Capsicum Annuum Import Prohibition Now Effective

Effective December 29, 2022, APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) has enacted a prohibition on fresh bell peppers from Spain with the genus and species names of Capsicum annuum from being imported for consumption into the United States. APHIS' PPQ program...

Forced Labor and UFLPA Recommendations Made by COAC

COAC (Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee - a trade advisory committee that includes member of the trade community) has recently made recommendations for Customs and Border Protection. These provide more information on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention...

Georgia Ports Authority to Transition Ocean Terminal to Container-Only Operations

On December 5, 2022, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced their plan to build two post-Panamax berths at Ocean Terminal in Savannah, GA. Consequently, the US$350 million project will transition what had traditionally been a dual breakbulk/container terminal...

Withhold Release Order for Raw Sugar and Sugar Based Products from Dominican Republic issued by CBP

Based on 5 ILO (International Labor Organization) forced labor indicators, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Withhold Release Order, or WRO, for raw sugar and sugar-based products produced by the largest producer in Dominican Republic. Ongoing Efforts...

Are we heading towards a nationwide rail strike?

With a nationwide rail strike looming, the “Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen” (BLET) ratified the labor agreement put forth by the Biden administration. However, members of the International Association of Sheet Metal Workers Air, Rail, and...

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January 4, 2023

Forced Labor and UFLPA Recommendations Made by COAC

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COAC (Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee – a trade advisory committee that includes member of the trade community) has recently made recommendations for Customs and Border Protection. These provide more information on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act law and other enforcement regarding similar human rights abuses. About the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act We […]Keep Reading
December 21, 2022

Georgia Ports Authority to Transition Ocean Terminal to Container-Only Operations

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On December 5, 2022, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced their plan to build two post-Panamax berths at Ocean Terminal in Savannah, GA. Consequently, the US$350 million project will transition what had traditionally been a dual breakbulk/container terminal into a modern, container-only facility. “For nearly 40 years, Ocean Terminal has been handling a mix of […]Keep Reading
December 6, 2022

Withhold Release Order for Raw Sugar and Sugar Based Products from Dominican Republic issued by CBP

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Based on 5 ILO (International Labor Organization) forced labor indicators, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Withhold Release Order, or WRO, for raw sugar and sugar-based products produced by the largest producer in Dominican Republic. Ongoing Efforts This withhold release order for raw sugar products is the latest in a series of efforts […]Keep Reading
December 2, 2022

Are we heading towards a nationwide rail strike?

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With a nationwide rail strike looming, the “Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen” (BLET) ratified the labor agreement put forth by the Biden administration. However, members of the International Association of Sheet Metal Workers Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART-TD) rejected it. These organizations are the largest of the twelve rail unions, representing over half of […]Keep Reading
November 29, 2022

Price at the Pump

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Everyone loves to discuss the ‘price at the pump’ when it comes to gasoline and diesel. After all, between fueling personal vehicles and the vehicles required to conduct business, this price can have a significant impact on the cost of products and services regardless of industry. But what determines the price of gasoline and diesel? […]Keep Reading
November 17, 2022

New Dwell Fees to be Imposed by Port of Houston

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In an effort to combat congestion and reduce container volumes, the Port of Houston proposed a new import dwell fee. This fee is in addition to any demurrage that may accrue.  The fee is effective December 1, 2022. In his October 31st report, the Executive Director noted that September was the second highest month in […]Keep Reading

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