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Unipac Shipping Inc/Continental Agency Inc. provide news articles that are compiled from a number of public sources that, to the best of Unipac Shipping Inc./Continental Agency Inc. knowledge, are true and correct.  However, in the event any information contained herein is erroneous, Unipac shipping Inc. or Continental Agency Inc. accepts no liability or responsibility. Any decision factor might result from news articles listed, we ask you to contact us by phone or emails for further clarification.
 
7/18/2014
Los Angeles - Long Beach Port Congestion

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is struggling with marine terminal congestion which is resulting in longer trucker turn-around times.  Chassis shortages, delays on the intermodal rail network, poor communication between terminals and truckers, and a surge in cargo volume have all been noted as contributing factors.  The delays appear to be a systematic issue and we expect these delays to continue, especially in regards to chassis shortages.  We encourage our customers to take the current port condition into account and coordinate with your customer service representative to minimize delays.

7/8/2014
PMA and ILWU updates II

Dear Valued Customers, 


 
Please be advised that until further notice, GGS will be closed due to the I.L.W.U. honoring the Teamster strike. 

We will advise with any updated. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding. 



7/8/2014
PMA and ILWU updates

PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks
SAN FRANCISCO (July 7, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:The parties have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest. During this break, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, through 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, the parties have agreed to extend the previous six-year contract, which expired last week. The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports.

 
 
Additional information can be found on the sites listed below.
 
7/1/2014
Notice of Strike Update

July 1, 2014

Dear Valued Customer:
Because we value your support and our longstanding business relationship, we would like you to be aware of the following situation.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are continuing to meet daily in hopes of reaching an agreement on a new labor agreement by mid-July.  The six-year contract between the two groups that covers nearly 20,000 workers across 29 different ports expired on June 30. Currently, the ILWU says it is confident that ongoing negotiations with the PMA will be resolved, and disruption does not appear imminent.
Currently, the terminals on the West Coast are still in operation, but are very congested due to several issues. There are shortages of chassis and labor, a high volume of cargo arrived in June, and a short week due to the Independence Day holiday. In the event that Unipac Shipping, Inc. and Continental Agency, Inc. are arranging a door move, we will do our best to get the containers delivered to our customer’s door as early as possible. 
In the event of labor unrest, cargo received by the carrier or its agent, scheduled to arrive at or depart from any U.S. west coast port on or after July 1, 2014, shall be subject to the following Port Congestion Surcharge:
 
Amount: $800/1000/1125/1266 for 20/40/40'HQ/45'HQ
                                                                                               
* Applies based on bill of lading last container gate-in (cargo receiving) date, not arrival date                                          
* Applies to all US and Canada destinations.                                    
* Also applies to Flat Rack, Open Top, Tank and all other types of special equipment
 
If no labor unrest occurs, this charge shall not be applicable. Once labor unrest has occurred, this charge shall continue to be assessed until such time as the Carrier provides notice in this tariff that the impact of the labor unrest on its operations and those of any affected port(s) has ended.
We will continue to keep you posted on further developments.
If you have any urgent shipment needs as a result of this situation, please let us know. We will do our best to assist you.
Sincerely,
Unipac Shipping, Inc.
Continental Agency, Inc.
1400 Montefino Ave., Suite 200
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
http://www.unipacshipping.com
6/20/2014
Notice of Possible Strike

Dear Valued Customer:
Because we value your support and our longstanding business relationship, we would like you to be aware of the following situation.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents labor in 29 west coast ports, recently called a meeting with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents the carriers and terminals (ILWU employers). The current 6 year labor contract between them is set to expire July 1st, 2014 at 5:00pm, so the ILWA and PMA are working fastidiously to find a common ground to renew labor contracts. The main issue during negotiations is not wages, but healthcare and welfare costs and coverage.
The ILWU and PMA are continuing to meet daily in hopes of reaching an agreement on a new labor agreement by mid-July. Although both sides are publicly stating that work will continue until an agreement is reached, it is recognized that a strike, lockout, stoppage, work slow-down, or other labor-related disruption may occur at any west coast port during the first week of July. 
 
In the event of labor unrest, cargo received by the carrier or its agent, scheduled to arrive at or depart from any U.S. west coast port on or after July 1, 2014, shall be subject to the following Port Congestion Surcharge:
 
Amount: $800/1000/1125/1266 for 20/40/40'HQ/45'HQ
                                                                                               
* Applies based on bill of lading last container gate-in (cargo receiving) date, not arrival date                                          
* Applies to all US and Canada destinations.                                    
* Also applies to Flat Rack, Open Top, Tank and all other types of special equipment
 
If no labor unrest occurs, this charge shall not be applicable. Once labor unrest has occurred, this charge shall continue to be assessed until such time as the Carrier provides notice in this tariff that the impact of the labor unrest on its operations and those of any affected port(s) has ended.
 
