NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With ports on the East and Gulf coasts headed for a possible shutdown at the end of September, current longshore labor negotiations are a hot issue being closely followed by the shipping industry in the U.S. and globally. The Journal of Commerce announced today that it will add a session to the agenda of its Inland Port Logistics Conference, Sept 5-6, in Oak Brook, IL, covering this volatile and unpredictable negotiation that impacts everyone from railroads to third-party logistics providers to beneficial cargo owners.
Responding to the recent breakdown in talks between the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance, National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said there's "a real risk of disruption." And ILA President Harold Daggett left little optimism for BCOs and other industry interests when he warned on Aug. 22, "It looks like we're going to have a strike."
Moderated by JOC Associate Editor Bill Mongelluzzo, the 8:30 a.m. session on Sept. 6 — "East and Gulf Coast Longshore Negotiations: Where Are They Headed?" — will feature analysis and Q&A from JOC Senior Editor Joseph Bonney, who has covered the issue extensively in recent months. Bonney moderated the panel discussion at UBM Global Trade's TPM Conference in March, when Daggett first warned a strike was possible. His recent podcasts on the topic can be found at http://www.joc.com/podcasts.
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The JOC Inland Port Conference will inform shipper organizations and beneficial cargo owners about the benefits of using rail intermodal through inland ports as part of a North American import or export supply chain. Panel discussions will showcase how this system can help achieve meaningful benefits in reducing transportation and fuel costs, reducing supply chain risk and expanding access to capacity.
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