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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.

Port of Oakland poised to benefit from trade pact with China on rice

From Customs Today:

The Port of Oakland believes a new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas.

American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 after approval of a trade agreement last month. Port officials have said it is […]

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Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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Port of Oakland exports continue to soar in 2017

From a Port of Oakland news release:

New year, same old story at the Port of Oakland: exports are on the rise again. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 9 percent last month compared to January 2016. It was the seventh straight month of rising exports in Oakland, and the 12th increase […]

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Port of Oakland export boom reaches a three-year high

Port of Oakland export volume reached a three-year high in October, soaring 20 percent over 2015 totals. The Port reported today that it shipped the equivalent of 89,473 export containers last month. That was the most since Oct. 2013, the Port said, and the fourth-largest monthly total in its history.

The figures cap a yearlong […]

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Peak shipping season results in record-breaking month for ports

The peak of shipping season in August produced record-breaking results for almost all of the top ports across the United States, covering the period before Hanjin Shipping Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Aug. 31. The Port of Los Angeles, the largest in the country based on volume, reported that August was its strongest month since […]

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Port of Oakland export rebound now at four straight months

An export rebound continues to build steam at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 7 percent last month from a year ago. It was the fourth consecutive month of increases in Oakland.

The Port said that 2016 export volume is up 16.3 percent through April. That’s welcome news […]

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Exporters aim to capitalize on Oakland port’s stronger rail link

From the Journal of Commerce:

Exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased 19.9 percent compared with the first three months of 2015, according to statistics published on the port’s website. As is normally the case, Oakland’s exports were higher than imports.

Oakland is proceeding with its multi-year plans to redevelop the former Oakland […]

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How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. […]

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Import volume up for seventh straight month at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume was up for a seventh-straight month at the Port of Oakland in September. The Port said this week that it handled 1.6 percent more containerized imports last month than it did a year ago.

The import rally has erased a wintertime decline in Oakland. The Port said import totals for the first […]

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Eurpoean exporters concerned over impact of P3 Alliance

Plans for three of the world’s largest container shipping firms to form an alliance to share vessels on routes between Europe, Asia and America have lead to concerns that shipping costs for recyclable waste could increase.

The P3 Alliance has been criticized by the Global Shippers Forum – the trade body for the international shipping […]

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Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have mixed starts to 2014

January volumes at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach were somewhat mixed.

Los Angeles kicked off 2014 with a 2.5 percent annual gain in January at 685,550 TEU. POLA imports, which are primarily comprised of consumer goods, hit 337,428 TEU for a 6.7 percent annual increase. Exports rose 1.7 percent […]

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Washington blocks permits for two Grays Harbor oil terminals

There are several places in the Northwest considering taking oil arriving by rail from North Dakota to be transported onto ships. Meanwhile, there’s talk in Congress about weakening rules against exporting American oil. Graphic by The Columbian.

Two oil-by-train terminals proposed for the Port of Grays Harbor on the Washington coast were dealt a set […]

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Japan’s Softer Line on Imports Could Escalate US Beef Exports

From the Journal of Commerce:

U.S. beef exports to Japan could increase 45 percent this year because of a change in Japanese regulations.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare decided on Monday to ease tough import restrictions on beef from the United States, Canada, France and the Netherlands.

The ministry made the decision after […]

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Port of Grays Harbor Receives Award for Soybean Export

KXRO reports the increased export activity created more than one hundred FTE longshore jobs for handling the cargo.

Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner, Jack Thompson, and Executive Director, Gary Nelson were in Minnesota to receive Minnesota Soybean’s 2012 International Marketing Committee Partner of the Year Award.

Minnesota Soybean, which represents more than 25,000 soybean farmers […]

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ILA Diversions: More of a Ripple Than a Wave

Excerpted from a Journal of Commerce Analysis:

East Coast ports maintained their lead in containerized exports in the first nine months of 2012 and increased their share of import and export markets. And they did so despite shipper concerns at the end of September over a potential strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association and a […]

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