Breaking News : Mid-West Snow Forecast

mid-west-snowOctober 31, 2019

At a Glance

• An early-season snowstorm will continue to move across the Central Plains and Midwest through Halloween.
• Accumulations will be light to locally moderate in most areas.
• The storm brought more than a half foot of snow to Denver on Tuesday.

An early-season snowstorm has spread into the Plains and Midwest after bringing several inches of snow to the Rockies earlier in the week.
A southward plunge of the jet stream from the Rockies into the central United States has entrenched a pipeline of arctic air over those regions.
An area of low pressure is tapping into that cold air and producing a stripe of snowfall from the Plains to the Midwest.
The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Bessie.

Scattered areas of light snowfall are ongoing this morning from Colorado to northern Illinois.
A burst of heavier snow moved through the Chicago metro area early Wednesday morning. Western suburbs of the city received 1 to 3 inches of slushy accumulation.
Light snow in Denver should continue to taper off through the day. The Mile High City picked up 7.7 inches of snow at Denver International Airport.

Forecast Timing

The area of low pressure will strengthen near the Great Lakes on Thursday, wrapping in cold air and possibly allowing accumulating snow to fall in parts of Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northern Lower Michigan.
Rain changing to snow could then pivot through parts of the Great Lakes through Thursday night, including Indiana, Michigan, northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania.

How Much Snow?
The heaviest snow from this storm has already fallen in the Rockies. Additional accumulations farther to the east in the Midwest will be light to locally moderate through Thursday, from parts of Kansas and southern Nebraska to northern Missouri, southern Iowa, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and western and northern Lower Michigan.
Most areas will see less than 6 inches of additional snowfall through Thursday.

The War of the Lists and How It Could Affect Your Company

October 31, 2019

The US-China trade war has had global economic impact and has created anxiety for US and international companies operating in China and Chinese companies operating in the United States. Although not prominently reported compared to tariffs, the use of administrative powers and “blacklisting” has been a frequent and powerful tool of the US and Chinese governments.

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, the US government has implemented several policies to increase pressure on China to open its markets, reduce intellectual property theft and create an even playing field in trade. These policies include tariffs on items such as steel, agriculture and consumer goods as well as use of legal and administrative tools such as congressional, criminal and civil investigations, including enforcement actions under the US export control laws, the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and US trade sanctions regulations administered by the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control. For example, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has used the Entity List under the EAR to impose very restrictive US export licensing requirements on specified Chinese companies. The Chinese government responded to these policies in kind, enacting its own tariffs, trade and market restrictions, and other measures.

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India Bans all Single-Use Plastics from Ships Transiting through its Waters

October 31, 2019

In an unprecedented move, India has moved to ban single-use plastics on ships sailing through its territorial waters.

In a statement issued by India’s Directorate General of Shipping, a number of plastic, single-use items are banned instantly, while others will be officially banned from the 1st of January 2020; this regulation will apply to all vessels entering Indian ports or transiting through Indian waters.

Specifically, the items below are banned with immediate effect

Plastic cutlery, cups and plates;
Garbage and shopping bags;
Cleaning fluid containers, with a volume of fewer than 10 ltrs;
Containers for water & other drinks, with a volume of fewer than 10 ltrs;
Furthermore, from January 2020 and onwards the items below will also be permanently banned.

Bottles for water & other drinks and cleaning fluid containers, regardless of volume;
Hot Drink cups, insulated food packaging & protective packaging for fragile items;
Milk bottles, shampoo bottles, ice cream containers, potato chip bags, microwaveable dishes & bottle caps;
Bags, trays, containers & food packaging film.

Furthermore, in addition to the changes above, surveyors will be making sure that such plastics are not used or are available onboard Indian-flagged vessels. Consecutive infractions will be ground for detention, under ISM code.

However, the Directorate General has said that they will not be detaining foreign vessels, as part of enforcing the above regulation.

Crews will be called to store all banned items during port calls, while local port authorities will be carrying out inspections.

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Navigating US Supply Chain Tariffs on China Leads to Exports, Imports Drop

October 29, 2019

U.S. exports and imports of goods both slumped in September to the weakest levels in more than a year, the latest sign that tariffs are weighing on the economy.

Exports declined 3% from a year earlier to $135.9 billion, the lowest in more than a year and a half, while imports were down 4.6% to a nearly two-year low of $206.3 billion.

The figures add to indications that the administration’s trade policies are challenging American companies as rising tariffs aimed at China muddle supply chains and add to the uncertainty.

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Update 2: Norfolk Southern Train Service Between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, Remains Suspended

norfolk2October 28, 2019

Norfolk Southern train service between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, suspended as a result of the Grand River Bridge outage in Brunswick, Missouri, following structural damage from heavy rain and debris, is expected to be back in service this evening, Oct. 28.

NS Engineering is completing the final repairs today and service across the bridge will be restored. NS Operations is evaluating all traffic and train plans and will adjust to accommodate the restored service throughout the day. Customers do not need to update any shipping instructions and can view all shipment routing and ETAs via AccessNS.

As service is restored, customers with traffic originating or terminating in the Kansas City area may see up to a 48- to 72-hour delay. We expect to return to normal operations by mid-week.

Norfolk Southern appreciates your patience as we work through this extraordinary event.

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