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Norfolk Southern Service Suspended: Bridge Collapse

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 4, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Updated 10/4/2019:

Norfolk Southern services between Kansas City, MO and Moberly, MO are still suspended due to the collapse of the Grand River Bridge in Brunswick, MO on Wednesday, October 2.

Recovery efforts continue to restore services; however, current estimates suggest that Norfolk Southern's route to Kansas City will be unavailable through the remainder of October 2019

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Topics: Weather, Domestic, Updates, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Tariff Update: WTO Grants U.S. Permission to Impose $7.5 Billion of Tariffs on EU Goods

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 2, 2019 4:15:00 PM

This week, the United States was granted permission by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose up to $7.5 billion of annual tariffs on goods from the European Union. This action provides the U.S. administration with the ability to tax wine, airplanes and other goods exported from Europe to the United States.

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Topics: Updates, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade, International

Weather Alert: Tropical Storm Mitag

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 2, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Updated 10/8/2019:

Tropical Storm Mitag has caused delays of about 3-6 days for large vessels around Shanghai and Ningbo.

To read more about the storm, click here

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Topics: Weather, Updates, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Update: Two Week Delay for Tariff Increase

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 12, 2019 4:54:29 PM

On September 3, 2019, a Federal Register notice was published, stating that due to the ongoing challenges being addressed between the governments of the United States and China, Tranche 1, 2 and 3 would be increasing from 25 percent to 30 percent, effective October 1, 2019. At this time, it was announced that there would be a request for Public Comments through September 20, 2019.

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Topics: Updates, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Weather Alert Update: Hurricane Dorian

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 6, 2019 3:05:00 PM

Please note that Hurricane Dorian's landfall continues to impact port, rail and over-the-road operations across the Southeast. Below are the latest updates:

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Topics: Weather, Updates, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Weather Alert Update: Hurricane Dorian

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 5, 2019 4:42:48 PM

Please note that Hurricane Dorian's landfall is impacting port, rail and over-the-road operations across the Southeast. Below are the latest updates:

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Topics: Weather, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Weather Alert Update: Hurricane Dorian

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 4, 2019 3:55:10 PM

Weather Alert: Hurricane Dorian

Please note that Hurricane Dorian's landfall is impacting port, rail and over-the-road operations across the Southeast. Below are the latest updates:

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Topics: Weather, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

Weather Alert: Hurricane Dorian

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 4, 2019 8:08:33 AM

Weather Alert: Hurricane Dorian

Please note that Hurricane Dorian's landfall is impacting port, rail and over-the-road operations across the Southeast. Below are the latest updates:

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

Compliance Circular: September 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 3, 2019 11:45:48 AM

Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality: Who Can See Your Information?

With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment.

19 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 103.31 Subpart C provides guidance on vessel manifests, including who can be privy to that information. Members of the press, including newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications are allowed to review the vessel manifests of imports and exports and the following data associated with them:

  • Name and address of the shipper
  • General nature of the cargo
  • Number of cartons/packages
  • Gross weight
  • Carrier Name
  • Port of Export
  • Port of Destination
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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Export, Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs, Monthly Compliance Circular, Compliance, Shipping, International

Modification to S301: 10 Percent to 15 Percent

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 30, 2019 5:20:59 PM

Modification to S301 Tariffs: 10 Percent to 15 Percent

The highly anticipated Federal Register notice was published today, confirming that "List 4A" of the S301 will go into effect on September 1, 2019 at the rate of 15 percent for the products of China covered by the $300 billion tariff action. On August 20, 2019, 84FR43304 was published, stating that Annex A would be 15 percent effective September 1, 2019 and Annex C would be 15 percent effective December 15, 2019.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade