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CBP changes coming October 1st – Fees & Lacey Act Phase VI

The end of the federal government’s FY at the end of September always portends small changes that impact importers and exporters alike. This year is no exception, as the agency has announced changes to fees for merchandise processing fee, e-commerce and entries. Fee changes: From CSMS 49296457, the following user fee changes are in effect […]

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Retailers and Fulfillment Goals

Prior to Covid19, retailers were already undergoing dramatic changes. However, the pandemic caused a massive exodus towards eCommerce purchases that quickly started to overwhelm the retail supply chains and take them to almost the breaking point. From March to September 2020, US online orders from Walmart tripled because of the pandemic. The major retailer saw […]

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Sobel experiencing successes with guaranteed sailing services

The challenges facing buyers of ocean freight through the latter stages of the pandemic have focused on both securing equipment and space for their cargo. The degradation of sailing performance by carriers has led to – by some estimates – 10% of available container capacity being idled as ships wait outside global ports to be […]

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USTR 301 Exclusion Update

The imposition of Section 301 duties on many exports from China has weighed heavily on the minds and pocketbooks of importers whose supply chains are centered there. Aside from the case pending at the Court of International Trade questioning whether or not the previous administration acted illegally with List 3 and List 4a, companies wrote […]

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Choosing the Right Carrier

When drafting a strategic and efficient transportation system plan, you’ll want to factor in carrier selection. Good transportation planning always involves a procurement process that encompasses several critical factors. Remember, common freight carriers do vary in size, region, and capabilities. The factors are very realistic predictors of the carrier’s performance and will help you decide […]

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Former DOT COO and Maryland Transportation Secretary tapped as Port Envoy

The Biden – Harris Administration has tapped former DOT Deputy Secretary and COO John Porcari as Port Envoy of the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Announced last Friday, Porcari’s role will be to work closely with Secretary Buttigieg and his team at the Department of Transportation as well as the National Economic Council to address […]

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Importers claiming US, foreign goods returned require documentation.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, or HTS for short, has provision in Chapter 98 for the return of foreign goods previously imported and for goods of US origin exported and returned. There are many reasons that a company or individual would need to utilize one of these provisions.    For US manufacturers, […]

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Importers claiming US, foreign goods returned require documentation.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, or HTS for short, has provision in Chapter 98 for the return of foreign goods previously imported and for goods of US origin exported and returned. There are many reasons that a company or individual would need to utilize one of these provisions.  For US manufacturers, the […]

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Keeping Your Supply Chain Moving During Peak Season

Peak season 2021 has started with a boom and is by far the most active in recent memory. If your business was lagging in the first portion of the year, then the peak will not be an easy time. Right now, it is imperative to start planning how you will manage the launch of peak […]

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Supply Chain Business Response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the world and altered the operation of supply chains forever. The response to e-commerce surges has impacted business dramatically. During the pandemic disruption, the supply chain experienced a severe shortage of labor. The growing demand for eCommerce had already started to deplete the labor pool, but the pandemic made […]

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