Internnational longshoreman's association ILA Local Authorizes Strike – After negotiations for new contract terms broke off last week, the International Longshoremen’s Association’s (ILA) Local 1804-1 in North Bergen, New Jersey held a meeting. The Local unanimously voted for and approved the authorization for a strike, if a new contract is not in place in October. The ILA also recently joined the International Dockworkers Council and has gained the support of Portuguese dockworkers who are ready to strike along with the ILA.

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Hurricane Isaac Damage Assessment – The Port of New Orleans officials are working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and to determine whether the Mississippi River may be re-opened. After the assessment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will determine whether navigation will be hindered. Port officials hope to resume operations by this weekend.

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Trucker Strike at Port Nehru Called Off – The trailer operators at Port of Jawaharlal Nehru in India have called off their planned strike against a hike in hauling rates and deteriorating infrastructure at the port. The Nhava Sheva Container Trailer Operators’ Association has agreed to address the truckers concerns.

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Trade Talks Progress for South Korea and China – The third round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between South Korea and China have taken place and more progress has been made. The two countries drew up guidelines for negotiations in the fields of goods, services, origin, customs clearance and trade facilitation. Both countries will be able to benefit from a bilateral FTA.

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