A Perfect Storm at the Ports

Importers have been experiencing unprecedented service disruption around the world but especially in the TransPacific. We are living through a period of record high rates, chassis shortages at US ports, equipment shortages at origin loading ports and severe congestion at both Asia and US ports. All of this creating a perfect storm of issues, causing … Continued

Are you prepared for BREXIT?

If you import or export from the UK, you NEED to prepare for Brexit! You will need to prepare customs clearances on all import and export shipments and therefore you will need to have all documents in our possession before loading. This will give some extra time during the working day to check and advice … Continued

LA Truckers Request a Halt on Fees at the Ports

As import volumes continue to steadily increase during the pandemic, trucking operators are calling on ocean carriers to temporarily suspend detention and demurrage fees at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports as the largest port complex in the United States operates through unparalleled congestion problems. Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) and California Trucking Association (CTA) … Continued

Container Shortage and Vessel Delays Persist from China Ports

Two typhoons in early September coupled with increased demand have caused container shortages and vessel delays of up to four days at main China load ports of Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo. Recently the Chinese government has been engaged in military exercises along the coast which place restrictions on commercial vessels causing further delays of up … Continued

Container Build Up at Southern California Ports

Containers at Southern California warehouses have been piling up due to high volumes and the nearly doubling of the amount of street dwell time, disrupting the delivery of merchandise in the US market. The container accumulation at the ports is largely due to the import surge since the economic recovery from the COVID-19 lockdowns began … Continued

India Market Update: Equipment and Space Shortages

Space and equipment shortages persist in the trade between India and North America. Import volumes into India, in particular volumes from China, are down due to restrictions on trade imposed by the India Government. This has resulted in a shortage of empty equipment in India. The shortage is most critical at Inland Container Depots (ICD) … Continued

Refunds of China Section 301 Tariffs May Become Available If Importers File Claims

A recently filed lawsuit could result in refunds of all Section 301 tariffs levied to date on List 3 and List 4A goods from China, regardless of whether or not a timely protest was filed. However, importers must file their own independent claims to preserve their potential refunds by Friday, September 18. For more than two years the U.S. … Continued

More News About COSCO’s Postponement of Scheduled Rate Increase

Last Friday we provided an alert regarding the September 15 scheduled GRI in the Trans-Pacific trade. With more clarity we can provide additional information today. Based on an administrative directive by the Chinese Government, COSCO announced a postponement of their scheduled GRI. This postponement has been extended beyond China origin to all Far East origins. … Continued

Cosco Postpones September 15 General Rate Increase

China Ocean Shipping Corporation (COSCO) has postponed their scheduled Trans-Pacific rate increase for September 15 under pressure from the Chinese Government. It is expected that OOCL will follow suit on this postponement. While the Chinese government can only issue this administrative direction to COSCO and OOCL, it is expected that other members of the consortium … Continued

Container Shortage in Asia Expected to Intensify

Container shortages in Asia, especially China and India, are worsening as dwell time in the US and Europe increase and carriers struggle to return enough empty containers. The global supply chain is at risk at falling behind at a critical time, just before the upcoming peak shipping season. A spike in orders in July and … Continued