As you are aware, steamship lines are currently charging premiums on top of the normal ocean rate to increase the chances that a full container (FCL) booking request will be accepted, and space be allocated to overseas shippers. C J has received news from our overseas agents, primarily those located in China and other Asian ports, that steamship lines will begin assessing fees if bookings are made but suppliers are not able to meet the timeline [...]

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The entire world recently watched closely as rescue crews worked to free the Evergreen Marine container ship vessel Ever Given from the banks of the Suez Canal. Blocking all traffic in one of the world’s key waterways for a week has added more stress to global supply chains that were already severely strained. One aspect of this incident that global importers and exporters should consider is the maritime law of General Average. General Aver [...]

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Evergreen Marine’s container ship, the Ever Given, has run aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal, causing a backlog of vessels moving on the waterway. In an effort to alleviate additional backlog, Egyptian authorities have reopened an older section of the canal and crews are using tug units to attempt to free the Ever Given. It is unknown how long it may take to free the vessel, which Evergreen Marine has stated was “suspected of being hit by a su [...]

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We realize that persistent port and rail ramp congestion, container chassis shortages, and excessive detention and demurrage fees from carriers, as well as upheaval among air cargo service providers, are causing significant harm to your import and export supply chains.

U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) of all sizes are facing multi-week delays and higher costs of routing shipments [...]

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C J International considers it critical that all parties involved in importing have defined security procedures in place that checks for the unauthorized introduction of material and/or persons to the shipping containers and trailers. These procedures must verify the physical integrity of the cargo container structure prior to loading and include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors. We wish to convey that the 7-point inspectio [...]

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As we mentioned in our June 17, 2020 post, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, 2020. The United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA) has taken a particular interest in helping new and existing small businesses develop trade with Mexico under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA went into effect on July 1,2020, and the SBA has now appointed a new position, Associate Administrator for SBA [...]

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Through a business associate, C J was recently introduced to a company with a product that can assist with the problem noted below. If you are experiencing a moisture problem in your shipments (domestic or foreign), please contact Jason Combs, C J's corporate transportation coordinator. He will put you in direct contact with a representative of the product / company. If you have any problems or issues with land, sea or air transportation, whe [...]

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One of the biggest hurdles an exporter faces is to determine if the product they are shipping requires a license. As the exporter, it is your responsibility to know your customer - the party to whom you are selling your product!

Supplement 3 to Part 732 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) is a "Know Your Customer" guide from the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS).  B [...]

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In March 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. will impose tariffs on certain Chinese imports in response to China's policy of coercion towards American companies to transfer their technology and intellectual property to domestic Chinese companies. The U.S. Trade Representative just issued a press release announcing the proposed list of products – approximately 1300 – that will go for further review, public comment and hearing proc [...]

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Transportation costs are rising - faster than we’ve seen it in years. Over the past several months, we’ve seen a steady increase in international trade. The global economy is growing. While the demand for goods is increasing, so are the transportation costs for getting those goods to market. Space availability, supply and demand, new regulations and fuel costs all play key roles. Electronic Logging Devices One of the newest regulations i [...]

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