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USTR Report Highlights China’s Failed WTO Commitments as Tariff Deadline Approaches

The U.S.-China trade dispute has seeped into 2019 and shippers are watching closely as the March 1st tariff deadline approaches.  Back in December, the United States and China called a 90-day truce on the escalating tariff war as the two economic powerhouses negotiated on a range of trade issues spurred by [...]

February 6th, 2019|Categories: Customs, Freight Market, Shipping News|

Winter Storm Jaden brings Chicago Freight to a Grinding Halt

A winter storm warning is still in effect through January 31st after Winter Storm Jaden brought up-to six inches of snow from the Michigan Peninsula down through Missouri. With wind chills values 30 to 60 degrees below zero, the trucking industry has stalled operations with interline services, like Norfolk Southern, [...]

January 30th, 2019|Categories: Freight Market, Shipping News|

2019 Freight Contracts Won’t Escape Low Sulfur Fuel Mandate

Marked by blanked sailings, the weeks before and after the Lunar New Year have historically helped build demand after peak, holiday shipping.  But in 2019, demand has been strong.  So strong, that rates to both U.S. coasts have risen by double-digit percentages. Granted, this has mostly been strategic inventory front-loading in [...]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

Los Angeles, Long Beach Port Congestion Persists into 2019

For the third consecutive month, U.S. shippers should be prepared to deal with ongoing congestion, delays and equipment shortages that have been plaguing the Los Angeles-Long Beach Port complex. The cause of the extreme gridlock and increasing dwell times is due to the unparalleled surge in imports, backlogs from weather [...]

January 21st, 2019|Categories: Export, Freight Market, Import|

UK in Limbo as Brexit Breaks Down

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, suffered a devastating defeat when the proposal to leave the European Union (EU), Brexit, lost in a 432 to 202 vote against withdrawal in Parliament. The vote was the biggest defeat for a Prime Minister in modern times, leaving the country in uncharted territory as [...]

January 16th, 2019|Categories: Export, Freight Market, Freight Talk, Import|

USTR Issues First Round of Section 301 Exclusions

Section 301 Exclusions Won’t be Implemented by CBP Until Government Shutdown Ends “At the conclusion of the government funding hiatus, CBP will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation,” Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has advised. Once the government shutdown is ended, the updates to ACE on the exclusions will implemented [...]

January 8th, 2019|Categories: Customs, Export, Freight Talk, Import, Shipping News|

Trans-Pacific Rates & Capacity Brace for Lunar New Year

As the New Year brings fresh resolutions and opportunities, shippers are coming face-to-face with tighter capacity and higher rates on Pacific trade lanes. Spot rates from Asia increased for the second week in a row as we brought in 2019, and the industry has begun bracing for the Lunar (Chinese) [...]

January 8th, 2019|Categories: Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

Government Shutdown Impact on CBP, OGAs & Trade Agencies

The U.S. federal government has been in a shutdown since 12:01 AM on December 22, 2018, after lawmakers failed to reach a funding deal.  The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) confirmed “CBP is working with other agencies to have the flow of trade as close to [...]

January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Customs, Import|

Shipper Alert: West Coast Port Congestion Expected through Lunar New Year

As reported earlier this month, U.S. West Coast terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach are experiencing heavy volumes and severe congestion that is expected to last through the upcoming Lunar (Chinese) New Year. 5 TOP CAUSES OF U.S. WEST COAST CONGESTION 1. EQUIPMENT & CHASSIS For West Coast supply [...]

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Domestic, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News, Warehousing|

11 Impacts of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit On Shippers

Shippers were thrown into more turmoil this past week after British Prime Minister, Theresa May, delayed Brexit debates indefinitely. The latest deal between May and the European Union (EU) has failed to win any political support, forcing shippers to adopt a worst-case scenario in the scheduled upcoming March 29thdeparture. March [...]

December 20th, 2018|Categories: Customs, Export, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Officially Suspends Jan. 1 Section 301 Tariffs until March 2

As reported in United States and China Call 90-Day Tariff Truce, the leaders of the United States and China met on December 1, 2018, and agreed to hold negotiations on a range of issues, including those covered in this Section 301 investigation. The December 1st statement notes that the U.S. President [...]

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Customs, Export, Import, Shipping News, Uncategorized|

Intermodal’s PSR Impact on Shippers, Chicago Hit Hard

2019 will be a transitional year for the United States’ rail industry; known for its inefficiencies, U.S. rail freight is on the quest to increase train speeds and improve services by taking steps towards precision scheduled railroading (PSR). In September, CSX, the leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North [...]

December 14th, 2018|Categories: Domestic, Freight Market|

Food Industry Braces for FDA Enforcement of FSVP in 2019

The Annual Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference in Washington D.C., on December 12th, shed new light on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) progress with on-boarding the food industry into the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  FSVP is one of seven initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and [...]

December 14th, 2018|Categories: Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Los Angeles Pool of Pools Calls for Chassis as Mega Vessels Arrive

Recent events have created a dislocation of chassis in LA/LB Port complex and in part, is due to the lingering effects of the Typhoon in the Eastern Pacific. According to the figures provided, there will be 12 extra loader vessels and 3 up-sized vessels calling the LA/LGB port complex over [...]

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Domestic, Import, Shipping News|

United States and China Call 90-Day Tariff Truce

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Argentina for the G20 Summit to discuss the ongoing battle between the international trading giants. To date, the United States had threatened to implement a final round of 25% tariffs on remaining goods imported [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Customs, Import, Shipping News|
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