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Hanjin Moves to Protect Assets by Filing Chapter 15

Posted September 6, 2016
Category Company News
The South Korean line filed under the section of the bankruptcy code dealing with international bankruptcy in US bankruptcy court in the district of Newark, New Jersey, according to various reports. If Chapter 15 protections are granted, the seventh-largest container line will be shielded from liens on its assets and arrests of its ships in the United States.  If Chapter 15 is granted, shippers will still have to secure release of their cargo from Hanjin or third parties that are demanding payment from the carrier. The stay — triggered by the filing — doesn’t force transportation providers, including marine terminals,…

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Uncertainty and Confusion Result from Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy

Posted September 6, 2016
Category Company News
Hanjin Shipping filed for receivership last week after its creditors refused to provide extra funding to the shipping line. The bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping has caused turmoil with some ports and container handling facilities refusing to handle its cargo with other ocean carriers are announcing they will no longer load cargo onto Hanjin-operated vessels.  Additionally, ocean carriers with cargo presently on board Hanjin vessels are working to make arrangements for the immediate release and discharge of their cargo. The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, has written to the US secretary of commerce, Penny Pritzker…

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Family News ~ September 2016

Posted September 2, 2016
Category Company News
September Birthday's Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: September 12 - Erin Webre September Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: September 5 - Billy App (Celebrating 53 Years of Good Times!) September Holidays September 5 - Labor Day (Office Closed) September 11 - Grandparent's Day September 22 - Autumn Begins! Holiday Schedule Monday, September 5 (Labor Day) - Office Closed If you require immediate assistance during our absence, please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking http://jwallen.com/contact-us/emergency-contacts.

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Tropical Depression Nine Enters the Southeast Gulf of Mexico

Posted August 29, 2016
Category Company News
A poorly organized Tropical Depression Nine was moving into the extreme southeast Gulf of Mexico early this morning. The forecast track for the next couple of days is to the west and then northwest into the east central Gulf of Mexico, possibly intensifying into a tropical storm, then curving north and northeast towards Florida by the middle of the week. A large degree of uncertainty remains regarding the depression's anticipated track and intensity; however. it is likely to develop into a tropical storm over the coming days.  This information reflects this morning's National Weather Service 5:00 am CDT advisory. J.W.…

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Weather Update (1) ~ "Invest 99-L"

Posted August 26, 2016
Category Company News
Adverse Weather Conditions Potentially Impacting the Gulf of Mexico According to the National Hurricane Centers Friday August 26th update low pressure system "Invest 99-L" is expected to move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week. This system has a medium chance (60 percent) of becoming at least a tropical depression within the next five days. Invest 99-L currently extends from eastern Cuba north to the central Bahamas and is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. "Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward at about…

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China Zika Rule Update

Posted August 22, 2016
Category Company News
China's Zika Rules for U.S. Exports Easier Than First Disclosed Containers shipped from the U.S. to China that are subject to that country's regulations designed to prevent the spread of Zika virus won't have to be fumigated but can instead be disinsected, and government certification of the process is not required as once believed. The Foreign Commercial Service, part of the International Trade Administration, outlined the requirements of Chinese authorities after members of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing met with the Director General of China's Inspection and Quarantine Ministry, documents obtained by JOC.com show. Shippers' ability to avoid fumigation and…

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Family News ~ August 2016

Posted August 2, 2016
Category Company News
August Birthdays August 5 - Kirsten Davis August 8 - J.W. Allen & Company (Celebrating 84 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 (17 Years!)

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July 2016 ~ Family News

Posted July 1, 2016
Category Company News
July Birthdays July 23 - Terry Grisamore July 28 - Kristal Luong July Anniversary’s July 11 - Terry Grisamore (17 Years) July 16 - Kristi App (15 Years) July 25 - Gretchen Groom (5 Years)   July Holiday’s Monday July 4 - Independence Day (Office Closed) “Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” ~ Louis D. Brandeis Happy Independence Day!!!

