Spot rates in the westbound Pacific took a sizable drop this month due to declining US exports to Asia, which are resulting in especially low vessel utilization rates. The normal strong rebound, which should begin in November, could be muted as a result.
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26 Jun 2014
The growth of U.S. exports of containerized distillers dried grains to China has fallen in the last five months.
08 Apr 2014
Australia has secured a significant competitive advantage in the lucrative Japanese beef market over its main rival, the United States.
17 Mar 2014
The stricter enforcement of Chinese forwarding regulations could force container lines to turn away business and force forwarders out of the market.
16 Mar 2014
SHANGHAI — Forwarders in China still can’t deduct freight payments of a value-added tax, even though Chinese officials provided additional guidelines earlier this year.
12 Mar 2014
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to temporarily remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union until Nov. 1, 2014...
06 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Mexican shippers and transportation providers in their countries’ trusted traded programs could see faster cargo processing at the shared border as soon as late 2014, Mexico head of customs today.
02 Mar 2014
Japan becomes the latest country to require information from shippers of containerized cargo before the cargo heads to sea, with its 24-hour advanced manifest rule coming into force.
19 Feb 2014
U.S. beef, Chinese solar panels, genetically modified corn and U.S. software were high on the agenda at annual trade talks the U.S. and China held in mid-January. Chinese officials also revealed the top item on their agriculture wish list: access to the U.S. market for apples grown in China.
02 Jan 2014
China isn’t expected to approve a genetically modified strain found in corn and corn-based dried distillers grains with solubles until late spring, forcing some U.S. exporters to seek new markets or hold off on shipments, an agriculture analyst said today.
27 Dec 2013
U.S. corn exporters are bracing for a potential slowdown in shipments to their top foreign customer after Chinese authorities reportedly rejected imports of corn and corn-based dried distillers grains with solubles, citing the presence of an unapproved genetically modified strain.
12 Nov 2013
Maquiladoras, or manufacturers in Mexico focused on exports, were on a roll this year. Barely a week went by without a major shipper announcing its plans to set up shop or expand operations in Mexico. Then the government stepped in. Through a $14 billion tax plan, maquiladoras face a value added tax of 16 percent that kicks in 2015 and an income tax rise from 17.5 percent to 30 percent, starting next year
04 Nov 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has finalized regulations for imports of bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
18 Oct 2013
The Australian red meat industry sold record amounts of beef and goat meat to China in August. China imported 19 percent of Australia’s total red meat shipments, compared with 4 percent in August 2012.
18 Oct 2013
Chinese consumers soon could be in line for a lot more U.S. pork in mainland grocery stores.
30 Sep 2013
The European Union and Indonesia today signed a voluntary partnership agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the EU to fight illegal logging.
25 Sep 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced that peaches and nectarines from California and the Pacific Northwest...
18 Sep 2013
Amber Road has acquired EasyCargo, a Shanghai-based global trade management solutions provider specializing in trade regulations in China.
28 Aug 2013
China's new valued-added tax of 6 percent on logistics services and 11 percent on domestic transportation is racking confusion on the industry, as shippers and transportation providers try to interpret vague language out of Beijing.
15 Aug 2013
Vietnam will lift its remaining ban on white offal on Sept. 1, 2013, although it will simultaneously impose several new conditions on imports of the animal product, according to the European Commission.
14 Aug 2013
The National Industrial Transportation League is asking the federal government to find out how China’s recently implemented value-added tax on freight transportation relates to international cargo movements.
04 Aug 2013
30 Jul 2013
China and the European Union have resolved the accusations that China is dumping solar panels in Europe...
22 Jul 2013
Hong Kong Customs has seized more than 1,148 ivory tusks, valued at HK$17.46 million (about US$2.23 million), that were being smuggled through...
18 Jul 2013
The European Union will reopen its market to Myanmar on July 19 under the so-called “Everything But Arms” preferential trade regime...
12 Jul 2013
Kenya’s security agencies have seized two more containers full of ivory, after authorities vowed to increase surveillance at all entry points to the East African nation, Shanghai Daily reports.
11 Jul 2013
Russia is planning to introduce temporary restrictions on dairy, meat and seafood imports from Greece, starting July 15, according to the Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service...
10 Jul 2013
India’s market has opened to Canadian eastern-spruce products.
10 Jul 2013
The European Union has launched its first formal trade dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization.
09 Jul 2013
The Canadian government will no longer impose tariffs on imported baby clothes and selected sports equipment after receiving complaints from Canadian consumers about the high cost of consumer goods in Canada...
04 Jul 2013
Wine exports from Europe to Asia have become a major staple of backhaul eastbound container trades in recent years as alcohol demand has surged. Yet growth is now threatened by a trade dispute between the EU and China.
01 Jul 2013
European Union exports to South Korea have “grown strongly” in 2012, which is the second year of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, according to the European Commission.
21 Jun 2013
The U.S. is now a “listed” country with the European Commission, meaning U.S. companies do not need to obtain an export certificate from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before shipping certain pharmaceutical products to Europe...
14 Jun 2013
The new listings of species, the 165 decisions and 36 resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora...
13 Jun 2013
The European Union has requested consultations with China in the World Trade Organization concerning anti-dumping duties of 9.7 percent to 11.1 percent imposed on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes.
07 Jun 2013
Taiwan has introduced new legislation, effective July 15, that will lift its ban on imports of live birds from the European Union.