International Freight Forarding, Port, Terminal & Container Shipping

Labor Union & international Shipping

Shippers should know that The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) as shown above, which represents labor in 29 west coast ports, recently called a meeting with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents the carriers and terminals (ILWU employers). The current 6 year labor contract between them is set to expire July 1st, 2014 at 5:00pm, so the ILWA and PMA are working fastidiously to find a common ground to renew labor contracts. The main issue during negotiations is not wages, but healthcare and welfare costs and coverage.

The ILWU and PMA are continuing to meet daily in hopes of reaching an agreement on a new labor agreement by mid-July. Although both sides are publicly stating that work will continue until an agreement is reached, it is recognized that a strike, lockout, stoppage, work slow-down, or other labor-related disruption may occur at any west coast port during the first week of July.

We will continue to keep you posted on further developments.If you have any urgent shipment needs as a result of this situation, please let us know. We will do our best to assist you.

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Beefs up intermodal service

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Union Pacific Railroad has added 11 domestic intermodal train starts between Northern California and Portland, Oregon, and Chicago this year, potentially allowing the carrier to grab
business from customers frustrated with BNSF’s ailing service.

Following a ramp-up in its premium service on its Portland-Chicago line in May, UP now offers westbound service six days a week and eastbound service five days a week. UP launched its premium service from Oakland and Lathrop in January and added frequency in April. The
railroad will also operate premium service between Northern California and Chicago five to seven days a week, depending on direction and origin, and destination points. Premium services on both lines provide four-day delivery in the morning.

Although BNSF said its intermodal service is steadily improving, the railroad apparently has had to pull back on its expedited service goals
for Pacific Northwest and Chicago routes. The railroad has also lagged most of its Class I counterparts in terms of average intermodal train speeds, a key barometer of service reliability.

BNSF’s Northern Corridor has become a chokepoint for traffic, largely because of healthy agriculture exports and shipments tied to domestic energy production in the Bakken formation. As a result, BNSF is spending about $1 billion to improve and expand capacity on the

UP’s service has also faltered because of a backlog of cargo caused by severe winter weather, but the railroad is less tied to the energy sector, which has been a benefit.

The new services are geared to domestic intermodal volume and builds on the success UP has had in handling more 53-foot container traffic. UP domestic volume rose 8 percent
year-over-year in the first quarter and 5 percent in the last three months of 2013.

Unlike BNSF, UP has its own fleet of containers, which it says is the industry’s largest. The railroad has more than 100,000 containers that are used only on the UP network and those of other Class I carriers with which it interchanges cargo.

Although international intermodal volume is showing signs of accelerating, intermodal traffic growth has been the real standout over the last few years. U.S and Canadian domestic volume
expanded 4.1 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, compared with a 1.1 percent increase in international traffic in the same period, according toIntermodal Association of North America statistics.

Intermodal, Port, Terminal, Overseas Shipping, Steam Lines, Customs

Your shipments can often originate inland (intermodal) before hitting the terminal or the port. Each area is going through growing pains, whether developing infrastructure, deepening depth near ports or negotiating contracts with the Union. Shippers can futher expect new larger vessels, customs inspections, insurance issue & before the cargo sails. You can duplicate these problems was at the destination.

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