Webinar Recording: E-Commerce from Canada to USA Made Easy and Border-Free

ecommerce

We were pleased to partner with BC Apparel and Gear to discuss how to increase your ecommerce sales into the United States from Canada.

Are you an SME looking to increase your ecommerce sales into the United States from Canada?

On April 8, we discussed Section 321 of the U.S. Customs Act that allows exporters to ship on a daily basis individual orders duty, tax and processing-free to U.S. Customers.

Presenter

Dave Pentland, Carson International

Container Shipping Will Likely Stay High Through 2021

Importers are locking in container shipping rates that are as much as 50% higher than a year ago to avoid the volatile and even steeper prices in the spot market, tightening the squeeze on margins and heightening concerns about inflation across the world economy.

Contract rates for Asia to North American routes in recent weeks are coming in around $2,500 to $3,000 for a 40-foot container — 25% to 50% higher than a year ago, according to George Griffiths, an editor on the global container freight-pricing team at S&P Global Platts.

Container rates may stay elevated through the second quarter and maybe into the third, Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said last week. Capacity is still stretched and “I don’t see any signs around the corner than demand is falling off a cliff,” he said.

(Source: Bloomberg)

Webinar — Customs Valuation: What Could Go Wrong?

Carson International is pleased to partner with Miller Thomson LLP for another instalment in our webinar series addressing Canada/U.S. cross-border trade developments and updates.

Join us in conversation regarding customs valuation methods in order to optimize duty and tax minimization strategies, and reduce customs valuation regulatory risk.

Topics:

  • Canada and the U.S. are member countries of the WTO’s Customs Valuation Agreement (CVA). What are the similarities and differences with respect to applying provisions?
  • Customs valuation is a verification priority for customs authorities worldwide. What are the issues and concerns that are of interest?
  • How can you employ duty minimization strategies through the use of different customs valuation methodologies?

Panelists:

Dave Pentland, Carson International
Dan Kiselbach, Miller Thomson LLP

Webinar Details:

Customs Valuation: What Could Go Wrong?
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Webinar connection details will be provided by Miller Thomson before the webinar.

R.S.V.P. by 4:00 p.m. PST on April 21, 2021.

Webinar: E-Commerce from Canada to USA Made Easy and Border-Free

ecommerce

Carson International is pleased to partner with BC Apparel and Gear to discuss how to increase your ecommerce sales into the United States from Canada.

Are you an SME looking to increase your ecommerce sales into the United States from Canada?

Join us on April 8 as we discuss Section 321 of the U.S. Customs Act that allows exporters to ship on a daily basis individual orders duty, tax and processing-free to U.S. Customers.

Presenter

Dave Pentland, Carson International

Webinar Details

E-Commerce from Canada to USA Made Easy and Border-Free
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon PST

Zoom Connection Details

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84831107255?pwd=dDY2OFY3VUhKQVo3Sis5YVFTSzNWQT09

Meeting ID: 848 3110 7255
Passcode: 059226

Follow the link below to view the event invite on the BC Apparel and Gear Website.

Port of Montreal – Potential Labour Disruption

We have received notice from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA), that a potential labour disruption may occur at the Port of Montreal.

This comes following news of the March 15 hearing that took place before the Canada Industrial Relations Board on the issue of the union being said to be negotiating in bad faith. A ruling from the CIRB is expected soon. On March 12, the employer, the Maritime Employers Association, put forth a final offer to the union. This is not an agreement in principle.   The union will send out the final offer to members on March 18 by email and, for those who do not have email, copies of the offer will be available at the Maison des Débardeurs office.   The Port of Montreal will be closed on March 21 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for a special meeting of members, during which time the contents of the final offer will be discussed.   The union will follow up with information on timing and format of the meeting in order to facilitate maximum attendance for voting on the final offer.

As the offer is not an agreement in principle, there is a risk that the agreement could be rejected. Should the union reject the MEA offer on Sunday, they will be in a position to provide 72 hour strike notice. Port operations would not likely be impacted before March 24, 2021.

Carson is remaining informed of the potential strike action, and will share updates with clients as they come in.

For any questions, please reach out to transportation@carson.ca

Market Update: Transpacific Supply Chains

As we reach the end of Q1, many are wondering when a sense of predictability will return to trade flows. And while the WTO has said that global trade fared better in 2020 that originally expected, it estimates continued challenges for the year ahead.

In fact, during TPM, the world’s top container shipping event, it was projected that shippers will need to wait through to the second half of the year before any semblance of normalcy returns.

Below are some key updates relating to transpacific supply chains —

Schedule Reliability

Schedule reliability continues to weigh on available capacity. Vessel queues and wait times at LA/Long Beach remains significant due to a combination of high demand and COVID-related labour constraints. Idle vessels waiting in port queues while often linked to poor schedule reliability, also results in reduced capacity as vessel returns are delayed.

High Demand

High demand is expected to continue throughout Q2. An increase in vaccine deployment throughout spring is expected to improve port operations as labour restrictions are lifted.

Equipment Shortages

Equipment shortages remain an industry-wide challenge, as shippers add additional capacity in an effort to help reduce some of the pressure.

Air Capacity

Air capacity has softened marginally out of China and Hong Kong. The expectation is that available space will diminish once again as we approach the end of Q1.

Tariff Exclusions

The office of the U.S Trade Representative has put out a notice stating that they will extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on certain imports from China through September 30. These exclusions are related to medical care and COVID-19 response products from China.

We’re Here To Help

Keeping in close contact with Carson regarding booking management is essential to mitigating risks. Please reach out to us directly so we can assess your needs and make considerations in the best interest of your business.

Webinar: Canada-U.S. Reset on Trade

Carson International is pleased to partner with Miller Thomson LLP for another instalment in our webinar series addressing Canada/U.S. cross-border trade developments and updates.

The Biden Administration offers Canada an opportunity to reset Canada-U.S. relations in trade.

Throughout his career, President Biden has been a committed multilateralist and has relied on allies like Canada to achieve his goals internationally. This offers Canada and the U.S. an opportunity to reset their trade relationship, and prioritize issues that impact trade between the two countries.

We will discuss what this will mean for the:

  • Re-opening of the border
  • Canada-US-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (CUSMA / USMCA); 
  • Supply Chain Management; 
  • Application of Section 232 Tariffs by the U.S.; 
  • Agricultural Sector; 
  • Made in America guidelines; and 
  • Multilateral approach to dealing with China’s Trade policy.

Panelists:

Dave Pentland, Carson International
Dan Kiselbach, Miller Thomson LLP

Webinar Details:

Canada-U.S. Reset on Trade
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Webinar connection details will be provided by Miller Thomson before the webinar.

R.S.V.P. by March 10, 2021.

Incoterms 2020

We have updated our Carson Incoterms sheet to reflect the new 2020 version that came out last year. 

Incoterms are a set of 11 internationally recognized rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers, specifying who is responsible for paying for and managing the shipment, insurance, documentation, customs clearance, and other logistical activities.

If you have any questions about how to use them or how they apply to your business, please feel free to reach out to our team at csr@carson.ca.

Market Update: Understanding and Navigating Uncertain Supply Chains

Supply chains have continued to experience uncertainty through the course of these unprecedented times. 

Indeed, there have been a number of factors that have contributed to the challenges faced by supply chains, largely stemming from the continuation of COVID-19, and corresponding responses to the pandemic throughout the trade world. Additionally, recent Lunar New Year celebrations that have been taking place across Asia have contributed to a slow down in supply chains that are impacting schedules, availability, and cost.

To help you understand the scope of supply chain disruptions at this time, we have put together a brief overview of contributing factors and outcomes we are seeing — that we expect to continue throughout Q1 this year.

Equipment Shortages

While the initial shortage was for 40’ container types, the duration of increased demand has resulted in shortages of alternate sizes. Twentys and 45s are limited in specific areas and 40’ NOR (Non-Operating Reefer) also have restricted availability.

Ocean

Vessel wait times at port destinations continue to impact the availability of vessel capacity in Asia, as vessels are unable to return on schedule. This is resulting in an increased amount of slide sailings and delays. An increased number of COVID-19 cases among seafarers is also impacting some vessel operations and available vessel capacity. 

Prince Rupert Terminal  

  •   Vessel wait times:  7 days.
  •   Yard capacity: 95%.
  •   Rail dwell: 3.5 days.

Vancouver/Centerm 

  •   Vessel wait times: 7 days.
  •   Yard capacity: 93%.
  •   Rail dwell: 4.5 days.

Southern California

  • Daily number of vessels at anchorage waiting for berths: 33.
  • Waiting times for berthing: 8 days.

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles 

  •   Yard utilization: 86%.
  •   Import dwell: 4.5 days.
  •  Due to low imports available for delivery on terminal – Friday night and Saturday gates are not being offered at this time.

TTI Long Beach

  •   Yard utilization: 84%.
  •   Import dwell: 4.5 days.
  •   TTI will offer a second shift gate 6:00 pm – 3:00 am PST on Fridays and a Saturday day gate during Peak Season.
  •   TTI offers empty exemption appointments on dual transactions.

Oakland

  • Wait time for berthing of large vessels: 5 days.  
  • Labor shortage continues to impact the berthing lineup of all terminals in the harbor. 
  • The installation of 3 new cranes has taken the available berths down to 4 from 5. 

Ground

There is currently a shortage of drivers resulting from a rebounding economy, regulatory restrictions, challenges to the independent-driver model, and drivers leaving the industry. This continues to limit trucking resources and the ability to process higher shipment volumes.

Air

Los Angeles (LAX)

  •   Availability at carrier for loose cargo:  48 hours. 
  •   Availability at carrier for unitized cargo: 8-10 hours. 
  •   Cargo availability within 24 hours.

New York (JFK )

  •   Wait times at carrier for loose cargo: 3-4 hours. 
  •   Wait times at carrier for unitized cargo: 3-4 hours. 
  •   Cargo availability within 24 hours. 

We’re Here To Help

To help our clients navigate this tumultuous trade situation, we are offering the following guidance:

  • Provide the Carson Freight team with your order/shipping forecast 45-60 days in advance so we can plan and allocate space.
  • Watch for Carson Market Update emails providing any new or updated information.
  • Consider multiple 20 FT containers vs 40 FT, as 40 FT containers are becoming more and more scarce.
  • Our client freight portal allows you to keep updated through the shipment process, and also provide delay notices to keep you informed.

Of course, we are also always available directly to support our clients. Please reach out to directly your Carson contact, or get in touch.

Protect Your Shipments From The Unexpected

cargo

Things can go off-course in life, and shipping cargo is no exception.

This past January, a 13,100 TEU Maersk Essen was rerouted to Mexico instead of its intended destination of Los Angeles after taking on damage in a storm. The ship was just the latest casualty to suffer a container spill on the Pacific, losing up to 750 boxes from the ship.

This was the fourth container spill in the Pacific in only 47 days, with nearly 3,000 containers now lost in the world’s largest ocean just since November 30.

Do you have cargo insurance?

It is important to protect your shipments from the unexpected. Make sure you’re covered in the event of an emergency with cargo insurance.

Reach out to Carson to learn more about protecting your cargo.