PortaMiami thriving from West Coast fallout

 

Miami port rides diversions to second straight double-digit volume gain

The Port of Miami posted double-digit container volume growth for the second consecutive month in April, another potential sign of the staying power of cargo diversions from the U.S. West Coast, now months after the congestion crisis has ended.

Miami container volumes jumped 17.5 percent year-over-year to 93,400 20-foot equivalent units in April, the port reported Thursday, marking the busiest month on record since December 2004. PortMiami also reported an 11.8 percent year-to-date increase for the first seven months of the 2015 fiscal year, officials said.

Miami’s gains mirror traffic surges at other East Coast and Gulf Coast ports in the wake of the West Coast labor crisis. Those numbers continue to reflect the after-effects of diversions away from Pacific ports, but the longer Miami and other ports’ growth outpaces that of the West Coast, the more likely it appears that at least some shipments have been permanently rerouted.

East Coast ports grew their share of the U.S. import market to 44 percent between January and April this year, up roughly 5 percent since the end of last year, according to PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Maritime & Trade.  Meanwhile, West Coast ports’ share of U.S. container imports shrank from 54 percent to 49 percent in the first quarter.

Miami’s volumes in the first four months of 2015 alone hit 333,745 TEUs, up 16 percent year-over-year.

Ports in GeorgiaSouth Carolina, and Texas too, posted considerable gains in the first four months of 2015. To date, Baltimore remains the only East Coast or Gulf Coast port to post a year-over-year decline in April cargo traffic.

Each of those ports attributed their ability to capture and keep new business at least partially to considerable investments in port infrastructure and technology.

With price tags in the millions of dollars, every port is betting big. Miami, however, stands alone in some respects as the port taking the biggest gamble.

More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are already in place in Miami including new super post-Panamax gantry cranes; new on-dock intermodal rail service, part of a partnership with Florida East Coast Railway linking PortMiami to 70 percent of the U.S. population in four days or less; as well as a new tunnel connecting the port directly to the U.S. interstate highway system.

And the port is now counting down the days until July, when its $205 million dredging project is expected to be completed.

Miami’s 50-foot depths will mean the port will be able to accommodate new ultra-large container ships when they begin transiting the expanded Panama Canal in 2016. With its harbor set to be ready to handle the bigger post-Panamax ships, Miami could more than double its throughput by 2025, port officials say.

It will be one of the first tests of a statewide port gamble. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has budgeted roughly $1 billion in spending at ports from Jacksonville to Tampa. And earlier this month, he led a “trade delegation” to California to make the case to major shippers that Florida ports can give them access to inland markets without the congestion and uncertainty that has blighted West Coast ports, and even some East Coast ports, for months.

The Port of Miami currently moves 950,000 TEUs annually, and it expects to move somewhere between 950,000 and 975,000 TEUs by the end of this fiscal year, according to Port Director Juan Kuryla.

“We are currently berthing at the port vessels of up 9,600 TEUs, which are coming in partially laden. Once we get to 50 feet, those vessels will be able to come through Miami full,” he told JOC.com last month. “We believe we will double our throughput over the next eight to 10 years.”

Still, doubts persist that the state will be able to achieve the governor’s goal of establishing itself as a new and visible Southeast gateway for container cargo.

Many of the port’s investments are made specifically to circumvent the port’s inherent disadvantages, namely its geographic distance from other U.S. cities. Ports up and down the Florida peninsula are continually outmatched by their Southeast rivals for Asian imports, the fastest-growing segment of container trade. Miami only handled 6.5 percent of U.S. imports from Asia to the region in 2014.

Miami has a long way to go to catch up to established players such as Savannah, which over the past year has shown itself capable of absorbing significant growth with little or no congestion.

“At PortMiami, we are working hard to put the infrastructure in place to provide the world’s top ocean carriers the best quality of service,” Kuryla said in a statement, “but the key to our growth is largely dependent on the continued partnership and efforts of our primary stakeholders.”


Caribbean hurricane chances lowered for 2015

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MIAMI, May 27 (UPI) -- Forecasters say the 2015 hurricane season will bring a surge of storms to the Pacific region while the number of storms in the Atlantic region will remain below normal.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's meteorologists said the central Pacific region, which includes Hawaii, could expect five to eight tropical cyclones during the hurricane season, which begins Monday and runs through Nov. 30. An average season has up to five cyclones. The eastern Pacific region will also see above-normal tropical activity, with 15 to 22 named storms, of which seven to 12 are expected to become hurricanes.

 

 

At the same time, the Atlantic region should expect six to 11 named storms, of which three to six could have hurricane-strength winds, forecasters said Wednesday. Of those, up to two could become major hurricanes, in categories 3 and higher.

 

"A below-normal season doesn't mean we're off the hook. As we've seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities," said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, referring to the 1992 season when Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida. There were only seven named storms that year.

 

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In the Pacific region, El Nino, which brings warm waters and can alter wind and pressure patterns, is the driving force behind the uptick in storms.

 

"El Nino decreases the vertical wind shear over the tropical central Pacific, favoring the development of more and stronger tropical cyclones. El Nino also favors more westward-tracking storms from the eastern Pacific into the central Pacific. This combination typically leads to an above-normal Central Pacific hurricane season," NOAA said.

 

Forecasters also said El Nino is already playing a role in the Atlantic season by suppressing wind and pressure.

 

"El Niño may also intensify as the season progresses, and is expected to have its greatest influence during the peak months of the season. We also expect sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic to be close to normal, whereas warmer waters would have supported storm development, said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA's ClimatePredictionCenter.


CMA CGM expands US to North Europe loops – no Florida ports added.

 

CMACGM expands US to North Europe loops – no Florida ports added.

