Chilean state-owned mining company Codelco resumed shipments of copper after a port strike blocked exports in the world’s top copper producing nation earlier this month.
Port workers returned to work after reaching a deal to end three weeks of strikes that halted shipments of copper, fruit and wood pulp in the export-dependent nation. The strikes [...]
Japanese farmers protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo. Their banner reads: ‘We absolutely oppose Japan’s participation to TPP.’
Farmers in the US are pushing for Japan to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to gain access to the world’s third-largest economy as automakers seek to exclude the Asian nation until it [...]
Members of the Union Portuaria de Chile have staged several job actions in the past year, including this one in March.
[ENGLISH SUMMARY: The representative of the Port Union of Chile, Robinson Avalos, said that an agreement was reached to end the strike in the ports of San Antonio and Bío Bío. Avalos told [...]
‘The canal no longer solely depends on the world’s main economies,’ said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano.
A record amount of cargo crossed the Panama Canal over the past 12 months, largely fueled by economic growth in Latin America, the waterway’s top administrator said.
Nearly 334 million tonnes of cargo crossed the canal during fiscal [...]
Transparency has become an issue of the Pacific-region talks, with consumer, labor and environmental groups siding with some U.S. lawmakers who want participants to make their positions public.
Dozens of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with negotiators during Pacific-region trade talks in Leesburg, Virginia, as protesters called [...]
Colombian and U.S. soldiers set up communications in a warehouse, August 7 at Fort Sam Houston in preparation for Fuerzas Aliadas Panamax. Commonly known as PANAMAX, the U. S. Southern Command sponsored exercise brings U. S. Army South and 17 other partner nation military air and land sea forces together in a joint and [...]
Knud Stubkjaer, a former senior executive with Maersk Line and German shipowner E.R. Schiffahrt, has been named CEO of Carrix, the parent of Seattle-based SSA Marine and Tideworks Technology. Current CEO Jon Hemingway will continue to serve as chairman.
Stubkjaer spent 30 years with A.P. Moller-Maersk, including as CEO of Maersk Line. More recently, he [...]
A proposed Pacific trade region may capture an additional $3 trillion in economic output after Canada and Mexico were invited to take part in talks with nine other nations.
A final deal that includes Canada and Mexico would create the U.S.’s largest trade accord, linking its North American Free Trade Agreement partners with eight Pacific-region [...]
The Obama administration hasn’t made a decision about adding Japan, Mexico and Canada to a Pacific-region trade accord being negotiated by nine nations, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama said.
The Pacific agreement, a trade priority for Obama, includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. Japan, Mexico, [...]
The following opinion piece was published in the Dallas Morning News on behalf of Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Mexico’s secretary of economy:
Bruno Ferrari de Alba says the United States should take the lead to give Mexico a seat at the Trans-Pacific Partnership table.
While governments and the public have been concentrating on challenges [...]
Almost seven months ago, on July 11, 2011 about a hundred ILWU longshore workers were loaded into Cowlitz County law enforcement vans and arrested after taking action to protect their jobs at EGT. On February 7, 2012, ILWU Local 21 loaded EGT's first ship, signaling another positive step forward after a long and difficult [...]
RIO TINTO STRIKE: In October, security forces opened fire on striking miners at a Freeport McMoRan-Rio Tinto gold and copper mine in Papau, Indonesia, killing 30-year-old Petrus Ayemsekaba and injuring six, the latest episode in decades of alleged human rights abuses and killings linked to the mine. Union leader Manuel Maniambo said thousands of [...]
National Radiation Laboratory (NRL) staff have checked hundreds of vehicles arriving at Ports of Auckland on car carriers from Japan but said today no levels of radioactive contamination of any health significance were detected.
The Ministry of Health told NZPA that the NRL carried out the radiation checks “for re-assurance purposes” after a request from [...]
Ollanta Humala and wife Nadine Heredia Alarcón
The victory of left-populist candidate Ollanta Humala in Peru’s election is a “big fucking deal”, as Vice President Joe Biden famously whispered to Obama on national TV in another context. With respect to US influence in the hemisphere, this knocks out one of only two allies that [...]
Japan will delay any decisions on whether to join negotiations toward a U.S.-led trans-Pacific free trade agreement under new economic policy guidelines the government adopted Tuesday.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a regional free trade initiative currently being negotiated among the U.S. and eight other Asia-Pacific countries — Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, [...]