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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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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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Family News ~ January 2017

Posted January 4, 2017
Category Company News
January Birthday's Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the following employee(s): January 2 - Monica "Taty" Hamburger January 25 - Debbie Janusa January Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: January 2 - Denise Parker (Celebrating 3 Years!!!) January 5 - Cathy Alvarez (Celebrating 22 Years of Good Times!!!) January Holidays January 1 - Happy New Year!!! (Office Closed Monday January 2nd) January 16 - Martin Luther King Day (Federal Holiday ~ JWA Office Open) January Special Occasions January 16 - J.W. Allen Internal Training Sessions Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and a Safe,…

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Family News ~ December 2016

Posted December 15, 2016
Category Company News
December Birthday's Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the following employee(s): December 7 - Denise Parker December 21 - Peggy Barcellona December Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: December 18 - Beth Raymond (Celebrating 38 years of Good Times!!!) December Special Occasions December 18 - J.W. Allen & Co. Family Christmas Brunch December Holidays Sunday December 25 - Christmas Day (Office Closed on Monday December 26) Sunday January 1 - New Year's Day (Office Closed on Monday January 2) Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and a Safe, Prosperous New Year! ~…

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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule ~ 2016

Posted November 23, 2016
Category Company News
November 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed) November 25 - Black Friday (Shopping Holiday ~ Office Closed) If you require immediate assistance during our absence, please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking Here With sincere appreciation, we would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving and Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season The J.W. Allen Family

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Family News ~ November 2016

Posted November 2, 2016
Category Company News
November Birthday's Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: November 25 - Beth Raymond November Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: November 20 - Bill Yennie (Celebrating 10 Years of Fun!) November Holidays / Special Days November 1 - All Saint's Day November 6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (Set your clocks back!) November 8 - Election Day (Don't forget to vote!) November 11 - Veteran's Day (Sincere Thanks & Appreciation to Our Veteran's for their Service & Sacrifices) November 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed) November 25 - Black Friday (Shopping Holiday…

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Family News ~ October 2016

Posted October 7, 2016
Category Company News
October Birthday's Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: October 12 - Jerry Becnel October Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: October 7 - Erin McBride (Celebrating 1 year!!!) October 26 - Sandra Frazier (Celebrating 7 years!!!) October 26 - Kristal Luong (Celebrating 1 year!!!) October Holidays October 10 - Columbus Day October 31 - Happy Halloween      

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FDA's Biennial Food Facility Registration Renewal Period Opens

The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2016 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you register your food facility before October 1, 2016, you must renew your registration before December 31, 2016 and provide us with any updated information, if applicable. If you updated your food facility registration…

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ILWU, PMA to Soon Consider Contract Extension

Posted September 29, 2016
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on Tuesday raised shippers’ hopes for a longer period of labor peace at U.S. West Coast ports with the joint announcement that they will consider a contract extension during early November talks. In their joint statement, the ILWU and PMA proceeded cautiously by saying that at the Nov. 1 to Nov. 2 talks in San Francisco they will discuss only the “concept” of a contract extension. The exploratory talks will focus on the issues that would be addressed if the two sides agree to move into formal contract…

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Hanjin Bankruptcy News ~ September 29, 2016 Update

Posted September 29, 2016
Category Company News
Five of Hanjin Shipping's vessels are being held off Chinese ports as of September 26, according to a document posted by the South Korean carrier on its website.  Only two of the five vessels being held are owned by the South Korean shipping line. Three of the five are categorized as ‘arrested’ ~ vessels detained under court orders, per a Hanjin spokesperson.  They are the Hanjin Dusseldorf and the Hanjin Sooho at the port of Ningbo, and Hanjin Rotterdam at the port of Yantian. Another two ships are categorized as ‘vessel departure/arrival not available’ ~ vessels held by ports or…

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J.W. Allen & Company Visits Capitol Hill

Posted September 22, 2016
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Possible Impacts of Hanjin's Bankruptcy on Current Shipments

Posted September 6, 2016
Category Company News
As you are probably aware, Hanjin filed for bankruptcy protection in Korea on Wednesday August 31st. The filing came just a day after the company creditors discontinued financial assistance of more than USD $896 million to keep the company operating. The Korean bankruptcy court will determine whether Hanjin should be liquidated or given a chance to restructure. The press is reporting that one Hanjin vessel, the Hanjin Rome, was seized by a creditor in Singapore on Monday August 29th.  The press is also reporting that a number of ports, including ports in China (Shanghai, Xiamen), Spain (Valencia) and the United…

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FMC Statement Regarding the Status of Hanjin Shipping

Posted September 6, 2016
Category Company News
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is aware that Hanjin Shipping has advised its customers that the company’s application to engage in a voluntary restructuring process was denied by its creditors. The Commission is also aware that Hanjin Shipping has disclosed it has filed for court receivership and that these two actions combined have caused uncertainty among the American shipping community about cargo in transit with Hanjin. For U.S.-based shippers and cargo owners trying to determine what options they have, the Commission shares this initial guidance: • This is a non-United States legal matter at the moment. Hanjin Shipping is a…

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