Ascent Global Logistics Blog

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.

December 18, 2019
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What’s the Next Move in the Tariff Game?

Each week, the trade community watches the giant chess match between China and the United States, seeing who will make the next move, who will potentially “win” the match or if the game will end in a draw.

November 18, 2019
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What You Need to Know About Expedited Freight

When shipping urgent freight, time is of the essence. When there’s a hiccup in your supply chain, what do you do? Expedited shipping gives your organization a competitive advantage by providing a quick resolution to problems that arise.

November 13, 2019
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Potential Strike with Canadian National Railway

The Canadian National Railway and the Teamsters Canada Union (TCRC) are currently engaging in contract negotiations to avoid a potential strike. The TCRC represents roughly 3,000 of Canadian National Railway’s conductors, train persons and yard persons.

November 13, 2019
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How Tariffs Could Impact Import Volumes and Gift Prices This Holiday Season

If you are one of the many shoppers looking for deals this holiday season, prices may be higher than expected due to new tariffs on imported goods. These tariffs are likely to impact both import shipping volumes and prices of goods throughout this holiday season.

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