March 2014
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Breaking News

West Coast Update
Contracts between the International Longshore and Warehouse Association Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association are due to expire July 1st.  Rumors are already rising about potential future slowdowns or work stoppages over healthcare coverage if an agreement is not met by the contract expiration date. Shippers who remember the crippling effects of previous port strikes are already considering contingency solutions, including utilizing all water routes to the East Coast or via Canadian ports.  If you are not certain that your supply chain can accommodate long delays resulting from a strike, we urge you to review our February newsletter on “Weathering the Supply Chain”.  Future Forwarding will monitor the situation closely and keep you apprised of news and possible impact.

New Commissioner Named

R. Gil Kerlikowske was confirmed unanimously by the Senate  yesterday as the new Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  According to the Washington Post, "Kerlikowske has an extensive background in law enforcement.  Besides serving as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy since 2009, he was Seattle's police chief for more than eight years.  He also led police departments in Buffalo, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, Fla., in addition to working for two years as deputy director of the Justice Department's community-oriented policing division during the Clinton administration."  Kerlikowske appears committed to increasing Customs’ efficiency to further facilitate movement of goods across U.S. borders.

European Update
The United States, Canada, and the European Union, have issued sanctions against the Ukraine and Russia in light of recent political unrest.  The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ("BIS") has taken steps to restrict the supply of equipment that may be used for internal repression.  As the situation develops, additional sanctions may follow.  Companies should proceed with caution when booking shipments involving Ukrainian or Russian vendors/consignees.  Air shipments to or from the Ukraine or Russia will certainly be subject to additional x-ray screening and exams.
Employee Spotlight - BECKY CARDEN
Becky Carden worked at the Atlanta JC Penney Catalog Center for 33 years.  When it closed, she came to Future Forwarding Company in Accounting.  She has been with the company over ten years and is the mother figure of the company...literally!  Becky ensures vendors are paid timely so that they will continue to do such a wonderful job in the shipping of our client’s goods.   She enjoys reading, walking and traveling on her days off.   Becky celebrates a birthday at the end of this month so be sure to send her birthday best wishes!

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