Section 301 China Tariffs

The comment period and testimony related to President Trumps Section 301 China Tariffs investigation have finished. The basic outcome is that there will not be any additional tariffs at this time. The President stated that China has agreed to purchase more US goods and services as well as more American farm products which will help… Read more »


We just received word that due to rapidly increasing winds as well as expected snowfall the New Jersey ports are closing immediately. They have also issued notice that they will be closed tomorrow. Between the Pennsylvania interstates being closed to commercial traffic as of 8am this morning and the NJ ports being closed from now… Read more »

GSP Bill Passes the House

Good morning, just a quick update on GSP. On February 8th H.R. 4979 was introduced to the House of Representatives – this bill includes the renewal of GSP for a period of 3 years. Yesterday the bill passed the House with overwhelming support (400-2). It is good to see the people who drafted the bill… Read more »

TRUCK BAN – Port of New Jersey

A Truck Ban will begin January 1, 2018. All Drayage Trucks with an engine dated 1995 or older will NOT be permitted access into any Port Authority Terminal at the Ports of New York & New Jersey. This ban is aimed at reducing diesel truck emissions as well as improving overall health and safety. The… Read more »

Steel Import Investigation

Yesterday the US Department of Commerce published the hearing schedule for the investigation of Steel imports. The investigation is very troubling to most in the steel industry since they have cast a very wide net. Based on the published information it seems hot-rolled or cold-rolled sheet and plate will be covered and even products such… Read more »

Shanghai Congestion

Congestion at the port of Shanghai is now at 51.2 hours and the number of vessels has dropped from 100 last week to around 80 as of now. Equipment shortage is still an issue and the delivery window for export containers is now 24 hours which was previously 72. There are many reasons for the… Read more »

Container Exams at NY/NJ Ports

US Customs has released their Exam Cycle Times for the Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd quarter and things continue to improve. X-Ray Exams (NII) are taking 2.72 days, a 1/2 day improvement from same time last year. Full Strip is now slightly less than 5 days (4.72) which is a 1 3/4th day improvement from same… Read more »

Shanghai Congestion

Oh BOY !!!! congestion in the port of Shanghai has risen a whopping 42% between April 16th and 18th and is continuing to grow. Right now the average vessel delay is 53 hours. Between the new steamship line alliances and dense fog it is becoming increasingly difficult for vessels to stick to their schedules. Adding… Read more »

Been a while…….

Sorry for not posting in over a year however things have been very busy here at JWH (and at home) and fortunately international shipping was relatively quiet – except for the Hyundai debacle. For those of you who do not know, I now have 4 children – Samantha(8), Bobby(6), Vinny(3) and Julianna(2) so life is… Read more »


As many of you are aware beginning July 1, 2016 any shipping container that leaves from ANY port in the world is required to have the Verified Gross Mass (vgm) listed on the bill of lading. This means that the steamship lines are requiring the shipper or forwarder to verify the actual gross weight as… Read more »