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Shapiro 360° Your Ultimate Global Logistics Solution Discover the power of Shapiro 360°, the platform designed to provide world-wide shipment tracking and coverage for all your logistics needs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHOmBV4js_E As one of our partners, you’ll get FREE access to 360° with features including: Real-Time Shipment Tracking Know exactly where your shipments are at any moment, anywhere […]

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USTR Extends Previous 301 Exclusions

The CBP must have seen our Shap Flash yesterday about not including information on the extension of current 301 exclusions because they announced them today! The exclusions previously set to expire on May 31st, 2024 have all been extended for 20 days through June 14th, to allow for a transition period due to changes. Please […]

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USTR Asks Public to Comment on Section 301 Tariff Review

There is an update to the Section 301 tariff increases. As expected, the USTR has published in the Federal Register requests for comments on the proposed modifications to the Section 301 Chinese tariffs and the exclusion process for certain products. The three categories under review are: Comments on the proposal may be submitted via the USTR’s […]

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Exciting News! Baltimore Port to Open New Channel for Trapped Vessels Today!

We are excited to share that Baltimore officials have announced the opening of a new 35-foot-deep channel at the city’s port, starting today. This development is part of ongoing efforts to restore operations after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month. The channel will accommodate “commercially essential vessels,” including five of the […]

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Navigating Troubled Waters: The Contingency Mentality

Logistics contingency plans are just a fancy way of conveying the importance of businesses being prepared when the ship hits the fan—like if the Ever Given lodges itself at the Suez Canal or a viral pandemic hits planet Earth like a meteor, somehow super-charging global consumerism.  In 2021, an estimated 40% of all global ocean […]

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UPDATE: Suez Attacks Delaying Cargo Shipments and Causing Shippers to Re-route Cargo

All major steamship lines have announced re-routings to avoid Houthi attacks in the Red Sea. Thus, many US-bound vessels will not be able to transit the Suez Canal and will be routed via the Cape of Good Hope around the African continent. While most announcements include mentions of a 10-14-day delays, we’d like to highlight some […]

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Navigating the Suez Blockade: A Trade Tirade

Editor’s Note: First, let us say that the humanitarian impacts and terrifying possibilities of a raging geopolitical storm leading to a global conflict are what really matter when eyeing Gaza. That is a concern well beyond this blog! We write this in the spirit of the annual budgets we are preparing (or will soon be […]

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USTR Extends Existing China 301 Exclusions until December 31, 2023 

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative, USTR, previously announced that multiple Section 301 tariff exclusions would remain in effect until September. Yesterday the USTR announced that they will extend existing China 301 tariff exclusions until December 31st, 2023. There are two main sets of exclusions: one set of 77 COVID-related exclusions and another set of […]

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Update on the ILWU Strikes in Canada (July 20th)

After resuming strikes in British Columbia yesterday, ILWU workers are once again back at work today (July 20th) after a ruling from the Canada Industrial Relations Board ordered dockworkers back for failing to provide a 72-hour strike notice. The ILWU is expected to resume its strike on Saturday, July 22nd. Shapiro will continue to monitor […]

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The ILWU Strikes in British Columbia Resume!

Last week, Canada’s Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan, and Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, issued a joint statement advising that the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) had accepted a joint deal with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). However, the leadership of the ILWU has now suggested that their members vote the recommended terms down. The leadership cited […]

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PMA and ILWU Officials Reach Tentative West Coast Agreement

Last night, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) revealed they had finally reached a tentative contract agreement after 13 long months of tumultuous and turbulent negotiations. According to the announcement, both sides have informally agreed to a six-year contract that covers all 29 West Coast ports. Although the […]

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