July 2021

URGENT: I-16 shut down until at least Sunday, will cause delays for weeks

Navigator Traffic (511) and Atlanta TV station WAGA report a major accident on I-16 at SR 86, in Treutlen County.  A dump truck with its bed raised slammed into the overpass and moved the bridge about 6 feet, rendering it unpassable and dangerous. All East- and Westbound lanes are blocked and are expected to remain closed through Sunday.  This will adversely affect all truck/container traffic coming from Savannah, and maybe some from Charleston as well.  Please expect delays for several weeks, maybe longer.

CIT Injunction Temporarily Halts Liquidation of Certain Section 301 Entries (From NCBFAA)

In a win for the importer-plaintiffs, the U.S. Court of International Trade on July 6 granted a preliminary injunction to suspend the liquidation of unliquidated import entries subject to Lists 3 and 4A duties subject to the Section 301 litigation.  Plaintiffs should work with their respective counsel, as appropriate, to ensure they provide additional information that the court requires regarding unliquidated entries and also are handling liquidated entries appropriately.


MSC made the following announcement in early July:  Due to the ongoing congestion issue in the US ports and intermodal inland network, the costs of inland services are raising significantly. Therefore, MSC will introduce an Emergency Intermodal Charge (EIC).  As from 1 August 2021 (gate in date at POL) until further notice, the EIC will be charged USD 350 per container for all import cargo to US via US and Canadian gateways where MSC is responsible for the rail, rail and truck, truck, and/or barge moves. 

Should you have any questions, please contact your local MSC representatives in our global network of more than 500 offices. 

New Covid outbreak in Guandong province triggers quarantine (From Air Cargo News)

Importers are experiencing ongoing supply chain disruptions as a result of first the Suez Canal blockage and then the Covid-19 outbreak in the Guangdong Province.  This led to strict quarantine and testing measures on workers at ports and in particular on the truck drivers servicing those ports across the Greater Bay Area. We urge you to stay in contact with your vendors in China for current delivery dates of your orders.

China is facing its worst power shortage in a decade (From CNN)

China is in the middle of a huge power crunch as extreme weather, surging demand for energy and strict limits on coal usage deliver a triple blow to the nation’s electricity grid. It’s a problem that could last for months, straining the country’s economic recovery and weighing on global trade. Several Chinese provinces have said they are facing a power crunch in recent weeks, including some of the country’s most important engines for economic growth. Guangdong province — a manufacturing center responsible for $1.7 trillion, or more than 10%, of China’s annual economic output and a bigger share of its foreign trade — has been rationing power for over a month. The restrictions have forced companies across the province to shut down for a few days per week. Some local authorities are warning that power rationing could last through the end of the year. Again, we urge you to stay in contact with your vendors in China for current delivery dates of your orders.