IMPORT & EXPORT

Los Angeles Underwear Importer Pleads Guilty to Drug Money Laundering

By Deborah Belgum | June 1, 2015

Nine months after agents busted a long-running Mexican drug money laundering operation in the Los Angeles Fashion District, an underwear importer has pleaded guilty to several offenses linked to the scheme.

How a New Free-Trade Agreement Would Affect U.S. Textile and Clothing Makers

One of the biggest free-trade agreements ever negotiated by the United States could be a done deal by the end of this year. But it is still unclear how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect textile and apparel makers that manufacture in the United States.

Port Container Volumes Return to Normal After West Coast Congestion Problems


In May, the Port of Long Beach saw its container volumes jump 4.8 percent over the same month last year while the Port of Los Angeles said its container volumes barely budged, rising only 0.8 percent in May over the previous year.

UPDATE: Port Contract Ratified by Shippers and Longshore Workers

Members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents Longshore workers, voted to ratify a new five-year contract.

How Are Apparel Importers Adjusting Their Strategies for the Next Big Shipping Season?


Hundreds of apparel importers are recalibrating their logistics plans before the next big shipping season hits in July.

Costa Rica Gets First Cotton Spinning Mill

SAE-A, the largest apparel manufacturing company in South Korea, has opened a cotton spinning mill in Costa Rica, which is the first for the Central American country.

Europe’s Tariff on Women’s U.S.-Made Blue Jeans Inches Up

Europe has slightly increased a retaliatory tariff that it imposes on women’s blue jeans imported from the United States.

Port Truckers Strike for Better Wages and Full-Time Employee Status


Port Truckers Strike for Better Wages and Full-Time Employee Status


More than 200 truckers tired of being classified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees walked off the job and have been picketing around port terminals, rail yards and customer warehouses.

ILWU Delegates Approve Tentative Agreement for Members’ Vote

The five-year tentative contract agreement between longshore workers and their employers has been given the thumbs up, paving the way for a vote that will set the contract in stone.

East Coast Ports Benefited from West Coast Cargo Diversions

In a sign of how bad the port congestion problem grew on the West Coast this January, East Coast ports ended up handling 45 percent of the cargo containertraffic that entered the United States, up from 36 percent during the same month last year.

What’s Up for Solving the Ports’ Congestion Problems


What’s Up for Solving the Ports’ Congestion Problems


Even though a labor dispute has been tentatively resolved, port officials in the Los Angeles area admit it will take at least three months to deal with the traffic jam of goods that has plagued the watery transportation centers since October.

Around the World at Sourcing at MAGIC


Around the World at Sourcing at MAGIC


The South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center turned into the United Nations for the semiannual Sourcing at MAGIC show, which ran Feb. 16–19.

Ports Still Clogged With Waiting Ships

Hammering out a tentative contract with longshore workers took nine months of negotiations. Now importers are hoping it doesn’t take as long to clear thebacklog of merchandising floating on the water outside the country’s largest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Port Cargo Container Volumes Drop as Longshore Contract Negotiations Continue

Work slowdowns, idling ships and closed weekend gates all contributed to cargo volumes at California’s ports dropping precipitously in January compared with the same month last year.

Troubles Pile Up at West Coast Ports

Troubles Pile Up at West Coast Ports

Labor Secretary Tom Perez being called in to help the two sides conclude longshore contract negotiations while West Coast port operations are bogged down in cargo containers.

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