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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Shapiro’s Atlanta office has a delayed opening; Charleston office reopens

Shapiro’s Atlanta office will have a delayed opening at 10 am today due to poor road conditions.  The office will have a skeletal staff while some employees will continue to work remotely.  All employees will continue to be available via

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Shapiro’s Atlanta and Charleston offices closed today due to winter storm

Shapiro’s Atlanta and Charleston offices are closed today due to inclement weather.  All employees have remote access and will be available via email. To reach someone via phone: Charleston office: Call Kay McGaha, Branch Manager, on her mobile at 843-817-8340, or

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Shapiro’s Charleston and Atlanta offices closing early due to winter storm

Shapiro’s Atlanta and Charleston offices closed at 2:30 pm today due to worsening weather conditions.  Many employees will be working remotely and emails will be monitored for urgent issues. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Charleston closed at 1 pm

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Serious Cargo Backlogs in the Midwest

As weather forecasters predict the second Arctic deep freeze this month for the Midwest, the environment for cargo operations worsens.  In Chicago, with temperatures today as low as -15F and wind chills reaching -35F, the rail system is already under

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Bangkok under State of Emergency for 60 days

On January 22, 2014, the Thai government declared a state of emergency for Bangkok and surrounding areas because of anti-government protests. Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo district and Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district are currently affected. The state

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Shapiro’s Baltimore, Dulles, Philadelphia, and NY offices closing early due to winter storm

Our Baltimore, Dulles, Philadelphia and New York offices closed at 2 pm today due to worsening weather conditions.  NY has limited phone coverage today until 5 pm while Baltimore, Dulles and Philadelphia will be monitoring emails for urgent issues. We

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