:

Further to our last update, and as has been widely reported, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union(ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) continue to negotiate a new contract for coverage of United States West Coast Ports.

Given the uncertainty of the situation on the US West Coast, please find attached our latest update. Customers are however encouraged to monitor the status of labour negotiations directly at in order to gauge possible outcomes of the negotiations.

In essence, cargo is subject to more frequent delay along the supply-chain, especially from vessel arrival delays due to industrial action/s, berthing conflicts,longer dwell times at marine terminals, constrained railcar supply preventing timely train departures, slower rail transit times, and extended truck deliveries plus delays in obtaining truck haulage due to truck (and driver)shortages.

Due to severe delays and existing backlog of containers requiring delivery, HMM regrettably must restrict inland deliveries.

*HMM Restriction: DR Deliveries via USA West Coast (Trans-Atlantic Trades; WB)*

With immediate effect, please note that HMM are unable to accept NEW pricing requests for DRdeliveries via USWC ports.

HMM will try and honour existing agreements, and can accept DR via USWC when in current SCor R/R under DR terms –however please be advised that severe delays are likely.

If existing agreement is CY-CY, we regret that the carriers haulage option will meantime be suspendedand new door bookings will be declined.

It is anticipated that the situation will continue in the short term, HMM will however continue to monitor the situation, and work with all service providers to minimize transit delays and recover the situation as early as possible.