Possible ILA Strike in Charleston, SC

Just when all eyes are on West Coast port labor, the Charleston International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) filed paperwork for the right to strike. While there has yet to be any work stoppage or noticeable slow-downs, the local ILA in Charleston

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Update on ILWU Contract Negotiations and Strike Contingency Plans

On May 12th, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) began negotiating a new contract covering West Coast dockworkers as the current contract is due to expire on June 30th at midnight.  Details of the

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China Rejects P3 Network Plans

In a somewhat surprising move, China’s Ministry of Commerce has rejected the proposed P3 Vessel-Sharing Agreement (VSA), an alliance that suggested major changes to the world’s shipping industry.  Comprised of 3 of the world’s top carriers (Maersk, MSC, and CMA

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Brazil Dockworker Strike Postponed to June 27

Journal of Commerce reports have advised that the Brazilian stevedores’ strike has been postponed after the government agreed to negotiate the workers’ list of demands. As reported yesterday, the strike is being used to create awareness of general labor issues within the

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Brazil Dockworkers Plan to Strike June 10

According to Journal of Commerce reports, an indefinite nationwide dockworker strike is set to begin on June 10 unless a resolution is worked out with the Brazilian government. The strike, organized by local union stevedores, is being used to bring awareness to general labor

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GSP Update

As most of you know, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program expired July 31, 2013. The average liquidation cycle is about 10 months, so entries made in August 2013 will be liquidating shortly. The question has come up if

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Update on ILWU Contract Talks

With the current International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) contract due to expire on June 30th, the ILWU and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) were set to begin negotiations this week on a contract covering West Coast dockworkers. The main topics

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Enforcement of New Foreign Trade Regulations Delayed 180 Days

As outlined in our April Shap Talk, new export regulations went into effect on April 5, 2014. These updated regulations encompass reporting an ultimate consignee type, reporting a license value, and declarations for used self-propelled vehicles, port of export, split

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Shapiro’s Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Dulles offices are closed today due to winter storm

Shapiro’s Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Dulles offices are closed today.  Customs is closed in Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dulles and NY today. The best way to reach our staff is via email as we have several employees working remotely.  To reach

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Shapiro’s Atlanta office closed; Charleston office has a 2-hour delay due to winter storm

Due to another winter storm that has hit the South, Shapiro’s Atlanta office is closed today, 2/12/14.  We anticipate it will be closed on 2/13/14 as well.  All employees are working remotely and are reachable by email.  For any urgent

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