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West Coast ports get closer to a deal.

It’s a welcome relief to shippers hearing that the US West Coast port negotiations are finally showing signs of a solution as the contract talks have stretched out month after month. While a final agreement isn’t coming up this week, reports that parties have settled on health benefits have been reached show a massive hurdle cleared.  


The post-pandemic world looks different daily, making negotiations more complex than in previous years. This isn’t to say that the world of labor relations had been smooth until 2020. The West Coast ports are consistently problematic, as 40% of cargo coming into the US utilizes the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 

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The global community responds

We at Coppersmith are proud to be part of a global business and community that can come together and react swiftly when there is a disaster. Our business ensures that shippers trying to get goods to places in crisis have a logistics partner to help them through the process. There will be many relief efforts as the weeks continue, and freight forwarders everywhere will be helping out when possible. We send our best to the people of Turkey and will update this post as more information comes along.

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UFPLA Alert.

Effective March 18, 2023

The UFLPA Region Alert will add three new validations to ACE. The validations will be:

  • Postal code will be a required field.
  • Users will receive an error message if the postal code provided is not a valid Chinese postal code.
  • Users will receive a warning message when a XUAR region postal code is provided.

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Cargo theft across the US and Canada rose 15% in 2022, signifying a $223 million loss. California, Texas and Florida all saw the largest increases in cargo then. This isn't good news but it's a lesson that your cargo should be protected and insured against loss or pilferage.

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One year into the Russia / Ukraine conflict and the ocean shipping landscape looks very different. FreightWaves takes a look at how sanctions against Russia have impacted the nation, and the surrounding supply chain. Most notably, the way cargo still finds its way in.

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