ILWU/PMA Negotiation Update

ILWU/PMA Negotiation Update

On July 1, the current agreement between the ILWU and PMA will officially expire, and with that now being only a week away, there is concern that a new agreement has not yet been reached. However, on June 14, a joint statement was issued by the ILWU and PMA together, expressing the likelihood that a…

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7/15 Trans-Pacific Carriers Announce GRI

7/15 Trans-Pacific Carriers Announce GRI

Trans-Pacific carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) effective July 15, 2022. This GRI will affect all Canadian and USA destinations. The following amounts are in USD and apply to all freight originating in Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. General Rate Increase Applies to all U.S. and Canadian portsEffective July 15, 2022 Equip.USD20 ft$180040…

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Canadian Rail Strikes Causing Concern

Canadian Rail Strikes Causing Concern

On Saturday, June 19, 750 of Canadian National Railway Co. (CN)’s signals and communications workers—International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)—went on strike after negotiations failed. However, CN states that they have implemented an operational contingency plan and that rail operations will not be impacted. On the other hand, further strike actions could impact rail operations…

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UFLPA Enforcement Strategy Published—Effective 6/21

UFLPA Enforcement Strategy Published—Effective 6/21

The U.S. government’s Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) has released its Strategy to Prevent the Importation of Goods Mined, Produced, or Manufactured with Forced Labor in the People’s Republic of China—as mandated by the UFLPA. This strategy, along with the UFLPA Operational Guidance for importers, provides the structure for the full implementation of the…

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Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022 Passes Senate

Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022 Passes Senate

UPDATE: 6/17/2022—The OSRA 22 bill was signed into law by President Biden June, 16, 2022. "Ultimately, the Senate version passed and will benefit shippers and transportation intermediaries alike," said Rich Roche, Senior Vice President. On June 14, the NCBFAA announced “The House of Representatives passed the Senate version (S.3580) of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act…

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Importers—Prepare for UFLPA Implementation June 21

Importers—Prepare for UFLPA Implementation June 21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published guidance to help importers prepare for the implementation of the UFLPA rebuttable presumption, which takes effect on June 21, 2022. This guidance is meant to give operational guidance to trade stakeholders. Importers must comply within the UFLPA strategy as noted in UFLPA, Section 3(b). What is UFLPA?…

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7/1 Trans-Pacific Carriers Announce GRI

7/1 Trans-Pacific Carriers Announce GRI

Trans-Pacific carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) effective July 1, 2022. This GRI will affect all Canadian and USA destinations. The following amounts are in USD and apply to all freight originating in Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. General Rate Increase Applies to all U.S. and Canadian portsEffective July 1, 2022 Equip.USD20 ft$180040…

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ILWU Talks Resume – Contract Expires July 1

ILWU Talks Resume – Contract Expires July 1

Contract negotiations between the ILWU and employers resumed last week, following a ten-day period when talks had stopped in May. There has been no update with reason for the sudden pause in negotiations.  “While no immediate updates are available due to media blackout, the negotiation cycle could be following a familiar pattern from the past where…

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