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Posted October 29, 2014

Members of Congress representing the Los Angeles and Long Beach area are putting pressure on the ILWU and marine terminals to speed up negotiations in order to finally allow the West Coast ports to return to normal operations.

While labor is one component of the problem, West Coast congestion can also be attributed to the chassis shortage and confusion, new mega-ships overloading terminals with containers, and PierPass, which contributes to trucker congestion.

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Posted October 29, 2014

All WSSA members are cordially invited to attend the Northeast Cargo Symposium 2014 put on by the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT).

Come and see the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association's Managing Director, Alison Leavitt, as she serves as Panel Moderator for the Symposium's discussion on how to streamline import and export clearance operations by unifying Customs and the FDA as "One U.S.

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Posted October 16, 2014

What was a potential trucker strike in Chile has now turned into an actual one. Effective at 6:00am this morning, Chilean trucker unions began demonstrations.

Unfortunately, port entrances and the depot to pick up empty containers are both blocked by the trucks.

We are currently monitoring our shipments and will continue to keep you informed about any delays that may arise. Please call or email us if you have any additional questions or concerns about the strike.

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Posted October 15, 2014

There is a very real possibility that the Southern Chile Truckers Union will go on strike for 48 hours beginning Thursday, October 16th, 2014, at 6:00am. It is also highly likely that the Central Chile (Valpariaso – San Antonio) Truckers Union will join the strike.

Unfortunately, it is expected that demonstrations and blockades will occur at port entrances, and operations may be affected by these demonstrations.

We will keep you updated on the status of this situation as soon as we receive more information.

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Posted October 10, 2014

Yesterday evening, Genova, Italy, was hit by a heavy storm which caused two rivers to overflow, creating massive flash flooding. Many roads became impassible as they were swamped with water. Cars struggled to stay grounded, and some even flipped due to the flood's severity.

Some affected motorways are still closed, and the weather forecast continues to predict rain. Civil Protection suggests that cars stay off the affected motorways if at all possible.

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