Truckers’ Holiday Season Wait Times Top 7 Hours in San Antonio

January 2, 2020

San Antonio was at the top of the list for wait times for truckers in November and early December, increasing to as much as 7.7 hours, according to FreightWaves SONAR data.

Normally El Paso and Laredo, Texas, are the worst offenders on or near the U.S.-Mexico border for trucker wait times.

Logistics professionals said the increase in San Antonio could be a mix of factors, including large volumes of shipments moving across the South Texas region, as well as carriers that service Mexico using San Antonio as a distribution point.

“A ton of carriers that service Mexico use San Antonio for a yard location instead of Laredo,” Matt Silver, CEO of Chicago-based Forager, told FreightWaves. “I think there’s also more facilities being built there as a distribution point out of Mexico instead of Laredo or Dallas because of how congested those cities are becoming.”

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Source: Freight Waves

Trucking Braces for Impact as Uncertainty Surrounds California’s AB5 law

January 2, 2020

Update: U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez issued a restraining order temporarily blocking enforcement of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) for truck drivers Tuesday, Dec. 31. A hearing on a more permanent injunction is scheduled for Jan. 13, delaying the operational impacts feared by supply chains operating in the state. More details on the latest developments here.

On Jan. 1, California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) will take effect, sending contractor-dependent industries into varying states of limbo. The law ushers in a new test for what constitutes an independent contractor. To boil it down, any worker completing tasks core to the hiring company’s business will be deemed an employee.

The new standard (called the ABC test) is intended to keep businesses from avoiding providing overtime pay and benefits to contract workers who work near full-time hours or make an equivalent contribution as a full-time employee. Unions, ride-sharing drivers and the AFL-CIO have hailed the legislation as a win for worker’s rights.

But the implementation presents a major shift for supply chains in California that experts expect to affect trucking capacity and eventually rates.

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Source: Supply Chain Dive

US and China to Sign Phase One Trade Deal Jan. 15

January 2, 2020

President Trump said he will sign the so-called “phase one” trade deal recently reached between the U.S. and China at the White House on Jan. 15.

He added in a Dec. 31 tweet that he will be traveling to Beijing “at a later date” to begin “Phase Two” of trade negotiations with China.

The president and U.S. trade officials Robert Lighthizer, Steven Mnuchin, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow finalized the phase one deal at the White House on Dec. 12.

Details of the trade deal remain limited, but Trump agreed to halt the imposition of another round of tariffs on an estimated $160 billion in Chinese imports that was scheduled for Dec. 15. The Chinese government agreed to boost imports of U.S. agricultural products.

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Source: American Shipper

The U.S. – China Trade War – A Time Line

December 26, 2019

Total US tariffs applied exclusively to Chinese goods: US$550 billion

Total Chinese tariffs applied exclusively to US goods: US$185 billion

Day 532: December 13, 2019 – China releases the second set of US products to be excluded from additional tariffs

China’s Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Thursday that it had released the second set of US goods to be excluded from the first round of additional tariffs. The exemption will be effective for a year, from December 26, 2019 to December 25, 2020.

Previously, in September, China had announced two lists of goods to be excluded from its first round of counter-tariffs on US products. Tariffs that were already imposed will not be refunded. The Commission also stated that it would not be excluding more US products that were subject to the first round of additional tariffs – for now.

However, the exemption process on US products subject to the second round of additional tariffs will proceed as normal, and new exemption lists will be released in due course.

Day 526: December 13, 2019 – US, China agree to ‘phase one deal’ just before next tariff hike

China and the US announced that they had reached a phase one trade deal Friday, just prior to new tariffs coming into effect on Sunday that would have affected the mass of consumer goods, including popular electronics like smartphones and laptops.

The US has agreed not to proceed with 15 percent tariffs on US$160 billion worth of consumer goods scheduled to take effect December 15, and will reduce the September 1 tariffs on US$120 billion of Chinese goods – halving it from 15 to 7.5 percent. However, the 25 percent tariffs on US$250 billion of Chinese imports will maintain, and further reductions will be linked to progress in future trade negotiations.

China, on its part, has agreed to increase the purchase of US goods and services by at least US$200 billion over the next two years, suspend retaliatory tariffs also scheduled for Sunday, implement intellectual property safeguards, and have a tariff exclusion process in place. It appears that among its potential purchases, China will import US agricultural products worth US$40 billion to US$50 billion – in each of the next two years.

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Source: China Briefing