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Port of Los Angeles Posts Biggest June Ever

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Port of Los Angeles Posts Biggest June Ever
Imports into the Port of Los Angeles jumped 32% during the month of June compared to the same time period one year ago registering 371,888.60 TEU’s. This represented a 32.26% increase over June of 2009. Export container were also strong with a 12.64% increase over the prior year. Other highlights mentioned on the Port of […]

CBP 10+2 ISF 2009 Outreach Schedule

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CBP 10+2 ISF 2009 Outreach Schedule
With the start date of DHS’ 10+2 security filing rapidly approaching, CBP is hosting trade outreach events in various cities across the country. The events are designed to provide the global trade community with additional information regarding the new Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (10+2) as well as provide a basic understanding of […]

Asia Air Cargo Volumes Down

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Asia Air Cargo Volumes Down
I just read a press release from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines regarding the state of air cargo in Asia. According to the press release, Asia cargo volumes measured in freight tonne kilometers are down 15.5% compared to the same period last year. Due to weakening global demand, many airlines have reduced capacity. November […]

10+2 / Importer Security Filing interim final rule published

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10+2 / Importer Security Filing interim final rule published
Well, it’s official: U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Importer Security Filing (ISF), formerly known as “10+2″, has been finalized. The interim final ruling was published in the Federal Register yesterday, November 25th, while a press release was issued by CBP on Monday the 24th. Following are several pertinent links from the DHS/CBP websites explaining […]

China: Urban unemployment to increase next year

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China: Urban unemployment to increase next year
Chinese officials say the outlook is “grim”: Urban unemployment has begun to rise and will increase next year, Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security, said on Thursday. “Stabilising employment is the top priority for us right now,” said Mr Yin, in comments reflecting growing worries about the potential threat to social stability. […]

LA / Long Beach delay collecting clean truck fees

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LA / Long Beach delay collecting clean truck fees
They cite the pending dispute with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as the reason for delaying the roll out of the fees: Officials at the twin ports have decided to wait to collect the fees until a legal dispute involving the Federal Maritime Commission is resolved. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each […]

U.S. exporters beware – protect your intellectual property abroad

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U.S. exporters beware - protect your intellectual property abroad
This has been a resounding theme for major foreign brand names and manufacturers sourcing from China, but small-medium size U.S. exporters to China are also learning the hard way that they need to take steps to protect their intellectual property or risk losing it to counterfeiters and outright thieves. ShippingDigest profiles the sad story of […]

Hong Kong air traffic and cargo volumes decline

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Hong Kong air traffic and cargo volumes decline
The Hong Kong International Airport saw both cargo and air traffic volumes decline during the month of September. During the month, traffic volumes registered 3.6 million people and cargo throughput came in at 316,000 tonnes; a decline of 4.7 percent and 7.5 percent. On the cargo side, the declines were across all modes of shipments […]

Lower container volumes = less work for ILWU

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Lower container volumes = less work for ILWU
My colleague mentioned the NRF (National Retail Federation) report on lower yearly container volume in 2008 vs. 2007 (6.5%, to be exact). I just read an article over at American Shipper outlining the woes of ILWU labor, where “casuals”, the part time labor who pick up the extra work that full-time ILWU members can’t handle, […]

Protecting your trademark globally

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Protecting your trademark globally
Yet another absolute must read from our friends at China Law Blog, this time on the importance of protecting your trademark globally and how to go about doing that. For anyone doing business internationally who has – or wants to – trademark their product, this is a great primer on the difficulties and risks involved […]

(UPDATED JULY 31) Beijing Olympic Games : Logistics / Supply Chain impact update

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(UPDATED JULY 31) Beijing Olympic Games : Logistics / Supply Chain impact update
Update: July 31st: Don’t say we didn’t warn you – the smog in Beijing is still a problem, despite all the measures Beijing has already taken, so they are now considering even further measures in a drastic effort to reduce pollution before the games. Via the International Herald Tribune: Earlier this week, China’s state media […]

Forbes profile on sea piracy

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Forbes profile on sea piracy
We’ve been talking about cargo piracy almost since day one of this website, with a particular focus on sea cargo piracy. While piracy has always been present wherever seaborne trade is concerned, the past few years have seen a rise in the number of reported incidents as well as a rise in the level of […]