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Lawmakers want to favor carriers that prioritize US exports

Container lines would receive unprecedented loading and unloading status at U.S. ports if new legislation aimed at prioritizing American exports were to become law. The American Port Access Privileges Act, introduced Wednesday by U.S. Congressmen John Garamendi and Jim Costa, both California Democrats, would put American exporters “at the front…

Jun 30, 2022

BNSF limits westbound shipments with rise in congestion

Although a slowdown in rail service had caught the attention of federal regulators in recent months, shippers say the situation has yet to improve. “This problem is bad. And it’s not getting better anytime soon,” said Eamon Monahan, vice president of environmental affairs and workplace safety of the Corn Refiners…

Jun 30, 2022

Key US Ports Brace for Expiration of Dockworker Union Contract

A labor contract for 22,000 US West Coast dockworkers is on the verge of expiring, opening the door to strikes, lockouts or work stoppages -- but both sides still appear willing to avoid such disruptions amid the busiest season of the year for shipping. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union…

Jun 30, 2022

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Bulging Warehouses, 28,000 Idle Containers Herald New Supply Woe

Public attention has waned two years into the crisis that disrupted global supply chains, giving the impression that everything is back to normal. On the ground, the US’s busiest port complex is still battling bottlenecks across the board. Responsible for 42% of all containerized trade with Asia, the US’s largest…

Jun 30, 2022

Progress in West Coast Labor Talks Days Before Contract Expiration

Jun 29, 2022
With just two days left until the expiration of the union labor contract covering more than 22,000 longshore employees at 29 U.S. West Coast ports, U.S. Labor Secretary Mary Walsh is reporting that the talks are going well. He told Reuters on Tuesday that “there were no major sticking points” in the negotiations. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association recently admitted that they expected that the negotiations would go beyond the June 20 expiration of the contract. Both sides agreed to a media blackout during the negotiations but made a single joint statement about the status of the talks two weeks ago. They said that this was not an unexpected development noting that past negotiations have gone past the expiration.
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German Port Workers Strike After Failed Labor Contract Talks

Jun 29, 2022
As West Coast dockworkers and employers continue hashing out a new collective bargaining agreement, talks broke down last week resulting in a temporary strike at already congested German ports. Ports affected by the 24-hour warning strike, which ended Friday morning, included Hamburg, Bremen, Emden, Bremerhaven, Brake and Wihelmshaven. Some 8,000 workers participated in the strike, according to the union representing them in negotiations.
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