 

 

CMACGM’s so called “complete container shipping offering between North America and North Europe” has one Florida call -- Miami

 

The CMACGM Group, one of the world’s leading container shipping companies, has announced that it will launch “the market’s most complete container shipping offering between North America and North Europe at the end of May 2015.”

 

The Group will launch of the NEW VESPUCCI service and the addition of a new port of call in Baltimore to its LIBERTY SOLO service. With these additions, the Group’s combined North America and North Europe services will cover 15 ports of call, more than any other container shipping company.

 

Only Miami is included in the CMACGM rotations and that is the existing VICTORYBRIDGE service that deploys six 4,500-TEU vessels on the following rotation: Le Havre, Anvers, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Charleston, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Le Havre.

 

CMACGM’s other existing offering also includes the PAD, which deploys six 2,500-TEU vessels, five of which are chartered by CMACGM, on the following fortnightly rotation: Rotterdam, Tilbury, Dunkirk, Le Havre, New York, Savannah, Philadelphia, Rotterdam.

 

One of the new rotations includes both Charleston and Savannah.

The NEW VESPUCCI service will launch in the last week of May and will deploy fifteen 4,500-TEU vessels on the following rotation: Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Southampton, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, New York, and Antwerp. The service will be operated in cooperation with Hamburg Sud and UASC.

 

The LIBERTY SOLO service, which includes four of CMACGM’s 1,800 to 2,000-TEU vessels, will be expanded at the end of May with an additional call at the port of Baltimore where intermodal connections will now be called directly by the CMACGM Group. The rotation of the service will be: Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, and Rotterdam.

 

 

“We are very excited to announce the market’s most complete container shipping offering between North America and North Europe,” said Marc Bourdon, President of CMACGM (America) LLC, a subsidiary of CMACGM “With the addition of the NEW VESPUCCI service and the new port of call in Baltimore, CMACGM’s North America and North Europe offering will be unmatched and we will be better placed to capitalize on the strengthening of the U.S. economy and continued growth in trans-Atlantic trade. With our continued focus on reliability and transit times, we can provide our customers with a unique and market-leading offering.”

 

 


PortaMiami's Maersk terminal no sure thing for new Sealand service

 No promise which "South Florida" port gets the new call

SeaLand expands service network with North Atlantic Express Service

By: AJOT | May 20 2015 at 02:49 PM | Liner Shipping  

SeaLand, the intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group, announces today the addition of the North Atlantic Express (NAE) service to its comprehensive North-South network. This service is a result of a joint Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) between SeaLand and APL. The service is designed to create even more connections across the extensive SeaLand network, serving the West Coast of South America, Central America, Caribbean and U.S. East Coast. In particular, shippers requiring refrigerated services across this network will benefit from competitive transit times, state-of-the art reefer equipment, and highly trained professionals monitoring their cold chain every step of the way.

The announced Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) between SeaLand and APL is subject to regulatory approval. Upon receiving approval, more details will be available including: schedules, confirmed terminals, number of sailings, and more.

Overall market capacity does not change with the addition of the NAE as the implementation of this service is an output of recent overall structural changes within the trade.

NAE service description:
“Our passion is rooted in our desire to connect the Americas with superior services that help our customers grow their businesses and succeed. With our ‘can do spirit’ we develop strong partnerships, such as the one with APL, working closely with them to enhance our services connecting the West Coast of South America to the East Coast of North America,” said Craig Mygatt, CEO of SeaLand. “We will enter into additional agreements of this type to continue to strengthen our service offerings characterized by a sustainable cost structure across the region. Vamos Juntos!”

  • The three vessels under this VSA will offer a weekly frequency and capacity of 1700 TEUs. Two vessels will be operated by SeaLand and one by APL.
  • Service rotation: Cartagena – Manzanillo – South Florida – New York – Philadelphia – Savannah – South Florida
  • The NAE service adds significant connectivity to SeaLand’s network through transshipment hubs allowing for increased access to the America’s market.
  • Connections between Colombia, Panama (hub in Manzanillo), and the US East Coast - South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Savannah
  • The anticipated first sailing under this new service is scheduled for late June–early July 2015

Haiti trade prospects improving

 

KingOcean plans weekly calls at Port Lafito, Haiti

 

 

 

GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies in Haiti, Friday announced that Evergreen Marine and King Ocean Services will be adding Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, as a port of call.

 

 

King Ocean Services offers ocean cargo transportation throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, with regularly scheduled weekly sailings to and from ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. With a 30-year history in the business, KingOcean specializes in all types of containerized and general cargo, including raw materials, apparel, refrigerated perishables, vehicles, building materials, agriculture and more. Port Lafito will welcome KingOcean’s first ship in the second quarter of this year as the start of weekly service.

 

Port Lafito will be Haiti’s first PanamaxPort and will bring the country to the forefront of modern logistics with state of the art equipment and technology. The multi-million dollar investment is a private, public and international partnership between Haitian and foreign private sectors and includes investments from the Haitian State Bank, Capital Bank, FDI the International Finance Corporation, FMO-the Dutch Development Bank and Nationale D’assurance S.A (NASSA). Operations at the Port are scheduled to begin May 2015.

 

Evergreen Marine Corporation, headquartered in Taiwan, is the fourth largest container fleet in the world and serves as a global containerized-freight shipping company with over 150 container ships and calls on 240 ports in about 80 countries. Evergreen Line, launched weekly service to Haiti in July 2014 using Port Lafito’s dry terminal. It will add Port Lafito as a port of call in the second quarter of 2015.

 

"Evergreen ships stop at ports all over the globe and the Caribbean which is a key for the service of the Haiti market. We are proud that Evergreen is adding Port Lafito to that list," said Jean Bernard Dupoux, president of SAMAR, S.A., and General Agent Evergreen Marine in Haiti. "Port Lafito will have leading edge port terminal technology to improve efficiencies and we are confident that this partnership will help strengthen and fortify the country’s economy."

