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ILA Strike


posted Feb 2, 2013, 11:42 AM by Len James

The International Longshoremen's Association and U.S. Maritime Alliance have reached a tentative agreement for a new six-year master contract.    George H. Cohen, director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which had been assisting the two sides in contract talks said "the tentative agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations."

1/31/13: Charleston Advisory

posted Feb 1, 2013, 9:35 AM by Len James

Port of Charleston Client Advisory

Potential Work Stoppage Related to ILA-USMX Master Contract

January 31, 2013 

Ports all along the East and Gulf Coasts -- including ours -- would be impacted by any work stoppage associated with the Master Contract between the ILA and the US Maritime Alliance.


While the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) is not a party to the contract or the negotiations, we sincerely hope that they will be resolved favorably and swiftly, and that impacts on cargo flow, our customers, and the economy can be avoided.


The SCPA will work diligently both before and after any work stoppage to minimize impacts on our customers. Below are details on current preparations and expectations. These are subject to change and will be updated as new information becomes available or as the situation warrants.


To be updated on changes to Port conditions and practices, please visit and sign up for our "Client Advisories."


Your business in South Carolina's ports is greatly appreciated.


GATE HOURS - Extended gate hours will be provided at Charleston container terminals for ALL lines as follows:

  • Monday, February 4: 7 am to 8 pm
  • Tuesday, February 5: 7 am to 8 pm
  • Wednesday, February 6: 7 am to 8 pm


These extended hours are subject to change -- if there is no stoppage or an agreement is reached, regular gate hours will be re-instated.


In the event of an ILA coast-wide work stoppage, no containers will be interchanged on or off the SCPA's marine terminals in the Port of Charleston. Gate hours immediately following any stoppage will be communicated as they are determined.


VESSEL OPS & BERTHING - All container vessel operations would cease during a work stoppage. Due to security issues and related concerns, the SCPA will not provide lay-berthing for ships. All vessels are expected to complete operations and sail in advance of any shutdown. Upon resumption of normal operations, it is anticipated that preferences will be suspended and that ships will be worked in the order of their arrival off-shore.


GATE ACTIVITY & YARD STAFFING - Even with extended hours, customers and motor carriers should be prepared for increased gate activity over the coming days. The SCPA will provide the necessary equipment and personnel in the container yard. We will also ensure all support functions - such as maintenance, IT and other areas - are fully staffed during regular and extended hours.


CHASSIS - The SCPA has communicated with chassis providers and vendors and encouraged them to reduce damaged inventory, ensuring there are as many roadworthy units as possible in the port.


REFRIGERATED UNITS - Reefer monitoring will likely be limited during a work stoppage. Lines and shippers may consider minimizing the active reefer inventory on-terminal, as any work stoppage will keep boxes from being interchanged in or out for the duration of any shutdown.


FREE TIME - For the duration of any work stoppage, the SCPA will extend free time to its ocean carrier customers for all containers on terminal. Free time and demurrage calculations will both resume when any stoppage ends.


OTHER BUSINESS SEGMENTS/RAIL - It is not clear what impacts a strike or lock-out could have on non-container business segments. It is also not known precisely what impacts any work stoppage could have on rail operations. The CSX intermodal ramp has agreed to match the SCPA's extended gate hours on Monday through Wednesday, and the NS will be open until 7 pm the same three days, both conditioned on extended Port gate hours.


ENFORCEMENT/SECURITY - We have discussed our anticipated actions and the situation with the key federal agencies to ensure the necessary staffing will be in place during peaks and to provide for a swift recovery following any stoppage. For the safety and security of cargo and equipment, the SCPA Port Police will remain on duty 24/7 during any work stoppage.


To remain informed of any updates or changes to port conditions and practices, please visit and sign up for our "Client Advisories."


1/31/13: GPA Hours & Rules for potential work stoppage

posted Jan 31, 2013, 11:19 AM by Len James

In order to plan accordingly in the event of a work stoppage, 
please note the following revisions to Gate Operating Hours and Rules.

