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Possible Rail Strike

Possible Rail Strike

Preparations are again being made for a rail strike as another rail union rejected the current offer known as a National Tentative Agreement. For the first time, over 60% of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) voted against the current contract and criticized...

301 Tariffs Adding to Inflation and Transportation Prices

301 Tariffs Adding to Inflation and Transportation Prices

After the Section 301 tariffs were implemented, transportation costs and inflation began to rise. The question of whether to keep or remove the tariffs was put to the importers and businesses affected. Surprisingly, there was an overwhelming response to keep them,...

Rhine and Yangtze Rivers Running Dry

Rhine and Yangtze Rivers Running Dry

Importers and exporters in the United States have been most attuned to supply chain delays that they can see or immediately experience, like port congestion in Southern California and now in places like Savannah and New York or COVID-driven closures at factories from...

Critical Delays in European Ports

Critical Delays in European Ports

Delays are no longer a question of what-if, but how long. Vessels are stacking up along the European coast and some of them are up to four weeks late.  It began with blank sailings, equipment scarcity, and other complications, but the situation has been adversely...

German Dockworker Strike

German Dockworker Strike

12,000 dockworkers in the German ports of Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, and Hamburg are set to go on strike Thursday morning. The strike is set to last from 0600 Thursday morning to 0600 Saturday. This is reportedly Germany’s longest strike in forty years.   Reactions...

Hamburg Port and Strike Update

Hamburg Port and Strike Update

As cargo owners in North America are focused on the looming June 30th deadline between the PMA and ILWU, a more urgent situation has arisen in Germany. The labor union, Ver.di, announced that they will commence a strike action against German ports with effect from...

Strikes in Hamburg

Strikes in Hamburg

An unexpected warning strike in the major German ports has hit Hamburg as well as Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven [last Friday], reports our Johannes Barthels, Managing Director at ProTrans Global. “The impact will be huge,” he adds. “Truck and rail delivery are not...

Shanghai Congestion and Anticipated Peak Season Woes

Shanghai Congestion and Anticipated Peak Season Woes

For the last few months, the full lockdown of Shanghai and other cities in China due to their zero Covid policy has caused turmoil for citizens and havoc for the world supply chain and financial ecosystem. It has resulted in equipment and worker shortages, as well as...

NCBFAA Conference Recap

NCBFAA Conference Recap

TOC Logistics is a proud member of the NCBFAA, the trade association representing customs brokers and freight forwarders in the United States. What is great about the NCBFAA is that while, yes, their members are our competitors, those members come from across the...

Further Impacts of China’s Lockdowns

Further Impacts of China’s Lockdowns

The country-wide COVID situation in China is changing daily. TOC Logistics is in constant communication with our representatives in the country, because their staff and operations are all impacted. Unlike the United States where there were lockdown exceptions made for...