Port Congestion Surcharge

Multiple carriers have begun announcing the implementation of port congestion fees.  Many carriers filed this surcharge in their tariffs as protection against increased operating costs associated with extreme congestion at terminals.  With the ILWU contract still not settled and mounting

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Shapiro’s Atlanta Office Resumes Operations

After a brief power outage that began yesterday, Monday, November 10, 2014, Shapiro’s Atlanta branch has resumed full operations. We thank you for your cooperation during yesterday’s interruption.

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Shapiro’s Atlanta Office Experiencing Power Outage

Dear Valued Customers, Our Atlanta branch is currently without power and intermittently receiving phone calls.  In the meantime, we are having their phone lines forwarded to our corporate office in Baltimore to triage the calls. For assistance, please reach out to

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Deteriorating ILWU/PMA Negotiations Threaten West Coast Trade

Congestion at the terminals of Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, and Long Beach continues to worsen as both the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) appear to be no closer to resolving their ongoing labor dispute. 

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PMA accuses ILWU of causing slowdowns in Seattle, Tacoma

Both the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) issued conflicting statements yesterday regarding an alleged slow down by dock workers in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   The PMA alluded that the union was engaging

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REMINDER: Biennial Food Facility Registration Required by December 31st

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires food facilities to renew their registration between October 1st and December 31st in even-numbered years. Domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food must renew their registration by December 31,

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Vessels Backed up for Days off the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are experiencing higher than normal congestion.  According to a Journal of Commerce interview with executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, Capt. J. Kipling Louttit, cargo container ships are dropping

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Severe Chassis and Labor Shortages Plague LA-Long Beach Port

The chassis and labor shortages in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports are causing truckers, and consequently shippers, considerable setbacks at the moment. Trucking companies in the area are facing an uphill battle on two fronts; not only there is a significant labor shortage on working the vessels at the docks, but there is also a major shortage of chassis required to handle the daily cargo volume.

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Biennial Food Facility Registration Begins October 1st

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires food facilities to renew their registration between October 1st and December 31st in even-numbered years. Domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food must renew their registration by December 31,

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Port of Los Angeles Resumes Operations

Following a toxic fire of the Pasha terminal at Berth 177 in the Port of Los Angeles, which spurred air quality concerns from creosote covered wood, officials announced remaining terminals have resumed operations 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.  Nearby Yusen Terminals International

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