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RETAIL CARGO EXPECTED TO SET RECORD IN AUGUST AS MERCHANTS MOVE FROM BACK-TO-SCHOOL TO HOLIDAY PREPARATIONS

Source:  National Retail Federation Press Release – August 6, 2021

Imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports should hit yet another record in August as consumer demand continues to stretch supply chains and retailers shift from the back-to-school season to the peak shipping season for winter holiday merchandise, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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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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JULY LOGISTICS LINK

During the month of July, 2021, Noatum Logistics was involved in a number of events throughout the logistics industry.  Read about industry updates, regulatory updates and announcements in the July 2021 Logistics Link.

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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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