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U.S. Imposes Additional Tariffs on the E.U. –
Implications for Global Supply Chains

Executive Summary On October 3, the U.S. announced that it will be imposing additional tariffs of 25 percent on more than 150 goods imported from 28-member countries of the European Union and an additional 10 percent tariff on new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K. effective from October...

Risks to the Petrochemical Industry Along the Houston Shop Channel

Executive Summary Materials produced at or moving through the Houston Ship Channel are subject to a heightened risk of transportation disruptions due to geographic concentration that can reduce production costs, but also significantly increase the number of facilities that may ultimately be affected by an incident that begins at a...

Sub-Tier Suppliers Suffer as General Motors Strike Continues

Executive Summary About 48,000 unionized workers with General Motors (GM) walked off their jobs on September 16 at multiple US plants in what is described as the largest factory strike in the US since 2007.With negotiations stalled, the strike entered into its fourth week on Monday, October 7, costing GM...

The Dover-Calais Bottleneck:
An Assessment of Alternative Routes to Avoid Post-Brexit Congestion

Executive Summary In light of growing uncertainty around Brexit, companies have recently stepped up efforts to secure their intracontinental supply chains against potential disruptionsThe Dover/Folkestone-Calais trade corridor is particularly vulnerable to disruption as it handled 75 percent of roll-on, roll-off freight moving between the UK and the EU in 2017Additional...

China’s 70th Anniversary: Impact of Tighter Emissions Controls
and Security on Supply Chains

Executive Summary Over recent weeks, companies operating in China have been hit with tighter emissions controls, heightened security, and traffic congestions leading up to the National Day on October 1 which marks the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.  Industrial firms from the steel, coking, and cement sectors are...

Hong Kong Protests: Impact on Supply Chain Operations

Executive Summary On September 4, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that her government would be formally withdrawing the highly controversial Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Bill, commonly referred to as the extradition bill, in the latest bid to bring an end to the...

China’s Scrap Import Restrictions and Impact on Global Supply Chains

Executive Summary From July 1, China imposed restrictions on imports of Category 6 products, which largely consists of high-grade scrap metals, that will be shifted from an ‘unrestricted’ to ‘restricted’ import catalogue and regulated through import licenses and quotas. The latest restrictions come following a Category 7 import ban on...

Tariff Hikes: Escalation of the U.S.-China Trade War

Executive Summary China’s State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) announced on August 23 that it will be imposing 5 or 10 percent tariff rates on USD 75 billion (EUR 67.6 billion) of U.S. imports covering 5,078 tariff lines which will come into effect on September 1 and December 15 respectively. The latest tariff...

Japan-South Korean Trade Tensions:
Implications for Technology Supply Chains

Executive Summary On July 1, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced that export control regulations would be placed on three high-tech chemical materials, considered essential for semiconductor and microchip production, effective from July 4. Japan has also announced on August 2 that it will be removing South...