Port of Portland LogoPort of Portland Offers Incentive Payments to Ocean Carriers – The Port of Portland has authorized incentive payments to Hanjin Shipping Co. and other ocean cargo carriers as a final bid to keep them calling at the port. The port will pay $20 per container moved through Portland, plus $25 a container for each increase in the number they transport beyond predetermined levels, up to a total of $4 million for the one-year program. The incentive program has been presented and Hanjin’s decision is expected in five to eight days.

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Port of Los Angeles to Improve Drayage Conditions – The Port of Los Angeles is going to start construction on two major roadway projects to make the Harbor Area safer and easier for cargo drayage vehicles to navigate. Construction will begin this month and extend through fall 2016.

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New Cargo Clearance Policy in Nigeria – The newly introduced Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) has helped to facilitate cargo clearance at seaports and border posts. Chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that genuine freight forwarders now clear their cargo within stipulated time at a lesser cost.

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White House Bans Trade of Ivory – The White House has banned all commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques, as well as all commercial exports. The law is motivated by a high demand for ivory in Asia and the Middle East.

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