Gate Operations Monday February 4 and Tuesday February 5,
GPA will have extended gate hours at gate 4 only until 2000.  

The following Operating Conditions will apply:

        All transactions must be Pre-Advised
        Hours of Operation at Gate 4 will be from 06:00 –20:00
        Cut-off for Pick-up Tickets will be 18:30
        Cut-off for Drop –off Tickets will be 19:00
        Cut-off for Reefer Services will remain 16:15

     Reefer services after 1615 must be authorized by the steamship line to
     ensure M&R coverage.

All Trucks must be Interchanged out by 2000 or return the following business day

Normal hours and cut-off times at gates 3 and 6.

                - Reefer Services after 1615 must be authorized by the Line

Gate Operations on Wednesday, February 6.
GPA will have extended gate hours at gate 4 until 2000 or if necessary as late as 2300.

If a work stoppage is averted, the GPA will resume normal gate hours.

Should you have any questions regarding these Operating Hours and Rules, please contact
GPA’s Customer Service at (912) 963-5526 or email .

Thank you again for your continued service and cooperation.

Client Relations Center
Georgia Ports Authority
P. O.  Box 2406
Savannah, Georgia   31402
Office: 912-963-5526
Fax: 912-963-5522


Notice from NYK RE potential strike

posted Jan 30, 2013, 11:08 AM by Len James

See the below FAQ issued by NYK Lines.

01/28/13 - ILA / USMX Talks Continue

posted Jan 29, 2013, 6:48 AM by Len James

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance are expected to resume contract negotiations this week with the assistance of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Concilliation Service, after a week of talks between the union and local employers about issues in individual ports.  More info here.

The current extension expires on FEBRUARY 6, 2013.

12/28/12 - GPA Weekend Gates Cancelled

posted Dec 28, 2012, 9:14 AM by Len James

As a result of the delay in the strike deadline:

December 28, 2012 

Dear GPA Customer,

Please be advised Gate Operations for Friday December 28 and Saturday 29, 2012

GPA will cancel extended gate hours for gate 4.  

See below for hours of operations.

Friday December 28, 2012
        All Transactions must be Pre-Advised
  Hours of Operation 0600 – 1800
  Cut-off for Pick-up 1630
  Cut-off for Drop –off Tickets 1700
        Cut-off for Reefer Services is 16:15

Saturday December 29, 2012
Gate 4 Only
      All Transactions must be Pre-Advised
Hours of Operation 0800 – 1200 1300 – 1700  
Lunch break 1200 – 1300
Cut off for Pick-up 1615
Cut off for Drop-off 1630
No Reefer Service

Should you have any questions regarding these Operating Hours and Rules, please contact
GPA’s Customer Service at (912) 963-5526 or email .

Happy New Year and Thank you again for your continued service and cooperation.

Client Relations Center
Georgia Ports Authority
P. O.  Box 2406
Savannah, Georgia   31402
Office: 912-963-5526
Fax: 912-963-5522

12/28/12 - 11:30 AM - STRIKE DELAYED 30 DAYS!

posted Dec 28, 2012, 8:51 AM by Len James   [ updated Dec 28, 2012, 8:57 AM ]

Both sides agreed to a 30-day extension of the Master Contract, thus averting a possible strike this weekend. The agreement followed meetings Thursday with the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The new deadline is January 28, 2013.

Read the release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service HERE!

12/28/12 - Port Congestion Surcharges

posted Dec 28, 2012, 8:03 AM by Len James

Below is a summary of known Port Congestion Surcharges:

EGLV/HAPAG/HANJIN already confirmed congestion charge will NOT be applied on USWC until further notice.



