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Letter to the Mayor of Long Beach on Port Congestion Surcharges

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November 18, 2014


The Honorable Robert Garcia

City of Long Beach

333 W. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90802


Dear Mayor Garcia,

On behalf of the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) and the hundreds of men and women employed by our member-companies, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to resolve the labor dispute at Ports throughout California.  Unfortunately, over the last several days, importers and exporters have been experiencing severe challenges that are now threatening our industry's ability to meet California's recycling demands.

Since May, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have failed to reach an agreement.  As the Port of Long Beach is a critical component to California's economy, it is imperative that labor issues be resolved immediately.  Because a labor agreement has not been reached, shipping companies are now charging "Port Congestion Surcharges" based on a "labor unrest" provision within the tariff schedule governed by the Federal Maritime Commission.  Our membership is strongly opposed to these costly and unwarranted surcharges.

Mr. Mayor, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to reach resolution a the Ports with the PMA and its ILWU workforce.  In addition, your assistance in urging the Federal Maritime Commission to immediately suspend implementation of the Port Congestion Surcharges would greatly be appreciated by importers and exporters. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and leadership.

Sincerely,


Kara Bouton

ACRI President


cc. Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission