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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, Trade, International

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, Trade, International

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, Trade, International

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, Trade, International

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, Trade, International

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: Tariffs, Trade, International

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: Export, Import, Customs, 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: Tariffs, Trade, International

Section 301 Tariff Update: Increases Announced for List 3 and List 4

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 27, 2019 6:10:54 PM

Section 301 Tariff Update: Increases Announced for List 3 and List 4

In an announcement on Friday, August 23, 2019, the USTR (United States Trade Representative) advised that Section 301 List 3 tariffs will be increasing from 25 percent to 30 percent effective October 1, 2019, following a notice and comment period. List 3 is comprised of approximately $250 billion worth of Chinese imports and was first implemented on September 24, 2018 at 10 percent. On May 10, 2019, the List 3 duty rate increased to 25 percent.

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Topics: Import, Tariffs, Trade, International

How to Navigate TFTEA and NAFTA Regulations During the Duty Drawback Process

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 20, 2019 10:11:53 AM

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) is an authorization of CBP’s trade authority and was enforced to create an environment for fair, honest and competitive trade in the United States. Section 906 of TFTEA made a comprehensive set of changes to drawback claim filing. Even though TFTEA was only signed into law in 2016, it is necessary to know these recent changes since it greatly effects the drawback application process.

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Topics: Export, Import, Tariffs, Trade, International