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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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CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON IMPORTS EXPECTED TO BE LARGER AND LAST LONGER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED

Source:  National Retail Federation Press Release – March 9, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a longer and larger impact on imports at major U.S. retail container ports than previously believed as factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in China continue to affect production, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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FEBRUARY 2020 MANUFACTURING ISM® REPORT ON BUSINESS®

Source:  Institute for Supply Management – March 2, 2020 Release

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in February, and the overall economy grew for the 130th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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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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FEBRUARY 2020 LOGISTICS LINK

During the month of February, 2020, Noatum Logistics (formerly MIQ Logistics) was involved in a number of events throughout the logistics industry.  Read about industry updates, regulatory updates, announcements, and careers at Noatum Logistics USA in the February 2020 logistics link.

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CHINA TARIFFS: FEBRUARY EXCLUSIONS TO LISTS 1, 2 AND 3

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released four new lists of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 1-3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff.

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CN RAIL BLOCKADES CAUSING NETWORK SHUTDOWNS

CN mainlines are being physically blocked by groups who are opposed to the completion of a natural gas pipeline in Northern British Columbia.  The blockades have caused shutdowns at Tyendinaga, ON, since February 6; New Hazelton, BC, since February 8; and Headingly, MB, since February 12.  Read the full CN press release.  For additional background information, please refer to the BBC article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51452217.

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