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Chinese Tariffs & Supply Chain Disruptions
Supply chain disruptions not only from the overwhelming increase in demands for goods, but equipment and staff shortages, and the “zero-Covid” protocol lockdowns in China have created not only logistics challenges but have raised PPI (Producer Price Index) across industries. From raw goods to finished products, to transport, costs are skyrocketing. Proctor and Gamble said,...
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Shanghai Slump
Cargo is being diverted away from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and clogging up alternate airports as the fight against COVID-19 rages on in China. As congestion mounts in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, none have been hit as hard as Zhengzhou (CGO) where delays are causing a backlog of cargo compounded by the two-week lockdown that went...
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Section 301 Tariff Turnaround
The Section 301 tariff exclusions on Chinese manufactured goods have been updated to allow exemptions on 352 of the original 549 exemptions that were initially provided. The reinstated exclusions will be retroactive back to October 12, 2021, and valid through December 31, 2022. The validation comes after a public comment period that looks into whether...
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Congestion Migration Migraine
Worsening congestion at the east coast in North American container ports is driving up costs and furthering delays of getting goods to consumers, all to avoid gridlock on the west coast. But is it helping? Not by much.   Thirty-one ships anchored off the Port of Charleston on February 22 while another 13 were off...
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MSC Temporarily Halts Russian Bookings
On March 1, 2022, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) introduced a temporary stoppage on all cargo bookings to and from Russia effective immediately. It covers all access areas including the Baltics, Black Sea, and Far East Russia. Humanitarian goods, medical equipment, and food, however, are considered essential goods by MSC and will still be accepted...
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Freight Prices
In the past couple of years, there have been massive shortages, congestion, limited space, and horrifying freight rates. But what will 2022 have to offer? The good news is that freight prices are expected to drop throughout 2022, though it is unlikely that they will drop back down to the 2019 levels.  There will be...
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Rough Waters Ahead For Ocean Shipping
Ocean Shipping congestion continues unabated as the west coast sees nearly seventy ships waiting in the harbor for space. The delays correlate to approximately 11.5% of the global vessel capacity being taken out of the market by idle time waiting for berth. While the additional threat of escalating detention charges has helped clear some of...
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HTS Codes
Updating the HTS codes every 5 years, the World Customs Organization has begun updating it again this year. However, this did not take effect as originally planned on January 1 2022. Throughout 2021, there were signals indicating that the update would take effect on time. The likelihood of which diminished as December passed without the...
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Automation
No longer can the logistics industry dawdle in their adoption of technology and automation. With every new client, the need to disseminate information with accuracy and speed grows. While many of the stories of automation are focused on improvements made at ports and terminals, there should be a spotlight on which forwarders are working hard...
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When historic rainfall hit British Columbia last month the weather wiped out roads and bridges, killed people and livestock, and forced evacuations as Vancouver became cut off from the outside due to flooding. Planning for contingencies is a critical part of any solid logistics plan, but even the most meticulous arrangements can fall to acts...
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