National Impact of a West Coast Port Stoppage

Inforum Report Commissioned by the NAM and the National Retail Federation

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Trade operations at all seaports along the U.S. West Coast are facing great uncertainty. In July 2014, the current labor contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and its employer group, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), expired. In January 2015, a federal mediator was assigned to intervene in contract negotiation talks. As disruptions continue, the economic impact becomes increasingly significant and widespread.

This economic analysis, published in June 2014, commissioned by the NAM and the National Retail Federation (NRF), details just how much of an impact this stoppage can have. West Coast ports are a critical artery of the nation’s transportation infrastructure and essential for the seamless flow of imports and exports—cargo moving through West Coast ports represents an economic value of 12.5 percent of U.S. GDP.

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