Trade News / Freight and transportation updates

Posted: Oct 4, 2017

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued CSMS 17-000612 advising, effective November 1st, they will penalize any documented violation of the wood packaging material (WPM) requirements, eliminating its previous policy of allowing up to five (5) violations before taking... Read More >

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Posted: Feb 18, 2015

Labor negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have come to a grinding halt, as has shipment activity along the West Coast’s 29 ports. But the government may soon be stepping in... Read More >

Posted: Feb 13, 2015

After early assertions that the West Coast port dispute wouldn’t have a major impact on the flow of shipments, those promises seem to have gone by the wayside, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association... Read More >

Posted: Jan 30, 2015

Despite the recent plunge in the cost of oil, a Taiwanese shipping line became the latest to order so-called ultra-large container ships – fuel-efficient vessels designed for slow steaming with eyes on a future characterized by permanently high fuel prices. Evergreen Marine... Read More >

Posted: Jan 6, 2015

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced late Monday that in response to a joint request from the ILWU and the PMA, contract negotiations between the two parties will proceed under the auspices of the FMCS “as soon as possible.”... Read More >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

The Port of Oakland and its terminal operators are chipping away at their cargo backlog by running Saturday and Sunday gates, and the weekend gate program could remain in effect for another month. Oakland has moved more than 1,000 import... Read More >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue... Read More >

Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association entered the weekend engaged at a standoff at Los Angeles-Long Beach as employers plan to reduce the number of longshore crews that will be assigned to work vessels on the... Read More >

Posted: Dec 17, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they have launched a Border Wait Time app making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land... Read More >

Posted: Dec 15, 2014

The world's longest direct link rail journey recently ended after a train from the coastal Chinese city of Yiwu completed a journey to Madrid, Spain that spanned over 8,000 miles.

Posted: Dec 15, 2014

Seven months of West Coast dockworker contract negotiations may be winding down following a union caucus and the back-and-forth discussions of a potential offer. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is currently waiting for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)... Read More >