Europe, Australia, South Korea, Argentina and Brazil now Exempt from Steel and Aluminum Tax

The U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, has announced that the U.S. exemptions from the recently announced steel and aluminum tariff will include Europe, Australia, South Korea, Argentina, and Brazil in addition to Canada and Mexico (as long as they agree to an updated NAFTA). In addition, President Trump is allowing U.S. allies to negotiate their […]

Steamship lines, Alliances, Driver Shortage and more

Scarbrough attended the 18th Annual TPM Conference,which is one of the highest-attended conferences for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics community.  Hot topics at the event include economic, trade, and container shipping outlooks, round table discussions with industry leaders, technology, among others. The TPM Conference typically kicks off contract signing season and is […]

Omnibus Spending Package Passes House

The House just passed a $1.3 trillion spending package that will keep the government funded through the end of September.  According to CNN, “Now, it’s up to the Senate to pass it before the government runs out of money Friday at midnight. The Senate need unanimous consent — meaning all members have to agree — […]

Produce Shipping Season Map

Produce shipping season is the busiest time of year in regards to domestic shipping. Shippers should expect to see tightened reefer capacity and higher reefer rates during produce season as temperature-controlled cargo increases across the U.S. Produce season in the United States typically begins in April and runs through the end of July.  Regional trends […]

Chassis Shortage across America

A chassis shortage has been announced at numerous ports across the United States, whether at the terminal on the coasts or railyards in the heart of America.  Some of the affected ports include the Port of LA-Long Beach, Port of New York-New Jersey, Baltimore, Savannah, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, Saint Louis, and Kansas City just to […]

Steel and Aluminum Importers Looking for Exclusions

In early March 2018, The Department of Commerce made recommendations to President Trump to impose an additional tax on steel and aluminum imports, revealing after an investigation showed negative effects of steel imports on U.S. national security. Basically, The Commerce Department is making a case that the dumping of cheap steel and aluminum from China […]

UK Air Freight • Tight Space before Easter

Easter is fast approaching and many UK Forwarders will shut down for 4 days: Good Friday 30th March, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2nd April. From previous years we have learned that the pre-Easter cargo peak usually covers the two weeks prior to Good Friday. This year we expect higher level of bookings since Easter […]

A Day in the life of a Drayman

  If you google “Definition of a Drayman,” the first thing that pops up is “a person who delivers beer for a brewery.”  In a world of international shipping, many may find this comical.  Comical notes aside, Wikipedia does explain the essence of a drayman.  It reads that a “drayman was historically the driver of […]

Future Security for E-Commerce Small Shipments

CBP Creates Strategy for the Future of E-Commerce Shipments U.S. Customs and Border Protection just released its E-Commerce Strategy in response to the rapidly growing market of low value imports into the United States of America. The U.S. market has become a “small, just-in-time package,” society, creating inspection challenges for CBP.  To address this challenge, CBP […]

Steel Import Tariff Goes into Effect

Steel Import Tarrifs to take effect March 23 According to American Shipper, “Global tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum will take effect March 23….  However, steel and aluminum imports from Mexico will be exempted from the trade remedies, pending a successful result of the ongoing renegotiation of the North American […]