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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
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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
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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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Family News ~ July 2015

Posted June 30, 2015
Category Company News
Following is an overview of the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other events taking place within our company this month. July Birthday’s Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: July 23 - Terry Grisamore   July Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: July 11 - Terry Grisamore (16 Years) July 16 - Kristi App (14 Years) July 25 - Gretchen Groom (4 Years) July Holiday's July 4 - Independence Day Office Closure Friday July 3 (Independence Day Holiday) "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be…

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Newsflash ~ June 2015

GSP Renewed Retroactively, Refund Claims Authorized On Thursday June 25th, Congress passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 which not only extends AGOA and trade preferences for Haiti but also reauthorizes the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program through December 31, 2017 and retroactively to July 31, 2013. The TPA Extension Act of 2015 is now on its way to the President for his signature. Following is an overview of the high points regarding GSP:   Thirty days after the President signs the Act into law, GSP will be in effect again for articles entered or withdrawn for consumption.…

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Family News ~ June 2015

Posted June 2, 2015
Category Company News
Following is an overview of the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other events taking place within our company this month. June Birthday’s Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: June 4 - Bill Yennie     June Holidays June 14 - Flag Day "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."  ~The Pledge Of Allegiance June 21 - Happy Father's Day! (First Day of Summer) The circle of life as it applies to Fatherhood,…

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May 2015 ~ Family News

Posted May 4, 2015
Category Company News
May Anniversary’s May 13 - Monica 'Taty' Hamburger (7 Years) May 24 - Karen Johns (39 Years) May 25 - Erin Clancey (5 Years) May Holiday’s Tuesday May 5 - Cinco De Mayo Sunday May 10 - Happy Mother's Day Monday May 25 - Memorial Day (Office Closed)  

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J.W. Allen & Co. Family News ~ April 2015

Posted April 1, 2015
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Family News ~ March 2015

Posted February 26, 2015
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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 4 – Heather Cortez – 4 Years! March 25 – Debbie Janusa – 13 Years! March Holidays & Special Dates March 8 – 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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Australia Dept of Agriculture Institutes Emergency Measures to Combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Posted February 26, 2015
Category Company News
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an exotic pest of biosecurity concern to Australia’s agriculture industry. Given an increase in occurrences of the pest arriving Australia in break-bulk shipments from the United States the Australian Department of Agriculture has issued new requirements to address these concerns.   Effective immediately all containerized and break-bulk cargo; including machinery, vehicles, boats, vessels, automotive parts, and tires, originating from any USA port must meet the following treatment requirements.   Mandatory treatments must be applied to:   All break-bulk cargo to include machinery, vehicles, vessels, boats, automotive parts, and tires within 72 hours prior…

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PMA, ILWU Announce West Coast Waterfront Contract

Posted February 21, 2015
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FMCS, Cabinet Secretaries Played Key Roles SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 20, 2015) – The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports. The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh. The parties will not be releasing details of the agreement at this time. The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties. “After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an…

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Holiday Office Closure

Posted February 16, 2015
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Mardi Gras Holiday Office Schedule Please be advised that our office will close on Monday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m. USCDT and will remain closed through Tuesday, February 17th in observance of the local Mardi Gras holiday.  Our office will reopen Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. USCDT. Should you require assistance in our absence, emergency contact information is located under the "Contact Us" heading on our website or can be accessed by clicking Here. Happy Mardi Gras!

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ILWU Slowdowns Lead to Temporary Suspension of Vessel Operations on Four Weekend, Holiday Dates

Posted February 11, 2015
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Yard, Gate and Rail Operations Will Continue on "Premium Pay" Work Dates SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 11, 2015) – In light of ongoing and costly ILWU slowdowns, PMA members will temporarily suspend premium-pay weekend and holiday vessel operations on four upcoming dates, while yard, gate and rail operations will continue at terminal operators’ discretion. In Southern California, terminal operators will expand daytime vessel operations on non-holiday weekdays. Weekend and holiday pay rates command a premium of at least 50% of the basic longshore wage rate. As a result, working hours on those days would be paid at between $54 and $75…

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J.W. Allen & Co. Newsletter ~ February 2015

Posted February 10, 2015
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West Coast Ports ~ Negotiation Update On the heels of what the PMA termed as a 'best offer' to which the ILWU responded saying the sides are 'extremely close' and urging a continuation in negotiations, the PMA suspended vessel loading and unloading operations this past weekend. "In light of ongoing union slowdowns up and down the coast which have brought the ports almost to a standstill, PMA member companies finally have concluded that they will no longer continue to pay workers premium pay for diminished productivity. After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for…

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PMA Makes "All-in" Offer to ILWU as Contract Talks Lag

Posted February 5, 2015
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ILWU’s Choice: Continued Slowdowns or Gold-Standard Wages & Benefits SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 4, 2015) – Seeking to break the deadlock in stalled West Coast longshore negotiations, the Pacific Maritime Association has made an "all-in" contract offer that would significantly increase compensation to members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Full-time ILWU workers already earn an average of $147,000 per year, and would see their wages rise roughly 3 percent per year, along with fully paid health care that costs employers $35,000 per worker per year. The maximum ILWU pension would rise to $88,800 per year as part of…

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Container Weight Verification Requirement

Posted February 3, 2015
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Effective July 1, 2016 For many years overweight containers have been the subject of trade, industry, insurance, and government concern, and at times to the general public as well after negative occurrences have taken place involving such containers on our streets and highways. In severe cases ocean carriers report overweight or incorrectly declared container weights involve as much as 10% of the total cargo aboard a vessel.  Some carriers report it’s not uncommon for actual cargo weight to be 3-7% greater than declared by the shipper. The term “overweight” carries with it different connotations depending on context which are not…

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Family News ~ February 2015

Posted February 3, 2015
Category Company News
Following is an overview of the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other events taking place within our company this month. February Birthday’s Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday: February 9 - Kristi App February 9 - Gretchen Groom   February Anniversaries Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Anniversary: February 3 - Leticia 'Leti' Rodriguez – 1 Year!   February Holidays February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day! February 16 - President's Day (Office closes at 3:00 p.m.) February 17 - Mardi Gras Holiday!  (Office Closed) February 18 - Ash Wednesday  

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The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

Posted January 26, 2015
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January 2015  - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight. The SOLAS amendments provide that…

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