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Category: SupplyChain

Supply Chain: Any Old Storm in the Ports

June 10, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

February labor disputes at West Coast ports have ended but Dave Blanchard of IndustryWeek reports on the lingering supply chain consequences - including how manufacturers can avoid the impact of similar events in the future. Supply Chain: Any Old Storm in the Ports By: Dave Blanchard (Industry Week) The labor dispute at the U.S. West Coast ports may have ended, but its impact on manufacturers could be long and lingering as it exposed vulnerabilities within the global supply chain. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, has estimated that it could take as much as three months to clear up the backlog of containers from cargo ships that were anchored offshore during the work slowdown. And a Wall Street Journal report estimates that it could take up to six months to get back to business-as-usual at all 29 West Coast ports affected by the dispute. More than 70% of all imports from Asia enter the United States through one of the West Coast ports, and the labor slowdown

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