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Scrubbers Could Harm People Through Food Chain Per IMO Report

What's worse, air pollution or pollution pumped into the ocean that could make the seafood you eat toxic? The transition to the new IMO 2020 regulation that requires a sulfur emissions cap of [...]

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Low Sulfur Surcharge Controversy

We promised to blog on this, so here it is... the controversy surrounding low sulfur surcharges. Big news events affecting the international shipping industry, specifically the Phase One Trade [...]

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China Halves Tariffs & Coronavirus Epidemic Disrupts Shipping

This post could be thought of as an update to both last week's post about how the coronavirus is affecting international trade with China and our three part series going through the Phase One [...]

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Chapter By Chapter Look at Phase One Trade Agreement with China Part 3

You could call this phase three of the Phase One Trade Agreement with China breakdown, but we won't call this post that to avoid making it sound confusing. Still, this is the third part of our [...]

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2 Major Factors to Affect Freight Rates in 2020

Freight rates in the international shipping industry are always volatile, especially for small to medium shippers who play the spot market for their import and export pricing. There are many [...]

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How Is IMO 2020 Launch Going?

IMO 2020 went into effect on January 1st, requiring sea vessels, including container ships, to abide by a 0.5% sulfur cap on fuel or use scrubbers (systems that clean fuel in engines) in order to [...]

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Trade Deal with China Reached — No Tariff Hikes in December

The 15% tariff hikes on Chinese goods that were scheduled to hit Sunday (December 15th) didn't happen. Instead, we got the Phase One Trade Deal just days earlier. That's right, we finally have [...]