The new president immediately put the world on notice that his administration will combat unfair trade practices, which many interpret as a return to protectionism.
Just 10 percent of longshoremen requested by terminal operator employers came to work on Friday, bringing vessel operations to a near standstill at the Northern California port, according to port spokesman Mike Zampa.
Chaos in the ocean shipping industry has led to a winter of shippers’ discontent as freight transportation managers scramble to determine how carriers will meet their transportation requirements after several carrier mergers and acquisitions took place.
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The Israeli ocean carrier will withdraw from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Dec. 31, making it the fifth carrier to leave the group this year.
Harold J. Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association, said the union will oppose fully-automated container terminals in upcoming contract talks with the United States Maritime Alliance.
Five large terminal companies and the Port of Rotterdam Authority filed the “Global Ports Group Agreement” with the Federal Maritime Commission to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the container port industry.