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STRIKE BETWEEN THE PILOTS UNION AND CHINA AIRLINES LTD.                             

There was a strike between the pilots union and China Airlines Ltd. (CI / 297). Even though the union and airline came to an agreement around 24 hours ago, there are massive backlogs. Besides, with the Lunar New Year, the situation is critical for capacity and rates.

Due to the strike most of the cargo was shifted to other airlines. General cargo out of Chicago into Shanghai is currently booking for departure on 02/22. We’ve also had general cargo that was booked for departure on 02/14 roll to depart on 02/19. Airlines are almost exclusively filling planes up with priority freight and pushing out general cargo. We’ve also experienced priority cargo rolling around 2 – 3 days.

Many companies are returning from the Lunar New Year next week and the impact of the strike and the holiday capacity crunch is expected to last into week 10 (week of March 4).

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CONGESTION AT LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH PORT IS WORSENING                       

“We still remain in peak situation. We are expecting relief around the third week of February,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. The congestion is now affecting intermodal rail operations and drayage. Demurrage charges are a big issue as truckers continue to face difficulty to secure appointments at the terminals.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port handles close to 40% of US imports and started struggling with congestion problems since last fall for the following reasons: busy peak season for holiday merchandise and front-loading of imports ahead of the 25% tariffs threatened by the US.

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LIQUIDATED DAMAGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF ISF IMPORTER RULES TO BEGIN MARCH 15

CBP will begin issuing liquidated damages claims for violations of a new rule on March 15. The new rule expands the definition of the importer security filing for certain types of shipments. The enforcement was delayed to March 15 due to the recent federal government shutdown.

The ISF must be transmitted to CBP no later than 24 hours before the cargo is loaded in a vessel destined to the United States, or any time before loading for foreign cargo remaining on board.

The rule expanded the definition of ISF importer, placing responsibility for filing with the party that causes the goods to enter the limits of a port in the United States. The rule shifts the legal responsibility for filling the ISF, but not necessarily who actually submits the data.

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NEW IMPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR WOOD PRODUCTS EFFECTIVE MARCH 22
Are you importing wood furniture/wood products containing composite woods? New US import reporting requirements for EPA regulations take effect March 22, 2019.

Make sure you are compliant and suppliers are aware of reporting factors for your commodity! New standards must be applied to regulated products. Make sure your regulated products are compliant prior to export.

You can learn more by reading the EPA FAQ here and the proposed rule here.

Our Customs and Compliance team is available to answer any questions you may have. Please email us here.