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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

US imports above average as port contract talks continue

From Marine Link:

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, [...]

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Carriers’ logistics strategy ‘unraveling,’ Alphaliner says

Carriers’ strategy to bundle logistics services with container shipping services appears to be “unraveling,” according to Alphaliner’s latest newsletter.

“These disposals point to the reduced relevance of logistics capabilities for carriers, as the bundling of 3PL services with ocean transportation has not yielded significant synergies,” Alphaliner said. “The affiliated 3PLs are also increasingly competing against [...]

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Container shortage looms over peak-season predictions

From the Journal of Commerce:

A good peak season will lead to a shortage of containers, with the inventory of new boxes standing at less than two months of the required levels, Singamas chairman Teo Siong Seng said in Hong Kong.

Teo told reporters at the Singamas interim results briefing that the new container inventory [...]

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$15 Minimum Wage for Oregon campaign thanks ILWU Local 8 for ‘taking a stand for all workers’

From the 15NowPDX campaign web site:

For the last 18 months ILWU Local 8 (along with other ILWU Locals 19, 21, and 23) has been embroiled in a labor dispute that has kept Local 8 locked out of the ports for over a year. This past week that labor dispute was resolved and a new [...]

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Container trades could achieve balance in two years

Fromt SeaTrade Global:

Present global container traffic trends offer some hope that the industry could achieve a sense of balance two years out, dependent on further quiet in vessel ordering.

The first half was spotty, thereby consistent with economic trends, but delivered growth of 4.9% overall, according to Container Statistics. June was clocked at a [...]

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IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years

Intermodal volume increased across all segments in the second quarter, contributing to the largest quarterly intermodal growth since 2011, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) most recent “Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics” report.

International container volume increased 9.6 percent, domestic container volume rose 7.6 percent and trailer volume grew 4.3 percent compared [...]

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Strong growth for US West Coast ports in June

From the Journal of Commerce:

Although the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association certainly resulted in some diversion of cargo to ports on the U.S. East Coast and in Canada, West Coast container volumes are still up noticeably compared to last year.

Containerized [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Click to download news release; text below

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion [...]

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Reality check: May US imports rise on West Coast port labor talks

Containerized import volume to the U.S. swelled at many major ports in May from April as retailers sought to outrun potential port disruption ahead of the July 1 expiration of a key West Coast port labor contract, according to port officials and maritime experts.

Several thorny contract issues remain, observers said, and importing retailers were [...]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least [...]

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'Nobody really knows the damage a West Coast dock dispute could cause the American economy'

Employers seek to turn public opinion against the union by exaggerating damages.

Excerpts from the UK-based Handy Shipping Guide:

So, here we go again, the analysts and experts speaking volumes and saying little as the specter of a West Coast port strike looms, or doesn’t dependent on who you read. The facts are simply [...]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are [...]

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Expert: Automation threatens 47% of U.S. jobs

Excerpts from an article posted at ILWU Canada:

Professor Michael Osborne of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University says almost half of all jobs in industrialised nations are at risk of redundancy over the next two decades.

Sydney dockworker and father of three, Ben Bartolo, is experiencing that first hand – he is about [...]

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