Weekly Logistics News Headlines: North Border Chaos, Coastal Optimism
Canadian truck drivers protesting the nation’s vaccination mandates have stalled traffic crossing Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, MI to Windsor, ON. Delays at the busiest border crossing in North America are impacting industries of all kinds – especially the automotive industry. Reuters reports more.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States has agreed to toss out tariffs on up to 1.25 million metric tons of Japanese steel imports per year. Aiming to reduce prices and strengthen relations, the agreement removes a 25 percent duty on steel imported from across the Pacific. News sources report that the deal will take effect on April 1, 2022.
New reports point to an easing of import volumes and supply chain congestion in 2022. However, relief will occur slowly over the course of the year. Southern California is already seeing progress with a reduction of anchored offshore container ships from over 100 down to around 80. Supply chain operators and experts are expressing cautious optimism. Splash247 reports more.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) are mulling regulations regarding ocean carrier billing practices. A new proposal suggests additional standards and transparency around demurrage and detention charges. The FMC has received complaints of unfair and illicit demurrage practices throughout the pandemic-era supply chain crisis. American Shipper reports more.
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