ILA Labor Negotiations

ILA Labor Negotiations

The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers at U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports are discussing an early, long-term extension of their coastwide contract that expires Sept. 30, 2018. The goal: an agreement that spares cargo interests an experience such as the one they endured during the epic 2012-13 bargaining between the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance. Those negotiations yielded a six-year contract, but only after nearly a year of rocky negotiations and repeated strike threats.

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Container carriers in the slowing US import and export trades are exercising increased discipline, maintaining capacity levels rather than introducing new vessels in an attempt to secure a larger share of the market.

News & Analysis

14 Oct 2019
Carriers will blank at least 37 individual sailings this month and next and suspend an entire weekly service as they attempt to stop further erosion in freight rates in the eastbound Pacific.
14 Oct 2019
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
14 Oct 2019
While the “phase one” trade agreement reduces tensions between the US and China, the two sides are nowhere near reaching a more comprehensive deal at this time, a US-China business expert says.
14 Oct 2019
Sailing withdrawals and rising utilization levels on the Asia-North Europe route are not translating into spot rate increases, suggesting carriers are again chasing market share.
14 Oct 2019
DP World will invite 10 Indian startup businesses to participate in an interactive technology program as it seeks to leverage the benefits of blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators, and the internet of things (IoT) for the development of smart trade solutions.

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In an industry still marked by territoriality and insufficient collaboration,

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