MONTREAL, Que. — CN has reached tentative collective agreements with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Conductors, Trainmen and Yardmen (TCRC-CTY) as of Oct. 1. Upon ratification, CN will have labour stability with this group for the next three years.


The TCRC-CTY represents approximately 2,700 CN conductors, yard-persons and traffic coordinators on CN’s network in Canada.

Details of the

Below is CN’s latest update on the status of their negotiations with the TCRC/CTY for the renewal of the four collective agreements covering CN’s mainline conductors and traffic coordinators.  


“CN accepted the recommendation contained in Conciliation Commissioner Michael Bendel’s report, made public on September 7th, in an effort to avoid a strike or lockout. The union rejected the recommendation.

The New Jersey Marine Terminals


Due to a Union Work Stoppage, all container terminals in Port Newark and Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminals will be closed.

Additional Information will be forth coming as necessary.


Source: Port Newark at Elizabeth NJ


CIFFA thanks the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) for sharing with CIFFA its update regarding the possibility of strike action against CN Rail as early as next week. The CITA update reads in part …” a work stoppage (strike or lockout) is now very likely as CN and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing 2700 conductors, yard personnel and traffic coordinators are

This is an update regarding upcoming holidays in China and Hong Kong:

– Mainland China will be closed for Mid-Autumn Festival from September 22-24, and the National Holiday from October 1-7.

– Hong Kong will be closed for business on September 23rd and October 1st.

Omnitrans Inc. recommends that all arrangements are made as soon as possible for any of

Please be informed that Tuticorin PSASICAL Container Terminals Staff union – HMS has announced a strike notice w.e.f. – 21/SEP/2010


Accordingly, Tuticorin terminal operations will be affected during this period.


An additional meeting is scheduled on the 20th of September, 2010,  to engage in talks with the local union.


We will continue to monitor the

Please be informed that our office in Indonesia (PT.GOLDEN EXPRESSINDO) will be closed from Sept 08 – Sept 14, 2010 for ” IDUL FITRI “.

Ensure Shippers, are booking shipments well in advance during this holiday to avoid any complaint / custom fine / penalty  and/or extra charges for storage at terminals which might arise.


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 …


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


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