West Coast Labor Issues

Anyone who runs a business knows how important it is to take advantage of economic realities to achieve a better price for their goods or services. Some fierce labor battles that might be waged at major American ports are making the Southern Ontario/Western New York international border a very attractive alternative for getting foreign goods into the United States.

Speed Global Services wants its blog readers to know that it is open and ready for business in light of some recent labor stoppages in shipping which have garnered attention from the mainstream media. Look at this article published by The International Business Times, which talks about a union dispute that could effectively halted shipping in a number of Pacific Ocean ports.

As the article discusses, contract talks between shipping employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents about 20,000 workers, have gone on for months without a new contract coming to fruition. Without a six-year contract negotiated and agreed upon by the union, there is some speculation of strikes or work shutdowns.

Other factors have contributed to a larger amount of goods being shipped through the U.S. East Coast. Larger sized container ships have been built which can bring more cargo through Egypt’s Suez Canal, a much simpler route to the United States than the Pacific crossing for some regions. Planned expansions to the Panama Canal, cited in the above article, may also open up new and more cost-effective routes for international shipping.

The only thing constant in the world of business is change. A long list of clients throughout Southern Ontario and Western New York has already come to rely on our shipping services for getting goods across the border. Although we’ll always be there for our longtime customers, we’re never afraid of taking on new business. If you’re thinking of adding new international shipping routes anywhere near the Great Lakes, give us a call to see how we can help you build a more successful business.