IMPORT & EXPORT

Port Container Volumes Return to Normal After West Coast Congestion Problems


By Deborah Belgum | June 18, 2015

In May, the Port of Long Beach saw its container volumes jump 4.8 percent over the same month last year while the Port of Los Angeles said its container volumes barely budged, rising only 0.8 percent in May over the previous year.

Major Progress Made in Longshore Contract Negotiations

After a federal mediator was called in earlier this year to speed things along, West Coast longshore workers and their employers said they have resolved the sticky issue of how the chassis fleet is maintained and by whom.

Container Volumes Rise with the Business Tide at Local Ports


The Port of Los Angeles reported that in 2014, cargo-container volumes were up 6 percent over the previous year. Total volumes reached 8.34 million 20-foot containers, which is the third busiest year for the port.

Ships Stack Up as Port Terminals Try to Clear Back-Logged Containers

As of Jan. 15, there were 13 cargo-container ships anchored beyond the breakwater that protects the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

Will Port Congestion Fees Be Imposed?

The worst Los Angeles/Long Beach port congestion problem in a decade still has cargo stacked high on the docks. Goods continue to take two to three weeks to get off out of the ports and onto trucks and rail cars.

Feds Send in Mediator to Help With Longshore Contract Talks

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said it plans to send in Scot Beckenbaugh, a skilled mediator and the service’s deputy director, to get West Coast longshore workers and their employers back to the bargaining table.

Longshore Union Wants to See More Shipping Line Honchos at the Negotiating Table

Talks between longshore workers and their employers have been slogging along since last May with no end in sight for a new contract that would replace the last contract that expired July 1.

2014: Year in Review

2014: Year in Review

As 2014 draws to a close, the editors of California Apparel News take a look back at the year’s significant news from key industry sectors such as retail, trade shows and international trade agreements. We also take a look at the burgeoning interest in made-in-America manufacturing and some of the most-read stories of the year. Plus, we remember some California industry notables in our in memoriam section.

2014 in Review: Trade Agreements a No-Show for 2014

The big apparel trade show news of 2014 was the September announcement that Advanstar—parent of MAGIC, Project and Coterie—was sold for $972 million to British trade-show producer UBM PLC.

Longshore Employers Call for Federal Mediators to Help Push for a New Contract With Dockworkers

Longshore Employers Call for Federal Mediators to Help Push for a New Contract With Dockworkers

For seven months, longshore workers have been head to head at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year labor agreement with their port bosses.

2014 Retrospective

From domestic employment figures and the latest import/export data to retail real estate and retail sales, the editors of California Apparel News take a look at some of the key indicators for the apparel industry in 2014.

2014 Retrospective: Import/Export: Vietnam Makes Great Inroads in Apparel Exports to U.S. Stores


Even though the Southeast Asian nation has a population of 93.4 million people, not even 10 percent of the Chinese population, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for apparel manufacturing. The country’s wages are about one-third to half as much as those in China, and its workers are known for their fine, detailed work.

2014 Newsmakers: West Coast Ports’ ‘Perfect Storm’

For many retailers and apparel importers, this holiday season didn’t turn out to be very merry and bright.

Surprises and Contrasts

Surprises and Contrasts

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts.

Apparel Importers Push to Bring Cargo In Before Chinese New Year


Apparel Importers Push to Bring Cargo In Before Chinese New Year


Wary apparel and textile importers who have lost millions of dollars due to late-arriving merchandise are setting their shipping plans on fast forward even though the holiday season normally signals a shipping slowdown.

No Change on the Waterfront as Cargo Slowly Clears the Ports

No Change on the Waterfront as Cargo Slowly Clears the Ports

The protracted contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which employs the longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports, have stalled until Dec. 2. Charges of work slowdowns at the ports have continued.