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Independence Day Holiday ~ Office Closure

Posted July 1, 2016
Category Company News
Our office will be closed on Monday July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Our office will reopen on Tuesday morning July 5th at 8:30 a.m. If you need assistance in our absence, please click Here for emergency contact information. "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan Happy Independence Day!

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CSMS# 16-000499 - Updated Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement

06/17/2016 06:00 AM EDT   Attention Importers!!!   For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to LD claims against importers’ bonds will also end. There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance; ports may hold cargo instead of (or in addition to) initiating LD claims.     If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may send them to security_filing_general@cbp.dhs.gov.

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Memorial Day Holiday ~ Office Closure

Posted May 27, 2016
Category Company News
Memorial Day Holiday Our office will be closed on Monday May 30th in observance of the Memorial day holiday. Our office will reopen Tuesday morning May 31st at 8:30 a.m. If you require urgent assistance during our absence please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking here.   Happy Memorial Day to our fallen soldiers. May their bravery, selflessness, and heroism be fondly remembered and honored forever. The J.W. Allen Family   True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at…

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IMO's SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Requirement

Posted May 9, 2016
Category Company News
Less Than 60 Days to the July 1st 'No VGM, No Load' Implementation With less than 60 days to go to VGM implementation the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have made its position on a few things clear. 1. Existing U.S. laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in SOLAS regulation V1/2. 2. The IMO's SOLAS VGM regulation should be handled as a 'business practice' instead of regulatory enforcement. 3. The carrier is allowed to permit any VGM determination method they choose so long as the VGM is provided using certified scales. 4. The USCG…

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May 2016 ~ Family News

Posted May 2, 2016
Category Company News
May Anniversary’s May 13 - Monica 'Taty' Hamburger (8 Years) May 24 - Karen Johns (40 Years) May 25 - Erin Clancey (6 Years) May Holiday’s Thursday May 5 - Cinco De Mayo Sunday May 8 - Happy Mother's Day A Mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things, and crushes down remorselessly all that stand in its path."  Agatha Christie To Mother's everywhere, "While your family may be the world to you, to your family you're their world."   With sincere appreciation and admiration of your unconditional courage, love, and…

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The Countdown to SOLAS Implementation is Underway

While some things regarding the IMO's Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement have become clearer many things remain vague with less than 100 days to go to the July 01, 2016 implementation date. Let's take a moment to review what we do know. 1. What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)? VGM means the weight of each packed container must be confirmed. This VGM must consider the masses of all packages, packing materials, the container tare weight and all additional loading materials. Please refer to Chapter 2.1 of the SOLAS guideline. The VGM is independent of the weight declared in the booking…

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J.W. Allen & Company Office Closure ~ Friday March 11th

Posted March 11, 2016
Category Company News
8:15 a.m. Update As a result of severe weather conditions presently impacting Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi our office is presently closed. Office conditions hinder us from undertaking normal business due to intermittent power outages and partial power service adversely impacting our office area making our office building and phone system inoperable. The local electric company advises our office conditions may not resume to normal conditions until late this afternoon. Our computer network infrastructure is housed in a secure off-site data center and remains in full operation with employees working remotely to provide service as needed. The preferred method of…

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Ace Migration ~ NCBFAA Letter to Importers & Exporters

Posted January 10, 2016
Category Company News
Like the NCBFAA, J.W. Allen & Company is fully committed to the success of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) migration and fully supports the development and implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), or Single Window initiative. To that end the NCBFAA is working with a broad range of private and public sector groups and individuals to ensure that the transition to this new way of doing business is as seamless and efficient as possible. To help you, our importer and exporter clients, better understand the current status of the ACE/ITDS migration, we are sharing with you the NCBFAA’s…

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J.W. Allen Holiday Office Schedule / Closures

Posted December 23, 2015
Category Company News
J.W. Allen Holiday Office Schedule / Closures Please be advised of the following J.W. Allen & Company office closures in recognition of the Christmas Holiday Season.   Thursday Dec 24th & Friday Dec 25th – Office Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Holiday Thursday Dec. 31st – Office Closure @ 1:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Friday 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 ~ December 2015

