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US Prepares for Possible Rail Strikes Amid Ongoing Negotiations

Shapiro has received multiple reports that US rail workers from two of the biggest labor unions are preparing to strike once the cooling off period expires this Friday, September 16—which may cause significant delays and disruptions for US supply chains. Although Biden issued an Executive Order in July to establish the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), […]

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USTR Announces Continuation of Section 301 Tariffs for List 1 and 2 Products

On Friday, September 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Section 301 tariffs would continue for List 1 and 2 products from China. The decision follows a May announcement from the USTR that informed companies that have benefited from Section 301 tariffs of the possible termination of the duties; it also […]

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UK Ports Expect Significant Delays Ahead of Worker Strikes

Shapiro has received multiple reports that workers at two of the busiest container ports in the United Kingdom (UK)—Felixstowe and Liverpool—have voted to strike as a result of ongoing wage disputes, which will likely cause delays and disruptions for UK supply chains. Beginning Sunday, August 21st, approximately 1,900 workers at the Port of Felixstowe will […]

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Ongoing Trucker Protests Disrupt Port Operations in Oakland

After four straight days of dray trucker protests in Oakland, the port estimates that 12-16 vessels are at anchor waiting for a berth. The long line of vessels will only grow over the weekend. The truckers, mostly independent owner-operators, are furious over the speed of implementation and lack of clarity within California’s AB5 labor legislation. Cleverly, […]

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LA/LB Truckers Plan Work Stoppage to Protest AB5

Shapiro has received multiple reports that a group of truckers responsible for moving containers in and out of the marine terminals at the Los Angeles and Long Beach (LA/LB) ports is participating in a work stoppage today (Wednesday, July 13) in protest of a controversial California state law, AB5. Owner operators are protesting outside the […]

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DHS Releases Forced Labor Enforcement Strategy Document

On Friday, June 17th, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) enforcement strategy; the document was required to support the UFLPA’s rebuttable presumption that goods connected to the Xinjiang region are made with forced labor as of June 21, 2022. According to the Forced Labor Enforcement Task […]

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Ocean Shipping Reform Bill Officially Signed into Law

Update as of 6/16/22: This afternoon, President Biden signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA 22) into law. Per our initial ShapFlash, the US House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA 22) by a vote of 369-42. As always, Shapiro will continue to monitor […]

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Bangladesh Shipping Container Facility Battles Deadly Fire

Over the weekend, a deadly fire erupted at the BM Container Depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 49 people and injuring more than 300 others. The shipping container facility is in Sitakunda, near the port city of Chittagong. The cause of the fire is still unknown; however, officials believe that the facility became engulfed […]

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USTR Extends Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for COVID Products Until November 30

The US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced another 6-month extension of Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19. All 81 product exclusions will now be extended until November 30, 2022.  The initial extension for all specified products was scheduled to expire on May 31, 2022. Click here to view the official notice. […]

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USTR Asks If Domestic Industries Want Section 301 Tariff Extensions

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice asking representatives of domestic industries to provide details regarding their utility of Section 301 tariffs since they first went into effect four years ago. In the announcement, the USTR informed companies that have benefited from Section 301 tariffs of the possible termination of […]

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President Biden Signs Legislation Removing Russia and Belarus from Normal Trade Relations

On Friday, April 8, 2022, President Biden officially signed the following bills into law to end permanent normal trade relations status for Russia and Belarus and to enact the previously announced ban on Russian oil: H.R. 6968 – the “Ending Importation of Russian Oil Act” bans any importation of energy products from the Federation of […]

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CIT Releases Decision on USTR’s Authority to Impose List 3 and 4A Section 301 Tariffs

Today, the Court of International Trade (CIT) released a ruling indicating that the US Trade Representative (USTR) had the authority to impose the List 3 and 4A Section 301 tariffs covering over $200 billion in Chinese goods. Although the decision was not in favor of the plaintiffs—a group comprised of over 3600 separate lawsuits—who argued […]

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Shanghai to Shut Down for City-Wide COVID Testing

Update as of 4/4/22: The lockdown in Shanghai has been extended indefinitely as results of the city-wide COVID testing are still being reviewed, leaving Chinese supply chains in a state of uncertainty. The lockdown in Shanghai Pudong was initially set for March 28th – April 1st, with Shanghai Puxi following from April 1st – 5th. […]

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USTR Extends 352 Expired Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs

On March 23rd, the U.S. Trade Representative announced the extension of 352 exclusions from Section 301 tariffs on China. The exclusions, which had previously expired, will remain in effect through December 31, 2022. The exclusions from Section 301 tariffs include: List 1: 89 Exclusions List 2: 34 Exclusions List 3: 187 Exclusions List 4: 42 […]

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Shapiro Will Suspend Services for Cargo Routed Through Russia, Belarus and the Donetsk/Luhansk/Crimea Regions of Ukraine

With consideration to the recent horrific developments between Russia and Ukraine, the advice from the government, and the newly imposed sanctions, Shapiro has elected to suspend handling brokerage and forwarding services for all goods originating or shipping to/from Russia, Belarus, and the Donetsk/Luhansk/Crimea regions of Ukraine. For imports, this change will be effective for shipments […]

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China Fights Omicron Outbreak with New Lockdown Restrictions

China is currently facing its largest COVID outbreak since the pandemic initially broke out in 2020. Despite its success combating the virus with a “zero-tolerance” policy thus far, the Chinese government has been unable to contain the highly contagious Omicron variant sweeping across the country in recent weeks. In response to the rapid spike in […]

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White House Issues Executive Order Banning Certain Imports, Exports and New Investments from Russia

Earlier today, President Biden announced that the US, along with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union, will revoke Russia’s Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) status in light of the country’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, the White House announced it would be taking the following measures: Banning export of luxury goods to Russia […]

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COVID Outbreak Threatens Port Operations in Ningbo

Another outbreak of COVID-19 threatens port operations in the city of Ningbo after several positive cases were reported at a clothing factory over the weekend. As a result of the spike in cases, a partial lockdown has been put in place for certain parts of the district of Beilun—which is home to some of Ningbo’s […]

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White House Approves Modifications to 2022 US Harmonized Tariff Schedule

* IMPORTANT: This alert was updated on 12/27/21 to include the effective date. * On December 23, 2021, the White House released a proclamation to modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTS) in order to implement the 5-year update to the World Custom Organization’s (WCO) global Harmonized System (HS). The recommended modifications are […]

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CBP Harmonized Tariff Schedule to be Postponed until Further Notice

CBP’s five-year Harmonized Tariff Schedule update to the World Customs Organization and its Harmonized System will not take effect on January 1, 2022. According to CBP’s CSMS message, ““CBP is awaiting formal direction for this update, which will be implemented by Presiden­tial Proclamation and published in the Federal Register. In the interim, CBP will continue […]

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