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Letter to the Mayor of Long Beach on Port Congestion Surcharges

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November 18, 2014


The Honorable Robert Garcia

City of Long Beach

333 W. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90802


Dear Mayor Garcia,

On behalf of the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) and the hundreds of men and women employed by our member-companies, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to resolve the labor dispute at Ports throughout California.  Unfortunately, over the last several days, importers and exporters have been experiencing severe challenges that are now threatening our industry's ability to meet California's recycling demands.

Since May, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have failed to reach an agreement.  As the Port of Long Beach is a critical component to California's economy, it is imperative that labor issues be resolved immediately.  Because a labor agreement has not been reached, shipping companies are now charging "Port Congestion Surcharges" based on a "labor unrest" provision within the tariff schedule governed by the Federal Maritime Commission.  Our membership is strongly opposed to these costly and unwarranted surcharges.

Mr. Mayor, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to reach resolution a the Ports with the PMA and its ILWU workforce.  In addition, your assistance in urging the Federal Maritime Commission to immediately suspend implementation of the Port Congestion Surcharges would greatly be appreciated by importers and exporters. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and leadership.

Sincerely,


Kara Bouton

ACRI President


cc. Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission

Letter to the Governor on Port Congestion Surcharges

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November 17, 2014

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814


Dear Governor Brown,

On behalf of the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) and the hundreds of men and women employed by our member-companies, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to resolve the labor dispute at Ports throughout California.  Unfortunately, over the last several days, importers and exporters have been experiencing severe challenges that are now threatening our industry's ability to meet California's recycling demands.

Since May, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have failed to reach an agreement.  As Ports are a critical component to California's economy, it is imperative that labor issues at the Ports be resolved immediately.  Because a labor agreement has not been reached, shipping companies are now charging "Port Congestion Surcharges" based on a "labor unrest" provision within the tariff schedule governed by the Federal Maritime Commission.  Our membership is strongly opposed to these costly and unwarranted surcharges. 

Governor, we respectfully request your assistance in helping to reach resolution at the Ports with the PMA and its ILWU workforce.  In addition, your assistance in urging the Federal Maritime Commission to immediately suspend implementation of the Port Congestion Surcharges would greatly be appreciated by California's importers and exporters. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and leadership.

Sincerely


Kara Bouton

ACRI President


cc.     Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission

Letter to the Federal Maritime Commission on Port Congestion Surcharges

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November 17, 2014


Chairman Mario Cordero

Federal Maritime Commission

800 N. Capitol Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20573


Dear Chairman Cordero and Commissioners,

On behalf of the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), I respectfully request the Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) immediately begin taking action to suspend the implementation of all "Port Congestion Surcharges" being levied by ocean carriers.  We believe implementation of the surcharge is not warranted at this time, nor has the costly increase been appropriately justified, as required by the Commission.

The lack of a signed labor agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association does not warrant the implementation of the surcharge.  And while it is critical that an agreement quickly be reached, we do not believe a surcharge under the guise of "labor unrest" should be considered and ultimately initiated until it is fully evaluated by the Commission.

ACRI represents thousands of men and women who are employed by our member-companies in the recycling industry.  At a time when our economy is starting to experience signs of improvement, such a costly increase will undoubtedly be a risky proposition for most businesses.  Therefore, we respectfully request you take immediate action and suspend all Port Congestion Surcharges at this time.

Sincerely,


Kara Bouton

ACRI President


cc.     Mr. Clark Oliver

         Los Angeles Area Representative

Fed Maritime Commission Statement on Port Surcharges

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Federal Maritime Commission releases statement on Port Congestion Surcharges.

http://www.fmc.gov/congestion-surcharges-11-2014/ 



A Letter to the President Regarding the Port

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The link below will take you to the letter sent to the President of the United States regarding the growing concern of a West Coast Port strike.

https://nrf.com/sites/default/files/Multi%20Association%20Letter%20to%20the%20President.pdf




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