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CBP Beginning Next Phase of ISF Enforcement

CBP announced that the next phase of its Importer Security Filing (ISF) enforcement will begin on May 14, 2015. This marks the end of the final one-year limited liquidated damage (LD)/”three strikes” phase of a six-year evolution of ISF enforcement. In summary, here is what will change:

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America’s Trade Priorities Advance on Several Fronts

Trade Agreements Put on Fast Track

The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) [1] introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) easily passed its first hurdle when both House and Senate committees agreed to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).  The bipartisan legislation also allows Congress to vote on the treaties.  But the package of bills intended to speed completion of the deal also imposes difficult burdens on its negotiators.[2]   The legislation faces difficult fights over amendments on human trafficking, currency and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

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ILWU Taking Next Steps To Ratify Tentative Agreement

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union  (ILWU) announced in a press release on Friday April 3rd, that the majority of their delegates had voted in favor of recommending to their membership the tentative agreement reached on February 20th.

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Possible DHS Shutdown: Look to 2013 for How CBP Plans To Repond

Should Congress fail to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection will have to furlough approximately 6,000 employees at midnight, February 27.

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Tentative contract agreement announced between ILWU and PMA

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced a tentative agreement that must still be approved by the ILWU membership.

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Another Temporary Suspension of West Coast Vessel Operations

Yesterday, the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) announced the temporary suspension of premium-pay weekend and holiday vessel operations. This impacts 29 West Coast ports on four of the next five days: Thursday, 2/12 (Lincoln’s Birthday); Saturday, 2/14; Sunday, 2/15; and Monday, 2/16 (Washington’s Birthday). The PMA indicated that yard, rail and gate operations would continue at terminal operators’ discretion. 

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PMA Announces Temporary Suspension of Weekend Vessel Operations

This afternoon the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) announced that weekend operations of vessel loading and unloading will be temporarily suspended. The PMA indicated that yard, rail and gate operations would continue at terminal operators’ discretion.

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PMA makes offer to ilwu in effort to avoid work stoppage

On Wednesday afternoon the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) announced that an “All-In” offer had been submitted to ILWU (International Longshore Warehouse Union) in an effort to bring closure to eight months of ongoing contract negotiations. Details pertaining to compensation and health care offer were disclosed within the PMA press release.

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Both PMA and ILWU Agree to Federal Mediation

The Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Allison Beck) released a statement on Monday night indicating that both the ILWU (International Longshore Warehouse Union) and PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) have agreed to mediation assistance.

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PMA Requests federal mediator assistance with contract talks

Almost six months since the contract expired between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), one of the two parties is asking for a federal mediator.

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