New signs of labor strife at Southern California ports

WILMINGTON >> Goodbye Christmas cheer. Hello labor strife. The prolonged labor negotiations between port operators and dockworkers became significantly more acrimonious Friday when both sides made accusations of bad-faith labor tactics, which no doubt will compound congestion already crippling the … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association News

For over 65 years the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association has been an advocate for our members, and the current crisis is no exception.  If anything, our biggest failure in this situation has been not communicating to … Continue reading

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Air Freight Demand Reaches Five Year High

The global air cargo market experienced 5.4 percent year-over-year growth in November to reach a level not seen since 2010, when the demand rebounded strongly, following the worldwide recession, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA).“We are now back to … Continue reading

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2M Partners Finalize East-West Service Routes

The two members of the recently approved 2M Alliance, Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), have announced the final details of their East-West network, including port rotations, transit times, arrivals, and departures. The alliance between the world’s two largest … Continue reading

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2M Partners Finalize East-West Service Routes

The two members of the recently approved 2M Alliance, Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), have announced the final details of their East-West network, including port rotations, transit times, arrivals, and departures. The alliance between the world’s two largest … Continue reading

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The Union That Stole Christmas

Manufacturers and retailers complain that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents about 20,000 dockworkers on West Coast ports, has deliberately slowed down traffic during the holiday season to increase their leverage in contract negotiations. Because the union’s … Continue reading

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ILWU, PMA return to Direct Negotiations

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association returned today to direct contract negotiations but didn’t release any report from the meeting. The contract negotiations, which began in May and have continued beyond the July 1 expiration … Continue reading

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Longshoremen Meeting Update

This week’s International Longshore and Warehouse Union caucus in San Francisco may or may not be the end to seven months of contract negotiation that has engulfed the West Coast in disruption and uncertainty. ILWU-PMA contract negotiations in 2014 have … Continue reading

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Port Congestion Continues to Affect Schedule Reliability

Persistent congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is causing delays in shipments. As a result, both transpacific eastbound and westbound trades continued to experience decreasing schedule reliability in October, according to the latest Global Liner Performance … Continue reading

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LA-LB truckers impose surcharges, and shippers are paying

Port congestion has gotten so bad in Los Angeles-Long Beach that harbor truckers are imposing congestion surcharges of $50 to as much as $100 an hour, and retailers and other beneficial cargo owners are paying the extra charges if the … Continue reading

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