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4 Top Challenges for Ocean Exporters in 2022

With supply chains facing continued disruption from China’s zero-COVID policy, the war in Ukraine, and ongoing delays on most trade routes, 2022 remains a trying year for exporters. This post covers the top 4 issues Laufer is seeing with its export customers.

Jun 14, 2022

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Is Your Cargo Adequately Insured Against Loss?

The worst time to realize you need insurance is after a loss event. If you typically don’t insure your cargo, now is a good time to reevaluate that option to make sure you are adequately covered in the event of a loss. Marine cargo insurance is comparatively affordable and protects…

May 19, 2022

Labor Negotiations at US West Coast Ports: What Can We Anticipate?

All eyes and attention are on the renewal status of this year’s master labor contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) set to expire on July 1, 2022. The significance of the expiry and renegotiation of this agreement cannot be overstated as…

May 05, 2022


US Customs – Fool Me Once or Not at All? Understanding Customs Fraud, Penalties and what not to do.

Apr 21, 2022
When cargo enters the US, there are a list of “standard” fees that must be paid to US Customs, such as duty, HMF, MPF, etc. Paying invoices for these fees is part of daily business practice for many importers. Outside of these charges, less common, but impactful Customs penalties can be issued.
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Supply Chain Labor Challenges: Ongoing and New Uncertainties for 2022

Mar 30, 2022
While automation has transformed manufacturing among other industries, the delivery of physical goods still relies intensively on human labor. Many experts predict that labor constraints, pandemic-related and otherwise, will continue to create headwinds for importers as consumer demand remains high through 2022.
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Feb 16, 2022
If you export from US to China or anywhere else in the world for that matter, you probably have little time to catch your breath, let alone read another article. With that in mind we created a quick Top 7 check list of what to keep in mind, where to focus and what to do in 2022 to keep your containerized exports moving.
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