Shapiro’s Charleston and Atlanta offices closing early due to winter storm

Shapiro’s Atlanta and Charleston offices closed at 2:30 pm today due to worsening weather conditions.  Many employees will be working remotely and emails will be monitored for urgent issues. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Charleston closed at 1 pm

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Serious Cargo Backlogs in the Midwest

As weather forecasters predict the second Arctic deep freeze this month for the Midwest, the environment for cargo operations worsens.  In Chicago, with temperatures today as low as -15F and wind chills reaching -35F, the rail system is already under

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Bangkok under State of Emergency for 60 days

On January 22, 2014, the Thai government declared a state of emergency for Bangkok and surrounding areas because of anti-government protests. Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo district and Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district are currently affected. The state

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Shapiro’s Baltimore, Dulles, Philadelphia, and NY offices closing early due to winter storm

Our Baltimore, Dulles, Philadelphia and New York offices closed at 2 pm today due to worsening weather conditions.  NY has limited phone coverage today until 5 pm while Baltimore, Dulles and Philadelphia will be monitoring emails for urgent issues. We

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NY/NJ Port Closure – Winter Storm Announcement

According to a message posted on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s website, most container terminal gates will close Thursday, January 2nd between 16:00 and 17:00 with all container terminal truck gates closed Friday, January 3rd due

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CBP Reopens 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium Registration

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened online registration today at 12:00 pm ET for the 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium.  The event, originally postponed in October due to the government shutdown, will be held on March 6-7, at the Washington

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Customs Reschedules JFK Seminar on Toys and Festive Articles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in JFK has announced a new date for the toys and festive articles seminar that was postponed in October due to the government shutdown. The new date will be Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the

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Update on Port of Oakland Trucker Strike

As reported yesterday, truckers created a picket like to deter traffic from moving in or out of the Port of Oakland.  The Oakland Police Department was on site to uphold the temporary restraining order issued in order to maintain inbound

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Port of Oakland Trucker Strike

Port of Oakland Truckers Association are planning to walk off the job on Wednesday, Nov. 27th in spite of meeting with various port officials and local industry leaders, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. This work action, timed during the busy

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Labor Unrest Cripples India’s Port Nhava Sheva

Mumbai’s gateway port is operating at a fraction of its capacity due to continuing discord between port truckers and the port authorities for APM Terminal and Container Corp of India.  Negotiations have stalled after nearly a month of unproductive talks,

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