Entries by aglmain

Tariff Increase Delayed

President Trump announced yesterday that he will delay the increase in tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods from October 1 to October 15 as a “gesture of good will” to China. Trump stated that the move was “at the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He.” Liu He will be in Washington […]

How 9/11 Forced Efficiency Upon Supply Chains

Supply Chain Dive – The Sept. 11 terrorist strikes were a wake-up call to the government that our borders weren’t secure. Suddenly, every plane, ship and container became suspect. Back then, vessels carrying freight would arrive at U.S. ports uninspected, and containers’ contents were often unknown to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Then, the looming […]

Additional Tariffs Announced

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has advised that the additional ten percent tariff on List 4 section 301 products announced earlier in the year has been increased to fifteen percent. The products covered by Annex A (List 4A) will be subject to the 15 percent tariff beginning September 1, 2019 whereas the products covered in Annex […]

Three Strategies for the Peak Shipping Season

The Loadstar – As the 2019 peak season heats up, plenty of shippers are rightfully concerned about a repeat of last year’s turbulent ocean freight season. While tariffs continue to impact shipping volumes and freight prices, emerging issues like the impending fuel sulphur cap could complicate matters even further. The bottom line? Businesses need to […]

Vietnam ‘has bitten off more than it can chew’ as it struggles with growth

The Loadstar – Air cargo capacity serving Vietnam is on the rise. Last week, Ethiopian Airlines started a weekly B777F service to Bangkok and Hanoi, and in line with the carrier’s triangular strategy, the flight is routed from its home base via Europe to Asia. “These flights make Ethiopian the first African carrier to operate […]

US to up all China tariffs 5 percentage points

Supply Chain Dive – UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2019: President Trump struck a more optimistic tone Monday morning after spending the weekend at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, making conflicting statements regarding the state of the U.S. trade war with China. Monday morning he tweeted he has “great respect” for Chinese President Xi Jinping and stated “talks […]

When levees break: How retailers are preparing for a riskier natural world

Retail Dive –The march of fearsome weather events has caught the attention of retailers, who collectively have some 26,000 stores at risk to climate-based calamities. Thousands of stores across the industry lie in the path of hurricanes and flood zones as well as coastal areas expected to experience sea level rises in the coming decades. […]

The Tariff Takeaway: It’s Time to Stress-Test Your Supply Chain

After announcing earlier this month that 10% tariffs would go into effect Sept. 1 on $300 billion in Chinese imports, the U.S. reversed course this week and said duties would be delayed until December on certain products. The excluded items include cell phones, laptops, footwear and toys. In addition, other items will be excluded altogether […]

Tariff Exclusions and Delays

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has just announced that certain products will be excluded from the additional 10% tariff on Chinese imports set to take effect on September 1. Per the announcement, these products will be excluded due to health, safety, national security or “other” factors. The USTR also noted that the additional tariff on certain […]

Tariff Increase Effective September 1

Please be advised that President Donald Trump has stated a 10 percent tariff will be imposed on List 4 goods as of September 1. List 4 includes nearly all goods imported from China that have not had a tariff imposed on them yet. Trump’s reasoning for the tariff is a lack of agricultural purchases by […]