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12/06/12 - CBP Business Recovery Plan

posted Dec 6, 2012, 8:23 AM by Len James

CSMS# 12-000537 - Business Recovery Operations Post Los Angeles/Long Beach Labor Strike

12/06/2012 11:12 AM EST

 

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Business Recovery Operations Post Los Angeles/Long Beach Labor Strike

Summary: From November 27 to December 4, 2012, the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 Office Clerical Unit workers (OCU) at the port of Los Angeles-Long Beach (LA/LB) walked off the job, shutting down all cargo movement. Subsequently, vessel operators opted to anchor in the harbor or divert to alternate locations. On December 4, 2012, this labor dispute was resolved and port operations were restored on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. 

Response: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in Los Angeles/Long Beach is committed to support the restoration of Port operations in LA/LB, specifically with the secure entry processing of international freight. To alleviate the backlog of vessels that are anchored in the harbor, CBP Los Angeles is conducting vessel boarding’s to initiate the entry/clearance requirements so these vessels can dock at terminals as they opened.

CBP Los Angeles is maintaining close communications with its Trade Partners, specifically; Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Brokers/Freight Forwarders, and Centralized Examination Stations (CES) to assess the status of recovery operations and adjust as necessary. CBP Los Angeles is:

• Allowing for flexible boarding request(s) to include anchor boardings in preparation of arrival/discharge.

• Extending gate hours of operation at all terminals to include “Hoot Owl” shifts from 0300 to 0800 hours, if necessary.

• Extending internal Watch Commander work tours to address questions or concerns from the Shipping Community.

• Providing additional CBP personnel to accommodate Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) appointments at the terminals.

• Deploying additional CBP personnel at terminals with high alarm rates at the Radiation Portal Monitor (RPM) sites.

• Providing additional CBP personnel to staff the Trade Interface Unit (TIU) to accommodate inquires from the Trade.

• Extending operating hours at the CESs to support increase demands of cargo examinations and cargo releases.



As a result of the strike, 17 foreign container vessels were diverted from LA/LB: The latest information indicates:



• 6 diverted to Mexico;

• 10 diverted to Oakland (none to discharge LA/LB freight); and

• 1 diverted to Panama



Vessel Diverted to Foreign Port and Discharged (CSMS 12-00534): When a vessel opts to divert to a foreign port of entry to discharge freight, all bills of lading and pre-filed entries need to be deleted (not cancelled) unless summary has been filed and monies paid, in which case the entries need to be cancelled. New entries must be filed at the Southern Border port of arrival for those shipments. Deletion requests should also be filed for entries subject to Food and Drug (FDA) and a new Bio-Terrorism Act (BTA) submission should be sent along with the new entry for the FDA shipments to be filed at the Southern Border. The deletion requests must be sent to the Trade Interface Unit at: lalb.tiu@dhs.cbp.gov.



Brokers that have multiple entries that were unloaded in Mexico can submit one request for all entries using an Excel spreadsheet. If you use an Excel document, list your entry numbers without any dashes (442-1234567-8 should be shown on the report as 44212345678). The Excel report should be sent to TIU via email with a header of “Diversion Deletions”. Under these special circumstances and to make sure that these requests are acted on quickly copy your request to: philip.s.morin@cbp.dhs.gov . CBP has assigned additional staff to TIU and the selectivity site to assist in moving entries as quickly as possible as the Trade works to recover from this work stoppage.



Vessels Diverted to Foreign Port Not Discharged (CSMS 12-00534): When the vessel is diverted to a foreign port of entry but not discharged, no change is needed to the bills of lading or entries. The arrival date for the vessel will reflect the date the ship returns to LA/LB.



Vessels Diverted to Oakland Not Discharged: Our understanding is that all vessels diverted to Oakland intend to return to LA/LB. If no LA-bound freight is discharged in Oakland, no change is needed to the bill of lading or pre-filed entries. The arrival date for the vessel will reflect the date the ship returns to LA/LB.



Vessel Diverted to East Coast Location: In the event that a vessel diverts through the Panama Canal to discharge at an east coast port, the bills of lading must be updated to reflect the proper port code. Any pre-filed entries will need to be cancelled and re-filed with the appropriate port code.




