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SUEZ CANAL INCIDENT STATUS UPDATE

The situation in the Suez Canal has now been resolved, with the backlog having cleared and all vessels proceeding to their destinations. The impact on Noatum North America and its customers was thankfully minimal.

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RETAIL IMPORT SURGE EXPECTED THROUGH SUMMER

The unprecedented surge of imports at retail container ports that began last summer is expected to continue at least through the end of this summer as retailers work to meet increased consumer demand, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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SECTION 232 STEEL AND ALUMINUM DERIVATIVE PRODUCTS: DUTY RECOVERY OPPORTUNITY

On April 5, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued an opinion against the Section 232 derivative product  tariffs implemented on Proclamation 9980 which applied a 25% tariff on steel derivative products and a 10% tariff on aluminum derivative products.

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MARCH LOGISTICS LINK

During the month of March, 2021, Noatum Logistics was involved in a number of events throughout the logistics industry.  Read about industry updates, regulatory updates and announcements in the March 2021 Logistics Link.

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DIGITAL SERVICE TAX NEXT STEPS FOR AUSTRIA, INDIA, ITALY, SPAIN, TURKEY, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced in a press release the Next Steps of Section 301 Digital Service Tax (DST) Investigations for Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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USTR SUSPENDS TRADE ENGAGEMENT WITH BURMA

On Monday, March 29, 2021, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced that the USTR would Suspend Trade Engagement with Burma following Military Coup and Violence against Civilians.  In the message, the USTR said the suspension of all U.S. engagement with Burma under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) will remain in effect until a return of a democratically elected government.

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ALUMINUM IMPORT LICENSE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE DATE DELAYED AGAIN UNTIL JUNE 28, 2021

On Monday, March 29, 2021, upon request from the Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued CSMS Message #46800973 delaying the effective date of the Aluminum Import (AIM) license requirement until June 28, 2021. 

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EVER GIVEN HAS BEEN REFLOATED, AUTHORITY CONFIRMS

Inchcape Shipping Services has announced that the container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been refloated as of early this morning, Monday, March 29. The good news has also been confirmed by Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, according to his statement with state TV, published by CNN.

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SUEZ CANAL INCIDENT STATUS UPDATE

As is widely reported in the Global media, the very large container ship “Ever Given“ was grounded during transit in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, March 23, completely blocking the canal for the passage of other vessels.

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CBP ENFORCEMENT OF CLASSIFICATION AND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT QUALIFICATION

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to be actively engaged in enforcement of importer compliance with all applicable import rules and regulations.

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