New data from the trade intelligence firm Zepol confirms shippers have diverted significant cargo

New data from the trade intelligence firm Zepol confirms shippers have diverted significant cargo volumes from West Coast ports to East Coast ports in the first half of 2015. Shippers to diversify their import gateways and ensure reliable deliveries in the wake of dockworker unrest that crippled operations at West Coast ports for several months during late 2014 and early 2015.    “A hefty chunk of businesses have switched from using Pacific to Atlantic and Gulf ports this year,” Zepol said in its latest report. According to the Minneapolis-based company, total containerized imports at East Coast ports have increased by 15 percent, while import traffic on the West Coast is down 4 percent.