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FMC Detention Fees Fire Up

The FMC has received a response from Wan Hai, the Taiwanese carrier denying the illegality of the detention and demurrage charges applied to twenty-one containers. The issue arises from an FMC investigation that is looking into the way charges are applied and if there are mitigating circumstances that precluded a prompt pick-up. Demurrage and detention […]

A Midwest Approach to Container Congestion

Los Angeles and Long Beach, California are getting bogged down with millions of containers the focus has been honed onto their issue to get the congestion cleared out so things can run more smoothly. However, in this process, other ports such as Savannah, New York, and New Jersey, are all experiencing congestion of their own with little […]

Keeping Up with Customs, the Bestway

As e-commerce continues to grow exponentially, retail importers are finding more products to offer in their stores and shops. This expansion has led many retailers to reach out for guidance and advice on how to import new products and research them appropriately to avoid the customs pitfalls that can happen if incorrect information is submitted […]

Container Collapse & Keeping Yourself Covered

A container collapse on a vessel isn’t a new phenomenon, instead, they’re considered a cost of doing business on the ocean market. Weather issues, Acts of God, cargo not what it is tendered as therefore wrongly manifested and other troubles can hit in moments during a voyage. Consider that these ships cross oceans hundreds of […]

Hapag Lloyd North American update puts in stark terms the port and inland rail congestion

We received the following operational update from Hapag Lloyd for North America and have chosen to reprint the announcement in its entirety to underscore the challenges that supply chains are facing in keeping cargo moving. _____________ We would like to update you on operational status in Canada and the United States. TERMINAL OPERATIONS Los Angeles […]

USTR Investigating Vietnam

USTR Opens Vietnam Section 301 Investigations

Interested parties have until November 12th to respond with comments into the two investigations opened by the United States Trade Representative which could mean additional trade-remedy duties on the country’s exports after the USTR investigation. Vietnam has seen explosive growth in the past three years as supply chains look to reduce their exposure to and […]

USTR Investigating Vietnam

Sep.18th Deadline – List 3 & 4 Importers to protect right to a Section 301 Refund

A case brought by the law firm Akin Gump on behalf of a vinyl tile supplier could be the vehicle for importers to get Section 301 Refund on duties, but they must move quickly. The deadline to file with the Court of International Trade is this Friday, September 18th. In short, the suit alleges that […]

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Beat the congestion – use consolidations

Since the beginning of the pandemic, air cargo shippers have faced greatly diminished supply and greatly increased pricing. As the summer continues, we are not seeing a return of passenger flights from either US or European airlines. For shippers this means continued constrained belly capacity and any significant return to rates of summers prior will […]

Bestway’s scheduler makes shipping easier

You may have noticed an update to our home page where you can search vessel schedules in real-time via our scheduler to identify a sailing, routing, and transit time that makes the most sense for your cargo. Powered by Qwyk, shippers can enter a few simple pieces of data and we’ll return a list of […]

CBP announces 90-day duty postponement for select importers, entries, in March and April

The White House issued an Executive Order on Sunday deferring the payment of certain duties, taxes and fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their announcement left most of the details to CBP who in the evening published CSMS message number 42423171 entitled “COVID-19 – 90 Day Postponement of Payment for the Deposit of Certain Estimated Duties, […]

Kansas Global : COVID-19 roundup

We recently contributed to this roundup on COVID-19 and global trade by our friends and partners at Kansas Global Trade Services. It’s full of helpful insights and advice for companies on how to navigate global trade for a stronger recovery. Check it out:

NEW: COVID-19 Information Page

April 2, 2020: Decision to defer duties rests with White House Reporting this week from Bloomberg and other outlets indicates that following CBP’s short-lived, ad hoc approach that allowed importers to email the agency and request relief for duty, the President has signaled that duty deferral is acceptable, but only for the column one Most […]