IMPORT & EXPORT

Daytime Rates Rising to Pick Up Cargo Containers at the Ports

By Deborah Belgum | July 14, 2016

If you want to pick up your cargo containers during the day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it will cost you a little more.

U.S. Port Traffic to be Uneven for Back-to-School and Holiday

The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.

Industry Voices: EcoFashion vs. EcoLogistics

The retail industry’s tectonic shift toward eco fashion is real, with a renewed focus on clothing made from raw, organic materials; nontoxic dyes or bleaches; low water usage; and made under socially responsible conditions. This is only part of the story of how the retail and fashion industry is building sustainability.

Importers Brace for New Disruptions at Worldwide Ports


Last year, apparel and textile importers saw millions of dollars in profits sink as congestion at the West Coast ports kept merchandise stuck on boats for weeks.

Study Finds Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Have Little Effect on Apparel Imports and Export

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published an independent study of the free-trade accord and found that U.S. apparel imports would inch up 1.4 percent with a $1.9 billion increase by the year 2032 while exports would barely budge, seeing a 0.3 percent rise, or a $10 million increase.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.

Negotiations for New Port Clerks Contract Nearing Deadline

600 full-time port clerks and 300 temporary clerks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have made great strides in this year’s negotiations for a contract that expires June 30.

U.S. Trade Rep Hopes to Have New Free-Trade Agreement Signed, Sealed and Delivered Before Obama Leaves Office

The Obama administration has been talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement ever since the president arrived in office in 2009.

Customs Officials Step Up Apprehension of Counterfeit items at the Border

Customs officials said they saw a 25 percent increase in the number of counterfeit goods they confiscated last year at the nation’s ports and at the border.

China Agrees to End Export Subsidies

After months of negotiations, China has agreed to put a stop to the export subsidies it has been granting for years to a host of industries, giving them an unfair advantage when competing with other companies around the world.

NRF Supply-Chain Expert Appointed to Government Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Commerce committee to advise on supply-chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of the nation’s businesses.

What Consequences Would Raising Tariffs Have on the Apparel Industry?

In the whirlwind of election-year debates, some politicians have been taking a protectionist attitude and threatening to raise U.S. tariffs and erect trade barriers.

Hong Kong to Share in $20.5M Retrieved from Clothing Smuggled Through L.A. Ports

An elaborate scheme that involved bringing in Chinese-made apparel from Hong Kong through Los Angeles ports, allegedly destined for Mexico but ending up in the United States, will result in Hong Kong sharing some of the $20.5 million worth of forfeited assets collected during the investigation.

Imports Steady as Back-to-School Season Approaches

U.S. cargo-container imports for the first half of this year are expected to be nearly flat over last year as the economy inches along.

Blue Jeans Imports by LA Company Challenge Labeling Requirements

In 2010, JBlu Inc., a longtime Los Angeles clothing company, imported some 500,000 pairs of blue jeans from China in 11 shipments through the Port of Long Beach—all headed for retail stores around the country.

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