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Ecuador to call on LAN Ecuador to reinstate illegally dismissed trade union leader

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Air Cargo

In a long meeting  at the Ministry of Labour, trade union leaders representing workers at LAN Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador met Ecuador’s Minister of Labour to seek government mediation in attempts to secure the reinstatement of Ximena López after she was illegally dismissed in October this year. Ecuador’s Minister of Labour declared himself to be “one more soldier in this fight” and agreed to ask the company to comply with the Constitution and reinstate the leader. Read More »

Dry bulk shippers: Main freight index falls

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Shares of dry bulk shippers down between 3-6 percent Read More »

Vessel aground blocks traffic to Port of Antwerp

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Traffic for large ships heading towards the Belgian port of Antwerp was temporarily blocked on Friday after a giant container ship ran aground outside the Dutch port of Terneuzen downstream from the Belgian harbour, emergency services said. Read More »

China, Kazakhstan to sign $10 bln in deals including oil, infrastructure

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

China is expected to sign 30 cooperative agreements worth $10 billion with Kazakhstan as Premier Li Keqiang begins his first official visit to the country, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Read More »

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

AJOT | December 12, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a contract for $25.6 million to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, IL on December 9, 2014 for deepening the Arthur Kill Channel.   Read More »

Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Energy | Pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices. Read More »

US West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third month amid industry reports of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. Read More »

North Dakota passes crude oil safety rule

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission ordered that all oil produced from the Bakken petroleum system must be passed through surface separation facilities to ensure it is safe prior to transport. Read More »

Workers at Con-way Freight in Miami vote to join Teamsters Local 769

PR Newswire | December 11, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

MIAMI, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 74 drivers and dockworkers at Con-way Freight in Miami Lakes, Fla., voted today to join Teamsters Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.

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WTO reverses much of ruling in Indian challenge to US steel duties

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

An appeals board of the World Trade Organization reversed much of an earlier ruling against the United States, but it said U.S. duties on Indian steel broke WTO rules and asked the United States to bring them into line with its regulation. Read More »

Pacific trade pact chances ‘significantly’ better than 50-50

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said. Read More »

Obama says to keep pressing China on currency, intellectual property

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

The United States will continue to press China on its currency, protection of intellectual property and state-owned businesses, U.S. President Barack Obama said ahead of bilateral trade talks next week. Read More »

Trade authorization deal faces test from US legislators

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

A push by the White House to woo free trade skeptics on Capitol Hill will help bills through the next Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to simply wave through legislation that holds the key to deals covering two-thirds of the world economy. Read More »

Wal-Mart says found China pricing discrepancies in 2011

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it discovered discrepancies in pricing and inventory at its China operations in 2011 and has since reinforced its compliance policies in the country. Read More »

Yum’s November same-restaurant sales in China fall 15%

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Yum Brands Inc said its sales at established restaurants in China dropped 15 percent in November but are improving from that level this month. Read More »

Solid US retail sales point to brisk consumer spending

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. Read More »

UK trade deficit hits seven-month low in October, helped by slower oil imports

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Britain's goods trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest level in seven months, helped by lower fuel imports and a slight rise in exports, official data showed. Read More »

Trillion dollar IT trade deal on a knife-edge at the WTO

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

A trillion dollar deal at the World Trade Organisation to reduce tariffs in the vast information technology sector will stand or fall in the next 24 hours, trade diplomats said. Read More »

China to pump more money into loss-making small airports

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | Air Cargo

The Chinese government will pump more money into its dozens of loss-making regional airports next year, to the tune of 1.2 billion yuan ($190 million), state media said, as it seeks to boost economic development in poorer provinces. Read More »

China official frustrated by delays in Taiwan services trade pact

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

The head of an official Chinese delegation to Taiwan has voiced concerns about delays in the passage of a groundbreaking services trade pact between the mainland and the self-ruled island, local media reported. Read More »

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