More recently, the shipping companies have curtailed operations sharply at the marine terminals, suspending the loading and unloading of cargo vessels for night shifts, holidays and weekends at the five busiest ports.
Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene in a labor dispute that has cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond.
National Retail Federation vice president for supply chain Jonathan Gold thinks "It’s time for the White House to immediately engage in this critically-important economic priority and force the two sides to remain at the table until a deal is done."
Around 30 percent of Chilean fruit exports to the U.S. are shipped to West Coast ports, and according to ASOEX the biggest impact was likely to be in table grapes, Chile’s principle fruit export to the U.S.
Several locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Long Island and Rhode Island have picked up over two feet of snow, while amounts in New York have ranged from 9.8 inches at Central Park in New York City to 30 inches on Long Island.
In 2011, the U.S. District Court ruled in Penske’s favor that California’s meal and rest break laws directly impact the routes, services, and prices of trucking companies, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later overturned this decision in 2014.
While the oil price slump could deliver cost relief for the logistics industry, any negative impact on the economic growth of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE) could spell trouble for the sector in 2015.