The ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) could potentially go on strike after their current contract expires on June 30, 2014. The strike would lead to substantial cargo delays on the entire U.S. West Coast. A one week stoppage could cause 3-5 weeks of delays on all cargo moved through any USWC port.
It is possible that the ILWU will continue negotiating with the Pacific Maritime Organization (PMA) beyond the June 30 deadline without a strike. This will depend how negotiations are going as we draw closer to the deadline.
While it is too soon to tell what will happen, Scarbrough will continue to keep you informed on the current situation. Scarbrough will be contacting all customers affected by the potential Strike to set up an individualized contingency plan. With that said, it is important that you are aware of your current inventory to ensure you do not run into substantial delays that could impact your company.