Monday , May 27 2024

Port Agreement Eases Strain on Businesses

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A tentative agreement between West Coast port employers and the union is expected to end the slow down at ports. A deal that could ease the strain on local businesses.<br /><br />At Steven’s Bicycles in Clovis, shipments they’ve ordered are taking longer to be delivered because of the recent slow down. <br /><br />&quot;Actually supplies they had speculated would be here now are out there sitting at sea,&quot; Manager George Chinn said. <br /><br />Although a tentative agreement has been made, it may take weeks to get the backup of cargo ships moving again. <br /><br />&quot;We want to be able to service our customers and it’s going to affect customer service if we cannot get them something they are trying to order,&quot; Chinn said. <br /><br />At Skee’s Recycling in Fresno they can’t get materials out. They take in die-cast, brass and scrap metal that is shipped to countries like China. <br /><br />&quot;A lot of the companies we ship to they export everything. They just don’t want our material because they just can’t get a container. We used to ship out containers here but lately we just can’t get one,&quot; Owner Don Plaster said. <br /><br />Plaster says prices have dropped because of the slow down. So his customers are holding materials until the market improves. Which may take time. <br /><br />&quot;When people are telling me because they are not shipping out the material you have to wait on your payments. I’m still waiting for a couple over a month now,&quot; Plaster said. <br /><br />With such a huge affect on our economy local businesses says the ports cannot open soon enough. <br /><br />&quot;We are a country that needs to keep our economy going and they are stifling it,&quot; Chinn said. <br /><br /></div>

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