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China: Ningbo Quarantine and the Beijing Olympic Delays

China: Ningbo Quarantine and the Beijing Olympic Delays The news from across the globe states that Ningbo’s quarantine is starting up again due to another outbreak that jumped from 1 case to 23. Ningbo Customs has issued a notice that has detailed a business emergency response, with changes to certain customs clearance inspections and operations […]

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Supply chain complexity calls for excellence in pricing

“How much from here to there?” While that may have been the way shippers asked for a quote years ago, today the inherent complexities within supply chains have made the default answer to a question that is superficial, “Depends.”    Now, it’s not to say that we don’t have rates between foreign and US ports […]

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The Impact of Shipping Rate Problems on the Economy Recovery

The upswing in container shipping rates has the potential to impact the global economic recovery, with many smaller countries expected to take the most brutal hit from the escalating prices.    Consumer demand for goods during the COVID19 pandemic has caused significant supply chain bottlenecks, which have impacted container ships significantly.    Most officials continue […]

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Supply Chain Predictions for 2022

With the holiday season and the new year of rolling out, many are wondering about upcoming supply chain predictions for 2022. Will the current supply chain problems persist?  Is port congestion the new ‘norm’?  Will driver issues continue to be an ongoing concern?  Sadly,  the wrinkles in the supply chain are not going to be […]

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Uyghurs Forced Labor Prevention Act Passed By President Biden

President Biden signed a bipartisan bill into law on December 23rd 2021, that ensures goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the market. This law, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) is a direct response to the reports of Uyghurs […]

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What to Do When Your Complaints Get Ignored

When you have a complaint about your shipment or cargo, or something else entirely that you forward to your ocean carrier, and nothing happens, what do you do? When you’ve got a legitimate issue and your ocean carrier will not bother with your service complaint, there is something you can do to get things moving. […]

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Air Cargo Keeps the Global Supply Chain Running Smoothly

Since the COVID19 pandemic, the supply chain has been assaulted with burgeoning demands which result in bottlenecks and other hold-ups. Keeping air cargo running smoothly is imperative.    Air freight is considered the fastest way to effectively move packages long distances on a global scale. However, the service is not cheap, and many businesses have […]

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Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to be Banned from Importing

On December 16th, legislation passed by the Senate and is now on its way to the White House to ban imports connected at any point in the supply chain to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). This poses a challenge to importers of goods from anywhere in the world that may use inputs made in […]

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Smart Shipping for the Supply Chain 

Covid19 threw a wrench into the global supply chain and revealed the logistic industry’s many weaknesses. Restoring the supply chain to its pre-pandemic state is extremely complex and the challenges continue to escalate. Everything is further snowballing with skyrocketing, unexpected delays, bottlenecks, and disruptions. Impacts on the Supply Chain  One of the biggest impacts on […]

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An Anti-Dumping Duty (or ADD)

An Anti-Dumping Duty (or ADD) was imposed on specific flat rolled products of aluminum imported from China recently on December 6, 2021. The government imposed ADD on the imports, which fell under the Chapter Heading 7606 of 7607 of the First Scheduled to Customs Tariffs Act, 1975, which originated in or exported from China w.e.f […]

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