North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) – The Basics

The transition from the North American Free Trade Agreement to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement marks a pivotal moment in North American trade relations. This article aims to demystify the basic principles and significant changes brought about by this shift,...

Key Bridge Collapse – DEVELOPING STORY – What We Know

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024, the Singapore-flagged container vessel Dali struck one of the support pylons of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key bridge, causing the structure to collapse into the Patapsco river. This incident not only raises...

Port of Hamburg: The Largest Seaport in Germany: Port Report

The Port of Hamburg is a major international seaport in Germany, and is the third-busiest container port in all of Europe, behind only the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium. Worldwide, the Port of Hamburg ranks 18th among...

Port of Los Angeles: Port Report

With its grand opening in 1907 and a prime location on the San Pedro Bay in California, the Port of Los Angeles has been considered the United States’ largest seaport since 2000.

How has demurrage and detention changed post-COVID-19?

Demurrage and detention fees have been a source of frustration and dispute for many shippers, intermediaries, and truckers, who often face unreasonable or excessive charges due to factors beyond their control, such as port congestion, labor shortages, equipment...

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The Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore at night, with lights reflecting over the water of the Patapsco river.
March 27, 2024

Key Bridge Collapse – DEVELOPING STORY – What We Know

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At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024, the Singapore-flagged container vessel Dali struck one of the support pylons of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key bridge, causing the structure to collapse into the Patapsco river. This incident not only raises immediate concerns regarding public safety and infrastructure integrity but also poses substantial implications for the […]Keep Reading
March 1, 2024

Port of Hamburg: The Largest Seaport in Germany: Port Report

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The Port of Hamburg is a major international seaport in Germany, and is the third-busiest container port in all of Europe, behind only the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium. Worldwide, the Port of Hamburg ranks 18th among the busiest container ports. Where is the Port of Hamburg? […]Keep Reading
Port of Los Angeles Aerial View
February 1, 2024

Port of Los Angeles: Port Report

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With its grand opening in 1907 and a prime location on the San Pedro Bay in California, the Port of Los Angeles has been considered the United States' largest seaport since 2000.Keep Reading
November 28, 2023

How has demurrage and detention changed post-COVID-19?

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Demurrage and detention fees have been a source of frustration and dispute for many shippers, intermediaries, and truckers, who often face unreasonable or excessive charges due to factors beyond their control, such as port congestion, labor shortages, equipment breakdowns, weather disruptions, and of course, global pandemics. These fees can amount to thousands of dollars per […]Keep Reading
November 20, 2023

What is CITES? Threatened Species and Forced Labor Issues in Seafood Imports and International Trade

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Seafood importers must be aware of and comply with CITES and Forced Labor laws, among others. Read on below to learn more about CITES and its effects on international trade. What is CITES? CITES is an international agreement with 184 member parties. CITES stands for “The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.” The CITES agreement, established in 1973, serves as an international pact between governments. It aims to regulateKeep Reading
October 23, 2023

Trucking Association in California Seeks Injunction of Advanced Clean Fleets Rule

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A lawsuit in a Federal District Court in California was filed by a Trucking Association seeking injunctions (essentially blocks) of California’s Advanced Clean Fleets Rules. What is being challenged is a state law that requires phase out of internal combustion engines by 2040. More imminently, however, it requires that no internal combustion powered trucks be permitted to be added to the state’s drayage registry by January 1, 2024. The lawsuit argues that the state wentKeep Reading

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