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ILWU – PMA Negotiations Update

In follow up to MIQ’s Trade Alert of May 27, 2014; the PMA / ILWU the current labor contract is set to expire on July 1, 2014. No one expects a renewed contract agreement prior to July 1. It is important to note that from the beginning of the contract talks on May 12, 2014, BOTH sides have said that they are committed to reaching an agreement without any labor disruption. So unified have they been on this message, when there was a rumor that the talks had broken down on June 4, 2014 a joint press release was immediately issued reaffirming their mutual commitment to working through an agreement without any labor disruptions.

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June 2014 MIQ Logistics Country Holidays

Please note the following MIQ Logistics holidays. All MIQ Logistics offices within the specified country will be closed on the dates listed, unless noted otherwise.

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Update on ILWU – PMA Contract Negotiations

On May 12, the PMA (the negotiating body for the west coast marine terminal operators) and the ILWU (the west coast longshore union) began 2014 contract negotiations in San Francisco.  Each side has laid out their starting demands most of which will either be settled quickly or completely dismissed depending on merit by both parties.  The ILWU indicated that they want a two year contract while the PMA prefers a six year contract but have indicated they could concede to a minimum contract term of no less than three years.

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May 2014 MIQ Logistics Country Holidays

Please note the following MIQ Logistics holidays. All MIQ Logistics offices within the specified country will be closed on the dates listed, unless noted otherwise.

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C-TPAT Container Seals Requirement Effective May 15

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program provides special benefits for its participants in exchange for extra security procedures and processes, which prevent tampering and infiltration of legitimate cargo moving though the international supply chain with contraband.

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April 2014 MIQ Logistics Country Holidays

Please note the following MIQ Logistics holidays. All MIQ Logistics offices within the specified country will be closed on the dates listed, unless noted otherwise.

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March 2014 MIQ Logistics Country Holidays

Please note the following MIQ Logistics holidays. All MIQ Logistics offices within the specified country will be closed on the dates listed, unless noted otherwise.

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International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Contract

June 30, 2014 will mark the end of the current International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) contract. The ILWU manages the labor for all Longshore work done on the west coast of the United States from Seattle to San Diego and Vessel Pilots in the Panama Canal.

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February 2014 MIQ Logistics Country Holidays

Please note the following MIQ Logistics holidays. All MIQ Logistics offices within the specified country will be closed on the dates listed, unless noted otherwise.

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Bangkok put under State of Emergency for 60 days

The Thai government has declared a state of emergency for Bangkok and surrounding areas amid anti-government protests. The affected areas are: Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo district and Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district. The state of emergency went into effect on Wednesday and will last 60 days (January 22-March 22).

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