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 anchor and waiting in line to be received at terminals.  “There’s usually zero wait times […]

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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, 2014. Registrations that are not renewed by December 31st will be invalidated and subsequent entries […]

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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 announced they would reopen 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The fire originally broke out at 6:40 p.m. […]

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Toxic Port of Los Angeles Fire Suspends Cargo Operations

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 6:40 p.m. Monday evening call at the 800 block of South Fries Avenue located in the Port of Los Angeles.   Air quality concerns from creosote covered wood caused the port closing as well an overnight shelter-in-place advisory.  Creosote is a gummy, foul smelling, corrosive and extremely combustible […]

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Temporary Exemptions for Carnets and TIBs reinstated by Census

The Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division (FTD) is announcing the publication of an Interim Final Rule revising the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Title 15, Part 30. This rule reinstates the previous filing exemptions in Sections 30.37(q) and (r) of the FTR for temporary exports, including carnets, and goods that were imported under a Temporary Import […]

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ILWU and PMA Reach Tentative Health Benefits Agreement

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) released a joint statement last night announcing that an agreement has been reached on the health care portion of the negotiations for their new master contract.  These negotiations have been ongoing since May and it was expected that discussions involving health benefits […]

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Ningbo Trucker Strike Ends with Increased Rates

A 12% increase in the trucking fee brought the Ningbo trucking strike that began last week to an end.  Port truckers are now working to help clear the backlog of freight that has amassed.  Some concessions have been made to shippers to help alleviate costs due to the strike: shipping instruction (SI) cut off times […]

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Ningbo Trucker Strike Update

As an update to our notification from yesterday, the Journal of Commerce has reported this morning that some carriers are starting to divert vessels to Shanghai away from Ningbo due to the continued backlog and congestion caused by the ongoing truckers’ strike. Trucks are blocking access to the terminals as well as container depots as […]

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Ningbo Trucker Strike Turns Violent

Earlier this week, over 100 truck owners went on strike at Ningbo Beilun port.  The key focal point of the strike is trucking freight rates.  Truckers claim rates, which were set by Ningbo Port,  have been stagnant for 8 years and that an increase is necessary due to doubling of diesel prices during this time.  […]

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