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The 4 major impacts of COVID19 on the shipping industry

When the pandemic hit, every business across the world has been significantly affected at a level we’ve never seen before and the shipping industry is no exception to it. Every aspect of our sector, from unsustainable airfreight pricing and cargo backlogs to blank sailings and huge drops in demand.  We’ll discuss more about these effects […]

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CBP announces drawback center closures, consolidation with CEE’s

Duty drawback is when Customs refunds import duties on goods which are exported under certain, specified conditions. We file drawback here at Sobel Network Shipping – it’s an arcane and document and information-intense process. The evolution over time of the increasing information we submit electronically makes it easier for CBP to match imports and exports […]

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Tips on How to Solve Delivery Challenges

Nowadays, everyone wants same-day or next-day delivery but they remain a nightmare for businesses due to the complicated logistics involved in the process. Sellers are struggling to find ways to overcome delivery challenges in an effort to keep their customers happy. Studies have revealed that up to 55 percent of customers will switch to a […]

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Sobel attends NCBFAA Annual Conference virtually and in person

This week in Ft. Lauderdale and online, Sobel Network Shipping representatives attended the NCBFAA’s Annual Conference. Sobel is a proud member of the National Custom Brokers and Forwarders Association of America – the leading trade organization representing our industry. NCBFAA interfaces with all of the agencies that our importers and exporters deal with daily, from […]

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CBP Ramping Up Enforcement On In-Bond Movement and Usage

As a customer broker holding a national permit, Sobel Network Shipping can clear arriving cargo at any port of entry in the United States. The port of entry – for Customs’ purposes – is the port where the entrance is submitted and released. This can be either the port where the vessel arrives – New […]

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Sobel Network Shipping Co., Inc. acquires Sunshine Services International., Inc.

Twenty-five year old company joins Sobel with focus on bolstering exports ROCKVILLE CENTRE AND JAMAICA, NY – APRIL 15, 2021 Sobel Network Shipping Co., Inc., a customs broker and freight forwarder headquartered in New York with locations in Miami, Orlando and Chicago announces the acquisition of Sunshine Services International., Inc. an airline GSA with an […]

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Regulatory Roundup: News out of FDA & CPSC

While Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the most visible and well-known enforcement presence for imported goods, they work in tandem with multiple regulatory agencies. Those agencies are called “Participating Government Agencies,” or PGA for short. When Sobel transmits information about an arriving shipment on behalf of an importer, we are providing not just the […]

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CBP targets Malaysian glove manufacturer

We talked two weeks ago about forced labor as a priority trade issue for Customs and how the agency is stepping up enforcement and issuance of Withhold Release Orders. While most attention has been focused on China and the Xinjiang region’s efforts, the agency last week took action against one of the largest such companies. In July 2020, […]

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The Suez Aftermath

A week ago Monday, nobody outside of cargo owners and logistics professionals who knew the name “Ever Given” had the slightest clue that TEU means “Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit” and likely couldn’t find the Suez Canal on a map. But last Tuesday, the grounding of the 20,000 TEU ship captured the world’s attention, drove up oil […]

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