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Ongoing Port of Montreal Labor Negotiations

Port of Montreal ILA Votes in Support of Strike Mandate Longshoreman at the Port of Montreal, Canada’s second-largest port, have voted almost unanimously in support of giving Union leadership the option to strike at any point during ongoing contract negotiations. Negotiations between the Local 1657 branch of the International Longshoremen’s Association (Montreal Checkers and Coopers)… Continue Reading


How Are the US-China Tariffs Impacting Logistics?

Here’s how the tariff wars are playing out in the world’s supply chains, and how good visibility, proactive thinking, and reliable supply chain partners can help protect companies of all sizes from the impacts.   In May, we first reported on the potential impact that the U.S.-China tariffs and other “trade wars” could have on… Continue Reading


International Maritime Organization Discusses Implementation of a New, Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate

Beginning on Oct. 22, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a new round of talks centered on ocean-shipping environmental regulations, particularly the proposed January 2020 implementation of a new, low-sulfur fuel mandate. The initiative, coined “Sulphur 2020” by the IMO, will require maritime shippers to begin the usage of low-sulphur fuels in an effort… Continue Reading


Drayage Capacity Update

Much has been written lately about the domestic trucking capacity problem.  The strong economy combined with the aging driver population and increasing regulations have made finding domestic capacity challenging for many cargo types and lanes. While the shortage has been evident in domestic long haul and bulk truck segments, capacity for the drayage of international shipments… Continue Reading


BREXIT Update: Potential Impact on the World’s Supply Chain

October 5, 2018 Update: Department for Transport publishes no deal planning information Transport technical notices, setting out plans to be put into place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal, published. Read full article here. The status of the UK’s move to leave the European Union and what it means… Continue Reading


ILA-USMX Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

On September 5th 2018, an International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) union release stated that all 59 locals “unanimously” approved a contract extension through 2024 after months of on-again, off-again negotiations. This new deal, combined with an existing labor deal with the separate West Coast unions and port employers that lasts through the middle of 2022, would… Continue Reading


Dense Fog in Northern China Causes Vessel Delays

The North Chinese ports of Shanghai and Ningbo are gradually reopening after a period of dense fog caused extensive delays, the effects of which we expect to be feeling for the weeks to come. Reports indicate that an intense fog has been impacting the Shanghai and Yangtze River Delta area over the past two to… Continue Reading


Weather Related Service Update – Winter Storm Inga

Thursday, January 18, 2018: Update Winter Storm Inga left its mark on the South, shutting down the region with a wide swath of snow and ice from Tuesday to Thursday. As of today, some of the Southern states impacted by the system have begun to resume normalcy: power outages dwindled and roads began to reopen… Continue Reading


Capacity Crunch in Drayage

Much has been written lately about the domestic trucking capacity problem.  The strong economy combined with the aging driver population and increasing regulations have made finding domestic capacity challenging for many cargo types and lanes. While the shortage has been evident in domestic long haul and bulk truck segments, capacity for the drayage of international shipments… Continue Reading


Charleston Port Dredging Contracts

The Port of Charleston, SC, is taking the final steps to become the deepest port on the East Coast. On October 30, 2017, Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), officially announced the awarding of a second contract for the deepening of the Port of Charleston. With a previous contract… Continue Reading