Tariffs, Trade Wars & The Supply Chains Caught In The Middle

6/29/18 2:21 PM

Few things make international shippers more worried than threats of tariffs and trade wars. And today, these topics are clearly at the top of business minds around the world.

In addition to the ongoing renegotiation of the North America Freed Trade Act, the future of international trade is up in the air. On an almost daily basis, new tariff announcements are being made by nearly every major economic power. 

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Topics: International, Importing, exporting, Tariffs

How Inland Ports Yield International Supply Chain Benefits

4/27/18 8:03 AM

The growth of the globalized economy has led to more supply chains that rely on importing and exporting through the nation's busy seaports. This increase in international business, however, has also led to increased supply chain costs as a result of cargo congestion and capacity constraints around the seaports. Adding to the issue, fewer drivers are available to move containers long distances inland to shipper destinations, which can lead to delays.

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Topics: Intermodal, International, Shipping Tips, Importing, exporting

3 Best Practices To Avoid Cargo Customs Clearance Disasters

4/24/17 10:02 AM

The challenges of importing and exporting can be complex and tedious. And while shippers and their logistics partners work hard together to create a seamless process for moving cargo over the ocean or across borders, the biggest risks often involve paperwork. To help avoid unneccesary cargo customs clearance delays and disasters as a result of paperwork, keep these three best practices in mind.

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Topics: International, Importing, exporting, Mexico, Canada

International Update: 2017 Ocean Carrier And Rates Outlook [video]

3/30/17 10:32 AM

Charlie McGee, Averitt's Vice President of International Solutions, recently sat down to discuss the state of the international ocean market. Watch the video below to find out what shippers need to be prepared for throughout 2017.

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Topics: International, Industry News, Importing, exporting

3 Key Takeaways from TPM 2016

3/9/16 7:00 AM

Leaders and cargo movers from across the international shipping industry were out in full force this year for the Journal of Commerce's 16th TPM (Trans-Pacific Maritime) Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. In the thick of it all was Charlie McGee, Averitt's vice president of international solutions.

After four days of making the rounds and sitting through discussions to size up the industry's concerns and outlook for 2016, McGee delivers his three major takeaways from TPM:

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Topics: International, PortSide, Industry News, Importing, exporting

International Market Update: Ocean Rate Roller Coaster and Merger mania

1/12/16 8:17 AM

Ups and Downs of Ocean Rates

2015 WILL LIKELY BE RECORDED AS THE MOST VOLATILE YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF CONTAINERIZED OCEAN SHIPPING.

During the peak of the West Coast ILWU/PMA labor dispute that was reached in February of 2015, backlogs and congestion reached from both shores of North America all the way back to the containers stacked up in Asia awaiting a slot on a vessel that had been long delayed by the gridlock on the West Coast and the sheer volume that was diverted and moving via East and Gulf Coast ports, container rates had skyrocketed to a level never seen before.  Many desperate shippers were willing to pay almost any price to get their cargo moving.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Importing, exporting

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