The rise of e-commerce brought with it more counterfeit goods being imported into the United States. And if you're headed into the holiday season, there is even more reason to be vigilant. Consider the below stories: CBP seizes $30 million shipme [...]

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October update on port and rail operations across the U.S. Recent reports show an overall decrease in import volume this September, with notably fewer imports from China and weakened consumer demand. However, import volume is still above p [...]

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We've outlined a few areas for importers to consider how you can maintain more control over or even lower your shipping costs. Know Your Terms of Sale Understand Your Options (examples for LCL & Air Shipments)Exercise Reasonable CareComm [...]

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Supply chain disruptions haven’t been the only significant events in our industry the last couple years. Many significant pieces of shipping legislation were passed, and enforcement of Customs penalties in general is on the rise. The Ocean S [...]

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Keep in mind that port operations are significantly affected by disruptions in rail and truck operations, and vice versa. Rails, ports, and truckers are all facing equipment and labor shortages coupled with high volume. FreightWaves reported on Jul [...]

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We put together an overview of key supply chain updates from the first 6 months of 2022. Read in full or choose a topic to look at below! Import Volume & Consumer Demand Congestion & Development at Major Ports Fuel Cost &am [...]

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Background “Informed Compliance” and “Shared Responsibility” are two of the guiding precepts of the Customs Modernization Act. Informed Compliance means Customs (CBP) has an obligation to provide the trade community with better i [...]

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What are Customs Penalties and Fines For? Importing is a privilege that Customs can revoke. It can be revoked for repeated violations, penalties, or fines for any of the three levels of offenses (and sometimes for just a single violation of [...]

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“Have you taken reliable measures to ensure imported goods are not produced wholly or in part with convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor (including forced or indentured child labor)?” This is the basic question CBP asks in thei [...]

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Summary Over the past three years in particular, steamship lines have come under scrutiny for billing and shipping practices, from detention and demurrage charges to powerful alliances and export procedures. The Federal Maritime Commission ha [...]

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