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Edward Zarach & Associates
Chassis Shortage Summer
A number of different factors came together to create a shortage of chassis this summer, including trade issues that were implemented as retaliation against China as far back as early 2020. Alongside the pandemic, record levels of imports and shortages of warehouse space kept chassis at local warehouses under the containers as they were used...
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Trucking Through Disasters
The passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) in California has caused disruption as owner-operators who now need to be classified as employees started protesting against the change. After a bumpy start to protesting, the Port of Oakland finally saw a swell of approximately 400 owner-operators causing the port to shut down briefly. The issue stems...
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OSRA
President Biden signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022 on June 16, 2022, after it passed through Congress with bipartisan support.  In a rare moment of agreement, Congress worked together to pass the OSRA, giving more power to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to investigate reports of carrier issues, misapplied fees and refusing...
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Railroad supply chain
Rail services are backed up across the United States. It would be a simple enough matter to blame the port congestion for this cargo bottleneck, but our rail system infrastructure began failing before these supply chain woes. Although, overloaded ports don’t help, considering we’re short on engines, equipment, and personnel. This isn’t a matter of...
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Section 232 and 301 Insights
The United States Trade Commission has announced that it will be investigating the economic impact of Section 232 and 301 Tariffs on U.S. industries. In addition, the USTC will be holding a public hearing on the effects of these tariffs July 21, 2022. This is exciting news because this gives our industry opportunities to be...
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Chinese Tariffs & Supply Chain Disruptions
Supply chain disruptions not only from the overwhelming increase in demands for goods, but equipment and staff shortages, and the “zero-Covid” protocol lockdowns in China have created not only logistics challenges but have raised PPI (Producer Price Index) across industries. From raw goods to finished products, to transport, costs are skyrocketing. Proctor and Gamble said,...
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Shanghai Slump
Cargo is being diverted away from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and clogging up alternate airports as the fight against COVID-19 rages on in China. As congestion mounts in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, none have been hit as hard as Zhengzhou (CGO) where delays are causing a backlog of cargo compounded by the two-week lockdown that went...
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Section 301 Tariff Turnaround
The Section 301 tariff exclusions on Chinese manufactured goods have been updated to allow exemptions on 352 of the original 549 exemptions that were initially provided. The reinstated exclusions will be retroactive back to October 12, 2021, and valid through December 31, 2022. The validation comes after a public comment period that looks into whether...
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Congestion Migration Migraine
Worsening congestion at the east coast in North American container ports is driving up costs and furthering delays of getting goods to consumers, all to avoid gridlock on the west coast. But is it helping? Not by much.   Thirty-one ships anchored off the Port of Charleston on February 22 while another 13 were off...
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MSC Temporarily Halts Russian Bookings
On March 1, 2022, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) introduced a temporary stoppage on all cargo bookings to and from Russia effective immediately. It covers all access areas including the Baltics, Black Sea, and Far East Russia. Humanitarian goods, medical equipment, and food, however, are considered essential goods by MSC and will still be accepted...
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