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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GSP:   Thirty days after the President signs the Act into law, GSP will be in effect again for articles entered or withdrawn for consumption.…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
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 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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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
Category Company News
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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West Coast Port Update

Posted January 14, 2015
Category Company News
PMA Warns: “Complete gridlock is on the horizon” The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) released the following statement, “backups at the five largest West Coast ports have reached levels that are no longer sustainable as a result of staged slowdowns by the ILWU.  Operations are approaching complete gridlock.”  The number of ships at anchor in Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA has grown to approximately 10 with backups expected to worsen in light of the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday in the Far East which begins on February 19th. Punctuating the pace of negotiations which have just reached the eight month mark…

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January 2015 ~ Family News

Posted January 8, 2015
Category Company News
Following is an overview of the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other events taking place within our company this month. January Birthday’s  Please join us in wishing the following family member(s) a Happy Birthday:  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 – 1 Year! January 5 - Cathy Alvarez - 20 Years!   January Holidays  January 1 - Happy New Year!

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PMA / ILWU Negotiation Update

Posted January 8, 2015
Category Company News
On the heels of a recent exchange of contract proposals between the PMA and the ILWU one thing is clear; rumors of negotiations being close to a final contract are untrue. The posturing escalated on Friday with the PMA's decision to reduce the number of gangs (work crews) typically unloading vessels in Long Beach and Los Angeles from three to one to allow port terminals to reduce the number of containers clogging their facilities. In response to the PMA's actions ILWU spokesman for the Local 13 Adana Ortega said "the time needed to work a ship in the two ports…

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Export Port Congestion Surcharge

Posted November 17, 2014
Category Company News
As West Coast port congestion and ongoing labor challenges continue to stress port terminal and ocean carrier operations, no one is immune from the effects. Citing difficulties in maintaining normal port and vessel operations under present shipping conditions, ocean carriers are stating that maintaining normal business operations is not possible as extraordinary costs are being incurred at every step of cargo movement. The unfortunate result of the congestion is that carriers are enforcing Port Congestion Surcharges previously filed in their respective tariffs in 2012 in anticipation of possible labor action / port disruption. Ocean carriers are announcing the surcharge will…

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Port Congestion / Surcharge Update

Posted November 16, 2014
Category Company News
Board OKs Extra Storage to Relieve Congestion Port Moves to Provide Equipment to Move Cargo Faster Nov. 14, 2014 – Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the storage of empty containers, which will help to free up needed equipment to move cargo out of shipping terminals faster. The “Temporary Empty Container Depot” will be operated on 30 acres of a vacant, undeveloped area on Pier S on Terminal Island. The temporary depot will help put back into…

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November News / Port Congestion Update (Cont.)

Posted November 7, 2014
Category Company News
As the West Coast Ports Turn… Like sands through the hour glass, the west coast port congestion continues to linger and in many respects worsen. Importers and exporters nationwide fear the potential for crippling gridlock is upon us as the trade industry enters the peak holiday shipping season. Vessels waiting at anchor in Los Angeles and Long Beach paints a not too rosy picture for Southern California ports while work slow downs at Seattle / Tacoma ports has resulted in terminal operators opting to send labor home after only two hours on the clock. An unusually low crane productivity level…

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Port Congestion Update

Posted October 22, 2014
Category Company News
Frustration with west coast port congestion and resulting delays continues to grow as importers and exporters watch helplessly and express concern as the status quo lingers. With cargo taking over 2 weeks to get off west coast docks, the trade community finds itself in the midst of the worst gridlock to hit west coast ports in over a decade. Labor negotiations between the ILWU and PMA while still unresolved are not the greatest contributing factor to the congestion. The logjam is attributed to a mix of factors including a lack of chassis, a lack of truck drivers who are pursuing…

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NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference

Posted October 17, 2014
Category Company News
J.W. Allen & Company Visits Capitol Hill Pictured (L to R): John Hyatt, Senator David Vitter, Jerry Becnel, J.W. Allen President and Kristi App, J.W. Allen Vice President Each September members of the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) convene in Washington, D.C. for the association’s annual Government Affairs Conference (GAC). The GAC enables attendees to directly engage U.S. agency representatives in the discussion of trade related issues and gain firsthand insights into legislation impacting the trade community. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of critical issues gained during conference sessions, members hit Capitol Hill in force…

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October 2014 Newsletter

Posted October 17, 2014
Category Company News
Attention Importers ~ Special Updates!!! FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal Requirement The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with FDA. Under FSMA, all food facilities that are required to register with FDA under Section 415 of the FD&C Act must renew their registrations with FDA, every other year, during the period of time beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. Beginning on January 1, 2015, if a foreign…

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It's Hurricane Season: Are We Ready?

Posted September 8, 2014
Category Company News
It’s September and we’re at the peak of hurricane season on the Gulf Coast and the question we’re asked most often is what has J.W. Allen done to maintain operations in the event of a storm. Simply stated since Hurricane Katrina [1] J.W. Allen has invested significant resources in an effort to ensure to the best of our ability operations continue with as short a delay as is possible. The major step taken was to position our network servers out of the immediate area of our offices into a hardened data center capable of withstanding a category 5 hurricane. This…

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