 

 

"Evergreen’s nearly 50 year history in freight shipping and KingOcean’s strong reputation and efficient productivity will undoubtedly serve as great assets for us. We are pleased to welcome their services to Haiti and Port Lafito," said Reuven Bigio, CEO of GB Group, adding "We are proud they have added Haiti as a port of call and believe in the future of the island and in positioning Haiti as a leader in modern, global logistics."

 

Learn more about GB Group :

GB Group is a leading, diversified group of industrial and trading companies in the Caribbean, with operations concentrated in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St. Maarten and offices in the United States. Comprised of 21 companies from seven different divisions including agriculture, construction, consumer goods, infrastructure, energy, logistics and trading, GB Group collaborates with more than 4,000 employees and embraces managers from more than 15 countries companywide. GB Group and its operating companies have strategic alliances and/or partnerships with some the world’s top business organizations. The company’s current endeavors include the $80 million Lafito Global project, which includes Port Lafito, Haiti’s first Panamax port.

 

Located in Haiti since 1896, the GB Group is one of the largest private industrial groups in the Caribbean, with

concentrated operations in Haiti and offices in Miami, Santo Domingo and Port au Prince. With over 2,000 employees, the GB Group includes many companies [Aciérie d'Haïti (ADH), les Huileries Haïtiennes (HUHSA), Sodigaz, Gentel, Metalec Prometal etc...], divisions and affiliates and joint ventures operating in the 9 following industries: Agriculture (Soon) Building Materials, Consumer, Energy / Fuel Distribution, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Trade, Transport.


OOPs, Here is your MAY World Trade Month Calender of events that arrived May 14

 

Charlotte Gallogly

 

To: International Executives in Florida:

During May of each year, Florida celebrates World Trade Month by holding events throughout the state to increase awareness about the importance of international trade as a major contributor to job creation and corporate growth. This month long celebration is sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce,
EnterpriseFlorida and the World Trade Center Miami with the participation of over 20 organizations. 

Over 30 events are scheduled throughout
Florida ranging from logistics conferences, trade missions, financial seminars, networking activities and export and import workshops.

If you would like to receive more information or register for any of the remaining events, please visit our
 event calendar.

Charlotte Gallogly

Charlotte Gallogly,
President
WorldTradeCenterMiami

Events

Friday, May 1

11:30 am - 2:00 pm   Trade Connections

Kick off World Trade Month: Attend the 3rd annual Miami Trade Numbers Luncheon. Ken Roberts will unveil the 15th edition of Miami Trade Numbers, a publication that analyzes South Florida's top trade partners and leading exports and imports with depth and clarity. All attendees receive a complimentary copy, a $99 value. Join more than 200 executives and members of the diplomatic corps.

Sponsor: WorldCity

Fee: $85 individual or $750 table of 10

Location: Hilton Miami Airport Hotel, 5101 Blue Lagoon DriveMiami, Florida33126

Contact: Sari Govantes: 305-441-2244

 

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Friday, May 1

8:30 am - 10:00 am   Business Opportunities and Trends in Brazil Marketplace

  *** SOLD OUT ***  

In celebration of World Trade Month, the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development in partnership with EnterpriseFlorida invites you to attend a special complimentary workshop called Business Opportunities and Trends in the Brazil Marketplace. This is the second edition of the new protocol workshop series which provides valuable information on selling goods and services to different worldwide markets and highlights the protocol, etiquette, norms and cultural considerations of doing business in the featured countries.

Sponsor: BrowardCounty Office of Economic and Small Business Development and EnterpriseFlorida

Fee: Free

Location: BrowardCollege Downtown Campus 111 E. Las Olas Blvd. Room 1208 Ft. Lauderdale, FL33301

Contact: Paola Isaac Baraya: 954-357-7894

 

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Saturday, May 2 - Saturday, May, 9

Export Development Mission to Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is located on the Northwest corner of Africa with a population of 33.2 million people. Governed as a Constitutional Monarchy, Morocco also prides itself as the first country to recognize the United States of America as an independent country. As the most stable country in North Africa, Morocco is the first and only country in Africa to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. This FTA eliminates tariffs on over 95 percent of currently traded U.S. consumer/industrial goods exported to Morocco, provides enhanced protection for U.S. intellectual property rights, including trademarks and copyrights, and imposes tough penalties for piracy and counterfeiting. Mission participants will benefit from business meetings and networking events with both the private and public sector. Qualified Florida companies may also apply for grants to receive "Gold Key Services" through the U.S Commercial Service.

Sponsor: Enterprise Florida & Winter Haven Economic Development Council

Fee: $900

Location: Casablanca, Rabat&Marrakech, Morocco

Contact: Bryant Salter, Enterprise Florida Inc., bjsalter@enterpriseflorida.com or Bruce Lyon, Winter Haven Economic Development Council, bruce@whedc.com

 

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Monday, May 4 - Thursday, May 7

Annual Energy Sector Mission to the World Bank

The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to mark your calendars for a joint mission focusing on the energy sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions specifically designed to provide an opportunity for the private sector to:



·                   Initiate a dialogue with the project officers responsible for energy sector projects.

·                   Understand the project requirements and constraints; and their level of competitiveness in accessing bank projects and bank-financed projects and programs in the energy sector.

·                   Inform staff of the capabilities and interests of international firms in the energy sector.

·                   This mission is designed for: consulting firms, individual consultants, training institutions and universities; equipment manufacturers/suppliers; prospective sponsors of private sector projects.

Sponsor: Private Sector Liaison Officers Network & Enterprise Florida

Fee: $800 USD/$1010* CAD

Location: WashingtonD.C.

