Category Archives: Ocean Shipping

East Coast Ports Still Waiting for a Labor Deal

We’re on to round 3 of the labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) representing the East Coast and Gulf ports. The negotiations were first supposed to be completed by September 30, … Continue reading

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East and Gulf Coast Port Strike Postponed (and hopefully averted!)

Good news that is potentially great news! The ILA and USMX have come to a tentative agreement on container royalty payments (the main sticking point preventing a new contract from being agreed upon). With this agreement, both sides have agreed … Continue reading

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Port Congestion Surcharge Update

As I’ve mentioned over the past few months, the carriers will charge a Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) in case there is a strike at the East and Gulf Coast ports. Here is the latest update on the PCS amounts from … Continue reading

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East Coast and Gulf Port Labor Dispute!!!

The latest news on the labor negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX representing the East Coast & Gulf Port terminals and carriers) and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) isn’t good. The contract deadline was pushed back three months … Continue reading

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Labor Dispute at Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Threatens to Disrupt Ocean Shipments Throughout the United States

The West Coast port clerical workers have been working without a contract since their previous contract expired over two years ago (June 30, 2010). ┬áNegotiations broke down earlier this month. Clerical workers went on strike at APM Terminals in Los … Continue reading

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