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Civil unrest hits China

After a tragic fire killed ten people in Urumqi, China when lockdown protocols trapped residents in the blaze, protestors are gathering in acts of civil disobedience against the government and their strict lockdown measures. Outbreaks in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan and Chengdu have resulted in renewed efforts to restrict movement in the country both to curb the spread of coronavirus and avoid further unrest to complicate the situation. 

Apart from the protests, the regulations from the lockdowns are expected to cause some disruption to supply chains as social distancing, testing, travel and holiday restrictions start to choke the impacted cities. 

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Strike on the Table

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen’s union has voted against the National Tentative Agreement, becoming the second union to say no to the contract proposed in September after a lengthy negotiation that required the Presidential Advisory Board to step in and urge both sides to come together. Unfortunately, despite that intervention, the issues regarding sick time, vacation time, and bereavement time are still driving the 11,000-member union to have a record turnout, with 60% saying no. 

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URGENT: Renewal of FDA Food Facility Registration Begins Oct. 1 - DUNS Number is Now Required.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Facility Registration Renewal is about to begin—starting Oct. 1 and continuing through Dec. 31, 2022. All food facilities in your clients’ supply chains must submit a timely renewal. Failure to do so will cause product to be denied entry into the U.S. Contact Coppersmith for assistance

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Transatlantic rates are now in danger of faltering as capacity grows without an equal accompanying demand. While carriers are working hard through the holidays to maintain their pricing, few are expected to manage without feeling the pinch as less cargo arrives.

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As the demand for cargo from Asia slows down, China is suffering from an overabundance of containers at ports that's causing delays and congestion. While terminal operators are busy keeping the containers away by building stacks away from loaded ones, few are ready to ship out.

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