Category: COVID-19 Updates

A Letter from our CEO

Dear Client, We hope you and your loved ones are safe and staying healthy. While so much remains uncertain, one thing we know for sure is that the crisis caused by the COVID-19 is something we will overcome. The other …

Beyond the Pandemic: India’s Opportunity

We love to spend our money on products and services that enrich our families’ lives. We see the attractive shelves, but we often don’t see what it takes to bring those products to their points of purchase—with the deeply discounted …

USMCA Effective in July

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force on July 1, 2020. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer stated, “the crisis and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates that now, more …

COVID-19 & Domestic Shipping: How to be Proactive vs. Reactive  

Each morning we wake to a new “normal.”  Since March, we’ve had to learn what a global pandemic means. More importantly, we’ve had to take a step back and understand how this virus will impact our supply chain. We’ve all started asking questions—is our business …

Exports of Certain Personal Protective Equipment Restricted

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and extensive need for personal protective equipment (PPE), the U.S. will restrict exports of specific PPE, as of April 7,2020. These restrictions will last for …

China’s New Requirements for Medical Product Exports

China has issued new requirements on the export of specific medical supplies being used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, effective April 1. Exports of these products now require certification from the authorized testing laboratories, copies of the manufacturer’s business license, …

A Breath of Fresh Air: Following Up on IMO 2020

In December, we published an article introducing IMO 2020 and explaining the reasoning behind the new regulation. Since then, these changes have gone into effect and the global shipping industry has adjusted to accommodate them as ships switch out fuel …

Entire Country of India on Lockdown: Trade Impacted

India has ordered a complete lockdown, as of midnight 3/25/2020, Indian Standard Time. This means 1.3 billion people cannot leave their homes for any reason—except for an extremely limited exception list—through April 14th. This impacts all production and commerce. While …

COVID-19’s Impact on Trade

In an effort to provide you as much visibility to the current situation as possible, below is an update on the impact of COVID-19 on trade, since last week. Many state governors across the country have ordered work from home …

New Medical Product Exclusions for List 3 of Section 301

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced new medical supply product exclusions from the third list of Section 301 tariffs. The exclusions will apply retroactively to Sept. 24, 2018 until Aug. 7, 2020. These new exclusions are reflected in one …

UPDATE: Port of Houston REOPENS

UPDATE: 3/20/20-The Port of Houston has reopened it’s container terminals.  The Port of Houston has shut down as they have “learned that someone who worked at both Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.” There has …

COVID-19 Update: Borders Closed, Trucking Delays

As we continue to work through the COVID-19 disruption with our European partners, the prediction is that other Western European countries are only 1-2 weeks behind Italy—in developing similar social and economic challenges. Some key updates include: Germany has closed …

U.S. Bans Travel to EU: Impacting Air Cargo

Last night, the U.S. put a 30-day travel ban on passenger travel from the European Union (EU). Although cargo is not included in the ban, air cargo will still be impacted due to removal of belly space on passenger aircraft …

Covid-19’s Impact on Italy

At this time, our Italian partners have reassured us that even though the country is restricting the movement of people, it will not affect the transit of goods. Carriers are still allowed to move throughout Italy without restrictions. Ligurian ports …

China Slowly Ramping Up Following Prolonged Shutdown

With the number of new cases of COVID-19 slowing in China, and a gradual return of their labor force, we are starting to see the beginnings of recovery for the transport industry. Factories are coming back online with 50 percent …

The Coronavirus and Shipping: What to Do Now?

Now that most of the labor force in China has returned to work, it is more important than ever to create a game plan for increased visibility into your supply chain. The disruption caused by coronavirus presents serious challenges that …