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  • 01/08/2019

    California Law Holds Shippers Responsible for Drayage Company Labor Violations Beginning January 2019

      Dear Valued Customer,   On September 22, 2018, the State of California passed a bill holding importers liable for labor violations committed by a list of port trucking companies with outstanding court judgments beginning January 1, 2019. The primary reason for this new bill, known as SB 1402, is the commonplace misclassification of truckers as independent contractors rather than as employees.   On January 2, 2019 the California Division of Labor Standard Enforcement released a list of port trucking companies with outstanding court judgments to avoid conducting business with until a resolution is met:  https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Port-Drayage-Motor-Carriers-List/Port-Drayage-Motor-Carriers-List-Jan-02-2019.pdf   What Does this Mean for Importers?   Beginning January 2019, importers and cargo owners will share liability with trucking companies for wage and hour violations against drivers who haul freight for them.    To prevent incurring liability when importing through California seaports, cargo owners must avoid working with transportation companies with outstanding fines for misclassifying drivers. OEC Group works exclusively with trucking companies in compliance with California State law in order to protect our clients.   For additional information, please see the below January 2nd announcement from the California Division of Labor Standard Enforcement:  https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2019/2019-01.pdf   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your Sales or Customer Service representative.   Sincerely yours,    OEC Group      The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com

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  • 12/22/2018

    China Low Sulfur Surcharge

    Dear Valued Customer,    In compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) low sulfur exhaust requirements, carriers have or will implement a China Low Sulfur Surcharge applicable to all cargo with port of loading China, Taiwan or Hong Kong to all USA destinations.    Effective January 1, 2019 OEC Group will apply the following tariff.   China Low Sulfur Surcharge - January 1, 2019   USD         20 / 20' USD         40 / 40' USD         40 / 40' HQ USD         40 / 40' Reefer USD         40 / 45'   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your Sales or Customer Service representative.   Sincerely yours,    OEC Group    The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com

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  • 12/17/2018

    January 1, 2019 General Rate Increase (GRI)

      Dear Valued Customer,    Effective January 1, 2019 General Rate Increase (GRI) has been filed for all cargo imported from Asia ports of loading, to U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico ports/ramps of discharge.   The proposed increases are as follows: General Rate Increase - January 1, 2019 USD         900 / 20' USD      1,000 / 40' USD      1,125 / 40' HQ USD      1,125 / 40' Reefer USD      1,266 / 45' USD      1,600 / 53'   As it is not possible to predict the future market based on the current trade conditions, OEC Group will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your Sales or Customer Service representative.   Sincerely yours,    OEC Group    The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com

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  • 12/06/2018

    Correction: Section 301 List 3 - 25% Duty Rate Postponed

    Ongoing confusion around the postponement start date concluded when the White House confirmed it is December 1, 2018.    Dear Valued Customer, Stemming from negotiations between U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping at the annual G20 Summit in Argentina, the tariff increase from 10% to 25% on List 3 products has been postponed 90 days from December 1, 2018.   As a result, List 3 tariffs will remain at a 10% rate during the 90 day recess beginning December 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019. If an agreement is not reached during this time, duty will ultimately increase to 25%.  OEC Group is committed to keeping our customers informed on current market conditions and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your OEC Group Sales representative.     Sincerely yours,   OEC Group   The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com      

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  • 12/05/2018

    Update: Section 301 List 3 - 25% Duty Rate Postponed

    Dear Valued Customer, Stemming from negotiations between U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping at the annual G20 Summit in Argentina, the tariff increase from 10% to 25% on List 3 products has been postponed 90 days from the original January 1st effective date.    As a result, List 3 tariffs will remain at a 10% rate during the 90 day recess beginning January 1st. If an agreement is not reached during this time, duty will ultimately increase to 25%.  OEC Group is committed to keeping our customers informed on current market conditions and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.   Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your OEC Group Sales representative.   Sincerely yours,   OEC Group     The information contained herein is provided as a public service with the understanding that OEC Group makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, and suitability of the information. Nor does OEC Group warrant that the use of this information is free of any claims of copyright infringement. http://www.oecgroup.com 

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