Very Small Businesses, FSVP is Right Around the Corner!

We’re all starting to recover from a strenuous holiday importing season, but some importers can’t relax just yet. For those of you who were previously exempt from the new FSVP program because you were considered a Very Small Business, your

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Baltimore Seagirt Terminal to Close for Remainder of Day – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shapiro has received multiple reports that Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal has ceased operations for the remainder of the day today, Tuesday, November 7th due to crane operators walking off the job. There has been no further information released regarding the

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19th National Congress of the Communist Party Likely to Cause Cargo Delays in Shanghai and Tianjin

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, a gathering of China’s top delegates that occurs twice a decade, will commence in Beijing on Wednesday, October 18th and is expected to last one week. In preparation for the meeting, security

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Countdown to GSP Expiring

Midnight of December 31st, 2017 isn’t just the end of the year, it is also when the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is set to expire. The products once eligible for being duty free under special program indicators “A”, “A+”,

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Update on Port Closures and Openings in Wake of Irma

Given the importance of your cargo deadlines, we want to provide you with the latest information post-Irma. Fortunately, none of the expected port openings outlined in yesterday’s Shap Flash have lagged to date. On top of this, a number of

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Hurricane Irma Update

In light of Irma’s changing trajectory and weakened condition, there are a number of updates to the information released in last Friday’s Shap Flash.  Please note the following: Port of Charleston is open and operating normally. Port of Savannah is

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Irma Threatens Supply Chains Across the U.S.

The most recent forecasts for Hurricane Irma now predict the Category 5 storm will make landfall in Florida tomorrow morning, after which Irma is expected to continue her trajectory, diminishing in size and severity throughout her journey along the Southeast

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Hurricane Irma Update

Hurricane Irma,  a Category 5 hurricane with winds consistently exceeding 180 MPH, making it the strongest hurricane to ever originate in the Atlantic, made landfall in the Caribbean yesterday and is already reported to have caused 9 deaths and millions

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Houston and Gulf Coast Ports Expected to Resume Operations by Labor Day

Despite the destructive wake of Hurricane Harvey, which was officially classified as a Category 4 hurricane, the majority of affected Gulf Coast ports are hoping to resume normal operations by Labor Day. Though the Coast Guard has already reinstated partial

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Houston, A Crippled Transportation Hub

Based almost exclusively on the historical levels of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, all major components of Houston’s vast transportation gateway are closed and inoperable. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), The Port of Houston, and all major rail

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