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USMCA Replaces NAFTA on July 1, FAQs for Business

Starting July 1, 2020, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will no longer be partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Instead, the three neighboring countries will begin implementation of a new program incepted back in 2018, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) [...]

2020-06-19T18:21:58+00:00June 19th, 2020|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S. Removes Hong Kong’s Special Status, Trade Implications for Imports and Exports

On May 29, 2020, the United States President, Donald Trump, announced a significant change to international trade policy in response to China’s controversial new security law.  The U.S. believes China’s recent actions to be a “plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the United Kingdom in the Declaration of 1984 [...]

CRS COVID-19 Report: China Medical Supply Chains and Broader Trade Issues

Last week, the Congressional Research Service published the COVID-19: China Medical Supply Chains and Broader Trade Issues Report in order “to assess current developments and identify immediate and longer range China trade issues for Congress.” Specifically, the report focuses on initial shortages of medical supplies, such as pharmaceuticals and personal [...]

2020-04-15T16:24:32+00:00April 15th, 2020|Export, Freight Market, Import|

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|
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