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    Labor Dispute at Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Threatens to Disrupt Ocean Shipments Throughout the United States

    The West Coast port clerical workers have been working without a contract since their previous contract expired over two years ago (June 30, 2010). ┬áNegotiations broke down earlier this month. Clerical workers went on strike at APM Terminals in Los … Continue reading

    Steamship Lines Declaring “Force Majeure” in Dealing With the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    New York and New Jersey are still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. One thing we began seeing at the end of last week as everyone began to account for the devastation, was that the steamship lines were not … Continue reading

    FDA Biennial Food Facility Registration now AVAILABLE!

    All food facilities (foreign and domestic) who have previously registered their facilities with FDA must now re-register. Under the Food Safety & Modernization Act of 2011, food facilities are now required to re-register every two years (from October 1 through … Continue reading

    Medical Device Excise Tax

    A part of Obama’s Affordable Care Act included a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices. I had one importer inquire about the excise tax today and the method for paying it. Unlike the Federal excise tax on alcohol, this tax … Continue reading

    Another Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Investigation: Hardwood Plywood from China

    It seems like a month can’t by without another AD and/or CVD case being brought against a product coming from China. The latest product is “hardwood plywood.” If this product sounds familiar, you may be getting it mixed up with … Continue reading