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December 5, 2014

United States

California—Port Turmoil Affects Shrimp Imports


The current congestion, or slow down, at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could have a major impact on shrimp deliveries for the Christmas and New Year holidays.


For the first two weeks of November 2014, Urner Barry, which publishes seafood market news, reported a 47% drop in shrimp volume for the Port of Los Angles, compared to the same period last year.  Seafood traders have said the congestion is the worst they have ever seen.  The backup is making it difficult to import shrimp for the holidays.


It appears likely that Los Angeles, which recently accounted for as much as one-third of USA shrimp imports, will be reporting a drop of as much as 40% to 60% in November 2014, compared to September 2014.


Since it takes about 30 days or more to ship product across the Pacific, some of the shrimp is in the 18 or more vessels that are anchored outside Los Angeles and unable to dock.


Last week as many as 13 carriers said they would be levying “congestion surcharges” ranging from $800 to $1,000 per 40-foot-equivalent container.  The carriers said the surcharges were to address several labor related issues that disrupted normal port operations.  The Federal Maritime Commission said it will make sure that the surcharges are in compliance with the Commission’s rules and regulations, causing some carriers to delay their surcharges, based on the commission’s interest.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  US Port Turmoil May Drastically Impact November Shrimp Shipments.  John Sackton and Michael Ramsingh (  December 1, 2014.

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