If your business is planning on importing a product, you've probably been told to work with a Customs broker. And if you are new to international trade you might be asking yourself... What is a Customs Broker? A Customs broker (CHB) is a professional service provider. Licensed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a Customs broker has an expert understanding of: Customs regulations the Harmonized Tariff ScheduleFree Trade Agreem [...]

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FLOW, or Freight Logistics Optimization Works, is a new government initiative to encourage greater communication between key supply chain partners such as ports, warehouses, ocean carriers, and other logistics companies, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DOT). Notable members currently participating in this effort to build greater “digital infrastructure” include FedEx, Target, Land O’ Lakes, DCLI, MSC, and Ports o [...]

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Last updated: April 12, 2022 Per CBP, “Effective for shipments entered or withdrawn for consumption on or after April 9, 2022, the rates of duty set forth in Column 2 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) shall apply to all products of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of Belarus."CSMS #51575437 - GUIDANCE: Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus (govdelivery.com) On Friday, March 11, P [...]

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Diesel fuel prices increased by $0.75 per gallon The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on March 7 showing that diesel fuel prices increased by 18%, or $0.75 per gallon from last week. The national average is now $4.849 / gallon. Regularly check EIA’s website to get the most recent report on fuel costs, as these numbers are changing weekly. C J International will continue to offer our clients the best r [...]

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Since Covid-19 first began affecting the global supply chain, West Coast ports like LA/LGB have been the epicenter of much news regarding port delays and bottlenecks—with videos going viral of ships stretching out into the distance, waiting to berth.  Since then, various ports have more or less rotated severe congestion, as import volume remains high and new routings are found to hopefully avoid bottlenecks in particular ports. As rout [...]

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