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Healing the Supply Chain — We are in this Together

Healing the Supply Chain — We are in this Together January 5, 2021

We realize that persistent port and rail ramp congestion, container chassis shortages, and excessive detention and demurrage fees from carriers, as well as upheaval among air cargo service providers, are causing significant harm to your import and export supply chains. U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) of all sizes are facing...

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CTPAT Update for 2021

CTPAT Update for 2021 January 4, 2021

WB Skinner, Inc. proudly participates in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program, since its inception in 2016 and has been validated by CTPAT for 2020. This means that after careful review of our supply chain, our Supply Chain Security Specialist (“SCSS”) has determined that we meet CTPAT’s minimum-security requirements. Part of this review...

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Congestion Risks and Delays at North American Ports

Congestion Risks and Delays at North American Ports December 18, 2020

Industry leaders are warning that pressures on the North American container shipping system are rising, risking even greater congestion in the beginning of 2021. In November, East Coast ports were challenged with handling a 30 percent year-over-year increase in imports from Asia, but have so far been able to avoid the gridlock that is gripping...

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World Trade Organization (WTO) “Trump’s China Tariffs Violate Trade Rules”

World Trade Organization (WTO) “Trump’s China Tariffs Violate Trade Rules” September 16, 2020

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Tuesday struck at the core of President Trump’s trade war on China, ruling that the tariffs he imposed in 2018 on $234 billion worth of Chinese goods ran afoul of U.S. commitments under global trading rules. The U.S. tariffs against China were authorized under Section 301 of the Trade Act...

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Section 301 Update: Legal Challenge Filed Against US Court of International Trade

Section 301 Update: Legal Challenge Filed Against US Court of International Trade September 16, 2020

A new challenge has been filed in the US Court of International Trade (CIT) contesting the assessment of the List 3 and List 4 tariffs that have been imposed on goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  The lawsuit alleges that the tariffs were imposed in an untimely manner and...

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Section 301 Update: Missed USTR Refunds? We Can Help!

Section 301 Update: Missed USTR Refunds? We Can Help! September 15, 2020

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a number of exclusions to the Section 301 China assessment program. These exclusion orders resulted in millions of dollars of duty refunds for our clients.  In order for importers to have taken advantage of these opportunities they had to file protective claims or timely claims...

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COVID-19 Update For Importers: 4 Things You Should Do Right Now

COVID-19 Update For Importers: 4 Things You Should Do Right Now March 20, 2020

During this global COVID-19 pandemic, the international supply chain has been affected but overall ships are moving and capacity, especially from Asia, appears to be coming back on line. Unfortunately, Air Freight is not faring as well. So far, there are commitments from all government agencies and service providers to keep things moving. While there...

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Coronavirus Impact on Medical Device Imports

Coronavirus Impact on Medical Device Imports March 17, 2020

In a U.S. and world economy that has essentially come to an abrupt halt due to fears and precautions surrounding the Coronavirus, parts of the global medical device and pharmaceutical sectors are in high gear. For U.S. importers of these materials, complexity and rapid shifts in regulation is increasing. Are you aware of the latest...

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