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COVID-19 CASES IN SOUTHEAST CHINA MORE THAN DOUBLE AS DELTA SPREADS

New local COVID-19 infections more than doubled in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, health authorities said on Tuesday, prompting officials to quickly roll out measures including travel restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.

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TROPICAL STORM NICHOLAS PROMPTS PORT OF HOUSTON RESTRICTIONS

Due to the expected weather impact from tropical storm Nicholas, various terminals within Port Houston will be closing early.

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U.S. CUSTOMS UPDATES GUIDANCE FOR U.S. AND FOREIGN GOODS RETURNED USING HTS SUBHEADING 9801.00.10

On Friday August 20, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sent out Cargo Systems Messaging Service CSMS #49132200 which provided guidance to importers and brokers regarding Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) subheading 9801.00.10 for U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned.  

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CBSA REACHES DEAL ENDING STRIKE

Late Friday, August 6, 2021, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), announced a tentative agreement with the government. This agreement ended the strike that had started earlier that day.

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CUSTOMS USER FEES AND LIMITATIONS INCREASED

Effective October 1, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will proceed in adjusting certain customs user fees pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2022 in Accordance with the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) as implemented by CBP regulations.

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CANADIAN BORDER SERVICE AGENCY VOTES TO STRIKE

On July 26, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) announced that the Border Services Officers (FB) have voted to strike starting August 6, 2021. This group includes the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Officers and is the result of an impasse in negotiations between their union and the Canadian Government. Immediately following the announcement of strike the two sides did agree to restart negotiations.

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HOUSTON PORT UPDATE

Yesterday, July 28, 2021, Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals in Houston were closed due to software and storage device failures. As of 3:00 pm CT today, July 29, both terminals are now open to truck traffic per the Port Houston website

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Houston Port Disruptions

Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals in Houston will not be able to open today or tonight. The expectation is that they will reopen tomorrow, July 29, after a two-day closure.

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RAIL OPERATORS RESTRICT IMPORT RAIL TRAFFIC INTO USA

Due to the ongoing extreme congestion, as well as the lack of chassis, both major railroads serving the Midwest have now made the decision to temporarily suspend acceptance of ocean containers to Chicago. This decision will affect IPI moves to Chicago with all ocean carriers.

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OCEAN IMPORT ACCESSORIAL FEE HANDLING

August will be the 11th straight month the USA has been grappling with peak season ocean market conditions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding V-shaped recovery.   The Los Angeles port complex is expected to again set volume records in July and August.

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