The threat of a strike by longshoremen at 15 ports on the US East Coast, which would have likely increased shipping costs, has been temporarily averted, according to Global Development & Management LLC, which helps petfood manufacturers establish export markets.
The International Longshoremen's Association and the Maritime Alliance agreed to extend the current contract until January 28, 2013. The major issue, royalties paid to longshoremen based on cargo weight, was resolved.
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
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