Electronic Organic Import Certificates Required by USDA

The organic sector of American agriculture has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade. U.S. sales of organic products continue to grow, and global organic supply chains have become increasingly more complex. With this growth, including an increase in organic imports entering the U.S., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking new steps [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:37-05:00March 4th, 2024|

New Ruling on Detention & Demurrage Charges

A ruling was issued last week by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) that establishes new billing requirements for common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs). These requirements - which cover charges incurred for demurrage and detention charges - ultimately provide a clearer picture on who may be billed, the timeframe of billing, and the process [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:38-05:00February 26th, 2024|

CBP Releases Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS)

The Winter issue of the Maritime Exchange’s The Beacon reported that The Customs and Border Protection Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, known as VECS, has been widely accepted by the steamship community as a major improvement. VECS is an electronic portal for ship agents and other filers to submit the data required on CBP forms [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:39-05:00February 26th, 2024|

Maryland Oyster Industry to Benefit from the Ever Forward Grounding

  It’s been nearly two years since the 1,095-foot Ever Forward container ship ran aground on an upper Chesapeake Bay oyster bar. The Ever Forward was refloated on April 17, 2022, after a month of intensive dredging and multiple extraction efforts, including the help of John S. Connor.  Connor focused skill in two areas; our [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:40-05:00February 8th, 2024|

Red Sea Security Concerns Force Increases in Shipping Rates

This is a follow-up on our initial newsletter sent last month. Please click here for the original post. Due to security concerns along the Red Sea, many ocean carriers have taken  measures to protect their seafarers and vessels. As a result of these diversions, transit times have increased for voyages from Asia to Europe and the [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:41-05:00January 10th, 2024|

USTR Extends Exclusions from China Section 301

The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced on December 26, 2023 the further extension through May 31, 2024, of the reinstated and COVID-related exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation. (The exclusions were previously scheduled to expire on December 31, 2023). USTR announced the opening of a docket for public comments on existing exclusions [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:42-05:00December 28th, 2023|

Ship Named and Celebrated at Camden Port

On Oct. 25, 2023, port leaders, legislators, and representatives from Clipper Bulk Shipping gathered at Balzano Terminal to celebrate the naming and maiden voyage of one of its state-of-the-art vessels - the “Norse Camden.” International shipping company, Clipper Bulk Shipping Ltd, wanted to honor the City of Camden, NJ., the company’s largest U.S. port of [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:42-05:00November 28th, 2023|

Ocean Carriers Announce ETS Surcharge in 2024

Beginning January 1, 2024, new carbon taxes will impact all shipping customers involved in transporting goods to, from, and within the European Economic Area (EEA), which consists of EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Ocean carriers have announced the implementation of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) surcharge to [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:43-05:00November 8th, 2023|

Merchandise Process Fee (MPF) Update.

This is a reminder of the upcoming Merchandise Process Fee (MPF) changes. Per CSMS Message #57131638 from CBP: Minimum / Maximum Increase Pursuant to the General Notice (88 FR 48900) published July 28, 2023, adjustments to certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations, as codified in 19 U.S.C. § 58c, will take effect on October [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:43-05:00August 29th, 2023|

Update: Panama Canal Draft Restrictions

Based on Panama Canal Authority, the draft restrictions have been reduced gradually from 15.2m to 13.41m currently. In addition, the daily vessel transit capacity has also been reduced from 34-38 ships per day to a maximum of 32 vessels per day. This includes 10 vessels via the Neopanamax locks and 22 vessels via the Panamax [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:43-05:00August 23rd, 2023|
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