A Glimmer of Hope for West Coast Labor Negotiations?

With dozens of container ships at anchor outside U.S. West Coast ports, there still appears to be no budging from either side of ongoing labor negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)—at least not publicly. However, according to the American Journal of Transportation, some progress is being…

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New Offer Made in West Coast Contract Talks

In a press release published last night, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) revealed details of its “all-in” West Coast labor contract offer to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). According to the release, the PMA, which represents the ocean carriers, designed the offer to include many concessions to union demands in an effort to…

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Progress Made in West Coast Labor Talks

Progress Made in West Coast Labor Talks

Several trade journals, including the Journal of Commerce, are reporting that a tentative agreement has been reached in U.S. West Coast labor negotiations between the PMA (employers) and ILWU (union labor) over the contested issue of chassis maintenance and repair. This is a significant step towards reaching agreement on contract negotiations that have been ongoing…

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DOT Gives Green Light to Long-Haul Cross-Border Trucking

DOT Gives Green Light to Long-Haul Cross-Border Trucking

Mexican motor carriers may now conduct long-haul cross-border services in the U.S., the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced in a 1/9 press release. This announcement comes on the heels of a 3-year pilot program conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in which 13 Mexican carriers successfully established a safety record for operating beyond…

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Web Tool Simplifies Export Screening

Web Tool Simplifies Export Screening

Let's face it--no one gets excited about export screening. Until recently, it consisted of going to a government website, downloading some Excel files, and then combing through seemingly endless rows of data to confirm that your potential party wasn't included. U.S. exporters will be happy to learn that the Department of Commerce just made the…

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Get Your Grant On!

Get Your Grant On!

Grant money is up for grabs for small business exporters in New York. The State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) Global NY Exports Grant is offering funds on a first come, first serve basis to eligible small businesses for: Participation in foreign trade missions Foreign market sales trips Subscription services provided by the U.S. Department…

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