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NEWS BULLETIN
Friday, November 21, 2014

Port of Tacoma releases
October container numbers

Coast Guard making changes
to bar closure information system

DOC creates new web-based tool
to search Consolidated Screening List

National Retain Federation calls for
continued West Coast labor talks

US rail freight traffic
rolls to positive week

Port of Tacoma releases
October container numbers

TACOMA — Strong import container volumes drove the Port of Tacoma’s October volumes up 17.5 percent over the same month in 2013. It marked the eighth consecutive month of growth. Full containerized imports grew 15 percent year to date through October to 662,972 TEUs. Exports also posted gains, up eight percent to 463,818 TEUs, and domestic volumes improved three percent to 390,139 TEUs. Tacoma handled 181,112 TEUs in October, boosting year-to-date volumes to 1.7 million TEUs. For the year, Tacoma’s container volumes are up 11 percent. In other cargo news, grain exports were up 80 percent year to date to 3.2 million short tons. Auto imports, intermodal lifts and breakbulk cargo also posted gains, while log exports continued to decline.

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National Retain Federation calls for
continued West Coast labor talks

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Retail Federation has issued the following statement from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay on reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are taking a break from contract negotiations: “We are greatly disappointed that the parties have decided to take an extended break from the ongoing contract negotiations. After six months of negotiations we have seen very little progress. We reiterate our call on President Obama to immediately engage the parties to get them back to the negotiating table. It’s time the parties accept a federal mediator to help them bridge the gaps and arrive at a new contract. Without a contract, stakeholders cannot work on addressing the ongoing congestion issues at the ports. We urge the two sides to end the brinkmanship and return to the talks immediately. The nation’s retailers and our vendors, suppliers and customers are counting on the two parties to act responsibly."

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Coast Guard making changes
to bar closure information system

WARRENTON — The Coast Guard 13th District reports it will use social media for all future river bar closure information announcements along the Pacific Northwest coast. Bar closure announcements have historically been sent out using press releases and posted to the Coast Guard Newsroom at www.uscgnews.com. The transition to the use of social media is designed to get the information to potentially affected users of the waterway quickly and more efficiently. The Twitter and Facebook links that will be used are: https://twitter.com/USCGPacificNW and https://www.facebook.com/USCGPNW. ontinually updated bar information can also be found at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/marine/bars_mover.php. Bar information for specific areas can also be heard by calling the local Coast Guard’s small boat stations and listening to their automated updates or listening to the local notice to mariners broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16.

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US rail freight traffic
rolls to positive week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 15, 2014 with 296,655 total carloads, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 273,695 units, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 570,350 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. For the first 46 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 13,425,089 carloads, up 3.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 12,003,887 intermodal units, up 5.3 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 46 weeks of 2014 was 25,428,976 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.3 percent from last year.

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DOC creates new web-based tool
to search Consolidated Screening List

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced the creation of a new web search tool to help U.S. companies search the federal government’s Consolidated Screening List (CSL). The CSL is a streamlined collection of nine different “screening lists” from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions, or other restrictions. The CSL is also now available through the Trade Developers Portal Application Programming Interface (API) in an open, machine-readable format. By making the CSL available as an API, developers and designers can create new tools, websites or mobile apps to access the list and display the results, supporting private sector innovation to help disseminate this critical information in ways most helpful to business users. If a company or individual appears on the list, U.S. firms must do further research into the individual or company in accordance with the administering agency’s rules before doing business with them. In addition to the simple search tool, the CSL API is now available to developers through ITA’s Developer Portal. For more information about the search tool, API or CSL, visit http://developer.trade.gov/consolidated-screening-list.html.

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