West Coast Ports Faced with Possible Lockout as Backups Mount

The shipping industry made a collective sigh of relief as word came on January 5th that Federal Mediators were being brought in to help the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to reach a

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ILWU Joins PMA in Requesting Federal Mediation

On January 5, 2015, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) joined the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) in their request to bring in federal mediation to resolve contract negotiations.  This announcement comes after eight months of the ILWU working without

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Shapiro Dulles Office Relocation

Shapiro is excited to announce that our Dulles office will be relocating to Sterling, VA, on Friday, January 9, 2015. The office will close at noon on January 9thfor the move. Phones and emails will be monitored for any urgent requests. Please note

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Shapiro and Customs offices closed on December 25-26, 2014

All Shapiro offices will be closed on December 25-26, 2014, in celebration of the holiday season.  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices will be closed on both days as well, following President Obama’s Executive Order designating Friday, 12/26, as a

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Low Sulfur Surcharge in Effect for 2015

Stemming from a 2012 global treaty agreement to reduce sulfuric emissions along the U.S. and Canadian coastlines, carriers will begin the implementation of a Low Sulfur Surcharge (LSS) starting January 1, 2015.  The new regulation requires shipping lines to burn low-sulfur

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G6 Alliance Halts Los Angeles Port Call

The G6 alliance announced late last week the removal of its eastbound Los Angeles port of call from their Pacific Atlantic 1 service (PA1) from rotation citing severe US West Coast port congestion.  The G6 alliance of carriers includes:  Hapag-Lloyd

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Shapiro Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Shapiro offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, 2014, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.  All operations will resume Monday, December 1, 2014. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Carriers Postpone Port Congestion Surcharges (Again) Until Further Notice

The port congestion surcharge (PCS) that has been threatening West Coast trade since mid-November has once again been suspended until further notice.  Major carriers such as Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, Evergreen, NYK, OOCL, and CMA-CGM sent out notification today, November 26,

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Carriers Reinstate West Coast Port Congestion Surcharge Amidst Delayed ILWU/PMA Labor Talks

Despite multiple attempts from the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to convince the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) to resume “big table” negotiations, the ILWU has postponed talks until no sooner than December 2, 2014.  During this time, the union will

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The FMC Rebuts Port Congestion Surcharges Imposed by Carriers

As we previously published on November 14, 2014, multiple carriers had announced the implementation of port congestion fees as protection against increased operating costs associated with extreme congestion at terminals.  On November 17, 2014, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued

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