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A Feel-Good Update from the Port of Baltimore

It is with a big smile that we share this announcement about the full opening of the Fort McHenry Federal Channel into the Port of Baltimore. As most of you know, Baltimore is back on the booking menu at origin, and we are so happy for the port and for our region! Please click here […]

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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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Canadian & Baltimore Port Updates

Baltimore – Trapped Shipping Vessel is Freed! The container ship that was trapped under the fallen Francis Scott Key Bridge was successfully freed yesterday. Salvage teams employed multiple explosive charges to disentangle the bridge debris from the trapped vessel. The alternative channel has been established and has since moved 365 commercial vessels to and from […]

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They Are Back! Additional Section 301 Tariffs Are Proposed After Four-Year Review

Following an exhaustive evaluation, the Biden administration has decided to implement additional Section 301 tariffs. Ambassador Katherine Tai explained, “After a thorough review of the statutory report on Section 301 tariffs, and in light of my recommendations, President Biden has directed me to take further steps to counteract the People’s Republic of China’s unfair technology […]

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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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Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapses in Collision with Cargo Vessel

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed when a cargo vessel lost power and rammed into a support pile early this morning. Multiple vehicles were caught in the crash and the missing number of people are estimated between 7 and 20. Several have been rescued but many remain missing. The FBI is actively investigating […]

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China Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Extended Through May 31st, 2024

The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that they are extending the Section 301 exclusions for goods from China that were set to expire on December 31st, 2023. The exclusions have been extended until May 31st, 2024.In addition, the Office has opened a docket for public comments on the existing exclusions on […]

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US Authorities Closing Mexico Bridges Due to Immigration, Also Impacting Rail Freight

Two key Mexico (MX) rail gateways have been shut down in Texas, causing cross-border freight to stack up. These bridges have been closed by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) due to illegal immigration concerns, citing evidence that freighters are being used to transport immigrants into the United States. The border crossings currently impacted are […]

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

The Houthis, an Iranian-backed militia group, recently announced their intention to target commercial ships in retaliation for Israel’s actions in Gaza. These mounting attacks on shipping vessels in the Red Sea are disrupting trade through the Suez Canal with several vessels being attacked over the weekend, leaving no choice but to turn around and retreat […]

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Section 301 Exclusions Set to Expire January 2024 

With the new year quickly approaching, we would like to remind you that numerous section 301 exclusions are set to expire on January 1st, 2024; this means that importers may be subject to additional duties on their products as soon as next month. This list contains over 300 exclusions for various products as well as […]

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Carriers Rerouting Ships Away from Red and Arabian Seas

Groups like the Iran-backed Houthi movement continue to escalate attacks near the Suez Canal, recently firing two missiles at the USS Mason. This is rumored to have occurred after the USS Mason helped free a hijacked cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden. Due to these attacks, several carriers have announced they are rerouting cargo […]

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Trade Community Issues Joint Statement Ahead of Potential U.S. Government Shutdown

The trade community is bracing for impact should the U.S. government shut down on October 1st. This week, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) issued a joint statement on behalf of 40 other trade associations petitioning that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) strategically collaborate […]

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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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COBRA Fees to be Adjusted for Inflation in Fiscal Year 2024

In accordance with 19 CFR 24.22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must annually determine whether the fees and limitations must be adjusted to reflect inflation. For Fiscal Year 2024, CBP is making the following changes to user fees established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). These fees are effective October 1, 2024. […]

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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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Canadian West Coast Port Strikes End with Tentative 4-Year-Deal

Dock workers at ports along the Pacific Coast of Canada have accepted a tentative wage deal on Thursday, July 13th to end strikes at the country’s busiest ports. This news comes after The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) released a statement about the agreement earlier today.   The strike primarily affected the Port of Vancouver […]

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Vancouver/Prince Rupert ILWU Strike Action to Begin July 1st

The Canadian International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has given notice for a strike to commence at 8am on July 1, 2023. Negotiations between ownership, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), and the ILWU are being moderated by Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), but it remains unclear if any early progress has […]

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