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Biography for Noah Garfinkel

Noah Garfinkel, Assistant Editor, is a reporter for International Trade Today. Noah joined Warren Communication News in early 2023 covering customs, the Federal Maritime Commission and export controls. Noah’s background is in breaking news, reporting and research. Noah most recently worked for a year with Axios as a part of a fellowship program. Noah is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History.

Recent Articles by Noah Garfinkel

Bed Bath & Beyond filed a complaint with the Federal Maritime Commission this week accusing Mediterranean Shipping Company of violating the terms of a service contract and unjustly assessing millions of dollars in detention and demurrage charges. The company said MSC failed to meet its service requirements, coerced Bed Bath & Beyond into paying "extracontractual prices and surcharges," and assessed fees when Bed Bath & Beyond couldn't pick up or return the containers.Read More >>

Rising U.S.-China tensions are causing all-time highs in uncertainty and pessimism for U.S. companies doing business in China, and are driving U.S. companies to reduce investment in China in record numbers, according to an annual member survey released by the U.S.-China Business Council on Sept. 26. More than a third of companies said they have either stopped investing in China or have scaled back.Read More >>

Federal Maritime Commission staff have "nearly" completed the drafting process for the commission's upcoming final rule on detention and demurrage, and are "reviewing several late filed subsequent comments that have come in within the past month," FMC General Counsel Chris Hughey said at a Sept. 21 FMC meeting.Read More >>

Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel expects the government to eventually scrutinize certain rail storage fees imposed by ocean carriers on through bills of lading, he said during an industry conference this week. He also said the FMC is “very close” to finalizing its rule on detention and demurrage billing requirements and wants to better address issues involving service contract disputes between carriers and shippers.Read More >>