IMPORT & EXPORT

West Coast Longshore Workers Agree to Talk About a Contract Extension

By Deborah Belgum | August 12, 2016

With the goal of keeping the West Coast ports from being hit with another labor snafu down the road, longshore workers and their port employers have agreed to discuss extending the current labor contract that ends in 2019.

Blue Jeans Imports by LA Company Challenge Labeling Requirements

In 2010, JBlu Inc., a longtime Los Angeles clothing company, imported some 500,000 pairs of blue jeans from China in 11 shipments through the Port of Long Beach—all headed for retail stores around the country.

Soft Global Trade Keeps Shipping Rates Low

The U.S. dollar will remain strong until the middle of this year, hampering U.S. exports but boosting a wave of imports into U.S. ports.

Chinese Website Promotes U.S. Apparel Brands in China

China, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is a burgeoning consumer market where shoppers are hungry for American clothing labels.

Congressional Vote of Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves Farther Down the Road

Congress may not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until sometime after the November presidential election.

Indian Garment Company Fined for Stealing Software

California’s attorney general has won a settlement from a clothing factory in India accused of stealing intellectual property from U.S. software companies.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: China Stays on Top as U.S. Clothing Factory

China’s exports of textiles and apparel to the United States saw a 1.5 percent increase over last year, meaning that the nation of 1.35 billion people and nearly 20,000 apparel and textile factories sent $43 billion worth of goods to the United States for the 12 months ending Oct. 31.

Super-Sized Mega-Ship Making Its Way to California Ports

The largest container ship ever to call in the United States will be arriving at three California ports to test the waters on how the facilities handle a megaship of this size.

Newsmakers 2015

Newsmakers 2015

The people and events that made the news in 2015.

Newsmakers 2015: Mammoth Free-Trade Agreement Talks Concluded

After seven years of negotiations, trade representatives from 12 countries hammered out a final agreement this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could change free-trade as we know it between the United States and Asia.

Newsmakers 2015: Lengthy Negotiations End in New Longshore Workers Contract

The beginning of the year was a challenging time for shippers, who found their merchandise delayed for weeks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Store Inventory Levels Remain Stubbornly High

Store Inventory Levels Remain Stubbornly High

The total number of cargo containers coming into the nation’s major ports will increase approximately 5.5 percent this year compared with last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

U.S. Trade Representative Visits Port of Long Beach

With 40 percent of the nation’s cargo-container traffic arriving at Los Angeles–area ports, trade has become a very important economic engine for the area.

Cargo Container Imports Grow Except in Southern California

Import volumes at most of the nation’s ports are on the upswing as retailers bring the last of their goods in for the holiday season.

The Only Thing Foreign About the TPP Is the American Perception of Export Trade

Industry Voices

Final Text Released for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

After years of negotiating a trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, the U.S. government released the final text outlining the deal.