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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.
Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Move comes as ILWU, PMA talks enter 10th month.
PMA said ships will not load or unload cargo Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday due to continuing ILWU slowdowns.
Top executives described initiatives to improve flow of cargo off docks at the nation's two largest ports during the TPM conference in Long Beach.
Vote ended a two-month skirmish over Obama immigration policy and spared agencies like CBP from cutbacks.
Environmental advantages of liquid natural gas remain undisputed despite a lack of profitability, according to the commission.