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USTR Extends Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for COVID-19 Products

USTR Extends Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for COVID-19 Products December 2, 2022

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the extension of exclusions for numerous COVID-19 products that are subject to China Section 301 tariffs. The exclusions originally scheduled to expire on November 30, 2022, have been extended until February 28, 2023. The exclusions cover 81 medical care products and were initially granted in December...

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New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association Tours GCT Global

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association Tours GCT Global October 31, 2022

Thank you to Dan Mulligan of GCT Global for giving the NY-NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, including myself, a tour of the GCT Bayonne and providing us with a better understanding of the difficulties the terminals are facing. We are excited to see they are taking a proactive approach to the increase of...

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Port of NY-NJ to Impose Dwell Fee Targeting Empty Containers

Port of NY-NJ to Impose Dwell Fee Targeting Empty Containers August 3, 2022

The Port of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will implement a container fee on any long-dwelling import or export containers. The goal of the tariff is to reduce an excess of empty containers dwelling at the port and free up space for container pickup. It includes both loaded and empty containers. The Quarterly container...

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One Hot Summer for Importers

One Hot Summer for Importers July 27, 2022

Record heat across North America and much of the northern hemisphere isn’t the only thing heating up this summer for importers. Record volumes, the challenge of empty container returns, and a marked shift in cargo from West Coast to East Coast is making many in our industry sweat. Learn more below:   US imports continue...

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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Mandate Update

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Mandate Update June 7, 2022

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) will came into effect June 8. Starting June 21 CBP is going to assume imports coming from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are using forced labor. It will be on the importer to prove otherwise. We expect the top affected commodities include chemicals, apparel/textiles and agriculture. The Uyghur Forced Labor...

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Tariff Update: USTR Reinstates 352 Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs

Tariff Update: USTR Reinstates 352 Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs April 4, 2022

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) reinstated 352 product exclusions applicable to certain Chinese-origin goods subject to Section 301 tariffs in a notice published on March 28, 2022. USTR reinstated more than half of previously available exclusions, covering a range of manufactured, mechanical and consumer goods. USTR weighed several factors in assessing whether...

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China’s COVID Lockdowns Further Disrupt Global Supply Chains

China’s COVID Lockdowns Further Disrupt Global Supply Chains March 29, 2022

A surge in Omicron variant infections has prompted Chinese authorities to lock down residents, close factories and stop truck traffic, snarling already frayed supply chains. As officials scramble to contain the country’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 since early 2020, they are imposing lockdowns and restrictions that are adding chaos to global supply chains. The measures...

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Terminal Congestion and Import Service Delays

Terminal Congestion and Import Service Delays March 29, 2022

As we are sure you are aware, many importers (and exporters!) are experiencing continued and growing supply chain challenges.  Persistent port and rail ramp congestion, container chassis shortages, excessive detention and demurrage fees from carriers, and upheaval among air cargo service providers are all contributing to this mess. As a client or associate of WB...

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