IAM Membership: Moving Forward, Together
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Okinawa - November 2015 update
Okinawa currently houses more than half of the 47,000 U.S. Service Members stationed in Japan, with the majority belonging to the Marine Corps and Air Force. The concentration of bases on this small island makes the U.S. military presence a contentious issue for many Okinawans, as they believe they are shouldering an oversized burden. To put it mildly, the U.S. military presence in Okinawa is a very complicated issue and I will not attempt to discuss the various arguments for or against here. What I do want to touch on is two items that have come from this controversy, namely the proposed shift of Marines off of Okinawa to the U.S. territory of Guam and the proposed movement / closure of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Without going into either issue in detail I will say that neither of these issues should be a concern for the next several cycles for various reasons.
Is Piracy Making A Comeback In The Somali Waters?
Experts are warning that high sea piracy is making a comeback in the Indian Ocean along the Somali waters posing a security threat for vessels fishing or plying the east African coast line. Piracy along the Somalia coast had subsided in the last three years mainly due to shipping firms hiring private security details and increased patrols by international warships, but it?s making a comeback as the level of illegal fishing rise along the horn of Africa waters.
Nepal to clear highways, border points blockaded
The agitating Madhesi parties have been blockading the Nepal-India border crossing points for about two months, obstructing movement of cargo vehicles creating acute shortage of fuel, medicines and other essential goods. "We have mobilised security personnel along the highways and near the border areas so that key highways could be cleared and movement of cargo and other vehicles could resume," Home Ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said.
Port of Long Beach to consider reducing container free time
The Port of Long Beach says that in order to increase velocity of cargo moving out of container terminals, it will consider reducing the amount of time import containers can be stored on docks without charge. Leaders of various industry groups said they were willing to work with the port, but some also expressed concern about how the plan might affect shippers. Since 2005, the length of time containers can stay on the dock, called ?free time,? has been four days, the port said. Beyond that, terminals are charged storage fees.
Airfreight rates continued to climb in October
Air cargo rates reached their highest level of the year in October but continue to lag behind the year-ago level. The latest figures from the Drewry Sea & Air Shipper Insight show that the weighted average airfreight rate on 21 key east-west trades climbed to $3.31 per kg in October. It is the highest rate recorded this year and also represents the fourth monthly increase in a row since prices fell to a low of $2.86 per kg in June.
The Portal's September/October Issue: Thinking Inside the Box
IAM 53RD ANNUAL MEETING & EXPO
Meet the Candidates • Notice of Proposed By-Law Amendments and/or Revisions • Annual Meeting Sponsors • Annual Meeting Exhibitors • Mobile Event App Download • 2015 Hall of Honor Inductees • Knowledge Lab • Things to See and Do in San Diego • Schedule At-A-Glance • FUNd Night
PORTAL FOCUS: THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
About That Box: What’s New Under the Sun / Joyce Dexter
Featured Companies: New Haven Moving Equipment • Sofrapack • Gosselin Export Packers • Marine Lumber Company • Packways India • Fleenor Paper • Victory Packaging
IAM Young Professionals (IAM-YP)
A Packed Annual Meeting Agenda / Charles L. White
Portal to Asia
Innovative Thinking Inside—and Outside—the Box / Rob Faraone
At High Relocations, a Bright Future Awaits / Joyce Dexter
Movers Doing Good
Washington Update / Jim Wise and Bryan Vickers, PACE, LLP Government Relations
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