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Suggestions for changes on collective bargaining model

Written by cradut

November 6th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

News link from AP via Oregonlive
Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

Written by cradut

June 25th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

2014 – West Coast Ports Contract Negotiations

From The Maritime Executive (

West Coast Port Contract Negotiations Commence
Will it be smooth sailing for supply chain stakeholders?

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Written by cradut

June 4th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

May 7th – Global Supply Chain News: Is a Strike Likely at West Coast Ports this Summer?

Global Supply Chain News: Is a Strike Likely at West Coast Ports this Summer?

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Written by cradut

May 7th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Port Negotiations / Impact to Economy / Other Related News Links

Urine trouble: Vancouver grain company accuses union of pouring elk pee in manager’s car

Longshore union boycotts “sham review” of Port of Portland’s troubled Terminal 6

West Coast Port Negotiations May Impact Econom

Written by cradut

March 19th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Another day at the office

OMIC Portland Branch Inspector observing grain that is being loaded on a Panamax type vessel on the Columbia River.

The Columbia Snake River system is a vital transportation link for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The economies of these four states rely on the trade and commerce that flows up and down the most important commercial waterway of the Northwest. The PNW region exports around 10 million metric tons of wheat annually, to various areas around the world primarily to Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Taiwan. There are several other customers which in a given year, depending on price relationships, will buy from the PNW, including Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and some to South American countries.

If you are in the grain export business, working outside chasing ships up and down the river is one of the highlights. Though the schedule is difficult and the job is 24/7, being able to work in and around the Pacific Northwest, a diverse geographic region, dominated by several mountain ranges, with lots of great outdoor activities and scenic landscapes, well that makes it all worth it.

Check out our Map of the PNW Export Elevators at the follwoing link:

OMIC inspection and testing services fulfill requirements in various fields associated with the import and export of such commodities as agricultural products, processed foods, minerals and chemicals, and plant equipment. Sampling and testing operations are conducted in accordance with relevant standards established by international organizations, designated nations, and etcetera.

Certificates issued by OMIC are indispensable to such business transactions such as L/C negotiations. The following represent a portion of the inspection services that OMIC USA and its affiliates offer at most major ports worldwide:

Quality & Quantity Inspections
Sampling, Vessel Cargo Hold & Container Inspections, Loading, Discharging & Distribution Supervision, Marine & Insurance Surveys, Stowage & Packacking Inspections, Engineering Inspections

Contact the OMIC Inspections Division

Mailing Address: OMIC USA Inc. 3344 NW Industrial St. Portland, Oregon 97210
Telephone: 503.223.1497 (Extension 23)
Fax: 503.223.9436
E-mail (Inspections):