Trapped Goods, Suspended Tariffs, and Insanely Busy Ports

Trapped Goods, Suspended Tariffs, and Insanely Busy Ports

June 21st, 2021

In this week’s Roar, goods are still stuck on the Ever Given, the U.S. and EU suspended tariffs on $11.5B of products, carriers could be legally obligated to ship U.S. exports, the Port of L.A. had its busiest month ever, and the Port of Liverpool is apparently imploding with growing congestion. 

It’s been almost three months since Ever Given first blocked the Suez Canal, and many companies with products onboard are still left waiting in the dark as the $600 million compensation battle between the Suez Canal Authority and the ship’s owner continues to unfold. Snuggy, a smaller UK retailer, reported that it had $550,000 of vital stock tied up in the whole ordeal.

Another drawn-out battle that’s been making headlines this week involves the civil Airbus-Boeing aircraft dispute that slammed wine and spirits supply chains with steep tariffs on imports and exports during the height of the pandemic. Fortunately for shippers on both sides of the Atlantic, the U.S. and EU recently agreed to a five-year tariff suspension on $11.5 billion worth of food, wine, spirits, and machinery goods affected by this conflict.

U.S. agricultural exporters also got another win this week in the form of a potential bill that would give the FMC the legal authority to ensure carriers are accepting their containers. According to JOC, “the legislation would require carriers to include a statement of compliance with U.S. maritime regulations, bar carriers from refusing exports, and require the FMC to publicly disclose on its website false certification and resulting penalties.”

At a time when ports are completely overwhelmed with increasing demand and surging container volumes, this bill could not be introduced fast enough for some companies. Last month, for example, “the Port of L.A. moved a total of 1,012,248 TEUs, up 74% from May 2020, when COVID-19 had stalled global trade,” marking the port’s busiest month in 114 years.

Over in Liverpool, things don’t seem to be any less busy as major delays resulting from restricted haulier access create more and more headaches for carriers and forwarders. To learn more about Liverpool’s poor productivity or any of the other leading stories this week, check out the following article highlights:

Ikea furniture is still stuck on the Ever Given alongside $550,000 worth of wearable blankets, 2 months after the ship was freed from the Suez Canal

Ikea and the Chinese tech manufacturer Lenovo are among the companies with products still stuck aboard the Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, CNN reported.

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U.S., EU suspend tariffs on $11.5B worth of goods trapped in aircraft dispute

The U.S. and European Union on Tuesday agreed to suspend tariffs on $11.5 billion worth of goods for five years.

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House members drafting bill forcing carriers to ship U.S. exports (sub. required)

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives are drafting legislation that would give the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission greater power by allowing them to enforce complaints against ocean carriers that refuse to take agricultural export containers.

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1 month, 1 million-plus containers at Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it had earned the distinction as the first port in the Western Hemisphere to handle more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in a single month.

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Port of Liverpool 'imploding' as congestion grows and hauliers refuse to enter

Liverpool’s container port is “imploding,” with hauliers growing increasingly concerned over the gateway’s viability as they struggle for booking slots.

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