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West Coast Ports Labor Negotiations

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are currently in negotiations to renew the labor contract that expired on July 1, 2014. Both PMA and the ILWU have pledged to remain at the negotiating table until a new contract is agreed to and to keep cargo moving in the interim. The parties have released a number of joint statements as negotiations have progressed, which are available on the PMA website.

IWPA has joined a coalition of business groups in urging the parties to reach an agreement as quickly as possible in order to provide certainty to shippers.

May 9th letter
July 9th letter

Look for additional updates here and in our weekly eNews newsletter.

CBP Expands Test of Centers for Excellence and Expertise Model

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently in the process of testing the roll out of several new Centers for Excellence and Expertise in order to provide for more efficient entry processing.

At the 2014 IWPA World of Wood Convention attendees received a briefing on the program from Tammy Ganyo, Import Specialist at the CBP CEE for Industrial & Manufacturing Materials. Additional information can be found on the CEE website.

If you have questions about the CEE program please contact Joe O’Donnell or reach out to the CEE for Industrial and Manufacturing Materials by phone at 716-843-8504 or by e-mail.