Customs Statement Processing and ACE

As you may know, after several delays, it appears that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will finally be rolling out statement processing via their portal Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) on January 8, 2018. While we have every hope that this deployment proceeds without incident, it is very possible that Customs will experience glitches along the […]

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Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Set to Expire December 31, 2017

The expiration of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is right around the corner!  Assuming the program expires, the products once eligible for being duty-free under special program indicators “A”, “A+”, and “A*” will now be subject to normal duty rates when imported. While CBP still requests that GSP eligible items are identified with an indicator, […]

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Trucking Fuel and Base Rates on the Rise

The new Electronic Log Data (ELD) mandate, which officially goes into effect on December 18th, is forcing truckers to pay much closer attention to their logs so as not to exceed their Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. Electronic logs, which cannot be manipulated with the same ease as their paper predecessors, have already caused rate […]

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CBP Merchandise Processing Fee for 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will be adjusted for inflation effective January 1, 2018. The MPF is assessed by U.S. Customs on most imports into the U.S.  The calculation rate, which is 0.3464 percent of declared cargo value, will remain unchanged. However, the minimum MPF will […]

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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 closure at this time, so full details cannot yet be provided. We will continue to […]

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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 measures have been tightened as of October 16th and the majority of cargo entering Shanghai […]

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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+”, and “A*” will now be paying normal duty rates when imported. While CBP still requests […]

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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 airports will be resuming operations today. As a reminder, here is the list of East […]

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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 CLOSED.  As of now, it is expected to re-open on Wednesday, 9/13. We are not […]

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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 coast of the U.S. In anticipation of Irma’s disastrous path, numerous ports along the Southeastern […]

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