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2020 Outlook for Ocean Shipping

This is a guest post by Sandy Burkhart. Have you already started planning your shipping activities for the year that's just started? Then you might want to consider learning all about the [...]

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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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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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How Does the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday Affect the International Logistics Industry?

This is a guest post by David Fan. Background Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China with a statutory 7-day long holiday. [...]

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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 [...]

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Made in Vietnam? Nope — Still Made in China — Shippers Beware

Last week, one of our partners in Vietnam emailed Universal Cargo about the country's customs significantly increasing inspection "ratio on all cargo bound to the states." The change in procedure [...]