31 03, 2024

Port of Baltimore and the Key Bridge Collapse: Impact on US Imports and Accessibility Challenges

By | 2024-03-31T13:49:30+00:00 March 31st, 2024|Imports, Logistics, Ocean Cargo, Shipping, Supply Chain, Trade, U.S. Customs|

Impact on US Imports and Accessibility Challenges The closure of the Port of Baltimore due to the Key Bridge collapse presents significant challenges for US imports, particularly those destined for the East Coast. As one of the largest ro-ro ports in the United States, Baltimore handles a substantial portion of [...]

20 08, 2023

Huge increase proposed for AQI import fees

By | 2023-08-20T00:43:39+00:00 August 20th, 2023|Imports, Ocean Cargo, Shipping, U.S. Customs|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to significantly increase the fees for its AQI program, which assures that cargo and passenger baggage entering the country is inspected for plant pests and potential sources of animal diseases that could affect U.S. agriculture, trade [...]

26 06, 2023

Pandemic significantly impacted supply chains and goods imports: ITC

By | 2023-10-19T11:03:01+00:00 June 26th, 2023|Imports, Ocean Cargo, Shipping, Studies and Reports, Supply Chain|

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has published a report detailing the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on U.S. supply chains. The document, titled Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2023 Annual Report, includes specific discussions on retail supply chains, e-commerce, logistics, warehousing, maritime shipping, port services, trucking [...]

30 06, 2022

Container fires are a growing concern for maritime shipping

By | 2022-07-01T11:55:28+00:00 June 30th, 2022|Ocean Cargo|

Shipping container fires are a growing concern for the marine shipping industry, which has reported 70 shipping container fires and counting over the past five years. According to the Allianz Risk Barometer, the risk of fire and explosions now ranks #3 on the list of top business risks in marine [...]

13 02, 2022

Shipping Delays and Supply Chain Slowdowns in 2022

By | 2023-11-08T00:04:02+00:00 February 13th, 2022|Ocean Cargo|

Every business wants their goods delivered quickly, efficiently, and if they can avoid any shipping snafu, all the better. But it's no secret at all to importers that delays were common due to the pandemic, along with other supply chain issues. Aside from these delays, the other issue at hand [...]

8 02, 2021

Tips for Shippers: Leveraging Ocean Transport

By | 2023-11-08T00:04:32+00:00 February 8th, 2021|Ocean Cargo, U.S. Customs|

Most importers will be familiar with ocean transport for commercial goods in one way or another. Ocean shipping has been a central mode of moving goods throughout the world for centuries! Today, we see an increased reliance on ocean shipping in the advent of the pandemic. Even more so in [...]

6 05, 2020

Shipping & Importing: The Impact of the Pandemic

By | 2023-11-08T00:05:11+00:00 May 6th, 2020|Ocean Cargo, U.S. Customs|

As we are now a few months out from the initial COVID-19 outbreak, it’s clear that importers are reckoning with shifts in the market. All things considered, it’s an opportune time to look into an overview of the identifiable impacts of the pandemic on the industry so far, perhaps [...]

2 05, 2019

LCL vs FCL: Which Shipment Type is Right for You?

By | 2023-11-08T00:06:39+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Ocean Cargo|

The logistics of getting your goods from supplier to warehouse is a big part of importing. Sea, air, or land, insured or uninsured, LCL or FCL — you have a lot of decisions to make. How do you know what’s right for you? Your customs broker partner — that's us — can [...]

19 09, 2018

Cargo Insurance: Do You Need The Extra Protection?

By | 2023-11-08T00:07:29+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Forms and Documents, Ocean Cargo|

Like it or not, whether you’re shipping by land, sea or air, there’s always a possibility that your cargo will be damaged along the way. There’s no way of completely guaranteeing safe cargo. You can’t control natural disasters, weather anomalies, human error, or, if you’re unlucky, dishonest shippers. Just a [...]

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