20 / 40 / 40HC / 45HC

Applicable Scope

Effective Date

Based upon




Dec. 30

arrival date at POD



East coast and Gulf coast of USA/Canada

Strike start date

arrival date at POD



all USA ports

Dec. 29

gate-in date at Origin



all shipments to ports in the United States and Canada

Dec. 29

arrival date at POD




Dec. 30

gate-in date at Origin



USA/Canada/Puerto Rico

Dec. 30

gate-in date at Origin



East coast and Gulf coast

Dec. 30

gate-in date at Origin




Dec. 30

arrival date at POD




Dec. 30

arrival date at POD

12/27/12 - ** URGENT ** - GPA Needs Estimates for 12/29 gates

posted Dec 27, 2012, 6:13 AM by Len James


GPA MUST HAVE ACCURATE  numbers for our Saturday Gate

GPA must receive volume estimates, to insure proper field and gate staffing .


f we do not receive accurate numbers, this will cause longer waiting times at the gates and lifts.
Rather than list individual containers, please provide an estimated container count.  

The following operating conditions will apply:
The Georgia Ports Authority and Gateway Terminals, Inc. will be open for business
Saturday  DECEMBER 29, 2012.  GPA is encouraging all to participate in a full gate on Saturday.

·        All Transactions must be Pre-Advised
·        Gate Services will be restricted to Gate 4 only
·        Hours of Operation will be 0800 – 1200, 1300 – 1700 with a lunch break

·        Cut-offs will be 16:15 for pick-ups and 16:30 for drop-offs.  

     Also, please remember:

     Saturday gate is not for reefers, reefer and maintenance services should be
     coordinated through the S/S line.  Steamship line should issue authorization
     (for reefers only) to GPA and stevedores.

   Please respond promptly to allow for proper gate and field staffing.
Pls fill out the attached form and email back to us no later than Friday 12-28-12, noon.

12/27/12 - CBP Plan for Strike Disruption

posted Dec 27, 2012, 6:00 AM by Len James

From the NCBFAA:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Procedures for Vessel and Cargo Entry Processing During Trade Disruptions

Potential Trade Disruption – East and Gulf Coast Vessel Ports

(12/21/2012)Summary: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in cooperation with trade stakeholders, is establishing procedures for events that cause major delays and diversions of vessel cargo arriving and departing the U.S. CBP will continue to demonstrate its commitment to the restoration of port operations for affected areas by using its authority and resources to facilitate the movement of cargo caused by events out of CBP’s control. CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) is working with all field locations to update contingency plans so all affected seaports can resume vessel operations and entry processing of freight as quickly as possible.

Procedures: The following are general vessel, cargo, and entry guidelines developed in cooperation with trade stakeholders and incorporating CBP system limitations identified during the recent disruptive events. These instructions should assist the trade stake holders in developing contingency plans for the possible diversion of vessels and cargo scheduled for discharge at U.S. ports. Trade members should work closely with local CBP port management to ensure compliance with all CBP policies and procedures. These procedures are only applicable during the disruptive event. CBP will publish a notice when these interim procedures are terminated and normal processing resumes.

CBP Unified Business Resumption Messaging

· CBP will provide the trade community instant alerts and up-to-date information if an event occurs that could delay the flow of trade through a port of entry on the public CBP Unified Business Resumption site ( CBP UBRM ) . CBP will provide up-to-date information on CBP's operational readiness and processing status.

· CBP will transmit information through the Cargo Systems Messaging Service ( CSMS ) . CSMS is augmented by an e-mail subscription service which provides timely notification of new messages based on each or any combination of item groups.

· Affected CBP ports will designate a point of contact (POC) for trade inquiries regarding specific procedures for each port. The POC information will be disseminated by the CBP port and posted on the CBP Unified Business Resumption Messaging site.

Vessel in Port with Cargo Destined for Subsequent U.S. Port(s) and Discharged or Vessel Diverted to Another U.S. Port and Discharged:

· Vessel carriers will amend the diverted bills to indicate the new port of unlading.

o Vessel carriers may initiate in-bond movements for the foreign-origin cargo allowing for inter-modal transport of the goods to the intended U.S. port(s) for processing by CBP. No change to the entry is required. CBP at the in-bond port of destination will manually post any pre-filed entries against the in-bond number to close out the in-bond movement.

o Entry filers have the option of deleting the pre-filed entry and filing a new entry reflecting the in-bond number or

o Entry filers have the option of deleting the entry and re-filing an entry at the port of discharge.

