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Port Congestion Charges Announced If ILA Strikes

With the possibility of a strike at East and Gulf Coast ports, some carriers have announced a “Port Congestion Charge” that would take effect at the end of September if ports shut down as a result of the labor dispute. The effective date of the surcharge will be triggered by the Gate In Date / Received Date at origin.

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ILA Negotiations to Resume the Week of September 17

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Director George H. Cohen announced today that upon the request of the FMCS, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have agreed to resume negotiations under FMCS auspices during the week of September 17, 2012. 

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East and Gulf Coast Contract Update

On Tuesday evening, August 28, over 700 ILA members from Local 1804-1 unanimously gave its president, Dennis A. Daggett, the authority to recommend and call for a strike if that action becomes necessary when the current Master Contract expires on September 30, 2012.  The current President of the International and Dennis Daggett’s father, Harold J. Daggett, was in attendance at Local 1804-1’s vote.

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Potential ILA Strike Update

The Journal of Commerce reported that negotiations for a new International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) contract covering dockworkers at East and Gulf Coast ports broke down suddenly this afternoon.  The current master contract expires on September 30.

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Logistics Management Quest for Quality Medal

3PL Quest for Quality Award Goes to MIQ Logistics

Overland Park, KS, August 21, 2012MIQ Logistics is excited to receive a Quest for Quality award in the 29th annual Logistics Management reader survey. Conducted by the Peerless Research Group, the awards represent the thoughts of Logistics Management readers who are qualified buyers of logistics and transportation services.

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Hong Kong and South China brace for typhoon

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Typhoon Kai Tak veered closer to the financial hub of Hong Kong late on Thursday, prompting the local observatory to raise the No. 8 tropical cyclone warning signal as some port operations were disrupted along with local transport services.

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Top 3PL Recognition by Editors of Inbound Logistics

Overland Park, KS, August 14, 2012For the second consecutive year, Inbound Logistics magazine named MIQ Logistics to its list of Top 100 3PL Providers.

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MIQ Logistics Named a Top 100 Privately Held Company

Overland Park, KS, July 26, 2012For the second consecutive year, Ingram’s business magazine identified MIQ Logistics as one of the Kansas City area’s top 100 privately held companies. Based on annual revenue, the company is ranked 36th on the 2012 list, after having debuted at the 39th position in 2011.

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USDA Releases Container Availability Report

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released the first Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report designed to alert exporters about possible surpluses or shortages of marine containers at 18 inland intermodal load points.

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CBP Begins Retroactive Billing of Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF)

Customs and Border Protection has begun the retroactive MPF billing process for merchandise entered October 1, 2011 through November 4, 2011.  The retroactive increase affects over 650,000 entry summaries, and CBP will process the bills in batches from June to September 2012.

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