East Coast ports did receive a warning from West Coast ports regarding the issues related to the new alliance structure that began April 1. Baltimore reported bunching of ships and some increased turn times but in general the East Coast is not reporting too many issues. This is said to be in part due to the even allocation of vessels among the terminals. The full effect of the new alliance structure on the East Coast is still yet to come as many of the vessels will be arriving in the coming weeks. Terminal operators, truckers and cargo owners are prepared, based on West Coast feedback, to deal with the congestion and chassis availability issues that have been reported. Additional details are available at: http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/container-lines/new-alliances-test-us-east-coast-ports-no-serious-cargo-delays_20170511.html
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