ASF Logistics is a Mobile, AL based full service international logistics provider, freight forwarder, NVOCC, and custom’s house broker. ASF specializes in providing customers with solutions that provide for the optimum flow of goods, materials, and information. All business conducted as an Ocean Transport Intermediary as defined by the Federal Maritime Commission is conducted only by ASF, Inc. ASF, Inc is licensed with the Federal Maritime Commission as an Ocean Freight Forwarder and Non-Vessel Operating common carrier under Ocean Transport Intermediary License No. 020898NF.

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The Hardwood Federation sent out the following information earlier today:

China's Ministry of Finance announced this morning that it would increase tariffs on 5,140 U.S. goods starting on June 1 in retaliation to U.S. increases on Chinese products last week. Many if not all the impacted products were identified for 25% tariffs in late December, but were frozen at 5%-10% in light of positive negotiations between the two countries.

Few details are available, but the notice did indicate that:

2,493 items will be tariffed at 25%;
1,078 items will be subject to 20% tariffs;
974 items will be subject to 10% tariffs; and
595 items will continued to be levied at 5%.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tariffs will impact goods leaving the U.S. after June 1. At this point we are hearing that various species of hardwoods will be impacted by the increases, but final translated lists are not yet available. It seems likely that U.S. wood imports to China will be tariffed at the rates announced prior to the freeze:

Oak species at 25%;
Cherry and ash at 20%; and
Walnut, hard maple, tulipwood and alder at 5%.

However we cannot confirm these tariff levels at this time. As soon as we can confirm what species will be impacted at what level we will communicate that information. We are also hearing that China may put into place an exclusion process allowing Chinese importers of U.S. products impacted by this latest round of increases to petition for relief of the tariffs on certain goods. Again, there is not yet confirmation of this move. As information becomes available, we will forward it to our mailing lists.

The Hardwood Federation is reaching out to our contacts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assess the potential of economic relief for those in the hardwood industry impacted by the U.S. China dispute. We will share any insight we receive.
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2 months ago

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The crew of the royal Navy HMS Argyll has saved all members aboard a cargo ship after its containers and cars caught fire off the coast of France.

Royal Navy personnel responded to a mayday from the 28,000-tonne Italian merchant ship, Grande America, in the Bay of Biscay, around 150 miles southwest of Brest.
The Italian-registered vessel had been bound for Casablanca from Hamburg when the fire broke out at 8pm on Sunday.

The Grande America, owned and operated by the Italian Grimaldi Group, was en route from Hamburg in Germany to Casablanca in Morocco when the fire started in a container loaded on the weather deck before spreading to other nearby containers.

The Grimaldi Group said Monday in a press release the ship’s master decided shortly after 2 a.m. Monday to abandon ship with all on board — 26 crew members and one passenger — aboard a single lifeboat. They were safely evacuated onto the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll after the lifeboat sustained damage on the heavy seas and was unable to make headway.

The fire-stricken vessel sank Tuesday afternoon about 180 nautical miles off the French coast
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3 months ago

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Port of New York & New Jersey pledges to ease container fluidity in 2019

The Port of New York and New Jersey will hire more than 650 longshoremen and checkers over the next 18 months to replace retiring workers and handle container volume growth - up 6 percent in 2018.

The new hires, resulting from an agreement between the New York Shipping Association (NYSA), and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, will increase the registry of longshoremen by about 8 percent and is the largest group of new hires since 2014, said John Nardi, NYSA’s president. The Waterfront Commission, whose board approved the deal Thursday, oversees hiring at the port, and must sign off on all additions to the longshoremen’s registry.

About 300 of the new hires will take new positions, while the remainder are replacements of retiring employees. The port register at present contains about 3,500 longshoremen, and the hiring will add 538 longshoremen and 120 checkers.

Much of the increase is due to shippers sending more cargo than usual to beat a Dec. 31 deadline after which tariffs on Chinese goods would rise from 10 to 25 percent. The deadline was later changed to Mar. 1. The worst hit terminal, APM Terminals, which has suffered extensive congestion and increased dwell times for rail cargo, has cited a shortage of labor over the holiday period as one of the reasons. The terminal says the fluidity problems at the terminal are improving after it adopted a series of measures to help cargo move faster.
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ASF Logistics strives to be the company of choice for global logistics by fostering a collaborative environment of partnerships, teamwork, and creativity. Our goal is to consistently deliver a competitive advantage to our customers through innovative and customized solutions which add value and sets them apart from their competitors.

Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions

  • Vendor management
  • Document management
  • Information management
  • Purchase order management
  • Cargo management and flow optimization
  • Consolidation
  • Carrier management
  • Transport management
  • Import planning and coordination
  • Customs house brokerage
  • Cross-docking and trans-loading
  • Distribution