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ASF Logistics Coordinates Largest Cargo Loaded at Mobile Container Terminal

ASF Logistics Coordinates Largest Cargo Loaded at Mobile Container Terminal

Mobile, AL (ASF Logistics) : International logistics provider ASF Logistics this week began the process of transporting a 144,800 pound industrial boiler from the Port of Mobile in Alabama to Haifa, Israel, on behalf of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and Haifa Chemicals. Read more

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ASF Logistics Coordinating Airstream Shipments from U.S. to Australia

ASF Logistics Coordinating Airstream Shipments from U.S. to Australia

International logistics provider ASF Logistics today announced an agreement to providing supply chain and logistics services for Australia-based A&A Industries, transporting Airstream travel trailers from the Port of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States to Port Kembla in Australia on behalf of A&A Industries. Read more

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Mobile, AL-Based ASF Logistics Expands Into Australia

Mobile, AL-Based ASF Logistics Expands Into Australia

Mobile, AL (ASF Logistics) April 22, 2013: ASF Logistics today announced that the Mobile, Alabama-based company is expanding into the Australian market, establishing its own ASF office in Melbourne with a network of affiliate offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin. Read more

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ASF Logistics Named in 2012 Best Companies List

ASF Logistics Named in 2012 Best Companies List

ASF Logistics announced that the company, which is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Best Companies to Work for in Alabama” in the small business category. Best Companies to Work for in Alabama is an annual program run by Business Alabama Magazine in conjunction with Best Companies Group. Read more

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5 Questions with Steve Chard

5 Questions with Steve Chard

Mobile Pres Register Q. What exactly does a logistics company do? Get trucks, boats and trains lined up for shipping goods? Chard: That's absolutely correct. We are a full service international logistics provider. Essentially what that means to the man on the street is that people who are importing to the United States or exporting from the United States will

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ASF Logistics Mobile in Prestigious Shipment for 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

ASF Logistics Mobile in Prestigious Shipment for 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

Mobile Press Register ASF Logistics, of Mobile AL, has been instrumental in putting together a complete logistics solution for supplying essential materials in the construction of a velodrome in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. Read more

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ASF Logistics Opens Branch Office in New Orleans, Lousiana

ASF Logistics Opens Branch Office in New Orleans, Lousiana

ASF Logistics opens branch office in New Orleans. ASF Logistics, of Mobile Alabama, has announced the opening of a new branch office in New Orleans LA. A spokesperson for ASF Logistics stated, "We are pleased to be able to be in a position to expand our operation in these difficult times, and delighted to be able to better service our

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ASF Logistics in Prestigious International Exhibit Transportation

ASF Logistics in Prestigious International Exhibit Transportation

ASF Logistics, of Mobile AL, has been instrumental in putting together a complete logistics solution for re-locating the "Darwin" exhibition following an engagement at the Natural History Museum in London UK. ASF Logistics has teamed with its partner in the UK, HPL (UK) Ltd, to provide a door-to-door service from the Natural History Museum in London to the Great Lakes

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ASF Logistics Handles State of the Art Roller Coaster Project

ASF Logistics Handles State of the Art Roller Coaster Project

ASF Logistics, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia has been instrumental in organizing a complete logistics service for shipping a wooden roller coaster to the OCT Theme Park in Wuhan, China. The $9,000,000 wooden roller coaster designed and built by Martin & Vleminckx will be the first dueling wooden coaster in Asia, and follows successful completion of the "Fireball" coaster which remains

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3 days ago

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Reduced Tariffs on Forestry Products

From The National Hardwood Lumber Association

The Trade and Tariff situation with China has moved to phase three.

On Monday, President Trump announced that the U.S would impose tariffs of 10% on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the United States effective Monday, September 24, 2018. Tariffs will rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. Following in this newsletter is the press release from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). This action is the final step in imposing a third set of tariffs announced on July 10, 2018. Tariffs already exist on $50 billion in Chinese goods.

On Tuesday night the Chinese government announced they would proceed with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products in response to the Trump Administration's imposition of 10% tariffs, including a variety of hardwood and hardwood products. Retaliatory tariffs will be imposed on $60 billion worth of U.S. exports at either a 5 percent or a 10 percent rate, starting the same day - Monday, September 24, 2018 starting at 12:01 a.m.

China's latest list of retaliatory tariffs does not appear to be changed from the proposed list released in early August. What has changed is the tariff rates on hardwoods which have reduced from a high of 25% proposed in August to 10% for most hardwood lumber and logs. Forest product numbers begin with 44 and start on page 11. Initial review indicates that tariffs will be applied as follows:

A 10 percent rate would apply to products originally slated for tariffs of 20% and 25%

A 5 percent rate would apply to products originally slated for tariffs 10% tariff and 5%

Please note that China has threatened to increase the rate back to 25% on by January 1, 2019 if the Trump Administration follows through with its threat to increase the rates on the latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports from 10%-25%. And, of course, there is nothing to stop the Chinese from increasing the rates earlier than January so the situation remains very fluid.
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4 days ago

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Come and visit ASF at this year’s NHLA convention in Toronto

October 2-4 at the Sheraton Center in Toronto ON

ASF Logistics Stand #310
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5 days ago

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Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent.