Related CSMS No. 12-000534

12/4/2012 2:00 am EST: Strike Ends!

posted Dec 5, 2012, 5:40 AM by Len James

From The American Shipper:

 LA/Long Beach strike ends; Longshoremen return to work today

   Clerical workers at shipping terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reached agreement on a new contract with employers, ending a strike that had shut down the nation's two largest ports for a week.
   The Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, which represents 14 employers covering 10 terminals in the two ports, said at 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time that they had reached an agreement on a new contract to replace one that had expired on June 30, 2010 ,with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU).
   The employer group said longshoremen who had been honoring the pickets will return to work this morning.
   Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the eight-day strike was over, but cost the local economy billions of dollars.
   "I would like to thank both the employers and the union for returning to the bargaining table in earnest beginning last night and working feverishly to reach a new deal," he said. "The result is a contract amenable to both sides and the return to work during this holiday season for thousands of men and women who are vital to keeping our port running around the clock.
   "With the strike now ending, we must waste no time in getting the nation's busiest port complex's operations back up to speed," he added

6:30 pm EST - Both sides agree to mediation

posted Dec 4, 2012, 3:28 PM by Len James

From The American Shipper:

Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, said at a press conference today that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63, Office Clerical Unit (OCU) and employers represented by the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association have agreed to have a federal mediator assist them with their contract negotiations.
   He said mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service might become involved in the talks as early as today.
   The 600 members of the OCU have been on strike for a week, and longshoremen in the port have been honoring their picket line, effectively shutting down 10 of the 14 terminals in the two ports...

12/4/12 2:30 pm EST - Vessel Diversions

posted Dec 4, 2012, 11:54 AM by Len James

See below for updated info from CBP LA/LGB courtesy of the LA Brokers Association:

To the Members of the LACBFFA,

Below is the latest report from CBP on ships that have been diverted from Los Angeles/Long Beach with notes for each vessel.  Please do not prefile any entries on those ships that are not coming back.  For ships not coming back  CBP will require deletions of entries filed for 2704 arrival. We anticipate that cargo coming back to Los Angeles will not require any changes to those entries  and will post  a release based on the new arrival.  CBP is working on deletion instructions for entries for the diverted cargo ( not necessarily cancellation) for the Trade Community very soon along with full instructions  for entry and release.

Daniel Meylor - Seaport CBP Committee

 

This is the updated list of vessel diversions.  Please note that we show 6 vessels diverted to foreign ports in MX that will not be returning to LA.  The information we have on the Oakland diversions is that the ship will return to LA to discharge cargo when the strike is over. (CBP LA/LGB)

 Vessel Diversions

As of December 3, 2012, at 1700 hours, 17 vessels have been diverted to other ports. 10 going to Oakland, 1 going to Panama and 6 going to Mexico. Here is the update:     

Vessel: APL Korea

Agent: Norton Lilly              

Diverted To:  Oakland, USA         

Notes: Planning to return on 12/6/12.

                                                                       

Vessel: Jupiter                                          

Agent: Norton Lilly             

Diverted To: Mazatlan, MEX

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back.

 

Vessel: YM Hamburg                                          

Agent: Yang Ming           

Diverted To:  Oakland, USA      

Notes: Plan to return on 12/6

 

Vessel: YM Wealth                                                         

Agent: Yang Ming               

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: Plan to return on 12/7/12

 

Vessel: Wanhe                                                          

Agent: Cosco               

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: Plan to return on 12/6/12

 

Vessel: Sea-Lang Lightning                                                             

Agent: Maersk Line              

Diverted To: Oakland, USA        

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Hanjin Miami                                                  

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Oakland, USA        

Notes: Plan to return on 12/5/12

                                   

Vessel: Dallas Express

Agent: Norton Lilly              

Diverted To:  Ensenada, MEX         

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back.

                                                                       

Vessel: YM Great                                          

Agent: Yang Ming America             

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Maersk Winnipeg                                          

Agent: Maersk Line              

Diverted To:  Manzanillo, MEX      

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Lorraine                                                         

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: APL Scotland                                                           

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Manzanillo, MEX        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Pusan                                                             

Agent: Norton Lilly              

Diverted To: Manzanillo, PAN        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Cape Manila                                                  

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Manzanillo, MEX        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Sun Right                                          

Agent: Evergreen America               

Diverted To:  Oakland, USA           

Notes: Will return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Xin Los Angeles                               

Agent: China Shipping                      

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: Will return when the strike is over

 

Vessel:  Maersk Merlion                                 

Agent: Maersk Line                

Diverted To: Ensenada, MEX           

Notes: Not coming back, end of LA service

 

Update: Talks continue, K-Line diversions

posted Dec 4, 2012, 8:35 AM by Len James

11:30 AM Tuesday: Negotiations commenced at 10:00 AM PST Monday and are still continuing through an all night marathon session.   Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is now in attendance at the session.  All affected facilities remain closed and are not expected to be operational for the first shift today. 

UPDATE from K-LINE:

Please note we have been advised by the Norfolk Southern that they will close all gates to export cargo moving to LALGB as of 5 PM MONDAY.

K-LINE vessel diversions:

 CALCO-A

·         MOL Explorer (MOLEX) 047E/W arrived LGB 11/28 and is still sitting at LGB waiting to complete cargo ops. 

