Guidance for West Coast Trade Disruption

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guidance for West Coast Trade Disruption

A six-year pact between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents about 20,000 dock workers at 29 West Coast ports, expires June 30. These ports account for about half of all U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia, according to the association. The potential for disruptions in the flow of commerce is creating an uncertain and fragile economic climate for many businesses.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in conjunction with trade stakeholders has established procedures for a possible West Coast trade disruption that could cause major delays and diversions of vessels arrival and departing.  

Please refer to the CBP’s CSMS #14-000365 for guidance.

CSMS #14-000365