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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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