·         MOL Excellence (MEXC) 080E/W, ETA LGB 12/5, delay is expected. 

 

CALCO-B

·         Victoria Bridge (VCTB) 054E/W arrived LGB 12/01, and is still sitting at anchor waiting to berth. 

 

CALCO-C

·         Baltimore Bridge (BALBRG) 054E/W arrived LGB 12/01, and is still sitting at anchor waiting to berth. 

 

CALCO-H

·         Hanjin Dallas 0056E/W arrived LGB 11/26 and is still sitting at LGB waiting to complete cargo ops. 

·         Hanjin Miami 0070E/W will change her USWC port rotation and will call OAK before calling LGB, ETA OAK 12/03.

 

CALCO-J (MAP)

·         Hanjin Basel (HNBL) 0056E/W arrived LGB 11/25 and is still sitting at LGB waiting to complete cargo ops. 

·         Wan He (WAN) 0070E/W will change her USWC port rotation and will call OAK before calling LGB.  ETA OAK 12/04.

 

CALCO-M

·         YM Hamburg (YHAM) 059E/W will change her USWC port rotation and will call OAK before calling LAX, ETA OAK 12/04.

 

CALCO-Y

·         YM Great (MGRT) 82E/W changed her USWC port rotation and has completed cargo ops at OAK, sailed 11/30.  She is now waiting for berth at LAX.

·         Talassa (TLSSA) 001E/W arrived LAX 11/28 and is currently waiting at anchor to berth.

·         YM Wealth (MWLH) 94E/W, ETA LAX 12/03, waiting at LAX to berth. 


Vessel Diversions as of 12/3/2012

posted Dec 4, 2012, 6:27 AM by Len James

UPDATE From CBP Los Angeles (12/3/2012):

Foreign Container Vessels Alongside Docks at Operational Terminals1

Foreign Container Vessels Alongside Docks at Non-Operational Terminals11

Foreign Container Vessels at Anchor Waiting for Berths11  

(Talassa, Hanjin Constantza, Hyundai Hong Kong, Baltimore Bridge, Hanjin Chongqing, Hanjin Algeciras, Ital Contessa, Victoria Bridge, APL London, Kota Wangsa, Mearsk Merlion,)

 

Vessel Diversions

10 vessels in total. 4 going to Oakland, 1 going to Panama and 5 going to Mexico.  Depending on the status of the strike, some vessels may discharge cargos in Oakland or Mexico, then move the freight by train back to LA. Some may skip LA this round. Information provided by Marine Exchange is no longer accurate. Only ship agents have alternative plan, but some of them are closed on the weekend.              

                                   

Vessel: Dallas Express

Agent: Norton Lilly              

Diverted To:  Ensenada, MEX         

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back.

 

Vessel: YM Great                                          

Agent: Yang Ming America             

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Maersk Winnipeg                                          

Agent: Maersk Line              

Diverted To:  Manzanillo, MEX      

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Lorraine                                                         

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: APL Scotland                                                           

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Manzanillo, MEX        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Pusan                                                             

Agent: Norton Lilly              

Diverted To: Manzanillo, PAN        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Cape Manila                                                  

Agent: Norton Lilly               

Diverted To: Manzanillo, MEX        

Notes: Bypassing LA. Not coming back

 

Vessel: Sun Right                                          

Agent: Evergreen America               

Diverted To:  Oakland, USA           

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel: Xin Los Angeles                               

Agent: China Shipping                      

Diverted To: Oakland, USA

Notes: May return when the strike is over

 

Vessel:  Maersk Merlion                                 

Agent: Maersk Line                

Diverted To: Ensenada, MEX           

Notes: Not coming back, end of LA service

 

 

Letter from Trade Associations to President Obama, et al.

posted Dec 4, 2012, 6:25 AM by Len James

See the attached letter being sent from numerous trade associations (including the NCBFAA, and west coast broker associations) to President Obame regarding the west coast situation.

Hapag Lloyd - Force Majeure notice

posted Dec 4, 2012, 6:23 AM by Len James

See the attached notice from carrier Hapag-Lloyd in response to the West Coast strike situation.

West Coast Strike - 2012

posted Dec 4, 2012, 6:17 AM by Len James

From the American Shipper (11/28/2012):

A strike by longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has now spread to about 10 terminals in the ports.
   The strike began Tuesday at noon when clerical workers representated by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit set up pickets at a single facility, the APM Terminals (APMT) Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles.
   Those workers do office work for the company, but other ILWU longshoremen who handle containers at the terminal honored the pickets and joined the strike.
   By Wednesday afternoon, John Fageaux Jr., president of ILWU Local 63, told American Shipper members of his local had gone on strike against all 14 of the steamship agencies and terminals at which it represents workers, shutting down terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach...

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