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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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Transport Topics Selected MIQ Logistics as Top 50 Logistics Provider

Overland Park, KS, December 19, 2012—MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce its selection by Transport Topics as a Top 50 Logistics Company for 2012. Transport Topics’ Logistics 50 is an annual survey of the largest logistics companies covering freight management and forwarding, brokerage services and warehousing and distribution. Transport Topics accurately and objectively documents the size and scope of the largest operators in the United States and Canada and provides timely analysis of trends shaping the industry.

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Interview with José Valle, MIQ Logistics LATAM Managing Director

Rumbo Minero

Providing logistics services to the mining sector is a task that demands a wide range of resources, knowledge and experience, analytical and planning skills. In case of mining logistics, it is required to overcome many obstacles in the whole process. Rumbo Minero held a conversation with José Antonio Valle Cabieses, LATAM Managing Director of MIQ Logistics, a company specialized in offering intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

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Drawback Claims on Merchandise Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided guidance for claiming drawback on imported goods that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. If duties and taxes were paid and the goods are either exported or destroyed, the goods may qualify for a duty drawback refund under 19 U.S.C § 1313(c).

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Employers Reach Agreement with OCU, ending West Coast Port Strike

The negotiating teams representing employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the following statement Tuesday, December 4, regarding the status of negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (“OCU”):  “Representatives of the harbor employers and OCU officers reached agreement tonight on terms of a new labor contract, ending the OCU’s eight-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Longshoremen who had been honoring the pickets will return to work in the morning.”

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West Coast Port Strike Update

A coalition forty-one associations representing US manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers wrote President Obama and the Congress requesting federal intervention to reopen the nation’s busiest seaport complex. The Coalition urged the President “to take immediate action and use whatever means necessary, including Taft-Hartley, to get labor back to work in the nation’s largest port” as the strike enters its seventh day.

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Latest on the West Coast Port Strike

Federal Mediation and Vessel Diversions

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Los Angeles & Long Beach Labor Strike Update

The talks between the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, a group representing 14 steamship lines and terminals, and clerical workers represented by the International Longshore Workers Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) broke down last week.  Below is a recap of the situation and information on the status of each terminal.

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Strike idles busiest Port of Los Angeles pier

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Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day on Wednesday, ignoring an arbitrator’s order to return to work and raising the possibility of a larger job action that could paralyze the nation’s busiest port complex.

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