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Power Your Driving Career by Partnering with Ascent Power

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 31, 2019 11:59:23 AM

Attention Drivers along the East Coast! Our Ascent Power team is searching for safety-first drivers to help us continue delivering exceptionally reliable asset-backed refrigerated transportation solutions East of the Rockies.

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Topics: Domestic Freight Management

What To Do If You Need To Book Last Minute Shipments Before Chinese New Year

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 30, 2019 3:33:17 PM

Believe it or not, it is still possible to ship items ahead of Chinese New Year. Starting on February 5, 2019, all manufacturing in and shipping to and from Asian ports will be affected by the celebration of Chinese New Year. Ports in Asia could continue to see delays up to one month after Chinese New Year.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding

How To Avoid Cargo Catastrophe

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 30, 2019 12:54:11 PM

Earlier this month, a fire broke out on the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Yantian Express as it departed from the Canadian port of Halifax. Attempts to extinguish the fire were immediate, but weather hampered the efforts. Now, Hapag-Lloyd has formally declared General Average on its fire-stricken vessel and has diverted the vessel to the Bahamas for salvage purposes.  
General Average is a principle of maritime law with ancient origins, requiring all parties with cargo on the vessel to proportionally contribute to the total loss based on the voluntary sacrificed cargo and vessel’s value. Shippers who did not purchase cargo insurance for their cargo would be held responsible for payment to the ocean carrier. 

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Cargo Insurance

15 Effects Of The Government Shutdown On Import And Export Activities

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 9, 2019 12:37:59 PM

As the longest United States government shutdown in history continues, importers, exporters and trade agencies are beginning to feel the impacts. Typically, organizations such as the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would be in high gear. However, many of these agencies are operating at reduced capacity due to the discontinuation of non-essential services.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs

New Year's Resolutions For Importers And Exporters In 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 2, 2019 12:21:54 PM

As the new year begins, many will make New Year’s resolutions to save money, lose weight, get in shape, travel more, read more books, learn a skill or hobby and a whole host of other goals. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to just apply to personal health and wellness.

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Topics: Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Improve Your Odds At Winning the Promotional Product Shipping Game

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 20, 2018 1:52:23 PM

In a time where domestic shippers face capacity issues and driver shortages, it is important that you re-evaluate your promotional product shipment strategy. Fortunately, the shipping experts at Ascent Global Logistics have the tools and knowledge to help you beat the odds and overcome your promotional product shipping challenges.

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Topics: Shipping 101, Domestic Freight Management

IMPORTANT: USTR Issues Federal Register Notice

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 19, 2018 2:31:43 PM

United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice today to delay collection of 25 percent S301 duty rate on List 3 goods until March 2, 2019. Click here to see the official statement from the USTR.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs

US Ports Of Entry Experiencing Significant Delays Due To January 1 Deadline

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 14, 2018 12:11:51 PM

The anticipated 25 percent tariff increase scheduled for January 1, 2019 is in current delay by the Trump administration, however, shippers have been actively moving billions of dollars of goods into US ports for several weeks to arrive before January 1, 2019.

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Topics: US Ports, International Freight Forwarding

Retail Consolidation: Good For Both Branded And Private Label Suppliers

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Last month, our Retail Consolidation team at Prime Distribution Services, An Ascent Global Logistics Company, had the opportunity to attend the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Trade Show. While attending, our team members viewed over 2,000 booths and spoke with many private label suppliers about their delivery challenges to big box retailers.

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Topics: Retail Consolidation

Binding Rulings: Take The Guesswork Out Of The Process

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 4, 2018 10:53:37 AM

Each product that is imported into the United States and cleared through Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required to be classified based on The Harmonized Tariff System of the United States. Those classifications are the responsibility of the importer (19 U.S.C. 1484), since they have firsthand knowledge of what the article is, what it is made of, how it is manufactured and the end use.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

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