P3 Network Calls on the Port of Baltimore

The P3 Network, a global alliance between the shipping industry’s three largest steamship lines (Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM), has announced plans to include the Port of Baltimore for their new service which links Asia, the Middle East, the Med, and the US East Coast.  Early outlines and press releases had made no mention of Baltimore, causing […]

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Baltimore Port Partially Reopens

Port of Baltimore operations have partially resumed work Friday afternoon under the Master Agreement between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance.  The agreement includes a no-strike provision for specified cargo that ILA Local No. 333 violated when it went on strike Wednesday, October 18th. Currently, the cargo being worked at the […]

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Update on Baltimore Port Strike

As reported yesterday, cargo is not moving out of Seagirt or Maryland International Terminals due to a strike by the International Longshoreman’s Association Local No. 333. The Maryland Port Authority issued the following official statement this morning: “The work stoppage continues.  Arbitration is scheduled for tomorrow between the Steamship Trade Association and labor.  We remain […]

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Port Strike in Baltimore

A strike by the International Longshoreman’s Association Local No. 333 has impacted operations at the port of Baltimore. Cargo is not moving out of Seagirt Terminal or Maryland International Terminals. The Baltimore Sun broke the story interviewing Richard Scher, a Maryland Port Administration spokesman, who told the Sun, “This is just the beginning but all […]

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Security Along the Suez Canal

The JOC reported yesterday that Egypt has increased security along the Suez Canal after receiving threats that jihadists were planning attacks along the waterway according to United Press International.  It further stated that the army and police have beefed up their presence along the canal and tightened inspections. Security personnel have erected barbed wire and […]

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China Freight News

Re:  Speculation over China’s final implementation of Circular Caishui 37’s (“Circular 37”) 6% VAT and how it will be applied. Circular 37 is a proposed tax policy which includes VAT on the “transportation and modern services sector” and which was jointly issued by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) […]

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Labor Strike at Hong Kong Terminals

We would like to inform you about the current status of a labor strike at the Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT). HIT, which has a 70% market share in terms of port handling volumes, operates five terminals out of a total 9 berths (with 16 deep water ship berths) at the Kwai Chung Terminal Port […]

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ILA and USMX Come to Six Year Agreement

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have finally come to an agreement on a six-year contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers. This agreement is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of difficult on-and-off negotiations between the two groups. The ILA’s wage scale committee recommended ratification by the […]

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