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U.S. Trade, Tariffs for Everyone

The United States will proceed with implementing a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports starting midnight this Friday, June 1, 2018.  Originally announced in March, key allies were exempt pending independent trade negotiations, such as North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but with stagnant progress, the administration [...]

2018-08-07T13:48:58+00:00May 31st, 2018|Customs, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

Domestic Squeezes Shippers, from Trucking to Intermodal

As the U.S. trucking market tightens further under ELD compliance, shippers typically turning to intermodal for additional space will be greeted by high spot rates and cold shoulders as contracted commitments and service adjustments limit rail absorption capacity. Spot rates for intermodal are over 50 percent higher, on average, year-over-year.  [...]

2018-08-07T13:54:18+00:00May 29th, 2018|Domestic, Freight Market, Shipping News|

Chicken Tax Protects U.S. Trucks through 2041

Shippers, reliant business owners, and other dependent industries are watching closely as the United States and China face-off in tense international trade negotiations. Earlier this year, the U.S. administration announced 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum imports in an effort to protect domestic manufacturing from excessive “dumping” by Chinese [...]

2018-08-07T13:54:35+00:00May 24th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

CSX Ends Domestic Intermodal for Detroit

In a year-long effort to shift away from hub-and-spoke railroad management and in fulfillment of E. Hunter Harrison’s, CSX Transportation’s late CEO, vision for precision railroading, the Florida-based rail provider will discontinue domestic intermodal services to Detroit starting September 1, 2018. The shift towards scheduled railroading means eliminating smaller markets [...]

2018-08-07T13:54:49+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Domestic, Freight Market|

U.S. Businesses Petition for Tariff Relief

As the first day of public hearings commenced, hundreds of U.S. companies gathered in Washington to testify for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Section 301 hearing regarding tariffs to be issued on $50 billion worth of import goods from China. Spanning over three days, large shippers and lobbying groups, such as General [...]

2018-08-07T13:55:07+00:00May 17th, 2018|Customs, Import, Shipping News|

Roadcheck’s Hours-of-Service Compliance May Strain U.S. Trucking

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck initiative, founded in 1988, is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles in world and conducted annually across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This year, International Roadcheck is scheduled for June 5-7 with a specific focus on driver hours-of-service (HOS) [...]

2018-08-07T14:00:00+00:00May 15th, 2018|Domestic, Shipping News, Uncategorized|

PierPass 2.0 Sets Appointments & Flat Fee for LA/LB Ports

West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Association (WCMTOA), the 12 marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, announced the implementation of an updated, unified set of business rules targeted at reducing port congestion and improve overall efficiency. Nicknamed “PierPass 2.0,”the revised OffPeak program by PierPass Inc. [...]

2018-08-07T14:00:39+00:00May 15th, 2018|Domestic, Import, Shipping News|

6-Year Labor Contract Negotiations for East & Gulf Coast

As the September 30thdeadline looms, labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) committees are scheduled to meet in Florida, June 5-7, in hopes of reaching an East and Gulf coast master, six-year contract. Historically, negotiations haven’t been agreeable between port operators and labor [...]

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