Contact: Max Stewart, Enterprise Florida Inc., mstewart@enterpriseflorida.com

 

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Tuesday, May 5

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Rome, Italy Inbound Mission - Roundtable & Reception

Join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to hear presentations by tech industry experts and be a part of the conversation on the technology industry in Rome and Miami, and how to bridge the gap between the two communities to collaborate as one.

Sponsor: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Location: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Ballroom Level, MiamiFL33132

Contact: Crystal Renta: 305-577-5486

 

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Wednesday, May 6

10:00 am - 5:00 pm   Agricultural Trade Mission

PROCOMER, the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Miami office will be hosting an Agricultural Trade Mission to be held in Miami. This initiative brings together growers of fruits, roots and tubers.

Sponsor: PROCOMER (Promotora del Comercio de Costa Rica)

Fee: Free

Location: Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave., Suite 2M09, (Mall 2 Room 9) Doral 33172

Contact: Rosy Segura: 786-477-5750 or rsegura@procomer.com

 

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Wednesday, May 6 - Saturday, May 9

In-bound Trade and Business Development Mission from Panama

The American Chamber of Commerce of Panama will be leading a trade and business development delegation to TampaBay from May 6-9. The participating companies represent a variety of sectors and will be available for one-on-one matchmaker appointments at various times throughout their visit.

Sponsor: TampaBay Export Alliance

Location: Tampa, Florida

Contact: Deborah Wilkinson: dwilkinson@tampachamber.com at the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council.

 

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Thursday, May 7

9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Trade Day Event

There will be no formal presentations. You are encouraged to bring questions and interact one-on-one with the government officials responsible for processing and facilitating trade related import transactions and enforcing various trade laws. This event is intended as an opportunity for members of the trade community to meet with representatives of the federal agencies who regulate imports, gain information that is relevant to your specific issues and establish contacts for future reference. Various CBP representatives and federal agencies will be in attendance.

Sponsor: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Fee: Free

Location: 6601 NW 25th St., Miami Fl (Main lobby and second floor of the CargoClearanceCenter)

Contact: Ivon Spartaro, Supervisory Import Specialist 305-869-2694 or George Bush, Supervisory Import Specialist, 305-869-2660

 

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Thursday, May 7

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Annual Gables Global Groove Reception

The Global Affairs Committee of the Coral Gables Chamber strives to create opportunities for closer working relationships with the Consular Corps, Bi-National Chambers of Commerce and international businesses engaged in business development, networking, referral services and the exchange of ideas and experiences. The Gables Global Groove is held each year to commemorate the cultural richness and diversity of the Gables and Greater Miami communities.

Sponsor: CBRE, Latin America Connection, Miami Free Zone & USAA

Fee: $25 Chamber, MCIV and OWIT Members by May 1st. $35 Onsite & Non-Members

Location: Penthouse at TwoAlhambraPlaza

Contact: Erica Simons, 305-446-7651 x 134 or esimons@coralgableschamber.org

 

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Friday, May 8

7:30 am - 11:30 am   2015 International Town Hall

Tampa Bay Export Alliance, a partnership between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, presents the 2015 InternationalTown Hall. This event will kick off World Trade Month with an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in TampaBay.

Sponsor: TampaBay Export Alliance

Fee: $45

Location: Hilton Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, Florida33716

Contact: Lorrie Bellovich: 813-518-2654 or Lbelovich@tampaedu.com

 

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Friday, May 8

9:00 am - 11:00 am   Supply Chain Security - Minimizing Risk

Mr. Ray Fernandez from Sealock Security Systems and the Transported Asset Protection Association Americas (TAPA) will be presenting a seminar on Supply Chain Security and how to minimize risk.

Sponsor: Miami Free Zone, Sealock Security Systems, TAPA

Fee: Free

Location: Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave., Suite 2M10

Contact: Andres Matiz: 305-591-4300 Ext 319, andres.matiz@miamifreezone.com

 

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Monday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 13

eHealth Week & World of Health IT 2015

eHealth Week is comprised of two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference and the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition. There will also be multiple parallel events occurring at the same time. Over 2000 international delegates and 75 exhibitors are expected from public and private healthcare sectors. US companies of less than 500 employees may also wish to participate in the US pavilion at a discounted rate. Do not miss the EU-US eHealth MoU Roadmap Track by DG CONNECT and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the last day of the conference. The U.S. Embassy will also host an invitation-only reception.

Sponsor: export.gov

Fee: $623 Conference fee, $1815 US Pavilion; $408 Regular Booth: per sqm for raw space and $482 per sqm for shell stand

Location: Riga, Latvia

Contact: Shirreef.Loza@trade.gov or Dragana.Milisav@trade.gov


 

 

Tuesday, May 12 - Thursday May 14

8:00 am - 5:00 pm   Discover Global Markets: The Americas

DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas is the premier international business conference for U.S. executives. Come explore new market opportunities and learn effective strategies from senior U.S. Commercial Diplomats from 22 countries and business leaders in the region. Discover opportunities for today, tomorrow and what challenges lie ahead in our dynamic hemisphere. Hear from panels featuring economists, industry professionals, trade experts, and U.S. Commercial Diplomats that will help you define your competitive strategy in the Americas.

Sponsor: U.S. Commercial Service & Florida District Export Council

Fee: $395

Location: Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL. 33132

Contact: Leandro Solorzano, U.S. Commerical Service, leandro.solorzano@trade.gov

 

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Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15

BIO tech 2015 (International Biotechnology Exhibition & Conference)

Organized by Reed Exhibitions, Bio tech 2015 covers basic biotech research technologies from technological seeds to supplies, devices, and contract services used in genomics, proteomics, cell research, drug research, regenerative medicine research, etc. Also co-held with two sister events such as PMEX 2015 (Personalized Medicine & Diagnostics Exhibition & Conference) and PHARCON Japan (International Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics R&D Exhibition & Conference). U.S. Pavilion has so far 16 booths/28 entities. CS Japan will have the information booth and be available for counseling, as well as host a networking event.

