Canadian Pacific Railway Could Face Weekend Strike

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway announced that the union representing more than 3,000 of its locomotive engineers and conductors presented a strike notice for this upcoming weekend.  CP, Canada’s second largest railway, responded by advising

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PMA Suspends West Coast Vessel Operations during Holiday Weekend

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced the shutdown of vessel operations starting today, Thursday, February 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday), in addition to Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Washington’s Birthday) to avoid paying longshoremen holiday or weekend pay for slow productivity that is

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Arbitration Stalls West Coast ILWU/PMA Contract Negotiations

While vessels idle offshore waiting to deliver commerce to U.S. West Coast ports, all eyes are on the contract battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).  On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, James

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Next Phase for Lacey Act Declaration Adds 20 More HTS Numbers

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a notice in today’s Federal Register announcing the next phase of Harmonized Tariff Schedule numbers that will require a Lacey Act declaration at the

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Early Closing (2/2) & Delayed Opening (2/3)

Please be advised that due to worsening snow and ice conditions in the New York area, our New York office will be closing early at 4:00pm today, February 2, 2015.  Phone lines will be forwarded to our Baltimore office for

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Empty Cargo Container Shortage Threatens China Import Trade

Despite a glimmer of hope this week in the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) negotiations on the West Coast, the beleaguered West Coast import trade community is facing yet another serious crisis.  There is

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Shapiro’s New York Office Closed Due to Winter Storm

Due to winter storm Juno, Shapiro’s New York office is closed for the remainder of today, Monday, January, 26, 2015.  We anticipate employees will be working remotely on Tuesday, January 27, with full capabilities.  New York employees may be reached

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Ports Announce Closures in Anticipation of Winter Weather

The NY & NJ Port Authority has released a winter weather advisory announcing that all New York and New Jersey marine terminals will close today, Monday, January 26, by 3:00 PM and remain closed Tuesday, January 27, in anticipation of

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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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