Oregon exporter: West Coast ports shutting down a ‘disaster’


Exporters in the state bemoan a temporary shutdown of ports on the West Coast caused by broken-down labor negotiations.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Exporters in the state are bemoaning a temporary shutdown of ports on the West Coast caused by broken-down labor negotiations.

Portland Business Journal editor Suzanne Stevens interviewed an exporter who doesn’t mince words about the weekend work stoppage.

“It’s a total disaster,” said Patty Summer, of Global Trade Resources Inc. and the area’s export council. “Oregon is the sixth largest exporting state in the union, and there’s no labor to unload export containers. Exporters by and large are losing market share, and people are going elsewhere for the product. Japan has to feed their own livestock and they depend on Oregon wheat. The product (will be) ruined by the time it gets there.”

And it’s not just goods moving through the Port of Portland. With the Port of Portland offering just a single service per week to the southern part of Asia, many Oregon exporters move goods through ports in Seattle and Tacoma, which have much more frequent service. For now, though service to countries in Asia has slowed dramatically.

 




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