Port of LAILA Strike Averted – The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have tentatively agreed on a 6-year master contract. An agreement was reached prior to the contract’s February 6th expiration date; therefore, the threatened strike has been averted. Talks will now focus on local agreements.

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EU Removes Ban on US Meat – The European Union (EU) will remove the ban on U.S. meat imports beginning February 25th. The EU hopes removing this trade barrier will facilitate trade talks with the U.S.

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Jamaica Aspires to Become Global Logistics Hub – The Jamaica Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is planning to transform Jamaica into a global logistics hub. Discussions are focused on developing the Port of Kingston ahead of the Panama Canal expansion and constructing an air cargo airport to help with increased volume.

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Strike at India’s Cochin Terminal – Unionized truck drivers went on strike Monday over poor labor conditions. Cargo movements to and from Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal in India’s southeastern port of Cochin have been paralyzed.

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