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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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GOVERNMENT ADVISORY ENCOURAGES SUPPLY CHAINS CONNECTED TO XINJIANG REGION TO EXIT

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, a 36 page Joint Xinjiang Supply Chain Advisory was published by the Department of State, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, United States Trade Representatives and the Department of Labor.

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UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF U.S. WEST COAST TO CHICAGO HUB SERVICES

Per an article released by the Journal of Commerce Online today, July 15, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) will stop all international intermodal service from the West Coast to its Global IV terminal in Joliet, Illinois, for up to seven days beginning early Monday.

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CIT INJUNCTION SUSPENDS LIQUIDATION IN SECTION 301 CASE

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Court of International Trade (CIT) delivered a small “win” for the plaintiff importers in the Section 301 China list 3 and 4A case before the court. In the fifty (50) page two-to-one split decision ruling, CIT granted a preliminary injunction to suspend the liquidation of unliquidated import entries subject to Lists 3 and 4A duties subject to the Section 301 litigation.

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CONSOLIDATED DUTY PAYMENTS WITH CUSTOMS PERIODIC MONTHLY STATEMENT

Following nearly two years of increased duties/tariffs related to many retaliatory programs, aimed at unfair trade practices, as well as escalating costs via air, ocean rail and truck many importers are seeing an ever-increasing hit to their cash reserves. The volume and timing of cash outlays outpaces their cash inflows from their clients paying on terms. Managing cash flow is often the first area of focus each day for importers.

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RECOVERY OF YANTIAN INTERNATIONAL’S OVERALL OPERATIONS & UPDATE ON NASHAN TERMINAL

With the strong support and guidance of governments at all levels, Yantian International has strictly implemented the COVID-19 prevention and control work and has promoted the resumption of work and production in the port area in an orderly manner.

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TSA AIR CARGO SCREENING MANDATE EXPANDS TO ALL-CARGO AIRCRAFT JUNE 30, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding all Importers, Exporters, Carriers, and Freight Forwarders that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) security requirements take effect for 100% of all international all-cargo flights by June 30, 2021.

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