The 15 TSA members, which include Orient Overseas Container Line, Cosco Container Lines, China Shipping Container Lines and Maersk Line, control about 85 per cent of the freight transported from Asia to the US. Members of the WTSA, which has seen membership drop to eight members from 10, including OOCL, Cosco and Evergreen Line, [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The Federal Maritime Commission has asked Consolidated Chassis Management to provide more information on its request to permit lessors, truckers and other equipment contributors to serve on the boards of CCM and its regional pools.
CCM, created in 2004, operates six regional chassis pools that include more than one-fifth of [...]
From the Oregonian:
Longshoremen and owners of Northwest terminals that handle a quarter of the nation’s grain exports have agreed to resume contract talks Oct. 29 with a federal mediator.
As a lockout threat looms, the West Coast longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association have agreed to a mediation agency request [...]
Port of Baltimore
From the Baltimore Sun:
“I’m scared,” said Commissioner Helen Bentley, the former head of the Federal Maritime Commission and a five-term congresswoman. “I understand that the longshoremen have to be protected — and they have been for many years. But the new leadership at the ILA has been making threats unlike [...]
From the News Tribune:
Tacoma, other West Coast ports face challenges: Competiton from north, south of U.S. borders
While the terminal operators in Mexico and Canada talk about serving their national markets, both Prince Rupert and Lazaro Cardenas have a common attribute that could make them strong competitors for U.S. business. Both ports are connected [...]
Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) inquiry over whether Canada had unfairly attracted cargo from US ports, because it imposed no equivalent taxes, found the Canadians blameless while at the same time, saying their port operators still posed a threat to US cargo.
“The commission study has found no legal or regulatory impediment to the use of [...]
Cranes stack containers from cargo ships at the Port of Vancouver on October 16, 2008. A U.S. federal agency is poised to chastise Canada in an upcoming report to Congress, alleging Canadian ports on the West Coast are deliberately luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts, say sources familiar with the findings. [...]
The Federal Maritime Commission’s proposal to create a container rate index for agricultural exports would violate the Ocean Shipping Reform Act’s confidentiality provisions and should be abandoned, the World Shipping Council said.
The council’s statement came in a strongly worded response to the commission’s request for comments on the index proposal.
FMC Chairman Richard Lidinsky [...]
Port of Prince Rupert
A commissioner with a U.S. agency probing whether Canadian ports on the West Coast are luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts says the problem may be minimal.
The Canadian government and other officials have told the Federal Maritime Commission that over a period of 10 years, only 2.5 [...]
The Federal Maritime Commission is interested in exploring a suggestion by agricultural shippers that establishing a container rate index for exports could be beneficial for U.S. shippers.
The trade community has mixed views on developing an export index based on confidential service contract information on file at the FMC. Peter Friedmann, AgTC executive director, said [...]
A maritime labor representative has been nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission for the first time and the existing chairman, Richard A. Lidinsky Jr., was nominated for another term, the White House announced Friday.
William P. Doyle, chief of staff for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, has been on the union’s staff for [...]
Washington’s U.S. Senators asked the FMC for an investigation of ‘diversions’ of U.S.-bound, Asia-origin cargo through Canada, brought into United States via Canadian rail services.
The Federal Maritime Commission in the U.S. decided late last year to launch a study into possible unfair practices by Ottawa for its container ports, raising fears of a [...]
Canada’s Harper government is monitoring a possible attempt by the U.S. government to initiate what one business leader calls “protectionist” measures against Canadian ports, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast said Monday.
Fast, who also announced that Canada is close to striking a deal with China on a foreign investment agreement, was responding to complaints in [...]
The MOL settlement is one of the largest in FMC history. The company agreed to pay the penalties but did not admit guilt.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it had entered into a compromise agreement with MOL that would see the shipping line pay a fine of $1.2 million.
FMC said the fine [...]