Dwelling on West Coast Dwell Fees

Dwelling on West Coast Dwell Fees

UPDATE: 12/09/2021 PNW DWELL FEE UPDATE While the escalating dwell fees for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been deferred until at least December 13th, the Terminals in Tacoma and Seattle have instituted their own separate and compounding fees which are in effect currently for import containers. The current table can be

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The 4-1-1 on 301’s: At the ports and in the courts

Section 301 4-1-1

As we draw closer to the end of the year and the Biden Administration’s decision to diplomatically boycott the Beijing Olympics was announced this week, the question of what kind of retaliation China will take for this announcement is on everyone’s minds. This decision, along with the persistence of trade remedy duties from China while

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SEMA: More than just Hot Wheels

SEMA: More than just Hotwheels

One of the most interesting parts of working in logistics is being able to experience vertical-specific industry events like trade shows for our auto clients. When Coppersmith is able to go onsite and visit with professionals who live in different industries, get useful information as to what their specific logistics planning needs will be, and

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Shipping: From Congestion to Crisis

Port Congestion Crisis

From congestion to disruption to full-blown crisis, the logistics industry has been under such intense pressure it’s amazing we aren’t living under a rainstorm of diamonds! With reports coming in that we’re seeing days of 100 ships waiting in the San Pedro Bay, forwarders are desperate for options to expedite and recover the cargo. Technically,

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The Relentless Rise of Trucking Rates

Trucking Rates are accelerating

Rate hikes on ocean cargo aren’t the only pinch that forwarders are feeling this month; trucking rates are steadily climbing. Between capacity issues and a lack of drivers, the explosion of e-commerce during the pandemic is painfully straining an already stretched market. Disruption in the ocean market has unfurled to impact the rail, air, and

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Climbing Congestion, Cascading Consequences

Climbing Congestion, Cascading Consequences

It seems like every day there are new records being broken on congestion by the number of ships waiting at anchor in San Pedro Bay; the number of days it takes for a container to move, door-to-door from China to the U.S.; and the cost of a container to make the trip. As we move

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Continued Congestion: At Least it’s Consistent?

Continued Congestion: At Least it's Consistent?

On top of massive container congestion on the US west coast, recently announced shutdowns and outbreaks in China are further stressing the ocean cargo supply chain. News of both the Meidong ocean closure and airline shutdowns in China where flights are being held due to the outbreak have many shippers and forwarders concerned about when

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Bobby Shaida discusses disruption

Dear Importers, We are being asked this question daily “What is going in with shipping (congestion, rates, delays, etc.”). It’s a very good question and I will try to share my thoughts for what it’s worth. US-based port congestion is certainly related to COVID-19, record volumes, rail congestion, lack of dockworkers and truckers, etc. However,

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Off the Rails: Cargo Congestion Creep

cargo congestion going off the rails

Unlike most years, 2021’s peak season started in June as retail giants Walmart and Amazon desperately try to restock inventory and avoid the trucking, rail, & ocean cargo congestion delays that plague the US west coast. Between rail embargos and empty containers getting preference overloaded export boxes, the new measures many carriers and companies are

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Sit, Stay, Suspend: CDC Canine Update

CDC Canine Update

The CDC announced that starting on July 14, 2021, a temporary suspension will be imposed on the importation of dogs from the countries that the CDC classifies as high risk for rabies in canines. Published on June 16th in the Federal Register, the suspension comes after more than 450 dogs arrived in 2020 with incomplete,

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