November 6, 2014 — IANA joined 110 other businesses and trade associations in urging the Obama administration to facilitate the resolution of labor negotiations at U.S. West Coast ports. The letter was initiated by a coalition led by the National Retail Federation and encouraged the involvement of a federal mediator and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the hopes of averting further disruptions at the ports. Read the letter here.
October 30, 2014 — Effective January 1, 2015, IANA voting members elected the following individuals to the IANA Board of Directors for a three-year term: David W. Manning, President, Tennessee Express, Inc — At-Large Seat; Jeffrey R. Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales and National Accounts, TTS, LLC — 3PL Division Seat; James I. Newsome III, President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority — Marine Division Seat; and Garry Old, President/CEO, COFC Logistics, LLC — Supplier Division Seat.
October 8, 2014 — In a 4-1 vote, the Federal Maritime Commission approved the 2M vessel-sharing alliance between MSC and Maersk, on which Europe and China had already signed off. Only Commissioner Lidinsky dissented, in favor of an additional 45 day review period. The vote will go into effect October 11.