23 Jun 2023

US lawmakers introduce bill to end tariff exemption for China e-commerce shipments

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate a tariff exemption that is widely used by e-commerce sellers to send orders from China to US shoppers. The exemption, known as the de minimis rule, currently exempts imports valued at $800 or less from tariffs if the items are shipped […]

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16 Jun 2023

Rebounding US Warehouse Demand Could Benefit from Resolution of West Coast Port Dispute

A potential strike that could have had adverse effects on the demand for industrial warehouses in North America’s thriving commercial property sector seems to have been avoided with a tentative agreement between union dockworkers and West Coast port operators. Late Wednesday, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that they […]

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15 Jun 2023

West Coast Port Labor Negotiations – Tentative Agreement Announced

  Late last night, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association announced a tentative agreement on a new six-year deal. The details of the agreement were not released. The agreement must now be ratified by both parties. A copy of Acing Secretary of Labor Julie Su’s statement on the deal can be […]

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14 Jun 2023

Impact of Panama Canal Load Restrictions and US Stevedore Strikes on the Global Shipping Sector

As the bustling summer season kicks off, labor disputes have disrupted the flow of shipping in the United States. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have staged protests, resulting in congestion and delays at U.S. West Coast ports, as reported by CNBC. The average wait times for container vessels attempting to enter Los […]

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10 Jun 2023

Baltimore Field Office of CBP Secures Top Rank in Intercepting Stolen Vehicles Bound for Overseas Shipment

During fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022), the Baltimore Field Office of CBP achieved a significant milestone by intercepting 239 stolen vehicles, surpassing all other CBP field offices nationwide. The total value of these vehicles amounted to nearly $11.5 million. This accomplishment highlights the effectiveness of CBP officers in preventing stolen […]

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09 Jun 2023

West Coast Port Labor Negotiations Update – PMA Press Release June 9, 2023

After a series of coordinated and disruptive work actions led by the ILWU at the West Coast’s largest ports between June 2 and June 7, operations have generally improved at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland. However, the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma continue to suffer significant slowdowns as a result of […]

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06 Jun 2023

Potential US Economic Recession May Not Eliminate the Peak Season

Despite the looming possibility of a US economic recession, different industry verticals may be impacted in various ways, and freight markets might not experience a severe downturn, according to a prominent transport analyst. Lee Klaskow, Senior Freight and Transportation Logistics Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, believes that while a US recession is probable, the destocking efforts […]

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05 Jun 2023

Retailers and Manufacturers Call on White House to Intervene in Labor Dispute at West Coast Ports

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, June 5 (Reuters) – Major retailers and manufacturers are urging the White House to step in and mediate the labor negotiations at West Coast ports, expressing concerns about potential disruptions to shipping during crucial holiday shopping seasons. This call comes after the closure of the largest terminal at the Port of Long Beach […]

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