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West Coast Import Disruption and How to Avoid
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Whether you are on the side of the ILWU or the PMA (the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association, respectively), you've heard and have been impacted by the "work slow down" that has virtually closed 29 West Coast ports. The dispute has been growing for the last 9 months. Most recently, the ports were closed for 4 days over the holiday weekend, leaving tens of thousands or more containers stranded on anchored ships.

"Any company that imports supplies, inventory or parts is going to feel it," said Ian Winer, a managing director at Wedbush Securities. "There are very few companies who don't have something coming through those ports." (LA Times, February 14, 2015)

Given that these ports service the vast majority of imports to the US, all of us have been impacted. In fact, we are helping our retail clients execute 'Plan B' or 'Plan C' to make up for delayed Spring and Early Summer inventory.
S E E N: Best Manufacturers, Enclume, Cinsa and Epicurean are all Manufacturers with US and Mexico-based Production.
Here at the Boxer Group, we can help by suggesting products MADE IN THE US! No shipping containers necessary, just pallets and trucks to get EPICUREAN CUTTING SURFACES from the good ol' Port of Duluth (MN) or BEST MANUFACTURERS goods out of the Port of Portland (OR) or ENCLUME from Seattle, WA. Even shipping CINSA across the Mexico border seems like a breeze!

Want to learn more about what's going on with the strike? Here's the latest post from the New York Times.

Looking forward to warmer weather!
Jenny & The Boxer Group
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