The container price surge is weighing on the customs business

Sep 15, 2021
Tariffs used to be the main concern for customs broker Gretchen Blough's clients. Now, it's all about the shipping containers.
Trucks with shipping containers sit on a dock at the Port of Oakland on Sept. 9. Container prices have soared during the pandemic.
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Trade is still a mess, and that's keeping this customs broker busy

Jul 30, 2021
Gretchen Blough, a customs broker at Logistics Plus in Erie, Pennsylvania, said that the ships, trucks, tariffs and supply shortages are peppering the shipping industry.
Containers stacked in the Port of Los Angeles on April 19, 2021.
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The customs industry navigates port delays, tariffs and uncertainty

Mar 8, 2021
A Pennsylvania customs broker describes how business has changed due to the pandemic and is changing again under a new president
In 2020, there was “no congestion at the port. Everything was coming in early,” says Gretchen Blough. "Now it's kind of the opposite. Everything's a week to two late."
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Despite the pandemic, the trade war is still on

Jun 1, 2020
Customs broker Gretchen Blough discusses how companies adapted to the coronavirus pandemic after navigating the conflict in U.S.-China commerce.
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A customs broker battles the effects of COVID-19

Feb 24, 2020
Gretchen Blough of Erie, Pennsylvania, explains how business out of China has "screeched to a halt."
A deserted street in Shanghai on Feb. 6.
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Even for a customs broker, it's tough to keep track of tariffs right now

Aug 26, 2019
There was retaliation, escalation and now possibly a return to the negotiating table. It's hard to tell where things stand.
A China Shipping Lines container ship heading toward the Vincent Thomas Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles.
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