PMA and ILWU continue talks after existing contract expires

Negotiations for a new labor contract covering almost 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will continue even though the six-year labor agreement expired July 1, according to a joint statement from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Although there will be no contract extension, both parties said cargo will keep moving and normal operations will continue at the ports until an deal can be hammered out between the employers and dockworkers. “Both sides understand the strategic importance of the ports to the local, regional and US economies, and are mindful of the need to finalize a new coast-wide contract as soon as possible to ensure continuing confidence in the West Coast ports and avoid any disruption to the jobs and commerce they support,” the joint release said.The parties have been negotiating West Coast collective bargaining agreements since the 1930s.



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Maritime transport via Montreal: expansion of the Contrecoeur terminal

This past February 1st, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) unveiled its project to develop a new container terminal in Contrecoeur. This major project will support the growth of the container market, a sector that significantly impacts the economic development of Montreal, the province of Quebec, as well as Eastern Canada. …

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Understanding Incoterms and their complexities to facilitate your transactions

All import and export activities include the important notion of Incoterms. To make the right decisions, you should understand this complex aspect, as it will define, among other things, how your goods are transported. Contacting the experts at W. J. Jones will provide you with peace of mind, because they …

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A planning guide to cargo shipping during spring thaw

Whether you’re an importer or an exporter, making the right decisions will undoubtedly have an impact on costs and delivery times. And during spring thaw, when shipping logistics become a little more complicated, these decisions take on even more importance. The following tips should help you make informed decisions when …