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Patience Required to Spot Opportunity in China Trade Tiff

Patience Required to Spot Opportunity in China Trade Tiff By Dan Cser ICAT Logistics, Agency Owner For logistics professionals and their customers, the ongoing U.S.-China tariff showdown is a continuing source of anxiety, confusion and frustration, especially when reliable information is so scarce. The smart play is to take a deep breath, avoid overreaction and look for opportunities to arise that you can use to your advantage. To be sure, there is plenty to be concerned about in our current economic environment. The clock is running on a 90-day truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. The stock market is fluctuating wildly in response to trade tensions.  And there’s a growing list of other concerns from rising interest rates to auto industry cutbacks and an economic recovery that may be showing its age. Global business – and international trade and shipping – are feeling the effects of this uncertainty. Some shipping plans were accelerated in anticipation of additional tariffs. Other spending and purchasing plans were delayed…

Surviving U.S.-China Trade War Requires Savvy Logistics

Surviving U.S.-China Trade War Requires Savvy Logistics By Dan Cser ICAT Logistics, Agency Owner At the border entries and docks along the front lines of the China-U.S. trade standoff, hostilities are more than a war of words. Tit-for-tat tariff salvos between the two nations have complicated the ever-demanding work of freight forwarders, shippers and logistics professionals, producing significant casualties in terms of conflict, confusion, complexity, cost and consequences. Still possible but far from certain: Compromise and conclusion. While President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have agreed to meet in November, few observers predict a tariffs-ending breakthrough. “The problem is neither side seems to be confident that it understands the other side’s bottom line negotiating demand,” Michael Pillsbury, director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute told The Washington Post. Meanwhile, logistics managers are being put to the test, causing customers to rely more than ever on savvy forwarders with proven experience,…


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