U.S. Shippers Frustrated with Chassis Split Delays

Nationwide, importers are struggling to ensure their freight is picked up efficiently from U.S. ports as chassis inaccessibility continues to rise amid cost increases, limited availability and quality of equipment. The decade-long issue has been an increasing problem at ports and railroad terminals for years, resulting in complex arrangements that [...]

2018-11-06T18:45:09+00:00November 5th, 2018|Domestic, Freight Market, Import|

Bicycle Imports Targeted in Section 201 Petition, U.S. Industry Seeks Quota & Tariffs

A Section 201 petition filed by Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) and Detroit Bikes, submitted Thursday, October 18th, seeks a new, global safeguard on all imports (from all countries)of assembled bicycles valued under $400. Under section 201, domestic industries seriously injured or threatened with serious injury by increased imports may [...]

2018-10-26T15:01:48+00:00October 26th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

IMO Sulphur Regulation Impact on 2019 Freight Contracts

As the holiday shipping season peaks in advance of New Year tariffs, international shippers are already examining the market for the significant upcoming ocean carrier contract season. Effective January 1, 2020, an international cap on sulphur emissions from bunker fuel will add substantial costs to ocean carriers before existing beneficial [...]

2018-10-25T19:49:06+00:00October 25th, 2018|Export, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal Period Begins

Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you have registered your food [...]

2018-10-09T17:59:05+00:00October 9th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) Becomes the New NAFTA

In a frantic race against time, Canada and the United States sealed the deal this past Sunday to secure trilateral trade that had been progressing under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for almost a quarter of a century.  The new deal, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), [...]

China-U.S. Trade Continues to Erode Amid Heated Tariff Flinging

In a statement released by the White House on Monday, September 17, 2018, President Donald Trump announced, “Today, following seven weeks of public notice, hearings, and extensive opportunities for comment, I directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports [...]

Information on COBRA User Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2018

Pursuant to the General Notice (83 FRN 37509) published August 1, 2018, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 will take effect on October 1, 2018. The FRN may be accessed at the link: The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate [...]

2018-09-17T12:22:51+00:00September 17th, 2018|Customs, Import|

CBP Issues Vessel Diversion Procedures for Hurricane Florence

PER CBP CSMS# 18-000526 VESSEL DIVERSION PROCEDURE FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE A hurricane warning is in effect for the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ports of entry (POE) within these areas may receive requests for vessel diversions as a result of pending weather conditions.  In anticipation that vessels [...]

2018-09-12T18:03:22+00:00September 12th, 2018|Import, Shipping News|

150 U.S. Trade Groups Plead Against China Tariffs

One hundred and fifty United States trade and consumer groups petitioned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, before the close of public comment on Thursday, September 6th, against the implementation of yet another round of Section 301 duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. “U.S. manufacturers, service [...]

2018-09-24T19:30:05+00:00September 7th, 2018|Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|
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