“We anticipated a modest peak season as our cargo numbers continue to stabilize at pre-pandemic levels,” Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said during a Sept. 13 announcement of August 2023 volumes (POLB Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: POLB, Port of LA, UIPA (Updated Sept. 15)

Overstocked warehouses and a consumer spending shift contributed to an August “cargo lull” at the Port of Long Beach (POLB), Calif. Also, August was a “solid month” for the Port of Los Angeles, with imports and exports increasing; and the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) is establishing the Central Utah Agri-Park Project Area.

“We are still advising caution when conducting business on the west coast,” said Paul Brashier, Vice President of Drayage and Intermodal for ITS Logistics. “The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have agreed to some tentative terms, including automation, but more difficult negotiable topics surrounding benefits and pay have not yet been decided.” (Image from ITS Logistics' May U.S. Port/Rail Ramp Freight Index)

Intermodal Briefs: ITS Logistics, UIPA

“Los Angeles and Long Beach ports make progress in [labor] negotiations, but empty returns and terminal operations are problematic,” reports ITS Logistics in its latest U.S. Port/Rail Ramp Freight Index. Also, the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) completes a rebranding initiative.