Seagirt Re-opens Following Brief Labor Dispute

We have been informed that the Seagirt gate at the Port of Baltimore re-opened at 2:15 PM today, January 24th, after a brief closure earlier as a result of an ongoing labor dispute. Seagirt has advised that they will be offering today, January 24th, and tomorrow, January 25th, as additional free days. Shapiro will continue […]

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Union Pacific Rail Congestion and Backlogs at Many U.S. Ports

We have been informed that Union Pacific (UP) rail ramps at Chicago (UP – Global 4) and Memphis (UP – Marion) are experiencing severe chassis shortages, leading to massive delays for truckers awaiting loads and unexpected costs for importers. This news is just the latest development in a series of reported backlogs across U.S. ports […]

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California Publishes First Port Drayage Provider Delinquency List

As a follow up to California Senate Bill 1402, which became enforceable as of January 1, 2019, the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement has published the first list of port drayage providers with outstanding, unsatisfied court judgments, tax assessments or tax liens. Use of carriers on this list by customers can result in […]

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Section 301 List 1 Chinese Tariff Exclusions Granted for 21 HTS Subheadings

On December 21st, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) posted a preliminary copy of a report that named 21 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings that will be granted either complete or partial exclusion from Section 301 List 1 tariffs.

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CBP and the Pending Government Shutdown

We are all bracing to see if the Federal Government will shut down as scheduled on midnight on Saturday, December 22nd. In the event it does, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has measures in place to ensure appropriate work flow and staffing.  Here’s what we know: CBP Management and Leadership will be available to […]

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CBP Issues Lower Excise Tax Rate on 14-16% ABV Wines

CBP announced an amendment to current tax rates per the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 (CBMA). Importers can now take advantage of the adjustment on shipments containing wines with more than 14%, but less than 16% alcohol by volume (ABV). This amendment reduces the excise tax from $1.57 per gallon, to […]

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Section 301 List 3 Tariffs to Remain at 10% for an Additional 90 Days

Section 301 list 3 tariffs on Chinese imports, which were set to increase from 10% to 25% effective January 1, 2019, will now remain at 10% for an additional 90 days as a result of fruitful talks between Chinese President Xi Jingping and President Trump at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this past Saturday, […]

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Importers Beware – ISF-5 Enforcements are Coming!

Effective December 17, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin full enforcement of the ISF-5 filing requirement for Foreign Retained on Board (FROB) cargo. This will affect any foreign cargo that calls a U.S. port during transit.    As you are aware, Importer Security Filing (“10+2”, “ISF”) rules took effect in 2009. At that […]

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Typhoon Usagi Hits Southeastern Asia

Typhoon Usagi, which is arriving on the heels of devastating Tropical Storm Toraji, brought record breaking rain and flooding to southern Vietnamese cities this weekend and powerfully struck the port cities of Ho Chi Minh and Vung Tau. Transportation services and port operations in the region remain halted as a result of continued high winds […]

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Bureau of Industry and Security Seeks Public Comment on Emerging National Security Technology

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the Department of Commerce issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on criteria for identifying emerging technologies that are essential to U.S. national security. BIS welcomes comments on: How to define emerging technology to assist identification of such technology in the future; Criteria […]

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