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September usually brings Labor Day, back-to-school activities, and Peak Season in the shipping business. As we enter the September-December peak shipping season, we do so under the most unusual of circumstances, with COVID-19, U.S. elections and social protests looming large. Almost forgotten, are the ongoing headwinds from the U.S. – China trade dispute, which continues […]

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Incoterms 2020 is here. Is your business ready? The new Incoterms 2020 have been published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They will take effect on January 1, 2020. This update replaces Incoterms 2010 and is expected to be the standard for the next decade, through December 2029. For the first time, representatives from […]

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The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced revised instructions for filing a China tariff exclusion on the latest round of products targeted in the ongoing trade war with China. However, to file, you will need to act fast. The process covers specific products (List 3) named in the latest $200 billion worth of Chinese products targeted by […]

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_________________________ Update: See this recent CNBC report for an update on the likelihood of Greek shipping companies helping their country out of the present debacle. _________________________ As the Greek government and European Union (EU) ministers continue their ongoing game of chicken with the country’s economic future, little has been said or written about the impact […]

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Negotiations Continue as Contract Expires Both Sides Pledge No Stoppage in Work Source:  The Journal of Commerce July 2, 2014 Update (07/07/14):  As of this morning local ILWU organizers were apparently disregarding instructions from their union leaders and distributing flyers in the Long Beach/Los Angeles harbors in hopes of starting an unauthorized protest/picket line.  So […]

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West Coast Dock Strike Update: No News Is Good News? Issues: Wages, Potentially Soaring Healthcare Costs, Automation – and “Jurisdiction?” Source: Supply Chain Digest Negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents US West Coast ports and terminal operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are now underway, with little sense yet of how the […]

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