Posted December 4, 2015
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 37 years of good times!!!) December Special Occasions December 20 - J.W. Allen & Co. Family Christmas Brunch December Holidays Friday December 25 - Christmas Day (Office Closed) Friday January 1 - New Year's Day (Office Closed) Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and a Safe, Prosperous New Year! ~ The J.W. Allen & Co. Family  

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J.W. Allen & Company ~ Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Posted November 25, 2015
Category Company News
Thursday November 26th – Thanksgiving Day (Closed) Friday November 27th – Black Friday (Closed)  Happy Shopping!   *Emergency contact information is located under the “Contact Us” heading on our website or can be accessed by clicking Here.   ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* In this time of gratitude and giving thanks, we would like to take the opportunity to say “Thank You for your trust and support.”  We treasure your patronage and the confidence you have placed in us. With great appreciation, we would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving and Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season The…

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Important: Computer Network Outage

Posted November 12, 2015
Category Company News
J.W. Allen & Co., Inc. is improving their IT network infrastructure to better serve our customers shipping needs.  The scope of the upgrades will necessitate the shutdown of our operations this coming weekend to migrate data and functions to the new network platform.  Beginning at 6:00 p.m. USCST Friday November 13 until noon Monday November 16, 2015 J.W. Allen & Co., Inc. will not have immediate access to emails or import/export processes.  Emails sent during this period will be retained and received into the new system once the project is completed Monday.   An additional communication will be forwarded on Monday morning confirming our return to…

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Family News ~ November 2015

Posted November 3, 2015
Category Company News
November Birthday's Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the following employee(s): November 13 - Heather Cortez November 25 - Beth Raymond November Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: November 20 - Bill Yennie (9 Years!!!) November Holidays Sunday November 1 - All Saints Day Sunday November 1 - Daylight Savings Time ends (Fall Back!!!) Wednesday November 11 - Veteran's Day Thursday November 26 - Thanksgiving Day (Office Closed) Friday November 27 - Black Friday ~ Let's go shopping!!! (Office Closed) November is a very special month.  It's one in which we give thanks for the people…

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Family News ~ October 2015

Posted October 19, 2015
Category Company News
October Birthday's Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the following employee(s): October 12 - Jerry Becnel October Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: October 26 - Sandra Frazier (6 Years!!!) October Holidays Saturday October 31 - Happy Halloween!!!  

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CBP Delays Mandatory ACE Migration Till February 2016

Posted September 1, 2015
Category Company News
Official CBP Announcement of New ACE Migration Schedule   Working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Interagency Executive Council, and the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been actively tracking and assessing stakeholder readiness for the mandatory filing of all electronic entry and entry summaries in ACE. While significant capabilities have been deployed to date, concerns about stakeholder readiness have necessitated a reassessment of our current timelines. We appreciate the input from the trade community and have adjusted the mandatory transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing as follows:  …

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Family News ~ September 2015

Posted September 1, 2015
Category Company News
September Birthday's Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to the following employee(s): September 12 - Erin Clancey September Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: September 5 - Billy App (53 Years of Good Times!!!) September Holidays Monday September 7 - Labor Day (J.W. Allen & Co. Office Closed) Sunday September 13 - Grandparent's Day Wednesday September 23 - Autumn Begins  

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Family News ~ August 2015

Posted August 4, 2015
Category Company News
August Birthday's Please join us in wishing J.W. Allen & Company a Happy Birthday. August 8 - J.W. Allen & Company, Inc. - Proudly Celebrating 83 Years of Good Times!!! It is with great pride and appreciation that we give special thanks to the J.W. Allen & Co. employees and their families whose sacrifices and contributions through the years have enabled us to reach this incredible milestone.  To our valued clients, vendors and friends ~ Our Most Sincere Thanks for Your Continued Confidence, Trust & Support!  We wouldn't be here without you! August Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy…

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