Ascent Global Logistics Blog

February 18, 2020
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Refrigerated Cargo Diverted From Chinese Ports

As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, global supply chains have begun to suffer the effects of the fallout. Due to the delays in inland truck transport caused by coronavirus restrictions, many refrigerated containers (reefers) filled with perishable cargo for the Chinese population are unable to connect to power via reefer plugs at terminals while waiting to be picked up by a truck.

February 17, 2020
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The 411 on General Rate Increase (GRI) Season for LTL Shippers

General Rate Increase (GRI) Season is officially here and is top of mind for most Less-than-Truckload (LTL) shippers. The GRI season occurs on an annual basis and is when Less-than-Truckload carriers commonly increase rates.

February 6, 2020
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Winter Weather Shipping Alert

Severe winter weather is currently impacting critical shipping lanes across the United States. Snow and ice have covered a large percentage of Midwestern and Northeastern states, covering roadways from Texas to Maine.

February 5, 2020
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Update: Coronavirus Impact

Today, February 5, 2020, it was announced that all trucks and warehouses in Shanghai and Ningbo, China are not allowed to run from today through February 9, 2020, according to the government.

January 30, 2020

Chinese Government Further Extends Chinese New Year Holiday Amidst Coronavirus Impact

As previously reported, the Chinese government announced the extension of the Chinese New Year Holiday until February 3, 2020, in hopes of containing the outbreak of the coronavirus.

January 17, 2020
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Tariffs on Section 301 List 4A Goods to Lower on February 14, 2020

On January 16, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the reduction of the additional tariff on Section 301 List 4A goods from 15 percent to 7.5 percent, beginning at 12:01 AM on February 14, 2020.

January 16, 2020
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USMCA Passed; Phase One Trade Agreement Signed

Phase One Trade Agreement Signed

In a historic moment, a Phase One Trade Agreement was signed on January 15, 2020, between China and the United States, shining a positive light on the ongoing trade war between the two economic powerhouses.

January 9, 2020
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How to Navigate International Shipping This Chinese New Year

This year, the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday is starting early and will occur from January 24 through January 30. It’s not surprising that as the world’s number one exporter celebrates its major holiday, shipping delays can be expected, in some cases, even weeks after the holiday ends.

December 19, 2019
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NMFC Changes Scheduled for January 4, 2020

On December 5, 2019, the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) posted amendments to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) class codes. These amendments will go in effect on January 4, 2020.

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