Slowdowns persist at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, as well as other points of entry along the West Coast. Even though negotiations between employers and unions are progressing, vessel gridlock continues. Shipments were on hold for 3 to 5 days before unloading, but now may be held as many as 14 days.
• Expect delays on all items, including Chinese garlic, Chinese ginger, dragon fruit, mangoes, melons, watermelon, and other specialty produce
• Chilean imports of grapes and stone fruit are being affected, keeping prices high
• Some suppliers are choosing to divert containers to ports in Florida and Texas, adding additional costs to West Coast shipments
• Quality problems are being reported in some perishable items due to these delays
• Exports that are sent from West Coast ports around the world are also being curtailed
Markon will update with new information as it becomes available.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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