Brazilian Truck Drivers Protest Fuel Tax

As reported in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, protests against a 15-centavo-per-liter ($0.20/gallon) fuel tax hike in Brazil have entered their seventh day and are spreading across the country. What originally started as an isolated protest in Mato Grosso,

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ILWU/PMA Sign Tentative Coastwide Agreement while Canada Bottlenecks

On February 20, 2015, negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced a tentative five-year coastwide contract agreement.  Details of the contract are not yet available since membership of both groups must

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Vancouver / West Coast Labor Strike Updates

Vancouver Late on February 16th, 2015, an agreement was reached between the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway and union locomotive representatives to enter into binding government arbitration.  The short lived strike that began Sunday is now officially over. Movement of rail

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Canadian Pacific Railway Could Face Weekend Strike

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway announced that the union representing more than 3,000 of its locomotive engineers and conductors presented a strike notice for this upcoming weekend.  CP, Canada’s second largest railway, responded by advising

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PMA Suspends West Coast Vessel Operations during Holiday Weekend

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced the shutdown of vessel operations starting today, Thursday, February 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday), in addition to Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Washington’s Birthday) to avoid paying longshoremen holiday or weekend pay for slow productivity that is

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Arbitration Stalls West Coast ILWU/PMA Contract Negotiations

While vessels idle offshore waiting to deliver commerce to U.S. West Coast ports, all eyes are on the contract battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).  On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, James

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Next Phase for Lacey Act Declaration Adds 20 More HTS Numbers

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a notice in today’s Federal Register announcing the next phase of Harmonized Tariff Schedule numbers that will require a Lacey Act declaration at the

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Early Closing (2/2) & Delayed Opening (2/3)

Please be advised that due to worsening snow and ice conditions in the New York area, our New York office will be closing early at 4:00pm today, February 2, 2015.  Phone lines will be forwarded to our Baltimore office for

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