Rail Complications at Dallas, Memphis, Chicago

Rail Complications and issues with some of the UP Rails The below has been having the most issues: DALLAS (UP – DIT), TX.` MEMPHIS (UP MARION), AR CHICAGO (UP – GLOBAL 4), IL There are no chassis’s at the rail and they are stacking the containers. They will not allow us to bring in chassis […]

St. Louis Plans to Become International Air Cargo Hub

Plans to Become International Air Cargo Hub are Back on Track Developers say the project will help establish St. Louis as an international air logistics hub as originally established and first approved in 2015. Work on the project’s $56 million first phase is expected to begin by March 2019 and will cover 1.1 million square feet of […]

Possible Strike at the Port of Montreal

Canada’s Second-largest Port May Face a Strike During the first week of January 2019, the Stevedores’ Union warned the public of a possible strike after contracts expired in December 2018. The Union is currently renegotiating a contract with The Maritime Employers Association, which has for mission to represent all maritime stakeholders in the Ports of Montréal, Trois-Rivières/Bécancour, […]

U.S. – China Talks End after Three Days

Two Days Turned into Three Days Keith Bradsher of The New York Times states, “Three days of trade negotiations between midlevel American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon with progress in identifying and narrowing the two sides’ differences but little sense of when they might reach a deal.”  The original mid-level talks […]

New TPP Signed, CPTPP

Will the Revised TPP Affect the United States? The Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as the Comprehensive and Progessive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP, went into effect on December 31, 2018 after being ratified between the remaining 11 nations.  The United States pulled out of the deal in January 2017.  The remaining countries included in […]

KORUS Free Trade Agreement Update

A revised KORUS Free Trade Agreement Goes into Force on January 1, 2019 KORUS, the free trade agreement between South Korea and United States of America, has been revised and in full effect on January 1, 2019 after the two countries began talks on amendments a year ago. According to The Pulse News, “The official […]

Mexico Tax Breaks • Value Added Taxes IVA are Cut in Half for North Region of Mexico

Mexico’s Tax Breaks Begin Now This is big news for Mexican importers, and U.S. shippers that have clients in Mexico. On December 29, 2018 Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) ordered by decree to cut taxes for the Northern Region of Mexico.  This decree lowers tax rates for both value-added taxes (IVA 16%) and income […]

GRI Announcement February 15, 2019

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 to The United States effective February 15, 2019.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

GRI Announcement February 1, 2019

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 to The United States effective February 1, 2019.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement

Japan Trade Agreement Objectives Released The Office of the United States Trade Representative released its negotiating objectives on December 21, 2018 for a possible trade agreement between the United States and Japan.  Formal discussions with Japan can begin as early as 30 days after the issuance of the negotiating objectives, as provided under the Bipartisan […]