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Family News - May 2014

Posted May 15, 2014
Category Company News
Anniversaries: Please join us in celebrating the J.W. Allen & Company Anniversary for the following employees: May 13 - Monicah "Taty" Hamburger - 6 Years! May 24 - Karen Johns - 39 Years! May 25 - Erin Clancey - 4 Years! May Holidays: May 11 - Mother's Day To Mother's everywhere, with sincere gratitude and appreciation for your endless sacrifices: "The ribbons of your love are forever woven around the hearts of your children." May 26 - Memorial Day "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men and women who died. Instead we should give thanks that such men…

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West Coast Contract Negotiations Are Underway

Posted May 15, 2014
Category Company News
Is a Labor Disruption on the Horizon? Negotiations are underway between the Intl Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on a new contract which covers the employment of about 13, 600 west coast longshoremen. With a July 1, 2014 expiration date looming, representatives from both sides are optimistic an agreement can be reached. West coast ports are critical to the well-being of our nation’s economy having a financial impact of over 2 trillion dollars annually. Any impasse in negotiations could cause ripple effects felt throughout the nation. A 2002 ten day union labor lockout resulted…

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Family News - March 2014

Posted March 7, 2014
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Birthday: Billy App - March 3rd Sandy Frazier - March 20th Karen Johns - March 24th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication they have given us: Heather Cortez – March 2nd - 3 Years Debbie Janusa - March 25th - 12 Years Holidays: Laissez les bons temps rouler  (Let the good times roll) Happy Mardi Gras - March 4th Happy St. Patrick's Day - March 17th Daylight…

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J.W. Allen Computer Network Difficulties

Posted February 26, 2014
Category Company News
Please be advised our computer network is presently experiencing technical difficulties resulting in a temporary outage. Technical support staff are addressing and working to enable our return to normal business operations soonest. Shipments to date continue to move forward as originally scheduled. New shipments and bookings will be processed as quickly as possible. We anticipate a return to normal operations by tomorrow morning February 27th at 8:30 am. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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J.W. Allen & Co. Operations ~ Tuesday January 28th

Posted January 27, 2014
Category Company News
In light of inclement weather forecasted for the New Orleans metro area and Southeast Louisiana, J.W. Allen & Company will open tomorrow morning Tuesday January 28th at 8:30 am but will operate partially staffed while monitoring weather conditions. Deteriorating weather conditions may force the early closure of our office tomorrow; however, our intent is to remain open as long as possible and provide service without jeopardizing the safety of our employees. Based on forecasted weather conditions including snow, freezing rain and sleet, the container terminals inside the Port of New Orleans, the Customs Exam Station (CES) and the Customs House…

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Family

Posted January 13, 2014
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Birthday: Monica "Taty" Hamburger - January 2nd Debbie Janusa - January 25th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication she has given us: Cathy Alvarez – January 5th - 19 Years! Holidays: We Pray that everyone has a Happy & Healthy New Year!!!

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Family News - October 2013

Posted October 10, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Birthday: Monica "Taty" Hamburger - January 2nd Debbie Janusa - January 25th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication she has given us: Cathy Alvarez – January 5th - 19 Years! Holidays: We Pray that everyone has a Happy & Healthy New Year!!!

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Tropical Storm Karen Update

Posted October 4, 2013
Category Company News
National Hurricane Center Bulletin Number 6 10:00 am cdt, Friday October 04, 2013 Location: 25.6 N / 90.2 W - About 250 miles (405 km) SSW of the mouth of the Mississippi River - About 290 miles (465 km) SSE of Morgan City, Louisiana Maximum Sustained Winds: 50 mph (85 km/h) Present Movement: NNW or 330 degrees at 10 mph (17 km/h) Minimum Central Pressure: 1003 mb (29.62 inches) Tropical Storm Karen ~ Watches and Warnings The tropical storm warning has been extended westward and is in effect from Grand Isle, LA to Morgan City, LA. A hurricane watch is…

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Captain Phillips ~ The Taking of the Maersk Alabama

Posted October 4, 2013
Category Company News
On December 8, 2011, J.W. Allen & Co., Inc received a cold call from a representative of a company that would eventually become a new client. The nature of the call was like many others before and since; someone needing information and advice on exporting from the U.S. and elsewhere. As with any client, new or otherwise, we were delighted to take the time to discuss this shipper’s needs and expectations. The shipper had cargo originating in multiple locations within in the U.S. as well as one in Germany and was looking for a freight forwarder who could handle the…

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Family News - September 2013

Posted September 11, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Birthday: Erin Clancey – September 12th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication they have given us: Michele Ellis – September 2nd – 22 years BILLY APP - SEPTEMBER 5th - 50 YEARS! WOW - That's a lot of  Time & Dedication!

