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SiShips Launches New Mobile App

Exciting New Way to Manage Freight Forwarding Available on Google Play Store Now Freight forwarding is officially at your fingertips. Sheltered International is excited to announce that, as of June 27th 2022, our SiShips mobile app is now available on the Google Play store for Android devices, with release on the Apple app store for iOS devices arriving later this summer. At Sheltered International, we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to blend cutting edge technology with personalized shipping expertise. Our new mobile app is just another way that we are putting control back…
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Chinese Shipping Rates Decrease

Multiple Factors Lead to Lower than Expected Shipping Costs The anticipated rush of cargo following the recent reopening of Shanghai has failed to materialize. The Chinese city had been subjected to a months-long lockdown, the likes of which the west had not seen since the initial days of the Covid-19 pandemic. With business leaders like Elon Musk championing the economic and industrial might of Shanghai, a flurry of activity was expected to return the city to its full capacity. However, current economic hurdles have subdued demand. A positive side effect is a shipping rates decrease.…
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Shanghai Reopens; Work to Lessen Backlog Begins

Resuming Full Production Not as Easy as Flipping Switch Shanghai is lifting their extreme lockdown and not a moment too soon. While originally intended to be a two-phase lockdown lasting one week, the near total lockdown of Shanghai stretched to two months before being lifted on June 1st. Chinese citizens are relieved after a frightening and confusing time. China has enforced the most stringent restrictions worldwide since March 2020. The goal of reaching community zero-COVID has frustrated Shanghai, especially. Citizens who had been separated from family and basic needs were trapped by muddled messaging from…
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WHO: China’s Zero-Covid Policy is Not Realistic

Omicron Variant Causing New Challenges for China’s Zero-Covid Policy Over the past two years, the world has alternatively applauded and criticized China for its approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic. During the peak of the outbreak, 960 million people were living under some form of lockdown when China first instituted their “zero-COVID” policy. The tough regulations were viewed as a success when restrictions were lifted after five months in May 2020. Individual cases were met with swift action, including shutting down Shanghai Disneyland for two days last November after a single guest tested positive for…
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Labor Negotiations Underway with Dockworkers Union

Labor and Management Meet in San Francisco The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) entered contract talks this week with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). These labor negotiations come ahead of the July 1 expiration of the current contract and amid backlogs and delays in west coast ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach. Jim McKenna, PMA President and CEO, remains hopeful about the negotiations. “At this point in time,” says McKenna, “you have to be cautiously optimistic that we’re not gonna get into a strike scenario, but it’s early in the game.” Both sides…
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Biden Administration Rolls Back Trade War Tariffs

Some Imports from China to be Excluded from Tariffs President Biden and his administration will allow some products imported from China to bypass the tariffs imposed by the previous administration. In 2018, President Donald Trump began a trade war with multiple countries, including China. The tariffs and quotas on certain imports obstructed trade and investment, with economists citing its negative impact on the global economy. This follows a U.S.-Japanese agreement to roll back Trump-era steel tariffs. The Biden administration has faced pressure to eliminate the tariffs, with many lawmakers and businesspeople arguing the tariffs were hurting…
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Shanghai Lockdown Squeezes Supply Chain

China’s Stringent Zero Covid Policy Strikes a Barely Recovered Supply Chain The supply chain continues to limp along on its Sisyphean struggle back to normal. An outbreak of Covid-19 cases tied to the Omicron variant have caused China to take drastic measures and issue a near total shutdown of Shanghai, one of the world’s most populous cities. The Shanghai lockdown is notable for several reasons, not the least of which it is the largest lockdown in China since Wuhan, widely believed to be the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. As of Sunday, March 27th, there…
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NCBFAA Celebrates Landmark 125th Anniversary

Sheltered International Congratulates the NCBFAA on 125 Years On March 22nd, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, celebrated its 125th anniversary. NCBFAA President Jan Fields says, “NCBFAA continues to represent a diverse membership, makes sense of incredibly complex issues, enhances our professionalism to attract top-notch talent, and strives to make our industry better.” Even after 125 years, the NCBFAA is a stable and growing organization that continues to serve its members. NCBFAA Executive Vice President Megan Montgomery says, “While our mission has evolved, our determination to make our industry the very best…
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Inflation Rising from All Corners of the Globe

Covid Outbreaks in China, War in Russia As the two year mark since the first coronavirus lockdowns approaches, life in the United States is close to resembling a pre-pandemic world—at least on the surface. While mask mandates are being lifted and the rate of new cases is the lowest since March 2020, the supply chain is still struggling under the pressure of inflation and gas prices at all-time highs. The Federal Reserve has indicated they intend to raise interest rates to curb inflation, but factors from international partners have massive complications. The global economy is…
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Shipping Delays Reverberate from Russia Sanctions

Russia Cut Out of Global Shipping Russia sanctions rock the global economy following the unprecedented invasion of Ukraine in February. Now, as the dust begins to settle from Russia’s first salvo and ensuing sanctions from the rest of the world, the picture of how the global supply chain and shipping industry will be affected is becoming clearer. In line with sanctions, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM have suspended most deliveries to Russia, the world’s 11th largest economy. The refusal to deliver “non-essential” goods is in line with numerous other companies that have suspended sales in…
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