COCHIN DOCK STRIKE ENDS

Dockworkers at India’s Port of Cochin called off their strike late Wednesday afternoon; following intervention by local state government authorities reports the Journal of Commerce. The Trade Union Coordination Committee, representing all major labour groups in the port, launched a 72-hour strike Tuesday demanding job protection for some 4,000 workers who were likely to be rendered …


FRENCH DOCK WORKERS STRIKE PLANNED

France’s largest dock workers union have called for a 24-hour strike at seven ports in France to begin November 6. The action is in protest of government plans to privatize container handling.

Ports affected include Le Havre, Marseilles, Dunkirk, Rouen, Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Bordeaux and La Rochelle.

We will provide updates as they are available. For


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES

Effective December 1, 2009, CTSA carrier members will increase the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 5% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The surcharge is calculated on the total ocean freight charges excluding fuel recovery (BAF) and is reviewed on a monthly basis.

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and