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Family News - August 2013

Posted August 6, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing J.W. Allen & Co. a Happy Birthday J.W. Allen & Co. – August 8th - 81 years of Good Times! Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication they have given us: Peggy Bordelon – August 16th – 14 years

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New Driver Hours-of-Service & What It Really Means

Posted August 6, 2013
Category Company News
On July 01, 2013, new federal regulations designed to improve public safety by reducing driver fatigue took effect. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stresses that a common sense, data-driven approach was taken to heart in the regulatory development process with safety the highest priority. Trucking companies were provided 18 months to adopt the new hours-of-service rules for truck drivers. First announced in December 2011 by FMCSA, the rules limit the average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours to ensure that all truck operators have adequate rest. It is projected that only the…

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Family News - July 2013

Posted July 9, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Birthday: Terry Grisamore – July 23rd Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Anniversary for all the time and dedication they have given us: Terry Grisamore – July 11th - 14 years Kristi App - July 16th - 12 years Gretchen Groom - July 25th - 2 years Holidays: Happy Independence Day – July 4th - Office Closed

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Electrical Power Outage Temporarily Affecting Our Operations

Posted July 1, 2013
Category Company News
Entergy Corp. is presently experiencing challenges in our area affecting our operations as our area is presently without power. Entergy has estimated power should be restored to our area by 11:00 a.m. cst.  Please be guided accordingly.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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GSP is Due to Expire on July 31, 2013

Posted June 19, 2013
Category Company News
Without Congressional action the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program will lapse and expire after July 31, 2013.  Simply put, a lapse or expiration of GSP means Customs duties will be levied on a wide variety of products imported from developing countries.   Importers bear the brunt of a lapse in GSP by being forced to pay the applicable regular rate of duty at the time of importation.  Although GSP has widespread support in Congress, the outlook for the passage of legislation prior to the July 31, 2013 deadline is not positive.  Many in the industry are stating the…

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CBP Set to Begin Issuing Liquidated Damage Penalties

Posted June 13, 2013
Category Company News
CBP has advised the trade community that effective July 9, 2013 full enforcement of the Importer Security Filing (ISF / 10 + 2) and its provisions will begin.  The full enforcement of ISF means CBP will start issuing liquidated damage penalties against ISF Importers and Carriers for non-compliance.   Full enforcement actions will not apply to the “ISF 5s,” which apply to goods transiting, but not remaining in the US.  This includes goods moving on immediate export or transportation and exportation bond moves and to freight remaining on board. CBP stressed that every liquidated damages enforcement action instituted by a…

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Family News - June 2013

Posted June 11, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Birthday: Bill Yennie – June 4th Holidays: Happy Father’s Day – June 16th

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Family News - May 2013

Posted May 6, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Birthday: Michele Vicknair – May 10th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Anniversary for their dedicated time & effort they have given us through the years: Monica "Taty" Hamburger – May 13th – 5 years Karen Johns - May 24th - 38 years Erin Clancey - May 25th - 3 years Holidays: Happy Mother's Day - May 12th J.W. Allen's Annual Crawfish Boil - May 24th Happy Memorial Day - May 27th - Office Closed

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Family News - April 2013

Posted April 7, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Birthday: Cathy Alvarez – April 24th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family member a Happy Anniversary for their dedicated time & effort they have given us through the years: Jerry Becnel – April 10th – 18 years Festivals: French Quarter Festival - April 11th Strawberry Festival - April 12th - 14th N.O. Jazz Fest - April 26th - May 5th

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Birthdays and More

Posted March 4, 2013
Category Company News
March 2013 Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Birthday: Billy App - March 3rd Sandy Frazier - March 20th Karen Johns - March 24th Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Anniversary for their dedicated time & effort they have given us through the years: Heather Cortez - March 2nd - 2 years Debbie Janusa - March 25th - 11 years Holidays: Happy St. Patrick's Day - March 17th Good Friday - March 29th Happy Easter - March 31st Also Remember…

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USMX / ILA TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED

Posted February 6, 2013
Category Company News
Update on United States Maritime Alliance And  International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today, February 1st, on the labor negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association:   “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative agreement for a comprehensive successor Master Agreement. The tentative agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. Those local negotiations are ongoing and will continue…

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February 2013

Posted February 6, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Company family members a Happy Birthday: Kristi App & Gretchen Groom - February 09th Twice the reason to celebrate! Holidays: Mardi Gras Holiday - February 12th (Office Closed) Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll!) Happy Valentine's Day - February 14th

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Family News - January 2013

Posted January 2, 2013
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Co. family members a Happy Birthday: Monica "Taty" Hamburger - January 2nd Debbie Janusa - January 25th Anniversaries: The following person celebrates her Anniversary with J.W. Allen & Co. this month: Cathy Alvarez - January 5th - 18 years Happy New Year!

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ILA / USMX Negotiations ~ 30 Day Extension Reached

Posted December 28, 2012
Category Company News
Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations  WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached the agreements set forth below as a result of a mediation session conducted by myself and my colleague Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services, on Thursday, December 27, 2012:   “The container royalty payment issue has been agreed upon in principle by the parties, subject to achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement. The parties have further agreed to an additional extension of 30 days (i.e., until midnight,…

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ILA / USMX Negotiations Update ~ Dec. 19th, 2012

Posted December 19, 2012
Category Company News
USMX Accepts, ILA Rejects Mediator’s Proposal for Contract Extension December 18, 2012 – USMX Evening Press Release NEWARK (DEC. 18, 2012) – At bargaining sessions held today, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) recommended a short contract extension to keep both parties at the bargaining table. While USMX agreed to the extension, ILA rejected it, refusing to discuss any changes to the status quo on container royalty and renewing its vow to strike. During a meeting Dec.10, the ILA Wage Scale delegates rejected the USMX proposal for a Master Contract and voted to strike when the current extension expires…

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