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Mid-February, 2019, China Update

The United States and China have been working feverishly to reach some agreement since the imposition of the 90-day extension granted by the Trump administration following meetings at the G-20 Summit at the end of November. Most recently, a delegation of US officials including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Lighthizer traveled again to Beijing last […]

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Container Congestion Update for USWC and Inland Rails

The US West Coast container terminals and inland rail terminals are facing significant delays; in some cases, delays are being measured in weeks. The main delays from Los Angeles and Long Beach are due to the surge of imports back in December. This “surge” is now spreading inland. The significant ocean container volume increases have had a […]

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US Government Shutdown Update

As the government shutdown continues into its second month, the impact on the US supply chain is beginning to be felt more acutely. U.S. federal agencies and industries involved with the movement of goods are feeling a greater strain with each passing day, which in turn is trickling down to businesses across the country. Aviation […]

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US Government Shutdown Update

The U.S. Government shutdown went into effect on Saturday, December 22, 2018, resulting in mandatory furloughs and limited staffing of many U.S. Government Agencies.  Additional information will continue to become available as the shutdown continues.   The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) posted the statuses of the below agencies:   […]

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US Port and Rail Congestion Update

We would like to inform you that almost all of the US West Coast ocean terminal operations and most major US rail yards have been experiencing extreme congestion due to increased import volumes.  Please know that RIM logistics, ltd. is doing everything possible to expedite your shipments.  Based on the current port and rail conditions, all […]

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RIM makes every effort to exercise our due diligence when selecting carriers for our clients’ cargo. Whether by air, land or sea, we ask the questions to match the price, transit time and routing that makes the most sense. For ocean freight arriving on the west coast and moving inland, while we have a handful […]

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Whither trade peace with China?

Over a dinner of sirloin and salad Saturday night in Argentina, the American and Chinese delegations sat across the table from one another, presumably to make some headway in the tit-for-tat exchange of trade actions that have plagued importers and exporters in both countries. Getting to market has gotten more expensive – assuming the market […]

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US to hold off on raising China tariffs to 25%

US importers received news this weekend that an important agreement has been struck to temporarily put on hold the pending January 1 tariff increases on goods from China to the U.S.  The pending 25 percent tariff increases wreaked havoc on this year’s peak season with ocean rates from the Asia to the U.S. hitting five-year […]

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Potential UPS Freight Strike

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has been warning UPS Freight customers of potential delays. On Monday, November, 12, 2018, 11,000 UPS Freight workers, members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, may go on strike. UPS posted a warning on its website that the company has already taken precautions against shipping delays by stopping to accept new pickups and […]

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Trans Pacific Ocean Freight Market Update

The 2018 Trans Pacific peak season has continued to break away from conventional trends as we have seen shippers importing into the US at record levels ahead of the Trump administration tariffs deadlines. In addition to the tariffs, there are other significant factors at play fueling this unprecedented market, including: a robust US economy, crude […]

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