Sponsor: export.gov

Fee: JPY1,245,000 (approx.. $10,506) for 1 standard booth (18 sqm); JPY622,500 (approx.. $5,253) for 1 mini booth (9 sqm), JPY180,000 (approx.. $1,159) for table top booth (3 sqm)

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contact: chris.ono@trade.gov

 

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Friday, May 15

8:00 - 5:00 pm   South Florida Logistics and Trade Conference 2015

Businesses cross borders and operate in a global environment. Logistics is an integrated and integral part of business. It is the engine that makes it all run and encompasses a variety of sectors such as transportation, retail environment, energy, research, real estate, international trade and policy.

This is the third annual forum of discussion and networking designed to bring together industry stakeholders and leaders from all modes of transportation, academia, government and economic development to discuss the state of logistics as a sector in
South Florida.

Sponsor: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Fee: $150 per member / $195 per non-member / Onsite: $195/per person *Special rate for government officials.

Location: 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami33132

Contact: Daniel Tapia, 305-577-5469 - dtapia@miamichamber.com

 

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Monday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 20

Saudi Health Show

Meet with U.S. Commercial Service local staff in Saudi Arabia to learn best practices and opportunities in the Saudi Arabian healthcare market. Alongside the exhibition are the CME accredited conferences.

Sponsor: export.gov

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Contact: maher.siblini@trade.gov

 

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Tuesday, May 19 - Friday, May 22

Hospitalar 2015

HOSPITALAR 2015 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from May 19-22, 2015. Hospitalar is the most important health fair in Brazil and Latin America. The show features products ranging from the most sophisticated state-of-the-art medical technology to disposables. Almost 90,000 professional visitors and over 1,250 exhibitors are anticipated at this year's show.
HOSPITALAR 2014 attracted over 93,000 visitors from 54 nations, including 1,500 foreign buyers. Eighty percent of these visitors were from other South American countries. They came from 11 Brazilian states, representing 745 municipalities. Distributors/representatives and hospitals (clinical directors) continue to be the largest group of professional visitors.

Sponsor: EnterpriseFlorida/WorldTradeCenterMiami

Fee: $6,395 for a 9 sqms booth

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Contact: Michael Schiffhauer: 407-956-5634 or mschiffhauer@eflorida.com

 

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Wednesday, May 20

9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Warehouse A thru Z - Documents Handling, Bonded Warehouses, Container Freight Stations, IBECs and Foreign Trade Zones Best Practices in Operations, Management and Distribution Center

Get straight forward answers to all your questions about how to start your warehouse business to how to efficiently manage inventories and cycle counts and improve record accuracy.

This Mini Series isn’t your ordinary type of training. It’s an interactive know-how that will challenge your thinking, and enable you to interact with your professional peers. The course includes a number of tools for use in distribution analysis and decision-making that are worth your time; and which you can put to work right away in your operations.

This seminar will put you at the forefront by examining those issues that are unique to the warehouse environment. You’ll learn some of the cost-effective techniques being used by top warehouse managers across the country to get the most of warehouse space, sharpen forecasts, find optimal stock levels and overcome every inventory management challenge that comes your way.

Sponsor: Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association

Fee: $65 FCBF members or $85 non-members

Location: DoubleTreeMiamiAirport Mart 711 NW 72nd AveMiami, FL33126

Contact: Email registrations to events@fcbf.com

 

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Wednesday, May 20

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm   FCBF General Membership Meeting

New air service and route development has been expanding at MIA during the last three years. Hear how this contributes to Miami's global outreach and cargo growth, as well as plan for new market development. Speaker: Chris Mangos Director - Marketing Division, Miami-Dade Aviation Dept., MiamiInternationalAirport

Sponsor: Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association/ Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Fee: $40 FCBF members or $55 non-members

Location: DoubleTreeMiamiAirport Mart

Contact: 305-499-9490 or www.fcbf.com

 

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Thursday, May 21

9:00 am - 11:00 am   Tour Miami International Airport's Cargo Operations

MiamiInternationalAirport is the USA's leading international cargo airport. The tour is designed for small business executives who are interested in seeing firsthand how US Customs inspects cargo. Attendees will visit cargo terminals, and see how perishables arrive and are inspected at MiamiInternationalAirport, the largest air perishables import center in the Western Hemisphere. The latest trade stats will be distributed at the tour (limited seating).

Sponsor: MiamiInternationalAirport

Fee: $25

Location: Miami-Dade Aviation Department (CrystalPalace or Building 845), 5600 NW 36th St., Miami, FL33166

 

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Thursday, May 21

3:45 pm - 8:30 pm   Propeller Club's Maritime Day Celebration

National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power and the holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933.

The United States Merchant Marine has met our country's economic and security needs, in wartime and in peace. On National Maritime Day, we honor merchant mariners for their dedication to promoting commerce and protecting our freedom.

Sponsor: PortMiami

Fee: $45 members & guests; $50 non-members

Location: PortMiami - Terminal J, 1120 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL33132

 

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Thursday, May 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm   Consular & Trade Representatives Cocktail Reception

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to a special reception in honor of the consular and foreign trade officials of Miami. We will bid farewell to esteemed corps members that have served in Miami and are transferring to new assignments, and recognize the newly appointed Consul Generals and Trade Representatives.

Sponsor: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Fee: $35 advanced, $50 on-site, complimentary for consular and foreign trade officials

Location: Villa Woodbine, 2167 S Bayshore Dr, MiamiFL33133

Contact: Crystal Renta: 305-577-5486 or crenta@miamichamber.com

 

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Wednesday, May 27 - Thursday, May 28

Cansec 2015

CANSEC is Canada's foremost defense tradeshow! A two-day event, CANSEC will feature 120,000 square feet of indoor exhibits by Canada's leading edge defense companies, as well as an outdoor static display. This tradeshow targets a wide audience of customers that includes government agencies and departments with an interest in the defense sector.

