Ship Named and Celebrated at Camden Port

On Oct. 25, 2023, port leaders, legislators, and representatives from Clipper Bulk Shipping gathered at Balzano Terminal to celebrate the naming and maiden voyage of one of its state-of-the-art vessels - the “Norse Camden.” International shipping company, Clipper Bulk Shipping Ltd, wanted to honor the City of Camden, NJ., the company’s largest U.S. port of [...]

2023-11-28T10:32:29-05:00November 28th, 2023|

Ocean Carriers Announce ETS Surcharge in 2024

Beginning January 1, 2024, new carbon taxes will impact all shipping customers involved in transporting goods to, from, and within the European Economic Area (EEA), which consists of EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Ocean carriers have announced the implementation of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) surcharge to [...]

2023-11-08T13:54:02-05:00November 8th, 2023|

Merchandise Process Fee (MPF) Update.

This is a reminder of the upcoming Merchandise Process Fee (MPF) changes. Per CSMS Message #57131638 from CBP: Minimum / Maximum Increase Pursuant to the General Notice (88 FR 48900) published July 28, 2023, adjustments to certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations, as codified in 19 U.S.C. § 58c, will take effect on October [...]

2023-08-29T09:38:37-04:00August 29th, 2023|

Update: Panama Canal Draft Restrictions

Based on Panama Canal Authority, the draft restrictions have been reduced gradually from 15.2m to 13.41m currently. In addition, the daily vessel transit capacity has also been reduced from 34-38 ships per day to a maximum of 32 vessels per day. This includes 10 vessels via the Neopanamax locks and 22 vessels via the Panamax [...]

2023-08-23T13:53:40-04:00August 23rd, 2023|

Western Canada Port Strike Ends After Tentative Four-Year Contract Reached.

The 13-day longshore strike that hit the Western Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert ended Thursday after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada and waterfront employers reached a tentative four-year contract. The strike caused multiple ships to divert from Western Canada to Seattle and Tacoma, while also prompting at least two blank [...]

2023-07-14T14:00:54-04:00July 14th, 2023|

Port Strikes in Vancouver and Prince Rupert

The ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert - notably the largest and third-largest ports in Canada - are at the center of an ongoing strike that began July 1st between the Canadian affiliate of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA). The ILWU is advocating for the [...]

2023-07-05T15:51:33-04:00July 5th, 2023|

EU ICS2 Regulation to be Implemented

The European Union is implementing the new Customs Security and Safety program effective July 1, 2023. This applies to shipments departing the Americas mid-day June 30th. The Import Control System 2 (ICS2), requires additional electronic data for a pre-loading risk assessment of shipments entering the European market. Carriers transporting shipments to or via the EU [...]

2023-06-26T13:05:56-04:00June 26th, 2023|

Connor Attends WTTC Anniversary Gala

John S. Connor President, Butch Connor, attended the Women's Traffic and Transportation Club of Baltimore 90th Anniversary Gala night at Sparrows Point Country Club. The organization strives to unite people engaged in traffic duties of commercial and transportation interests of Baltimore in a program of education. The event celebrated past presidents and featured television news [...]

2023-06-20T15:18:43-04:00June 20th, 2023|

Tentative Agreement Reached for West Coast Ports

On Wednesday, June 14, Maritime employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that, subject to ratification by both parties, a tentative agreement has been reached for a six-year contract that covers the entirety of US West Coast ports.  Thirteen months of contentious negotiations forced many volumes of cargo to divert to the East [...]

2023-06-15T14:40:29-04:00June 15th, 2023|

Disruptive Service at West Coast Ports

  West Coast ports and dockworkers are negotiating a new labor contract and If things don't go well there could be delays that undermine U.S. competitiveness. Since July 2022, more than 22,000 dockworkers, at nearly 30 ports across the West Coast, have been working without a contract. While the dockworkers aren’t on strike, the unions [...]

2023-06-09T14:10:35-04:00June 9th, 2023|
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