MAY DAY! Labor Lockout Planned at Canadian Ports on Thursday, May 30th

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) released an official notice to the Canadian International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) indicating its intention to lockout dockworkers at the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert beginning Thursday, May 30th at

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Carriers Announce Trans-Pacific Blank Sailings for June

Several carriers have already announced upcoming Trans-Pacific blank sailings for June. The OCEAN Alliance, including CMA (including APL), COSCO (including OOCL) and Evergreen, will remove approximately 25,000 TEU from its Trans-Pacific trade lane in June (this represents over 6% of

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The Time is Nigh for ACAS

The grace period is nearly up for Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS). Air cargo carriers should already have their method in place prior to June 12th 2019 to technologically meet the advanced security filing requirements for air cargo imports to

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Further Vessel Restrictions and Potential Delays at the Panama Canal

On May 3rd, the Panama Canal Authority released its 6th draft restriction of 2019, a result of the country’s ongoing and severe drought conditions. Effective May 28th, vessels traveling through the famous canal will be restricted to a maximum draft

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Trump Threatens US-Mexico Border Closure

President Trump threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico as early as this week in light of the issues stemming from the continued immigration crisis. Trump’s announcement is the latest in a series of escalated threats against Mexico in

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Shippers Should Expect Delays Due to Panama Canal Water Levels

Extremely low water levels in the Panama Canal have led to the imposition of a draft restriction on the waterway due to safety considerations. Presently, there is no expiration date for the restriction, but it will be eliminated once water

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Seagirt Re-opens Following Brief Labor Dispute

We have been informed that the Seagirt gate at the Port of Baltimore re-opened at 2:15 PM today, January 24th, after a brief closure earlier as a result of an ongoing labor dispute. Seagirt has advised that they will be

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Union Pacific Rail Congestion and Backlogs at Many U.S. Ports

We have been informed that Union Pacific (UP) rail ramps at Chicago (UP – Global 4) and Memphis (UP – Marion) are experiencing severe chassis shortages, leading to massive delays for truckers awaiting loads and unexpected costs for importers. This

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California Publishes First Port Drayage Provider Delinquency List

As a follow up to California Senate Bill 1402, which became enforceable as of January 1, 2019, the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement has published the first list of port drayage providers with outstanding, unsatisfied court judgments, tax

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Typhoon Usagi Hits Southeastern Asia

Typhoon Usagi, which is arriving on the heels of devastating Tropical Storm Toraji, brought record breaking rain and flooding to southern Vietnamese cities this weekend and powerfully struck the port cities of Ho Chi Minh and Vung Tau. Transportation services

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