Ascent Global Logistics Blog

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.

November 7, 2019
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Proposed NMFC Changes Scheduled for December 5, 2019

The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) has posted proposed amendments to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). These amendments will be published, pending reconsideration, on December 5, 2019 and are expected to go in effect on January 4, 2020.

October 25, 2019
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Incoterms 2020 Explained

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has recently published its new version of Incoterms 2020. The Incoterms rules help individuals and companies that participate in the daily import and export of global trade.

October 24, 2019
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USTR to Begin Accepting List 4 Tariff Exclusion Requests on October 31

The USTR (United States Trade Representative) has announced that on October 31, 2019, it will begin to accept tariff exclusion requests for Chinese imports that are subject to an additional 15 percent tariff (List 4), which went into effect on September 1, 2019. 

October 22, 2019
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Make Sure You Bundle Up (Your LTL and TL Shipments) This Winter!

Are you managing shipments with multiple carriers or 3PLs? Do you crave the simplicity of shipping through just one company? Processing shipments through different providers can be a headache. Each carrier or 3PL operates slightly differently, making your internal processes and controls a moving target.

October 18, 2019
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$7.5 Billion in U.S. Tariffs Enacted Today on Specialty Foods From The EU

U.S. tariffs totaling to $7.5 billion will be enacted on the European Union today. Producers of specialty food products such as Italian Parmesan, French wine and Spanish olives have been put on the bargaining table as recompense for the illegal EU Airbus subsidies reported earlier this month.