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APL said it plans to hike refrigerated container rates globally by $1,500 on Jan. 7.
"Rates are currently at
unsustainable levels, and we face the challenge of escalating
operational costs, which show no signs of abating," the Singapore-based carrier said.
APL's action follows similar decisions to hike reefer rates by other carriers, including Maersk.
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
PMA said ships will not load or unload cargo Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday due to continuing ILWU slowdowns.
Move comes as ILWU, PMA talks enter 10th month.
On-time performance is being hampered by congestion at West Coast ports.
DHS funding crisis means the agency will have to focus resources on border security, cargo clearance
The revised agreement would allow collaboration on congestion, transportation infrastructure needs and pollution mitigation.