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    POSSIBLE SHIPPING DISRUPTION DUE TO WEST COAST LONGSHOREMEN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

    The Problem The ILWU (International Longshoremen Worker’s Union) six year contract with the West Coast terminal operators (represented by the PMA – Pacific Maritime Association) is set to expire on July 1, 2014. The 2008 contract negotiations were contentious, but … Continue reading

    U.S. ITC CONSIDERS ANTIDUMPING DUTIES FOR TAIWANESE SOLAR CELLS

    Importers of solar panels are very much aware that solar panels manufactured with Chinese made solar cells are subject to Antidumping and Countervailing duties. Most are also aware than an exception to the AD and CVD duties is if the … Continue reading

    PORT OF OAKLAND CONGESTION UPDATE – TRUCKERS BEGINNING TO CHARGE WAITING TIME

    We received a message today from one of our long time trucking partners that they will begin charging for waiting time at the terminals. They will provide two hours of free waiting time. However any additional time will be billed … Continue reading

    REFLECTIONS ON THE STATE OF THE PORT (OAKLAND)

    I was at the State of the Port dinner last night. One of the speakers was the Executive Port Director for the port of Oakland. He got grilled by the shipping community during the QA session. Frustrations really boiled over. … Continue reading

    PORT OF OAKLAND – UPDATE ON BEN E. NUTTER TERMINAL

    I’ve written and spoken with the shipping community extensively the past few months about the troubles at the port of Oakland. One issue I mentioned recently was how congestion had spread to other terminals in Oakland, beyond just SSA terminal. … Continue reading