Sponsor: EnterpriseFlorida

Fee: $4,200 plus HST (CAD) for a 10' x10' booth

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Contact: Max Stewart: 813-276-9430 or Email: mstewart@eflorida.com

 

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Thursday, May 28

9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Federal Resources for Small Business Exporters

Learn how to finance your export sales and how to mitigate non-payment risk of selling to foreign buyers through the loan programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration and credit insurance products available through the Export Import Bank of the United States. You'll also learn about tax savings and advantages available to U.S. exporters through the use of an IC-DISC. This workshop is best suited for companies which are export-ready and have been in operation for at least 12 months. 
Presenters: SBA, Export-Import Bank and Drake Finance

Fee: $25

Location: Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave., Room #2M10, Doral, FL 33172

Contact: Sharyn Koenig, Regional Director, SE Regional Export Finance Center; Export-Import Bank of the U.S. sharyn.koenig@exim.gov 
Mary Hernandez, Regional Manager, Export Solutions Group, U.S. Small Business Administration.mary.hernandez@sba.gov

 

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Thursday, May 28

4:30 pm - 8:30 pm   2015 International Trade Certificate Program

The Florida SBDC Fort Lauderdale will be offering its 2015 International Trade Certificate Program every Tuesday and Thursday starting on May 28th and ending on June 18th. The program will consist of seven sessions from 4:30pm- 8:30pm each evening including dinner. If you own a successful business and want to explore potential international markets or an exporter looking to enhance your knowledge, then this program is right for you. This program is accredited by National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE). Attendees will receive a certificate from the SBDC upon completion of the training. In addition, this program prepares attendees to become Certified Business Global Professionals (CGBP).

Sponsor: Florida SBDC Network - Fort Lauderdale

Fee: $550

Location: 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Higher Education Complex, Room 1010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL33301

Contact: Parbatee Chang at parbatee.chang@floridasbdc.org for more information

 

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Thursday, May 28

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Florida-Korea Summit

Join us at the Port of Tampa the afternoon of this coming May 28th for the 2015 Florida-Korea Summit, our regular statewide gathering of Florida-Korea business, education, tourism, and cultural leaders for info exchange, networking, and to renew existing or develop new friendship ties. This year's summit will include keynote remarks, sequential panels on Florida-Korea business, education, tourism and cultural ties, a Q & A session and an Asian business networking reception immediately following the summit program. Florida Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson has been invited for keynote remarks along with the Korean Ambassador and/or Consul General.

Sponsor: EnterpriseFlorida, Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity, PortTampaBay

Location: PortTampaBay, Cruise Terminal #3, 815 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

Contact: 786-235-8289 or info@florkor.org or go online www.florkor.org

 

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Thursday, May 28

9:00 am - 11:00 am   Tour Miami International Airport's Cargo Operations

The tour is designed for small business executives who are interested in seeing firsthand how US Customs inspects cargo. Attendees will visit cargo terminals, and see how perishables arrive and are inspected at MiamiInternationalAirport, the largest air perishables import center in the Western Hemisphere. The latest trade stats will be distributed at the tour (limited seating).

Sponsor: MiamiInternationalAirport

Fee: $25

Location: Miami-Dade Aviation Department (CrystalPalace or Building 845), 5600 NW 36th Street, Miami33166

Contact: WorldTradeCenterMiami - 305-871-7910

 

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Thursday, May 28

9:00 am - 11:00 am   Tour of PortMiami Cargo Operations

The tour is designed especially for businesses to learn firsthand how cargo arrives to and leaves from Miami. You will be able to observe the busy cargo terminals, view cargo loading and off-loading from vessels and gantry crane operations, understand how radiation monitors work in screening cargo imported into the U.S. and see Miami's cruise line-up, the largest cruise port of the world. Attendees will receive the latest trade statistics from the World Trade Center Miami.

Sponsor: PortMiami

Fee: $25

Location: Assemble at 1007 N. America Way, Miami, Florida33132, outside the entry to the building (Port Director's OfficeBuilding)

Contact: WorldTradeCenterMiami - 305-871-7910

 

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Thursday, May 28

6:00 pm -8:00 pm   Sourcing Ecuador

The trade office of Pro Ecuador in Miami is delighted to invite you to the conference, "Sourcing from Ecuador", where we will present you multiple opportunities to source and do business with one of the highest quality producer of various worldwide known products.

We welcome you to join us and be part of this interesting journey to Ecuador!

Sponsor: Pro Ecuador

Location: Miami Free Zone, 2315 NW, 107th Ave. Miami, FL 33172, Conference Room #2M10

Contact: Pricila Garcia: 305-498-3650 or e-mail events@proecuador.gob.ec

 

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Friday, May 29 - Monday, May 31

2015 Panama International Boat Show

The 2015 Panama International Boat Show will be held at the Flamenco Marine which is conveniently located in downtown Panama City. This event is designed to showcase marine accessories and equipment as well as a selection of pleasure boats, super yachts and more. According to the 2014 U.S. Department of Commerce's Pleasure Boat International Resource Guide, the pleasure boat market has significantly grown in the last seven years as a result of the dynamism of the Panamanian economy. U.S. boat products are in high demand and the market offers many opportunities for U.S. companies.

A limited number of Enterprise Florida Target Sector Trade Event Grants are being made available, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to qualified
Florida companies. Florida exhibitors will also have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Department of Commerce staff at the show.

Sponsor: EnterpriseFlorida

Fee: $2,300 for a turnkey 10' x 10' stand

Location: Panama City, Panama

Contact: Larry Bernaski: (904) 359-9350 or lbernaski@enterpriseflorida.com

 

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Monday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 3

CAMACOL Business Export 2015 at the Hemispheric Congress

More than 23 countries will be represented at this one-of-a-kind international boutique trade show.

