America’s biggest freight flashlight to ship to Ireland: The American freight locations
A new US$1 million American freight flashlight is set to leave the US for Ireland on Thursday after a year of negotiations with Irish customs.
The flashlight will be unloaded at the Irish port of Carlow in a container in an effort to ease a backlog of customs officials.
“The United States and Ireland have been working hard for a long time to bring this device to market, but it is only now that we are ready to deliver the product to our customers,” American Freight Light, Inc. CEO and co-founder Tim Jansen told the Irish Times.
His company’s $1 million contract with US customs officials is the first of its kind in the world.
The US is the largest importer of American freight, with a fleet of more than 1,000.
But as US officials try to tackle a shortage of American imports, their exports have been hit hard by the crisis.
On Monday, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it had shut down more than 3,000 customs containers in recent months, including more than 2,000 at the Port of Long Island.
The agency blamed a spike in illegal border crossings, which officials say is linked to the growing use of freight forwarding services, such as FedEx and UPS.
But a new US-Ireland free trade agreement is being negotiated that could allow some US companies to move goods from one country to another, without paying tariffs.
Last year, Ireland agreed to make US customs more transparent, including opening up more information on containers and the number of containers that have arrived.
The agreement is to be signed on Wednesday.
A second US-Irish free trade deal has yet to be finalised, but the US and Ireland are set to sign an agreement on trade, investment and investment in the region in the next few weeks.
While the US has been keen to move freight forward, it has also been criticised for its treatment of Irish companies.
As a result, the Irish government has asked the US to make sure American companies are treated fairly, particularly in regards to their duties on imports and the use of their port of entry.
CBP officials said the US had agreed to pay more than $600m in taxes on Irish exports to the US over a two-year period.