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  • West Coast Port Slowdown Cripples Economy

    by Representative Doug LaMalfa

    Posted on 2015-02-13

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    LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, the ongoing slowdown occurring at our west coast ports is causing devastating economic conditions for our agricultural industry and an alarming ripple effect to supply chains across the Nation. Recent estimates have predicted retailers could lose as much as $7 billion this year and that it will cost the overall economy $2.1 billion every day if this shutdown continues.



    In California, our citrus shippers are reporting delays as long as 4 weeks versus the typical 3 to 4 days for cargo to leave ports, causing their products to spoil and rot on the docks and increasing the already sizable backlog. One California almond company reported they already had to lay off 50 employees due to the slowdown at the port. Without action, these numbers are only going to worsen as long-term or permanent damage is even done to our export markets.

    We cannot afford to sit back as our producers and growers and workers bear the brunt of this labor dispute. I strongly urge both parties and, if necessary, this administration to get involved--to get back to the negotiating table and enact a swift resolution--to prevent serious long-term harm being done to our local and national economy and to our export markets.

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