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UNPRECEDENTED VOLUMES, VESSEL DELAYS, PORT AND RAIL CONGESTION

The Port of Long Beach announced this week that it marked its best November on record. The port moved 783,523 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which represents a 30.6% increase year-over-year. The story in Long Beach is all about imports, which were up 30.5% to 382,677 TEUs. Exports were down 5.2% to 117,283 TEUs. But the most significant figure is the number of empty containers shipped back to Asia for refilling. This number jumped 55% to 283,563 TEUs.

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RETAIL IMPORTS STILL STRONG AFTER SETTING NEW RECORDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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

Imports remain strong after setting new records this fall as retailers stocked up both stores and warehouses for the holiday season and met new demands for quick delivery of online orders, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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NOVEMBER 2020 MANUFACTURING ISM® REPORT ON BUSINESS®

Source:  Institute for Supply Management – December 2, 2020

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in November, with the overall economy notching a seventh consecutive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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FDA RENEWAL DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2020

This is a reminder that the FDA renewals for both food facilities and medical devices are due by December 31, 2020. All domestic and foreign food and medical device facilities, along with the companies that source from them, are required to renew their registration this year.

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NOVEMBER LOGISTICS LINK

During the month of November, 2020, Noatum Logistics was involved in a number of events throughout the logistics industry.  Read about industry updates, regulatory updates and announcements in the November 2020 Logistics Link.

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VIETNAM: SECTION 301 INVESTIGATION HEARINGS ANNOUNCED

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released the hearing schedule for the investigation of Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of illegal timber and the valuation of its currency first announced in a press release on October 2.

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ACCELERATED LIQUIDATION IS PRIORITY FOR POST SUMMARY CORRECTIONS

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released in Cargo System Messaging Service (CSMS) Message 44890398 updated information regarding the processing of Post Summary Corrections (PSCs).  In the notice, CBP notes that they aim to prioritize processing of PSCs filed with accelerated liquidation requests over PSCs submitted without accelerated liquidation requests.

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NORTH AMERICAN PORT CONGESTION

Containerized imports into the USA reached an all-time high this summer on the back of retail sales rebounding post the pandemic shutdowns, merchant inventory replenishment, and early stock up for the holiday season. After largely staying at home this spring and early summer, consumers began buying again in the third quarter, and retail supply chains are working overtime to keep up with the demand.

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GSP CHANGES ANNOUNCED

Numerous changes to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) were made in an October 30 presidential proclamation following the beneficiary developing country assessments, product reviews and eligibility review.

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IMPORTS SET NEW ‘PEAK SEASON’ RECORD AS RETAILERS PREPARE FOR HOLIDAYS

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

Imports likely saw their busiest “peak season” on record this summer and fall as retailers replenished inventories and stocked up for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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