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MIQ Logistics Sequestration Update

The following is an update of the potential effects of the Sequestration on Federal agencies responsible for monitoring international, particularly import, shipments.  As cargo volumes increase after the recent Lunar New Year holiday, these effects increasingly will manifest themselves, causing some supply chain disruption and delay.

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Update on Effects of the Sequestration on CBP Operations

U.S. House of Representatives on March 6 approved H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill provides necessary funding to keep the doors of the government open until the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

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Effects of Sequestration on Customs Operations

Customs and Border Protection has posted the latest information regarding the effects of sequestration on CBP Operations on their website at:http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/advisories/info_seq_cbpops/.

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Sequestration to Impact Customs Operations

As the Sequester appears more certain, senior CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) officials held a conference call on Friday, 22 February to share their strategy to deal with the mandated cuts in CBP funding.

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Los Angeles/ Long Beach Waterfront Labor Negotiations Update

The following announcement shared by the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employees Association says that a settlement has been reached with the OCU.

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USMX & ILA Labor Negotiations: Tentative Agreement Reached

The following press release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announces that the USMX and ILA have reached an agreement for a comprehensive successor Master Agreement, subject to ratification by their respective members.

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FDA Registration Deadlines

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) extended the annual medical device establishment registration period for fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) by one month. The FY2013 annual registration period that was scheduled to end on December 31, 2012, will now end on January 31, 2013. This means that an establishment may renew its registration through January 31, 2013.

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Update on USMX & ILA Negotiations

The federal mediator, FMCS for the ILA and USMX negotiations issued a brief statement today.  The ILA and employers are trying to work out a deal before their latest contract extension expires on February 6. The contract originally was set to expire last September 30 but has been extended twice.

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Update on ILA & USMX East Coast Ports Labor Negotiations

 30 day extension announced

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

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Talks Between ILA and USMX Break Down

Talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) broke down Tuesday over the issue of Container Royalties (supplemental wages).  A strike now appears likely when the current contract expires on December 29.  Below is a recap of the situation.

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