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Tariff & Trade Update

Posted August 31, 2018
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NAFTA Deal - President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States and Mexico agreed to update some parts of NAFTA, but key trade lawmakers urged the administration to keep Canada in any final deal to revamp the overall accord.   With the U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement, the Trump administration finishes one of many steps needed to revise the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. The Mexico-U.S. talks centered on new rules for the car industry.   Any final deal to update the current NAFTA agreement will require congressional approval.   During Monday's White House announcement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer…

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​GSP Renewal Now Underway

On February 8, 2018, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA-8) and eight (8) other congressmen introduced H.R. 4979 into the House of Representatives to renew the Generalized System of Preferences ("GSP") for a period of three (3) years. H.R. 4979 was referred to the Ways and Means Committee and must now move through Congress and be signed by the President (assuming Congress approves H.R. 4979).  H.R. 4979 is a significant step toward renewal of the GSP program, which lapsed on December 31, 2017. The lapse has, at least for now, cost many importers significant money as imports that were previously duty-free have…

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Small Business Truckers Receive U.S. Reps Support for Proposed ELD Exemption

Posted February 9, 2018
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A letter sent on February 1, 2018, by twenty-five members of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offered support of an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for small trucking businesses with “exemplary” safety records.  This action follows a November 21, 2017 expemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). OOIDA's request seeks a five-year exemption for motor carriers classified as small businesses by the Small Business Administration.  Additionally, these small business motor carriers must have a proven safety history with no attributable at-fault crashes, as well as no “unsatisfactory” carrier safety…

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​Historic Alignment of Port NOLA and New Orleans Public Belt Complete

The transfer of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad assets to the Port of New Orleans is now final. This strategic alignment the Port and the Class III switching railroad significantly builds on the Port’s intermodal strengths and global competitiveness by ensuring shippers efficient access to all six Class I railroads.   “The acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt will allow us to invest synergistically and strategically to optimize Port NOLA’s seamless multimodal solutions between river, rail and road with consideration for community impacts,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA President and CEO. “The Port’s Gateway Master Plan will…

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Market Conditions Ripe for Trucking Rate Increases

Posted February 8, 2018
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Trucking Costs Rise as Market Conditions Tighten Market conditions are setting the perfect stage for an increase in trucking rates.  Trucking capacity constraints, increasing freight demand, tougher customer requirements such as narrow delivery windows, and a growing U.S. economy set the perfect stage for an increase in rates. Numerous recent market evaluations are recognizing double digit (%) rate increases with 2018 expecting to experience continued pressure in rising truckload rates.  The repercussions are being felt by companies, large and small, as supply chains cope with rising transportation costs and narrowing profit margins.    Companies such as Hershey’s, Clorox, and Prestige Brands…

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FDA Releases Guidance Documents for Meeting New FSMA Standards

FDA has issued five guidance documents to help importers and food producers meet key food safety provisions mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).   The guidance documents include:   ·         A draft guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule ·         A Small Entity Compliance Guide on the FSVP rule ·         A draft guidance on the term "Same Level of Public Health Protection" used in both the FSVP and Produce Safety regulations ·         Chapter 15 of the draft Preventive Controls for Human Food guidance regarding Supply-Chain requirements ·         Enforcement Discretion guidance regarding the application of FSVP to…

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J.W. Allen Office Operations ~ January 17, 2018

Posted January 17, 2018
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Wintry Weather Conditions Adversely Impact J.W. Allen & Company Office Operations January 17, 2018 The New Orleans Metro area is presently under a Hard Freeze Warning which is impacting travel conditions throughout the area. An overnight mixture of sleet, ice, and snow on the roadways has resulted in widespread bridge and road closures with authorities recommending people avoid being on the roadways until conditions improve. As of the time of this communication, Port of New Orleans terminals are delaying opening until conditions improve. \Weather Forecast for the New Orleans Metro area is as follows: A Hard Freeze Warning Remains In Effect…

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J.W. Allen's 2017 Holiday Season Schedule / Closures

Posted December 21, 2017
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Please be advised of the following J.W. Allen & Company office closures in recognition of the Christmas Holiday Season. Friday Dec. 22nd & Monday Dec. 25th – Office Closed Christmas Day Holiday Friday Dec. 29th – Will advise in the event of an early closure Monday January 1st – Office Closed New Year's Day Holiday Should you require assistance during this time, please Click Here to access Emergency Contact information as available on our website. Thank You So Much for Your Continued Support & Best Wishes for a Blessed Holiday Season!

