Karachi_Port_Trust_Logo-300x296Strike at Port Karachi Enters Eighth Day – A significant number of containers and a large quantity of loose cargo is stranded inside the Karachi ports as a strike by the goods-carriers enters its eighth day. The United Goods Transporters Alliance (UGTA) secretary general has stated that the government has not made a serious effort to resolve the issue. Transporters went on strike due to issues with the provincial government, including police and branches of federal government such as customs.

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Importers Fear Repercussions of New Customs Policy in Vietnam – Effective November 1, the Ministry of Finance’s Circular 128 made changes to customs procedures requiring quality checks of certain imports before pick-up at the port. Companies fear the new procedure will cause substantial delays.

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Independent Truckers Protest at Oakland City Hall – Independent truckers are demanding an extension of the Port of Oakland’s January 2014 deadline for new emissions compliance standards. Truckers are also seeking a “green emissions fee” of $50 per load to pay for upgrading their trucks, a “congestion fee” paid per hour by the terminal for truckers having to wait more than two hours for a load, and a pay raise.

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New Risk Management System for Exporters – Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has unveiled a new risk management system for exports at select ports in India. The new system aims to reduce the clearance time at Customs stations to a few hours.

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