The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018. Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August. USTR engaged in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony and, as a result, determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list. Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets, and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens.

For specific details of items effected please contact your ASF CHB contact.
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2 weeks ago

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Hurricane Florence Update

Norfolk:
In the last 24 hours, the forecast for Southeastern Virginia has improved significantly. Heavy rain and tropical storm force winds are possible, focused on Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15. The forecast for the next 24-36 hours – through Thursday night, September 13 – offers manageable conditions for cargo operations.

Per the U.S. Coast Guard, the main shipping channel remains closed at the Virginia Capes. No vessels are currently entering/exiting the port.

In the interest of customer service and cargo accessibility, The Port of Virginia announces the following:

Thursday morning, September 13
TRUCK GATES RE-OPEN at all six Port of Virginia cargo terminals – observe normal/posted operating hours
No TRS reservations required – open hours at all terminals
No empty reefer movement in or out of NIT
PPCY/RSA remain CLOSED – all empties routed to the marine terminals
Please consult the matrix
PCY chassis yard – OPEN
Friday, September 14
Operating status to be determined and announced by midday on Thursday, September 13​

​NC Ports
The Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City are currently closed to all vessel traffic.

NC State Ports Authority continues its Hurricane Preparation Plan and is taking all necessary steps to protect cargo, facilities and equipment.

Wed Sept 12:
​NC Ports' terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City are CLOSED to commercial truck traffic, however, tenants have access to both Ports but must complete any storm preparations by 17:00.
Access will only be granted through Wilmington's South Gate (Container Gate).
Thursday, September 13 through Saturday, September 15.
No access of any kind will be permitted at either Port facility as of 12:00 am Thursday, September 13 through Saturday, September 15.
​Once Hurricane Florence passes, and the Port facilities can be evaluated, they will communicate plans concerning re-opening.
Additional changes to operating schedule will be communicated via email, www.ncports.com and on all social media channels.

Charleston
South Carolina Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. Based on the conditions currently anticipated, following are the gate and vessel operations plans for all terminals. Updates are provided at www.scspa.com, sign up for advisories at www.scspa.com/advisories/ or social media @scports.

Wed Sept 12: Normal Gate operations until 1700.
Thurs Sept 13 - Sat Sept 15: Port closed and Vessel operations ceased
Sun Sept 16: Potential gate and vessel operations possible depending on storm track and conditions
Mon Sept 17: Normal operations expected

​Savannah
Port is open but will continue to track storm

Baltimore
Gates are OPEN today Sept 12, and potentially open Thurs Sept 13. The vessel channel will remain closed due to channel swells, but the gates still remain open.

Rail Updates:

CSX Transportation (CSXT)
CSX is enacting comprehensive storm preparations as Hurricane Florence approaches the U.S. mainland. Precautions are being taken to protect rail traffic and assets in advance of this storm. Post-storm recovery planning, including holding trains at intermediate points across the network, is actively underway for rapid restoration of service and infrastructure once the weather moderates and conditions begin to improve.

Portsmouth, VA​
The CSXT-served Portsmouth, VA terminal closed Tuesday, September 11, at 1700 and will remain closed through the storm.

Charleston, SC
The CSXT-served Charleston, SC rail​​ terminal will close Wednesday, September 12, at 1700 and remain closed through the storm.
Final train arrivals and departures to/from Charleston will be aligned to the terminal closure and subject to change as more information becomes available.

Savannah, GA
Closing rail ramp gates to Savannah as of Sept 12 1900
At this time, all other CSX Intermodal Terminals are maintaining normal gate hours, subject to change as more information becomes available. Customers should expect an interruption in train service for traffic in the mid-Atlantic / I-95 corridor as the storm approaches and continuing as the storm moves through the region. ​

Norfolk Southern (NS)
As of Sept 10, there is an inland embargo - stop acceptance of cargo at all inland points feeding into Norfolk, and the rail is closed in Charleston as of Tues Sept 11 17:00.

Trucking Update:

Truck power after 12:00 EST today Sept 12, will be limited to non-existant due to road closures and limited staff at warehouses, ramps, etc. This covers Coastal Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and likely Georgia. Should Maryland be affected we will be updating with more information to come.
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2 weeks ago

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Dangerous Hurricane Florence

U.S. East Coast ports from South Carolina to Maryland were carrying on normal terminal operations Tuesday morning, although they are closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm, which is packing winds of 130 mph, is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday.

The South Carolina Ports Authority said Tuesday it’s closely watching the storm but is currently observing normal operating hours at its marine terminals in Charleston, Georgetown, Greer and Dillon. Similarly, the North Carolina Ports Authority marine terminals at Wilmington and Morehead City continue to operate at regular schedules but are monitoring the hurricane’s approach.

The National Hurricane Center is warning communities along the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina and as far north as Virginia of possible storm surges, or rising water levels from the coast to inland, during the next 48 hours.

At this stage ASF office in Savannah GA seem unlikely to be affected but our office in Charleston SC is already seeing a disruption to normal operations with mandatory evacuations in progress. We will continue to keep our customers updated.
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