Strike at Port of Oakland, Estonia Signs Agreement with China, Ban on Myanmar Imports Suspended, Virginia's Portsmouth Marine Terminal Reopened - This Week In Global Logistics

Port of Oakland logoStrike at Port of Oakland – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 staged a 24-hour strike at the Oakland International Airport and the Port of Oakland on Monday and Tuesday this week. However, operations were only shut down at the Port of Oakland on Tuesday while airport operations were unaffected. The union’s protest is over alleged unfair labor practices and other disputes with the port’s governing board.

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Estonia Signs Agreement with China – Estonia’s Port of Tallinn chairman of the board, Ain Kaljurand, has signed an agreement with the China National Corporation for Overseas Economic Cooperation’s (CCOEC) president, Ma Zhiwu. The agreement supports use of the port’s industrial parks by Chinese exporters and will help provide opportunities for foreign investment and production in Estonia.

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Ban on Myanmar Imports Suspended – The United States has waived the import ban put in place in 2003 on goods from Myanmar. The State Department cites this action as a step toward normalizing bilateral economic relations. However, a ban on gems such as jadeite and rubies, and jewelry containing these gems, remains in place.

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Virginia’s Portsmouth Marine Terminal Reopened – The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) has reopened Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) to aid in the overflow of vehicles that were bound for the Port of New York/New Jersey but diverted due to Hurricane Sandy. The VPA’s Newport News Marine Terminal normally handles all overflow of automobiles; however, automobiles were rerouted to PMT when that terminal reached capacity. The VPA anticipates that PMT will be operational for about a month, until all of the cars are delivered.

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