Montreal Negotiations Update

  • On Friday, February 12, the federal mediators suspended labor negotiations until further notice.
  • A strike vote took place between February 15 and February 18.
  • Our intel advised that 98.5% of votes was for a strike.
  • This strike mandate allows the union 60 days to announce if an official strike will take place with minimum notice of

The 13,100-TEU Maersk Eindhoven became the latest containership casualty on the Pacific on February 17, suffering a blackout while en route to California.  The incident occurred near Japan and resulted in a loss of hundreds of containers overboard while making its way from Xiamen to Los Angeles. The crew is safe, propulsion has been restored and vessel tracking suggests the


 

The American Association of Port Authorities is calling on the U.S. Congress and the Biden Administration to provide emergency relief funding for the country’s maritime transportation system as part of the next COVID-19 relief package. Highlighting the critical role the ports play in maintaining commerce and keeping goods flowing, AAPA joined by 35 other maritime industry groups point out …


 

Myanmar’s military staged a coup Monday and detained senior politicians including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — a sharp reversal of the significant, if uneven, progress toward democracy the Southeast Asian nation has made following five decades of military rule.

An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV said Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing would be in charge …


 

United States

Port of Seattle and Tacoma – The Port of Seattle is experiencing vessel wait times of 12-36 hours. Shipper demand remains strong and is forecasted to remain steady through the end of the year. The ports are experiencing delays of 5 days due to increase in export volume. All terminals are open for normal operations this week.…


 

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of mattresses from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from the countries listed below have dumped mattresses in the United States at the following margins:

  • 252.74 percent for Cambodia;
  • 2.61 percent for Indonesia;
  • 42.92 percent for Malaysia;

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced an additional 45 day transition period for compliance with the new marking rules for goods of Hong Kong. The 45 days is in addition to the 45 days announced in the original CSMS message (#43633412).

As a result, effective November 9, 2020, CBP will begin enforcement of the new rule …


 

CBP is currently working on changes to a regulation that exempts goods from Section 301 China Tariffs when entered under the Section 321 De minimus.

On September 2nd CBP  submitted a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (0MB), this ruling titled: Excepting Merchandise subject to Section 301 duties from the Customs de Mimimis Exception.   According to


 

A scarcity of workers at warehouses and transloading operations, coupled with a surge in imports tied to e-commerce, is causing containers to pile up near some US ports and putting pressure on marine terminals due to unreturned chassis. 

The worker scarcity is most sharply felt by facilities that deconsolidate ocean containers before smaller shipments are trucked out. Such operations