freight warehouse, freight forwarderU.S. Plans New Duties on Chinese Flooring – The U.S. Commerce Department released plans to implement duty rates as high as 27% on certain types of wood flooring manufactured in China.  The action is aimed at what the U.S. considers unfair subsidies from the Chinese government.

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Japan Airports Open – Airports in the northeast part of Japan are now operating to some degree.  However, Sendai Airport, which experienced significant damage from the tsunami, is only accepting shipments of relief supplies.  It is likely to take several months before regular passenger services resume.

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Some Cargo Ships Skipping Ports of Tokyo and Yokohama – Concerns over radiation have led Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Süd, and ship operator Claus-Peter Offen to suspend calls to Tokyo and Yokohama for the time being.  These ports are located approximately 150 miles south of the stricken Fukushima plant.  While there have been some delays in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, most other carriers have not announced major changes to their Tokyo area sailings.

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FDA Screening Japan Imports for Radiation – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to detain certain food imports from suppliers in the Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma prefectures

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