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RETAIL IMPORTS REMAIN STRONG BUT GROWTH SLOWS AS COVID-19 DISRUPTIONS CONTINUE

Source:  National Retail Federation Press Release – September 9, 2021

Double-digit growth in imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports is slipping to single digits as pandemic-related supply chain disruptions around the world continue, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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AUGUST LOGISTICS LINK

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

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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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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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