Friday, March 21, 2014

POLB to Host Peak Season Forecast

By Mark Edward Nero

The economic news has been up and down over the past year, so what can you expect from this year’s peak shipping season in Southern California and along the West Coast? Those questions are due to be answered during the 10th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast Breakfast. The free event’s scheduled for 7 to 10 a.m. Wed., April 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Parking at the convention center is complimentary, and breakfast is also free.

This year’s trade flows have been complicated by mixed economic news from day to day, and the outlook for this year’s peak shipping season – August through October -- is believed to be complicated by upcoming coast-wide labor negotiations. Experts from throughout the supply chain are expected to present the outlook from various viewpoints, including that of an economist, an importer, exporter, ocean carrier, trucking company executive, a railroad and more.

Reservations can be made online at, or by contacting Kathleen Charchenko at or (562) 283-7755 with the attendee’s name, company, job title and contact information.