ILWU Announces Work Stoppage

ILWU Stop-Work Meeting June 15th, 2017 The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 in Long Beach, California has notified the Pacific Maritime Association that they will hold a Stop-Work Meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017, first shift only, between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Scarbrough will monitor the situation and work […]

ACE Official System for Drawback and Reconciliation

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  has announced July 8, 2017 as the effective date for: Duty Drawback Reconciliation As of this date, ACE will be the sole CBP-Authorized EDI system for drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. CBP has also set July 8 as the effective date for the modifications to […]

Persian Gulf Disruption

Sea and Land Ties cut with Qatar During the first week of June 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain announced they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar.  The nations said they would cut sea and land links. Scarbrough is monitoring this situation very closely as both air freight and ocean freight […]


U.S. Import General Rate Increase for Full Container and Less than Container Freight Carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) for cargo from Asia (except Japan), Australia, New Zealand, East Africa to The United States effective July 1, 2017.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate […]

World Trade Bridge Mexico-USA Border

Operations to Resume on Monday The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Border Crossing Bridge, otherwise known as The World Trade Bridge, was closed down after severe storms destroyed the area including U.S. and Mexico Customs offices on Sunday, May 21, 2017.  All traffic has been diverted to the Columbia-Solidarity Bridge which has obviously caused congestion and delay in […]

Update on Laredo-Nuevo Laredo

Customs Closed Because of the Heavy storms presented in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, Texas on May 21, SAT reports that due to damage in the infrastructure caused at the Mexican and American customs, The Mexican and United States Customs authorities jointly agreed that the border crossing between Nuevo Laredo Customs and Laredo Customs would remain […]

Who is NASCO?

North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) is the leading organization focused on the competitiveness of the North American supply chain, workforce and energy independence. We are the only tri-national network of North American governments, businesses, and educational institutions, driven by a common interest in collaboration along commercial corridors and […]

Storms Shut Down World Trade Bridge at Laredo-Nuevo Laredo

The World Trade Bridge will be Closed Indefinitely until Further Notice Heavy storms, flash floods and a tornado have been reported to hit areas of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Mexico Customs and U.S. Customs offices were both affected, including the World Trade Bridge, one of the main bridges […]

Challenges when Exporting

  Exporting outside of the United States opens up a world of opportunities.  Ensure your company is staying compliant and following the right steps to avoid losing money while boosting sales. Incoterms Failure to understand or establish specific Incoterms could not only be costly for the shipper or consignee, but cause friction in your sales […]

Autonomous Ships

Look for one in 2018 I’ve heard of autonomous vehicles, and still am baffled how amazing technology can be, but autonomous ships? Do they really exist? The answer is yes! The first part of May marked the announcement of partnership between Norwegian maritime-technology firm, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and fertilizer manufacturer, Yara ASA to build the […]