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Port of L.A. estimates 15% of cargo could be subject to U.S., Chinese tariffs

June 28, 2018 |

The Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods, as well as China’s retaliatory duties, could hit 15% of the shipments that flow through the Port of Los Angeles, a top local official said.

Port of L.A. Executive Director Gene Seroka said the port conducted a preliminary analysis of the possible…


L.A. Times – Business

Judge strikes down Oakland’s ban on shipping coal through port

May 16, 2018 |

A federal judge struck down the city of Oakland’s ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through a proposed export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets.

The ban — enacted by the city in 2014 — violates a development agreement, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria…


L.A. Times – Business

All systems are go for SpaceX’s BFR rocket facility at Port of Los Angeles after City Council OKs plan

May 8, 2018 |

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a plan allowing SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A., where the Hawthorne space company will produce its next-generation BFR rockets and spacecraft.

The vote gives formal approval to a plan that got the greenlight last month…


L.A. Times – Business

Port Authority Ethics Chair to Cops: ‘Shut the F— Up’

April 26, 2018 |

A traffic stop in New Jersey over Easter weekend was pretty routine—a car with tinted front windows, obstructed tags, and expired registration was impounded—until the ethics chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey turned up. Caren Turner, the mother of one of the car’s…
Newser

U.S. reportedly raises objections to state-run Chinese company taking control of Long Beach port terminal

April 20, 2018 |

U.S. regulators are reportedly raising objections that Cosco Shipping, a state-run Chinese company, could take control of a container terminal at the Port of Long Beach as part of its $ 6.3-billion acquisition of another company.

The concerns have been raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment…


L.A. Times – Business

State senator seeks to crack down on wage theft in port trucking industry

April 12, 2018 |

A California state senator is proposing a bill aimed at holding major retailers accountable for using port truck companies that have a history of engaging in wage theft of drivers who are misclassified as independent contractors.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who represents the Port of Long…


L.A. Times – Business

Cocaine’s New Gateway to Europe: Busy Belgian Port

March 5, 2018 |

Officials are cracking down on smuggling through the port of Antwerp, now a major point of entry for cocaine into Europe, as production of the drug rises in Latin America.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Three port truck companies exploited drivers, L.A. city attorney says in lawsuits

January 8, 2018 |

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer sued three port trucking companies Monday, alleging the firms exploit their drivers by misclassifying them as independent contractors in order to boost profits.

In lawsuits filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Feuer alleged CMI Transportation, K&R Transportation…


L.A. Times – Business