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NON-ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTED AT U.S.-MEXICO BORDER

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the United States and Mexico agreed to restrict all non-essential travel across the border in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is important to note that this agreement, which will go into effect on Saturday, March 21, refers to non-essential travel only and will not affect trade.

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OPERATIONS SCHEDULED TO RESUME AT BAYPORT AND BARBOURS CUT TERMINALS

Noatum Logistics has received an update from the Houston Port Authority that the Port Houston container terminals are reopening for regular business Friday morning, March 20, 2020. 

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NON-ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTED AT U.S.-CANADA BORDER

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the United States and Canada announced that they will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada border due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to note that this agreement refers to non-essential travel only and will not affect trade.

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OPERATIONS SUSPENDED AT BAYPORT AND BARBOURS CUT TERMINALS

Noatum Logistics has been notified by the Houston Port Authority that operations have been temporarily suspended at Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals in Houston. 

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CHINA TARIFFS: SECOND SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its first list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 FR 15244.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE #5

As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses and global financial markets continues to escalate, we would like to share some updates from our global network partners as well as our own Noatum Logistics North America operations.

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CHINA TARIFFS: MARCH LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released a new set of product exclusions for Section 301 List 3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff in Federal Register Notice 85 FR 15015.

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CHINA TARIFFS: FIRST SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its first list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 FR 13970.

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CORONAVIRUS COMMUNICATION

As the impact of the coronavirus on businesses and global financial markets continues to escalate, we would like to share the steps that Noatum Logistics North America is taking to ensure continuity of our services.

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U.S. TERMINAL UPDATES

Terminals in the U.S. are canceling work shifts due to the low cargo volumes caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  There are 111 void sailings from the transpacific carriers between February – April, which includes 63 sailings during the normal factory closures over the Lunar New Year and 43 sailings due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.  The American Association of Port Authorities says year-over-year cargo volumes in the first quarter could be down by at least 20%.

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