This article ponders the factors influencing the fast-growing westbound ocean freight traffic to the US. Not least of the reasons is the higher US dollar with respect to Europe.
Robust Westbound Trans-Atlantic Adds to Pressure on East Coast Ports.
So I guess we can expect labor disputes reaching a crescendo on the East Coast next. It’s their turn to capitalize on the increasing business to get better working conditions and a bigger share of the pie. Shipping companies and port terminal managers need to look for bottlenecks now and work on getting the operational issues fixed before they become contentious.