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Edward Zarach & Associates
HTS Codes
Updating the HTS codes every 5 years, the World Customs Organization has begun updating it again this year. However, this did not take effect as originally planned on January 1 2022. Throughout 2021, there were signals indicating that the update would take effect on time. The likelihood of which diminished as December passed without the...
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Automation
No longer can the logistics industry dawdle in their adoption of technology and automation. With every new client, the need to disseminate information with accuracy and speed grows. While many of the stories of automation are focused on improvements made at ports and terminals, there should be a spotlight on which forwarders are working hard...
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When historic rainfall hit British Columbia last month the weather wiped out roads and bridges, killed people and livestock, and forced evacuations as Vancouver became cut off from the outside due to flooding. Planning for contingencies is a critical part of any solid logistics plan, but even the most meticulous arrangements can fall to acts...
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A Year In Review with Zarach
We started the year with the crux of how to deal with the ongoing pandemic that increased online ordering from all over the world. Then in March, the Ever Given decided it would be fun to take on things at a new angle, blocking up the Suez Canal for 6 days and 7 hours. This...
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Airport Congestion: All Flocked Up
Congestion is reaching out from the ocean to impact air cargo as the logistics industry stumbles under record imports and extreme equipment imbalances. When supply chains go topsy turvy, shippers who traditionally move cargo by ocean turn to air options to expedite the urgent inventory while the main shipments are delayed by congestion. If the...
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Compounded Fees
There’s more than a bit of chaos in the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California with the new bill being passed and taking effect as of November 1st 2021. Starting November 15th, the compounded fees for containers in the ports will start being assessed.  Under the 90-day policy, the Port of Los Angeles...
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Supply and Demand
With the holidays rapidly approaching, the supply chains across the world are being bogged down with cargo to fulfill the demand that’s overloading the system. However, in Southern California at the Los Angeles and Long Beach California, it wasn’t the holidays that had them crunched for time and space. It was the merry month of...
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Tariffs take the lead
Tariffs are back in the news, arriving in a Delorean from 2018. In the sort of news we haven’t seen recently, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced a public comment period to help determine whether to reinstate exclusions on 549 import categories from China. The comment period starts today and runs until December 1,...
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congestion issues still issues
Extensive congestion stress on U.S. ports is the most critical issue facing brokers and forwarders this year and to call the situation difficult is laughably minimizing a terrible problem. According to The Loadstar, last week there were 65 ships at anchor in San Pedro Bay, a current record-breaking number*. Amazingly, the current average transit time...
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Trucking Through Disasters
Another storm moving through the gulf states has slowed trucking and put pressure on the little remaining capacity. When natural disasters strike, trucks are on the road almost immediately delivering urgent supplies and carrying off road-blocking debris. When fleets are mobilized, it takes a clever, experienced logistics expert to keep your cargo moving around impacted...
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