·                   Expand and grow your business

·                   Network and meet business people from around the globe

·                   Penetrate new markets and promote your products and services

Sponsor: City of Miami, EnterpriseFlorida, Miami-DadeCounty, PortMiami, State of Florida

Fee: $800 members or $1000 non-members for a 6' x 10' booth

Location: Biltmore Hotel - Conference Center of the Americas, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Contact: Betty Gradera: 305-642-3870 x202 or bettyg@camacol.org

 

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Great for planning, huh?

Charlotte Gallogly

 

To: International Executives in Florida:

During May of each year, Florida celebrates World Trade Month by holding events throughout the state to increase awareness about the importance of international trade as a major contributor to job creation and corporate growth. This month long celebration is sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce,
EnterpriseFlorida and the World Trade Center Miami with the participation of over 20 organizations. 

Over 30 events are scheduled throughout
Florida ranging from logistics conferences, trade missions, financial seminars, networking activities and export and import workshops.

If you would like to receive more information or register for any of the remaining events, please visit our
 event calendar.

Charlotte Gallogly

Charlotte Gallogly,
President
WorldTradeCenterMiami

 


Something is going on in Puerto Rico, sign no 2.

 

Crowley solidifies commitment to Puerto Rico with terminal construction contract

By: AJOT | May 11 2015 at 09:45 AM | Ports & Terminals  

SAN JUAN, PR - Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. announced today that it has further solidified its commitment to Puerto Rico with the execution of a $48.5 million construction contract for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In conjunction with the investment, the company and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) have also concluded a 30-year lease extension for the Isla Grande property.

The construction contract was awarded to L.P.C.& D. Inc., of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, and includes the development of a new 900-foot-long by 114-foot-wide concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships. Crowley’s terminal expansion plans also include the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, which will be supplied under a separate contract.

“This is a great day for Crowley and the people of Puerto Rico, and a critical next step in our nearly $500 million re-investment in the Puerto Rico trade lane,” said Jose “Pache” Ayala, Crowley vice president, Puerto Rico. “This important project represents close collaboration between private business and PRPA to make a major investment in the infrastructure of Puerto Rico. We are very excited to choose a Puerto Rico-based construction company who will utilize workers on the island and keep the money in the local economy.”

The pier design, using the latest displacement-based performance criteria, has been carefully developed over the past year with the PRPA and Harbor Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Seattle, Wash. As the lead design firm for the project, Harbor is the engineer of record for the project and the duration of the construction. Crowley and Harbor have worked together on infrastructure projects for nearly 40 years.

Now that construction and lease contracts have been signed, Crowley is completing the acquisition of the necessary permits, including those from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other local agencies, which will allow the company to break ground in the coming months. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2017, in advance of the inaugural call of the first new Commitment Class ship, El Coqui.

“This level of investment in the Puerto Rico trade is unprecedented,” said John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico. “We are excited about the cooperation and support we have received for this project from the PRPA.”

While Crowley builds for the future, the company is responding to the needs of today.

Since mid December, Crowley has, through a number of service enhancements, created additional weekly cargo carrying capacity. Included in these enhancements was the addition of a new flat-deck barge capable of carrying up to 400 additional loads between Jacksonville, Fla., and Puerto Rico. Crowley has also ordered and begun placing into service more than 7,000 pieces of new cargo handling equipment, including 40-foot, 45-foot and 48-foot high cube containers, 20-foot ISO tanks and a variety of fixed and slider chassis.

Crowley has served the Puerto Rico market since 1954, longer than any other carrier in the trade, and occupied the now 75-acre Isla Grande Terminal the entire time, making it the longest continual occupant of any Jones Act carrier in the trade. The company, with over 250 Puerto Rico employees, is also the No. 1 ocean carrier between the island commonwealth and the U.S. mainland with more weekly sailings and more cargo carried annually than any other shipping line.

“We are proud that our investment will create new jobs associated with the pier construction, while at the same time the lease extension solidifies our commitment to jobs associated with our service for years to come,” said Hourihan. “We believe in the market and the Puerto Rico people, and our commitment has never been stronger.”

 

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 123-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico Liner Services, Caribbean and Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet atwww.crowley.com.


Something's up in Puerto Rico

 

American Fast Freight, Inc. Acquires Caribbean Shipping Services, Inc.

FIFE, Wash., May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American Fast Freight, Inc. (AFF) today announced that it acquired Caribbean Shipping Services, Inc. (Caribbean Shipping).  Caribbean Shipping is based in Jacksonville, Florida and is a leading cold chain provider.  Caribbean Shipping operates primarily in the Puerto Rico market specializing in refrigerated freight forwarding.  Mr. Paul Robbins, Chairman and Co-Founder of Caribbean Shipping will remain as President, which will operate as a new subsidiary under AFF, Inc., the parent company of AFF.  Caribbean Shipping will work jointly with AFF's current efforts in the region.

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150508/214765LOGO

The purchase of Caribbean Shipping Services will add substantial enhancements to AFF's current operations on the Eastern Seaboard.  Through its affiliate, AFF de Puerto Rico, LLC, AFF has pursued the development of the dry goods forwarding business under the direction of AFF de Puerto Rico General Manager, Mr. Andy Pacheco.  AFF intends to utilize synergies with Caribbean Shipping's cold chain knowledge and its penetration in the Eastern United States to greatly increase the ability to meet the increasing demand of AFF's customers in this much valued market.

"This acquisition is a great stride forward for AFF," said company President and CEO, Kevin Kelly.  "We are extremely excited about adding Caribbean Shipping Services to our family of companies and are pleased about the further services and reliability we will be able to offer our customers in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean." 

