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Honda Cuts Production At Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. The Japanese automaker had previously announced a 20,000-vehicle production cut at its North American plants between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. The company said...

Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories. Honda began curtailing production this week at three of its North American plants, saying "critical parts" arriving from Asia, including electronics...

U.S. Appeals To Japanese Business To Help Push For Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urged members of...

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Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports. The critical gateways for international trade have...

Bustling West Coast Ports Fall Quiet Amid Labor Dispute

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals said they weren't calling workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and...

U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses. The U.S. Trade Representative announced the dispute would...

U.S. Alleges That China Unfairly Helps Its Exporters

February 11, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The United States is challenging China at the World Trade Organization, alleging that the Chinese government unfairly subsidizes exports in seven industries. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that China designates certain export companies as "demonstration bases" that...

Sluggish Ports Cause Problems For Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going. Complaints are coming from managers responsible for containers filled with products such as...

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West Coast Seaports Fully Reopen As Contract Talks Resume

February 9, 2015 3:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday morning after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The two sides are negotiating a new contract, and bargaining table tensions have spilled over to the waterfront, where cargo is moving far slower than normal through ports...

Angry Over Trade, Labor Gets Union-Friendly Pitch From Obama

February 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

On a cold overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day-trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's upcoming State of the Union...

MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and...

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1% to $46.6B

February 6, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth. The deficit jumped 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion in December, resulting in the biggest imbalance...

McCain Seeks To Open U.S. Domestic Routes To Foreign Ships

February 6, 2015 3:26 am | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States. McCain's opposition to the 1920 Jones Act isn't new, but his status as...

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West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations. Operators of port terminals and shipping...

What's Really Going On With Port Congestion

February 5, 2015 9:31 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

Port congestion is reaching new levels as container ships are being forced to wait to berth at anchor off the shore of Los Angeles-Long Beach. The Marine Exchange of Southern California has reported that the number of ships waiting has slowly been increasing and the increased wait time has been derailing shipping schedules. While many...

Report: Trade Deficit With Japan Resulted In Job Losses In Every State

February 4, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation. "Currency manipulation acts as a subsidy to all Japanese exports, and a tax on U.S. exports to Japan, and all countries...

Obama Plan Would Merge 6 U.S. Trade, Development Agencies

February 4, 2015 2:21 pm | by Ronnie Greene, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-noticed proposal in President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which has been the subject of an Associated Press investigation into its overseas loans, and merge it for efficiency with five other federal business and trade...

Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable. According to Amazon, the robots are able to travel up to 60 football field’s worth of customer...

Alibaba Promises More Action Against Fake Goods

February 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged. Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the director of the Cabinet's State Administration of Industry...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Obama's Trip To India

January 28, 2015 2:21 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

President Obama’s landmark trip to India this week was aimed at improving the economic relationship between India and the U.S. Here are some manufacturing-related highlights of Obama’s trip to India: Obama announced a big step toward the nuclear technology pact between the two...

Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

Yahoo Decision Day: What To Do With Alibaba?

January 27, 2015 10:33 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Scott Kurnit, chairman and chief executive officer at Keep, and Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson discuss the options available to Yahoo as it decides what to do with its stake in Alibaba. They speak on “In The Loop" for Bloomberg news...   

Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 26, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications. Some 20,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have stayed on the job since their contract with the Pacific...

The Next Global Markets For U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus? While there’s been talk about Cuba, now that restrictions...

Obama Announces More "Made In America" Exports To India

January 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

During his trip to India, President Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives designed to generate $4B in trade and investments and create jobs in both the U.S. and India. He announced that over the next two years, the Export Import Bank will commit up to $1B in financing to support "Made in America" exports...

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