sri_lanka_customs_logoSri Lanka Updates Customs Procedures – The Sri Lanka Customs Department has announced that it will replace its physical documentation process with a new system that allows shippers to submit and receive approvals online for export cargo. The fully automated documentation system will launch in May of 2013.

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Hong Kong Government Attempts to End Port Strike – The Hong Kong government has invited the Union of Hong Kong Dockers to discuss their labor issues for a second time and resolve a 5 week port strike. The first round of talks failed when the dock workers rejected a 7 percent pay raise. Workers are demanding 23 percent.

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Affordable Footwear Act Reintroduced to Congress – The United States House of Representatives has reintroduced the Affordable Footwear Act. If passed, the act will eliminate a hidden tax on about 75 percent of footwear.

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Florida Ports Join Forces – Members of Florida’s congressional delegation have come together to form a “port caucus” to voice the seaports’ interests. The Florida Ports Caucus has four co-chairs and 17 members representing all 15 ports.

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