"Joining the AFF companies is the right succession plan for our family business and our business family," said Paul Robbins. "We could not have chosen a better partner to broaden our capabilities and better serve our customers in the Puerto Rico and Caribbean market."

About American Fast Freight, Inc. 
American Fast Freight, Inc., also known as AFF, (www.americanfast.com) is a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Fife, Washington. AFF and its affiliated companies and divisions provide a wide range of ocean freight forwarding, trucking, project logistics and warehousing-distribution services. The core business is ocean freight consolidating and forwarding, specializing in the domestic Jones Act markets of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.  AFF is an indirect subsidiary of a portfolio company owned by The Jordan Company II, LLC and members of AFF management.


 

California port truckers end strike after four days

By: Reuters | May 01 2015 at 05:36 PM | Intermodal   | Ports & Terminals  

LOS ANGELES - Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.

Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.

Many drivers end up earning less than minimum wage due to company paycheck deductions for truck-leasing charges and other costs. A typical worker is short-changed by $60,000 or more yearly, union officials say.

The four companies - Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage, and Pacer sister firm Harbor Rail Transport - are among the largest drayage operators doing business in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Their fleets account for fewer than 500 of the 13,600 trucks registered to haul cargo in and out of the L.A.-Long Beach harbor complex.

But the dispute’s outcome has implications for hundreds of companies and thousands of truckers serving the twin ports, which rank as the nation’s two busiest and together handle 43 percent of all containerized cargo entering the United States.

“For too long, we have been treated like the orphans of the ports,” striking IBT driver Hector Flores said in a statement announcing the return to work. “Now we have earned the respect of the marine terminal operators and the world. We won’t back down until the boss respects us as well.”

Teamsters organizer Barbara Maynard said most terminals turned away trucks from the struck companies to keep picketers from venturing into the dockyards.

As a consequence, she said, containers bound for the companies’ customers, including Wal-Mart Stores, Costco and Toyota, were left “languishing on the docks.”

Those companies reported little or no effect on deliveries, and port authorities reported negligible waterfront disruptions. Picket lines were confined mostly to truck companies, rail yards and distribution points outside the ports.

“There were some minor delays during the week, but cargo flowed throughout the port complex,” Los Angeles port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said.

The strikers also have called on the Los Angeles and Long Beach mayors to pressure companies operating in the city-owned ports to abide by labor rulings in the drivers’ favor and recognize the truckers as employees.


Non-union truckers to shut West Coast Ports

 

Truckers to strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

By: Reuters | Apr 27 2015 at 09:00 AM | Ports & Terminals  

Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers planned to notify the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific time, with picket lines going up immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard told Reuters.

The strikers also plan to picket marine terminals, rail yards and other locations where the companies dispatch trucks, Maynard said.

The truckers accuse the companies of wage theft by illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors, and the drivers demand to be treated instead as employees with the right to union representation.

Roughly 500 truckers in all work for the four companies - Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage, and a Pacer subsidiary, Harbor Rail Transport - with many of those drivers expected to take part in the strike, Maynard said.

The outcome of the dispute has implications for hundreds of companies and thousands of truckers in Southern California serving the twin ports, which handle 43 percent of containerized goods entering the United States.

About 500 port truckers have filed wage claims with state labor officials accusing their companies of misclassifying them as freelancers and charging them to lease the trucks they drive.

The state has ruled on at least 56 such claims so far, siding in every case with drivers in awarding them back wages and penalties, the Teamsters say.

Thousands more drivers have yet to file claims, and port trucking companies in California could be liable for wage and hour violations of up to nearly $1 billion each year, the labor-backed National Employment Law Project has estimated.

In January, truckers won a $2-million judgment against Pacer Cartage in a misclassification suit supporters say could bolster class-action litigation against other firms. But Pacer has said it would appeal the decision.

It was not immediately clear how disruptive Monday’s actions might be. A series of such strikes last year caused little disarray at the ports.

The action comes as West Coast port cargo traffic returns to normal after months of slowdowns over a dispute between shipping companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. That dispute was resolved in February, with a five-year labor accord.


Fla. Gov Scott delivers the cocoa puffs

 It is kinda like Marco Rubio’s failure to understand US history as demonstrated in his announcement address (www.miamitomorrowmagazine.com). This time it is Gov. Richard Scott traveling to California to steal cargo from west coast ports only to return with nothing except an inevitable Jones Act consignment  from Jaxport to Puerto Rico.

While Scott claimed he convinced California-based Nestle to shift its chocolate shipment to Jaxport, In a statement Wednesday, Nestle USA said its decision to move cargo out of Jacksonville was made “to accommodate [customer] requests.”

Nestle said it will only be shifting a majority, not all, of its shipments to Jacksonville. The company estimates it will be shipping nearly 500 loads annually from Jacksonville, representing close to 71 percent of its exports to Puerto Rico.

The remaining exports will continue to be shipped out of a little Jones Act port in New Jersey, according to some surprising actual reporting by the Journal of Commerce.

It is all about the Jones Act and Scott hasn’t a clue what that means. (US built ships with US crew only between US ports.)

Nestle must ship to Puerto Rico aboard a Jones Act carrier departing a US port. California has no Jones Act carriers heading to Puerto Rico, nor does the Port of New York/New Jersey. But Jaxport has several Jones Act carriers calling Puerto Rico, in fact the only ones near the Nestle distribution center in Altanta.

It just so happened that the company recently closed its distribution centers in Puerto Rico, choosing instead to  ship directly to customers or via distributors out of Nestle’s Atlanta distribution center, which feeds the ports of Jacksonville and Savannah, over the company’s Allentown, Pennsylvania center, which ships out of ports in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.

The New York ports are a mess and Savannah has no regular Jones Act service to Puerto Rico so the shippers opted for Atlanta, Jaxport, Puerto Rico routing.