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New York-Area Ports Shut Down as Longshoremen Walk Off the Job

January 29, 2016 - Thousands of longshoremen in New York and New Jersey walked off the job on Friday, grinding activity at the busiest ports on the East Coast to a halt and threatening to disrupt the delivery of goods across the region.

The walkout surprised many involved in the operation of the ports, according to officials, and the reasons behind the move were not immediately clear.

News of the work stoppage came in an alert issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which acts as a landlord for the ports but does not control daily operations.

"Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways,"
the alert said. "Do not send trucks to the Port at this time."

Officials with the New York Shipping Association, which runs the ports, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the association who spoke to Bloomberg News said the group was "trying to understand the reason for what appea…

New 2016 Regulations Will Mandate Shippers’ Compliance With Weight Regulation

Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.

Mis-declaration of a container’s weight occurs when a shipper reduces the weight in its shipping document, sometimes in an attempt to lower shipping costs. But it may also occur when shippers merely estimate a container’s weight or fail to include the tare weight or dunnage in their calculations. 

Industry experts believe that approximately 20% of containers at any given time are mis-declared, and that upwards of 2/3 of all cargo claims may be attributed to mis-declaration and poor container packing.

 From 2006 to 2011 alone, an estimated $12.8 million dollars in losses stemmed from mis-declaration of cargo weight.

Masters, relying on shipping documents alone, may inadvertently trim their containers improperly, resulting in serious a…