Promises Plateau for Port Congestion

The highly contested port fee plan, backed by the Biden administration with the intention of motivating container movement, is starting to lose its grandiose. Since the announcement, long-dwelling containers at ports were down by 50%, though the implementation date for the fee itself has been pushed back more than five times already. “My money says […]

Shortages Not in Short Supply

From coal to computer chips, the world is facing mass shortages in every industry. The main culprit: an energy crisis faced overseas. As the demand for Chinese products grows, China faces challenges set by recent energy-saving regulations due impart to their consumption of fossil fuels to power factories. Bottlenecks in US ports are adding to […]

Ports Pleading to Lift Tariffs

The Biden administration is facing pressure to lift trade tariffs imposed by the previous Trump administration. The trade association along with several high-profile manufacturers have sent letters imploring the administration to lift tariffs in attempts to provide immediate relief from record-high shipping costs. While the Biden administration has stated that they are in the process […]

Supply Chain Getting Worse

Supply chain experts are describing what they call a “perfect storm” when it comes to the current state of supply chains everywhere: truck driver shortages, computer chip shortages, and raw material shortages in almost all industries; combined with a continuous increase in consumer demand, the only thing there seems to be no lack of are […]

Proposals to Update Shipping Act

Congressmen John Garamendi and Dusty Johnson introduced legislation on August 11th, 2021, in the House of Representatives that would reform the Shipping Act. Shippers and U.S. exporters, specifically, called for the legislation to be reviewed and updated to help protect them from fees and to help ensure capacity. Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel Maffei, a […]

Container Shipping Rates Soar, Cause for Concern for U.S. Exporters

Container shipping rates have increased over 500% when compared to a year ago. The rapid increase in Delta-variant Covid-19 outbreaks in several countries has slowed container turnaround rates significantly. With other natural occurrences, such as typhoons and hurricanes happening across the globe, it has only served to complicate supply chain operations further. “These factors have […]

Biden Sits with Supply Chain Experts

Congestion at America’s largest ports, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, has gone on for nearly a year now. Many of the supply chain challenges logistics are currently facing were already occurring prior to the pandemic, but have been exacerbated by higher cargo volumes. Congestion issues have led to delays for […]