Busy June for Port of Long Beach– Container volume jumped 8% at the Port of Long Beach during June compared to last year. They handled 610,000 TEUS (twenty-foot equivalent units), the busiest June in 7 years. Some of this increase may also be due to importers rushing their shipments ahead of the ILWU-PMA contract expiration date.
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FAA Says U.S. Airlines Voluntarily Avoiding Airspace near Russia-Ukraine Border – In the wake of the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) explained that U.S. carriers are voluntarily avoiding certain airspace near the Russian-Ukrainian border. In April, the FAA prohibited flying over the Crimea region citing air-traffic control concerns rather than military dangers. However, it is believed that Flight 17 was not flying in a restricted area when it was struck by a surface-to-air missile. The FAA is monitoring the situation to see whether it will revise its guidelines.
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Major Congestion at West Coast Ports – A combination of issues including chassis shortages, ILWU-PMA contract negotiations, intermodal delays and growing cargo volume is causing delays at many terminals throughout the U.S. West Coast.
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