Trucking Industry Update

What’s on the Horizon? As you should already be aware, the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is scheduled to take effect on December 18, 2017.  The ELD mandate will have a significant impact on carrier capacity, which will lead to longer transit times and reduced efficiency. With that being said, there are a few […]

GRI Announcement January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please also […]

Italy Airline Situation

Demand is high. Really high.   The demand for airfreight from Italy is at an all time high. One of our Italian partners, Luca Lopez with Embassy Cargo admits, “I am on the market since 23 years and I have never seen anything like this.” Suppliers can’t seem to keep up with demand, so much that highly […]

NAFTA Negotiation Updates

Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation The fifth round of talks took place in Mexico City in Mid-November with what the media is calling “no substantial breakthrough.”  The three countries have agreed to extend deadline for talks to March 2018, which may be tough during Mexico elections and U.S. midterms. Potential Disagreement on the […]

In the News around the World

Catch Up on News Around the World   U.K. and EU Agree on Outline Brexit Bill as Irish Block Remains Canada losing ground to Mexico in manufacturing race Panama, China sign maritime cooperation agreement

China Operates on Single Window

Import Declarations and Taxes now on One Platform It is official.  China is now operating on a single window customs clearance platform, much like the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) has done for the United States.  The Chinese platform is set up like ACE allowing companies to declare their imports and taxes within one operating system. […]

Canada opens case with WTO against USA

The Lumber Dispute Continues On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Canada formally opened a case related to the US-Canada lumber dispute.  The case was opened with the World Trade Organization against the United States of America.  The U.S. Commerce department recently made the decision to impose duties on lumber coming in from Canada. The foreign ministry’s […]

Giving Thanks to the Man Behind the Can

Thank You to the Man Behind the Can Ever wonder who in the world came up with packing items into a metal container that can withstand the moist ocean air, harsh weather, and make its way across the globe and back again?  Malcom P. McLean was his name. He was a trucker who owned the […]

Doing Business with NAFTA Partners

An Event Full of NAFTA Expertise   Two weeks ago, the Iowa Economic Development Authority along with local partners, Renew Rural Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, International Traders of Iowa, Center for Industrial Research and Service of Iowa University, and First National Bank organized an event that was highly praised and well attended.  Some guest […]

Doing Business with Canada Links

Helpful Links when Doing Business with Canada   Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax GST/HST Information for Non-Residents Register for a GST/HST account Government Resources Canada Border Services Agency Canada Customs Tariff Online Canadian Food Inspection Agency Department of Foreign Affairs Industry Canada Health Canada Natural Resources Canada Transport Canada     Talk […]