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June 25 2018 | The Journal of Commerce 7 www.joc.com Spotlight Global Trade Atlas: Global Import Export Commodity Trade Data Unlock growth possibilities with a global view of trade. Explore opportunities with the Global Trade Atlas: Visit ihs.com/GTA to enjoy a no-risk trial of GTA 181176365-MT-1017 If approved by the rank-and-file, East and Gulf Coast ports could have a contract through 2024. South Carolina Ports Authority employers and the ILA that uncertainty over labor peace could lead to a diversion of cargo to the West Coast as beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) entered service contract negotiations this spring with ocean carriers. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) last year reached a West Coast contract extension to July 1, 2022. To be enacted, the agreement will need to be ratified by the ILA union's local members after they have concluded their own negotiations on local issues, McNamara said. The deadline for those to be completed is July 10. ILA, USMX reach tentative agreement The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have concluded months of sometimes rocky negotiations by agreeing on a tentative six-year master contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers. The deal, if approved by rank- and-file ILA members, would ensure labor peace on both coasts until at least 2024, and parallels a labor deal for US West Coast ports lasting until 2022. The deal, reached three months before the current contract expires, was outlined to the union's 200-member wage scale committee, which recommended ratification unanimously, ILA spokesperson Jim McNamara said. For shippers, the agreement — which would be in place until 2024 — removes the uncertainty hanging over the Gulf and East Coast ports as the Sept. 30 expiration of the contract approached. That sense was heightened in December, when negotiations broke down after a disagreement over the contract's definition of automated terminals, which ILA President Harold Daggett opposes. Shipper organizations warned East Coast

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