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Family News ~ August 2017

Posted August 2, 2017
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August Birthdays August 8 - J.W. Allen & Company (Celebrating 85 Years!) A special thanks to our valued clients, vendors, agents, family and friends whose continued support makes our recognition of this milestone possible.  The J.W. Allen Family August Anniversaries August 17 - Peggy Barcellona (Celebrating 18 Years!)

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Trump: Decision on Steel Imports Will Take More Time

President Trump said a possible crackdown on imported steel for national security reasons is still in the works but will take more time.  Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday that “we don’t want to do it at this moment” and said the Commerce Department's plans to produce a report by the end of June were hampered by the complexity of the issue and widespread opposition from business groups, trading partners and infighting within the White House.    “You can’t just walk in and say I’m doing to do this," Trump said. "You have to do…

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ILWU likely to approve 3-year contract extension

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) appears to be closing in on a three-year contract extension with its terminal operator employers which would ensure dockworker stability up and down the U.S. West Coast     The ILWU said in a statement Friday afternoon it has completed voting on a proposed extension to its existing collective bargaining agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), and early indications are that the extension will be approved by a 67 percent majority. The union will announce the official results of the vote on Aug. 4.    The current ILWU-PMA labor deal which was marked…

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Planned Phone and Network System Outage ~ Wednesday May 31st - 10 am to 1 pm (cdt)

Posted May 31, 2017
Category Company News
Wednesday morning May 31st between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm cdt, J.W. Allen & Company will be changing internet service providers and upgrading ISP related services. This planned outage will affect our computer network and phone system connectivity for a short period of time. A great amount of planning and testing has guided this transition and while we are confident this process will proceed in a timely fashion, we are offering the time frame as noted for planning purposes. Phone and computer system specialists will be on-site throughout this transition to ensure our quickest return to normal…

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FSVP Program ~ Review & Requirements

FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Introduction The FDA FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in 18 months. The final rule requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. This rule is the product of a significant level of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, the agency’s…

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​Family News ~ May 2017

Posted May 10, 2017
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May Birthday's May 19 - Dawn Catania May Anniversaries May 13 - Monica "Taty" Hamburger (Celebrating 9 Years of Good Times!) May 24 - Karen Johns (Celebrating 41 Years of Good Times!) May 25 - Erin Webre (Celebrating 7 Years of Good Times!) May Holidays / Special Days May 14 - Mother's Day "If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?" Milton Berle A special thanks to mothers everywhere whose love, support and sacrifices enrich our lives and shape our world.  The J.W. Allen Family May 29 - Memorial Day (Office Closed)** **If you require immediate assistance during…

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Planned Phone and Network System Outage ~ Thursday April 20th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Posted April 19, 2017
Category Company News
Thursday morning April 20th between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 noon cdt, J.W. Allen & Company will be changing internet service providers and upgrading ISP related services.  This planned outage will affect our computer network and phone system connectivity for a short period of time. A great amount of planning and testing has guided this transition and while we are confident this process will proceed in a timely fashion, we are offering the time frame as noted for planning purposes.  Phone and computer system specialists will be on-site throughout this transition to ensure our quickest return to normal…

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TRUCKER LIVES MATTER (TLM) Declares September 5th, 2017 is "DAY WITHOUT A TRUCKER"

Posted March 15, 2017
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Their message is a simple one: “Trucker Lives Matter!” Encouraging residents of Washington, D.C. to consider taking public rail transportation on September 5th, TLM has challenged truckers to respond to a call to join their national memorial procession which will pass in front of the Capitol building." -James Lamb, TLM Spokesman Traditionally, the day after Labor Day represents the first day back to work after the holiday weekend, and an unofficial end to Summer vacations. But this year, that may be different for many members of the trucking industry. Just as the rest of America will be returning to work…

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FMC Presented with a Detention and Demurrage Petition

