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Forced Labor Prevention Webinars Offered

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will host two webinars in January addressing Forced Labor prevention requirements. You must register for each webinar individually. The Office of Trade will host a webinar on January 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., ET. This webinar, Forced Labor 101, will focus on forced labor topics including relevant legislation, CBP enforcement, [...]

2023-01-13T17:26:41-05:00January 13th, 2023|

Three-Month Extension for Section 301 China Product Exclusions

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) published 87 FR 73383, extending COVID-19 related Section 301 product exclusions for three additional months, now through February 28, 2023. The entire notice may be found here.  The original Federal Register Notice (FRN) , published by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), confirming the impacted HTS Codes involved are provided [...]

2022-12-19T11:54:05-05:00December 19th, 2022|

Connor Hosts UMD Students For Informational Tour

Recently, John S. Connor hosted a group of University of Maryland students from the Robert H. Smith School of Business to learn about logistics operations and services. This opportunity afforded Maryland Smith undergraduate and MBA students interested in companies with global operations, supply chain and logistics, to learn about concepts in international business while highlighting industry [...]

2022-12-05T13:28:46-05:00December 5th, 2022|

Senate Votes To Avert National Rail Strike

On Thursday, the Senate voted to avert a looming strike of the nation's railway workers - which could have been an economic catastrophe.  Congress' decision to end the labor fight came as the White House emphasized that they felt lawmakers should send legislation "by this weekend" to avert a work stoppage or the nation could [...]

2022-12-01T20:26:53-05:00December 1st, 2022|

House Votes to Avert National Freight Rail Strike

We have been watching the difficult railroad labor negotiations. This is not a done deal and we need to continue to watch the situation closely and be ready for further supply chain challenges. Today, the House voted for legislation aimed at blocking a national rail strike. The House passed a separate bill that would give [...]

2022-11-30T15:40:12-05:00November 30th, 2022|

New System for CBMA Imports

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has launched their “myTTB” system for Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) foreign producer registrations for imported products. TTB will assume responsibility on January 1, 2023 for administering the CBMA tax benefits for imported alcohol. Importers will now pay the full tax rate at entry and subsequently [...]

2022-11-01T17:18:06-04:00November 1st, 2022|

Ningbo Port Lockdown Due to COVID

Effective October 16, 2022, the Ningbo port area is under a lockdown due to COVID. This lockdown is expected to last longer than seven days. For any urgent LCL shipments originating in the area, we recommend that cargo be switched to Shanghai CFS origin to prevent delays. Note CFS status of affected facilities below: • [...]

2022-10-20T11:24:26-04:00October 20th, 2022|

Rail Union Rejects Contract Terms With Freight Carriers.

On Monday, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division track maintenance workers voted to oppose the five-year contract. Over half of the workers rejected a 24 percent raise and $5,000 bonuses.  Union President Tony Cardwell said “the railroads didn’t do enough to address the lack of paid time off — particularly sick time — and [...]

2022-10-11T14:28:23-04:00October 11th, 2022|

Strike Hits Republic of South Africa Ports

Be advised that Republic of South Africa ports are on strike, effective today, October 6, due to breakdown in wage negotiations. This is a country-wide strike with devastating consequences for the movement of both inbound and outbound containers. Major service disruptions are anticipated resulting in backlogs and congestion for undetermined periods of time.  Currently all [...]

2022-10-06T12:24:33-04:00October 6th, 2022|

Food Facility Registration Renewal to Begin

On October 1, 2022, The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Facility Registration Renewal will open its portal where food facilities must renew their food facility registrations. The window for renewal will run from October 1 until December 31. We encourage you to renew early to avoid any disruption in your shipments. All food facilities [...]

2022-09-19T14:50:46-04:00September 19th, 2022|
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