· When a shipment receives a "Documents Required" message for merchandise requiring FDA examination, coordination with FDA must be made to determine the examination location. In some instances, FDA may grant a conditional release to allow the movement to an importer’s premises, provided the location is permitted by FDA.

· Carriers will receive electronic messages for entries including Remote Location Filing (RLF) entries.

· When a shipment covered by an entry (including RLF entry) is designated for a security or agriculture examination, it will be performed at the U.S. port of vessel arrival and discharge. The entry filer will need to contact the examining CBP port and provide documentation requested to facilitate the examination and release of the cargo.

· When a shipment covered by an entry (including RLF entry) is designated for compliance examination, the shipment may be transferred under bond to the intended U.S. port for examination. The entry filer will need to contact the CBP port where the cargo was discharged to determine if the merchandise can be transported in-bond and the examination conducted at the CBP port of destination.

· In all instances where an entry is filed at the intended U.S. port and the vessel diverts to another U.S. port, the entry summary must be filed at the intended U.S. port within 10 working days.

· The 10-day entry summary clock will begin once the vessel has arrived at a subsequent U.S. port of arrival, the shipment is discharged, and entry is filed.

· CBP will work with its partner government agencies that have oversight responsibilities for import and export shipments to keep those agencies informed of any port disruptions. CBP will distribute this plan to its partner agencies to generate dialog towards common sense solutions that address regulatory requirements for shipments affected by the disruption.

Vessel Diverted to Foreign Port, Cargo Discharged and Arriving in the U.S. by Other than Vessel:

· All bills of lading, Importer Security Filings (ISF), and entries filed against those bills need to be deleted (not cancelled), unless entry summary has been filed and monies paid, in which case the entries would need to be cancelled.

· New entries will be filed at the appropriate port of entry for merchandise entering the U.S.

· Entry filers for shipments subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements must request deletion and a new Bio-Terrorism Act (BTA) submission should be transmitted along with the new entry for those FDA-regulated shipments.

· A new prior notice will be transmitted to FDA for shipments requiring prior notice.

· The entry filer should contact staff at the intended CBP entry filing port to obtain detailed instructions for submitting a deletion list.

· Entries should be removed from the statement.

Vessels Diverted to a Foreign Port, Discharged, and Reloaded for Discharge to Original Destination Port by Vessel

· If there is No Change to the Bill of Lading - When a vessel is diverted to a foreign port and U.S. destination cargo is unladen, and then reloaded for movement to the original destination port by vessel using the same bill of lading, no change to the bill of lading, entry, or ISF will be needed. The original entry will be processed with the new arrival date.

· If the Bill of Lading Number Changes:

o The ISF filer will amend the ISF to add the new bill of lading number retaining the original bill of lading number.

o CBP at the U.S. port of discharge will manually post the entry to the new bill of lading. Entry filers have the option of deleting the entry and filing a new entry reflecting the new bill of lading number.

Vessels Diverted to Foreign Port or Another U.S. Port and Not Discharged:

· When the vessel is diverted to a foreign port of entry but not discharged, no change is needed to the bill of lading, ISF, or entries.

· The arrival date for the vessel will reflect the date the ship returns to the intended U.S. port to be offloaded.

Vessel Arrives at First U.S. Port and Rests at Anchorage:

· Carriers must continue to provide advance notification to local CBP ports of their pending arrival (CBP Form 3171).

· When a vessel arrives at a U.S. port (within CBP territory) and comes to rest, whether at anchor, a dock or harbor, carriers must notify local CBP vessel processing personnel.

· Carriers and vessel agents should maintain close communication with local CBP port vessel processing office or designated POC for sharing information, updates, instructions, and port specific guidance.

· While a vessel rests at anchor, the entry summary must be filed within 10 working days at the port where the entry was filed. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis to "reset" the ACE M1 conveyance arrival date and time at the first U.S. port to pushback the entry summary date to more closely reflect the actual date/time the vessel begins to unlade and lade cargo.

· To alleviate the backlog of vessels at anchorage within CBP port limits, CBP ports will initiate formal vessel entry and clearance processing in order to facilitate docking as terminals are re-opened.


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