The Trade Community is Supportive A variety of freight forwarders, customs brokers and shippers' associations sent letters to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) supporting a petition filed in December by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices asking the agency to address fees imposed on shippers when they can't pick-up and return cargo, containers and chassis for reasons beyond their control.  The goal of the coalitions request is to bring about more reasonable demurrage and detention practices for cargo moving through our nation’s seaports.”    American Cotton Shippers Association President William May said, “Our members have experienced repeated incidents of severe…

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​PMSA Warns About Trade Impact on Ports

Posted March 6, 2017
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During a February address to members of the Northern California trade community, John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) – representatives of owners and operators of marine terminals and U.S. and foreign vessels, warned attendees the Trump administration’s “…restrictive trade policies will negatively impact port volumes and result in job losses throughout the supply chain from anyone that touches and moves cargo – to anyone that owns, buys or sells it. The Trump administration trade policy is unknown at this time, but millions of jobs and the economic health of public port authorities, local, regional and state…

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ILA & USMX Getting to Work Early to Beat the Deadline for a New Contract

Posted March 6, 2017
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The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance representing employers of the U.S. East and Gulf Coast longshore industry, recently held a day-long informal conference that primarily served as a forum for local union officials to air their views to management about what they’d like to see in the next contract.  Officials representing both parties reaffirmed their commitment to negotiating a new or extended contract before the current one expires in 19 months. Wednesday’s informal conference provided both sides with “an opportunity to share, in preliminary talks, issues that are important to both the ILA and employers as…

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NAFTA Renegotiation & Tariffs on Imports from Mexico

Posted March 6, 2017
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Challenged to find a way to pay for a wall along the U.S. / Mexico border, the Trump administration is seriously considering renegotiating NAFTA resulting in the possibility of imposing tariffs on imports from Mexico. While the exact goal and outcome is unknown businesses and lawmakers are already lining up to voice their opposition.   On January 26, a Trump Administration spokesman floated the idea of a 20 percent tariff on imports from Mexico due at the time of importation. In reality, existing trade laws afford President Trump the authority to impose tariffs on goods imported from a specific country…

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Family News ~ March 2017

Posted March 2, 2017
Category Company News
March Birthday's Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: March 3 – Billy App March 20 – Sandy Frazier March 24 – Karen Johns March Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: March 25 – Debbie Janusa – 15 Years! March Holidays & Special Dates March 12 – Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward!) March 17 – Happy St. Patrick's Day (Don't forget to wear green!) March 20 - First Day of Spring

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Mardi Gras Holiday ~ 2017

Posted February 27, 2017
Category Company News
Schedules & Office Closures J. W. Allen & Company Office Schedule Monday, February 27 (Lundi Gras) - Office Closing at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 (Mardi Gras Day) - Office Closed Normal Hours of Operation will resume on Wednesday morning, March 1st If you require immediate assistance during our absence, please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking Here.   Ports America Terminal Schedule Monday, February 27 - Gate & Terminal Closed Tuesday, February 28 - Gate & Terminal Closed Normal Hours of Operation will resume on Wednesday, March 1st   New Orleans Terminal Schedule Monday, February 27…

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CMA CGM Announces New Direct Asia Service from Port of New Orleans

Weekly Call to Initiate January 31, 2017 New Orleans— Marseilles, France-based CMA CGM today announced a new direct weekly container service to Asia from the Port of New Orleans Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. Part of the company’s PEX3 service, the inaugural vessel is scheduled to arrive on January 31 for service by terminal operator Ports America. “CMA CGM is proud to be expanding our presence in New Orleans, further showing our commitment to the Gulf region, and Louisiana specifically.  We look forward to continued growth in the region, and are pleased to be contributing to the evolution and development of…

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Port of New Orleans Announces Brandy D. Christian as President & CEO

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The Push for Terminal Automation Sets the Stage for Tough ILA Labor Negotiations

Posted January 12, 2017
Category Company News
While the USMA (United States Maritime Alliance) and ILA’s (International Longshoremen’s Association) decision to start negotiations next month (February 13 to 17) on a new contract offered optimism, recent comments by ILA President Harold Daggett set a sobering tone to the upcoming discussions.  ILA president Harold Daggett has vowed to fight port terminal automation and has predicted this issue “will dominate” the union’s next round of bargaining with the USMA on a contract to replace the one expiring on Sept. 30, 2018.  Daggett also fired warning shots regarding automation last week, reminding shippers negotiations on a new US East and…

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