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Why Logistics Teams Lead Supply Chain Sustainability Programs

what is sustainability? Depending on a company’s corporate vision, mission and goals, the way sustainability is defined can vary drastically from one business to the next. Responsible organizations that engage in sustainable practices are challenged to develop business strategies that cover human rights, labor, anti-corruption, and the hottest topic for [...]

Coronavirus Impact on International Transportation Persists

As reported in early February, the outbreak and continuity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented strain on shipping and travel relationships between China and the rest of the world. Most notably, air and ocean freight carriers are experiencing a sharp decrease in activity, as shippers relying on Chinese-sourced goods [...]

2020-02-25T17:17:57+00:00February 25th, 2020|Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

U.S. Senate Passes USMCA, now heads to President’s Desk

On January 16th, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation to overhaul the 25-year-old trade pact among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The deal, more commonly known as USMCA, passed by 89-10, now goes to the President’s desk for signature after which the bill will be passed to Canada for their [...]

2020-01-17T16:53:40+00:00January 17th, 2020|Export, Freight Market, Freight Talk, Import, Shipping News|

China-U.S. Trade Deal: Details for International Shippers

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, United States President, Donald Trump, and Chinese Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Liu He, took significant steps towards de-escalating the nearly two-year trade war by signing a Phase One trade agreement. The long-awaited trade deal is comprehensive and covers everything from agricultural [...]

2020-01-17T15:58:05+00:00January 17th, 2020|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S.-China Reach Trade Deal, Phase One Announced

On Friday, December 13, 2019, after almost a year of tense negotiations and escalating trade penalties, the United States and China have finally announced progress with Phase One of a new ‘historic and enforceable agreement.' The United States first imposed tariffs on imports from China based on the findings of [...]

2019-12-13T21:00:27+00:00December 13th, 2019|Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Section 301 Investigations Target Digital Services Tax

On Monday, December 2, 2019 the Office of United States Trade Representative released findings from a Section 301 investigation against France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) for discrimination against U.S. companies, inconsistency with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and creating unusual burdens for affected U.S. companies. In a Federal Register [...]

2019-12-04T16:11:08+00:00December 4th, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S. Cancels Oct. 15 Tariff Hike as China Deal Takes Shape

On October 11th, the U.S. announced a major step forward in the escalating trade dispute with China – that a “substantial” Phase 1 deal has been agreed to covering intellectual property, financial services, and the sale of American agriculture products. While there is doubt as to the full scope of [...]

2019-10-23T19:42:34+00:00October 15th, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S. and Japan Reach Trade Deal, Starting Jan. 1

On September 25, 2019 the United States and Japan reached an agreement which allowed for tariff reductions on agricultural, industrial and digital goods into both nations. The agreement will go into effect on January 1, 2020 with an additional round of reductions to be announced by April 1, 2020. Under [...]

2019-10-03T19:22:57+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

FMC Seeks Industry Comment for a Proposed Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention

After years of consideration, on September 13, 2019, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Federal Register Notice “seeking public comment on its interpretation of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, [...]

2019-09-15T23:23:08+00:00September 15th, 2019|Domestic, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|
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