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East Coast port strike called off…for now

Posted 12/28 · 12:02 PM · LM Editorial
News that the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days was welcomed by the National Retail Federation today.

More on East Coast port strike implications

Posted 12/28 · 11:23 AM · LM Editorial
If the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance fail to come to terms on a master contract by midnight tomorrow, East Coast shippers will face a dismal start of the new year.

3PLs ready themselves for freight diversion in event of port strike

Posted 12/27 · 03:30 PM · LM Editorial
While the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – the federal agency charged with mediating private sector labor disputes – has the International Longshoremen’s Association meeting with management to avert an East Coast and Gulf port strike, shippers are bracing for the worst before the December 29 deadline

Matson builds its Pacific portfolio with new purchase

Posted 12/26 · 07:42 PM · LM Editorial
Matson, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the primary assets formerly owned by Reef Shipping, a South Pacific shipping company based in Auckland, New Zealand that has been in business since 1968.

Port infrastructure must be strengthened against hurricanes, says ULI

Posted 12/26 · 09:40 AM · LM Editorial
The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) noted in a recent report that despite the extraordinary devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it was not particularly severe as storms go

Remember our Seafarers

Posted 12/24 · 10:51 AM · LM Editorial
This holiday season, let’s remember those toiling on the high seas, who make ocean cargo shipping the key symbol of globalization. It’s lonely and often dangerous work, done by professionals who – for the most part – remain background players in the worldwide distribution network. Without them, however, the backbone of the supply chain would surely crumble.

West Coast Ports May Have to Pick up the Slack

Posted 12/21 · 12:16 PM · SCMR Editorial
While shippers using East and Gulf Coast ports brace for the imminent strike of ILA dockworkers, the West Coast shipping community is also expressing concern.
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ILA strike could cause congestion at West Coast ports

Posted 12/21 · 11:01 AM · LM Editorial
While shippers using East and Gulf Coast ports brace for the imminent strike of ILA dockworkers, the West Coast shipping community is also expressing concern.

Retailer’s Supply Chain in Jeopardy if Port Strike is Not Averted

Posted 12/20 · 08:34 AM · SCMR Editorial
In two separate letters, The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called upon President Obama to engage directly in contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd.

Shippers call upon President Obama to avert port strike

Posted 12/19 · 10:53 AM · LM Editorial
In two separate letters, The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called upon President Obama to engage directly in contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd.

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