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.
Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Contract negotiations between West Coast longshoremen and employers have entered month eight.
Port of Long Beach CEO said ports are in a "perfect position" to play this role.
Flexi-Van executive says "misplaced" chassis have aggravated congestion.
ICTSI Oregon says actions against it are "far beyond what other West Coast ports are experiencing."