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27Feb, 2019

FAA grants Vietnam Category 1 safety rating




On February 14th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Vietnam a Category 1 safety rating enabling airlines based in the country to fly directly to the United States. This move will increase direct imports from Vietnam by the US as cargo capacity improves from the direct lane. Based on an audit conducted in August of… Read more »


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5Feb, 2019

Chinese trade slows as Lunar New Year approaches




  In an effort to avoid the impeding tariffs on goods from China, set to increase on January 1st but were pushed back to March 1st to give more time to the negotiations between these two nations, cargo has been streaming into ports and transferring to warehouses in a process called “front loading.” While this… Read more »


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16Jan, 2019

TSA, USDA and FDA struggle amid shutdown




When the government couldn’t reach a deal on a funding bill on December 21st, due to the precarious inclusion of funding for a border wall, a shutdown began throughout the nation, furloughing workers. The issues surrounding the shutdown reach deep into the logistics industry as CBP, the TSA and other agencies are either not working… Read more »


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30Nov, 2018

Tariffs on third annex from China jump from 10% to 25% on January 1, 2019




We have covered in multiple posts the additional duties that have been placed on steel, aluminum and solar panels from countries around the world, as well as the three separate lists of goods only from China. The first two lists were proposed and implemented with duty rates of 25%. The third list which contains far… Read more »


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19Nov, 2018

Trans-Pacific Imports will keep growing




It’s important to first mention that most imports from the trans-Pacific are being expedited because of the looming tariffs coming at the end of the year. A 25% tariff is excellent motivation to move as much cargo to the US as possible before the tariffs are in full effect. Having said that, it’s expected that… Read more »


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30Oct, 2018

Starbucks uses shipping containers for new store




Shipping containers have been in the news for a while as the tiny house craze and a turn to more eco-friendly living took hold around the globe. Now Starbucks has developed an entire store made of recycled shipping containers in Taiwan. There are 29 total containers reworked into a stunning two-story, 3,400 square foot architectural… Read more »


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9Oct, 2018

Outlook: East Coast truck congestion




Even though capacity is at an all time high, congestion and truck rates are increasing on pace, especially on the East Coast where the dense urban landscape, growth in e-commerce deliveries and limitations on pickup and delivery times work as a perfect storm for trucking nightmares. Through the past summer, truck driver hiring reached an… Read more »


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20Sep, 2018

New tariffs on Chinese imports have been announced




Effective September 24, a third set of tariffs will go into effect on $200 billion of Chinese imports. Initially the tariffs will be set at 10% through the end of the year and will rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. While 6,031 tariff lines were initially proposed, the negotiation period saw the removal of… Read more »


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14Sep, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Helping and Donations




How can we help? As we all know, the lower East coast is currently being hit by Hurricane Florence. We have decided to dedicate this week’s blog with some helpful information for those of you who are asking the question, “ how can we help?”  Below are some tips and agencies that are working now… Read more »


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4Sep, 2018

Cherry tariffs lead to USDA farm aid




The US Pacific Northwest supplies 80% of domestic cherry sales and 11% of the cherries imported in China. Roughly one-third of all US grown cherries are exported overseas and accounted for $679 million in 2017. Tariffs on cherries in 2017 were 10% but after an escalating trade war with China, the tariffs hit 50% this… Read more »


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