We will continue to keep you posted on further developments.
If you have any urgent shipment needs as a result of this situation, please let us know. We will do our best to assist you.
6/17/2013
Initiation Date for Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance July 09, 2013

In order to achieve the most compliance with the least disruption to the trade and to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) enforcement. On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.
 
 
In order for Continental Agency Inc./Unipac Shipping Inc. to file your ISF timely, a complete and accurate ISF request must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to the shipment lading aboard a vessel destined to the USA. Late or inaccurate filings can be subject to a $5,000.00 penalty from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
5/31/2013
Unipac Warehouse Announcement

Dear Unipac Shipping, Inc. Customers:
 
 
Starting June 1, 2013, Unipac Warehouse shipping and receiving hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (PST). 
 
All incoming containers or deliveries must have an appointment with the Unipac Warehouse at least 48 hours prior to delivery. Unipac Warehouse will refuse unauthorized deliveries and will not be responsible for any additional cost. 
 
All outgoing orders must be submitted to Unipac Warehouse before 4:00 pm (PST) to ship-out or pickup on the next working day. All outgoing order submissions after 4:00 pm will be ready in 2 days.
 
Our warehouse will be closed during December 25, 2013 through January 1, 2014 for our warehouse maintenance. We will not be able to receive and ship-out during that period. Shipping services will be temporarily suspended until January 3, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and we thank you for your understanding and continuous support. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Unipac Shipping Inc.
Warehouse Department
433 Baldwin Park Blvd
City of Industry, CA 91746
WHS Announcement
9/20/2012
Re:Follow up to the Unipac Continental Port Congestion Advisory of 9/13/2012

We are pleased to report the latest development in the labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Union and the carriers. The collective bargaining agreement which was set to expire on September 30, 2012 has been extended 90 days, through December 29, 2012. The parties, involved, have emphasized that they are doing so “for the good of the country” to avoid any disruptions to interstate commerce.
9/14/2012
PORT CONGESTION & SURCHARGE ADVISORY

Dear Unipac Continental Valued Customer:

Because your Company’s success is our top priority, we want to assist you in every possible way. We at Unipac Shipping, Inc. & Continental Agency, Inc. feel the need to reach out to you at this time, due to recent labor disputes that may affect our industry.

Currently, negotiations are taking place between the Longshoremen’s Union and the carriers to reach a labor contract agreement. Failure to reach an agreement in a timely manner may result in a strike, lockout or port congestion, affecting containerized shipments to U.S. West Coast, U.S. East Coast, Gulf, and Canada.

If this occurs, the ocean carriers will impose a Port Congestion Surcharge on all import and export shipments at U.S. and Canadian ports. The surcharges will vary, depending on the carrier and container size, as shown in the following examples:
• $800 per 20 foot container
• $1,000 per 40 foot container
• $1,125 per 40 foot high cube
• $1,266 per 45 foot container
We will monitor the negotiations closely, and will keep you posted on further developments. We value your business, and are here to support your Company in any way we can. 
                                                                                                     
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Unipac or Continental Representative.
Sincerely,
Unipac Shipping, Inc.
Continental Agency, Inc.

PORT CONGESTION & SURCHARGE ADVISORY
6/18/2012
ACE Reports

The purpose of this memorandum is to announce that the Office of International Trade will begin billing for the increase in merchandise processing fee (MPF), as established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAA), retroactively effective on October 1, 2011. CBP automated system programming was completed in November 2011 and ACS began accepting the new MPF rate on November 5, 2011. CBP could not begin the retroactive billing process for merchandise entered between October 1, 2011 and November 4, 2011 until the refund processing was completed for the Generalized System of Preferences, Andean Trade Preference Act, and the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act retroactive renewals.

The Entry, Summary, and Drawback Branch (ESD) will script liquidate entries with a future liquidation date to generate a bill for the additional MPF due. Differences of less than $20.00 are de minimis, and as such will not be processed for retroactive MPF. Entries which are flagged for reconciliation shall have the MPF increase accounted for via the reconciliation entry. Once the scripting begins, ESD will post weekly results on CBPnet Secure at the following link:https://cbpnetsecure.cbp.dhs.gov/sites/ot/tpp/tfa/Pages/Welcome.aspx. Entries for which CBP system successfully generated a bill will be listed in the file titled, “MPF Increases”. This list is being provided to the ports for use as back-up documentation in relation to the B12 report (Bulletin Notice of Entries Liquidated – by Batch and Sequence). Entries that failed the scripting process will be available via the same link, in the file titled, “MPF Script Errors”. Ports must manually liquidate all entries that are included in this list. 

The scripting process will begin the week of June 11, 2012. We expect to liquidate approximately 20,000 entries per week but do not have an estimated completion date. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Ms. Terry Monroy, International Trade Specialist, Office of International Trade at terry.monroy@dhs.gov.
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