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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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ECCN: What is it? Why and when is one needed? Why is it important?

Posted September 10, 2014
Category Company News
ECCN. In a world of acronyms this is one whose purpose is often misunderstood by the less experienced exporter and even by more experienced exporters hearing the term for the first time. However, it is also a process and procedure if not followed and applied correctly can lead to significant challenges and costs, as well as potentially severe government penalties for the exporter. We often get calls asking, “Do you know what an ECCN is and do I need one?”, or, “I’ve got a truckload of 10, 000 balls of string to send to Thailand and I’m told I can’t…

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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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Family News ~ September 2014

Posted September 2, 2014
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Company employee Happy Birthday: September 12 – Erin Clancey Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing our fearless leader Happy Anniversary: September 5 – Billy App ~ Proudly Celebrating 51 Years! Congratulations Billy!!! The J.W. Allen Family Holidays: September 1 – Labor Day

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Shippers to Face Higher Intermodal Rail Rates this Fall

Posted September 2, 2014
Category Company News
No secret trucking capacity has been very tight this year. The industry has seen an increase in demand with intermodal tonnages increasing year over year 1.3% in June and 3.6% in July, and with other trucking opportunities more lucrative than handling intermodal traffic being available have all combined to create this capacity issue. Given these conditions industry pricing has already rose at a 4% rate year over year. To exacerbate the situation is the outright loss of trucking capacity. During 1Q2014, 390 trucking companies with approximately 10,600 tractors closed the doors, which followed 335 companies with about 7,750 tractors shutting…

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August 2014 Newsflash!

Posted August 29, 2014
Category Company News
Progress Cited in ILWU / PMA Negotiations Almost two months past the contractual deadline progress is cited in ILWU and PMA negotiations offering hope that a new master contract is close to completion. Following is an official press release as issued by the PMA. PMA and ILWU Update on Contract Talks: Tentative Agreement Reached on Health Benefits Negotiations Continue on Other Issues (August 26, 2014, SAN FRANCISCO, CA ) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement…

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Family News ~ July 2014

Posted July 11, 2014
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Company employee Happy Birthday: July 23 – Terry Grisamore Anniversaries: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Company employees Happy Anniversary: July 11 – Terry Grisamore ~ 15 Years July 16 – Kristi App ~ 13 Years July 25 – Gretchen Groom ~ 3 Years Holidays: July 4 – Independence Day

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Posted July 8, 2014
Category Company News
(July 7, 2014) SAN FRANCISCO The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement: The parties have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest. During this break, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, through 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, the parties have agreed to extend the previous six-year contract, which expired last week. The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at…

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Family News – June 2014

Posted June 11, 2014
Category Company News
Birthdays: Please join us in wishing the following J.W. Allen & Company employees Happy Birthday: June 4 – Bill Yennie Holidays: June 15 – Father’s Day June 21 – First Day of Summer I’ve had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started. Bartrand Hubbard Happy Father’s Day!!!

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Special Thanks for a Job Well Done!

Posted May 30, 2014
Category Company News
During her 23+ year career with J.W. Allen & Company, Michele Ellis consistently displayed qualities and characteristics that simply can not be taught. Honesty, integrity, character and an unwavering desire to get the job done highlight Michele's tenure. Beginning her career with J.W. Allen & Company in September of 1991, Michele worked hand in hand with Lester Orth, J.W. Allen & Company's President at the time. Although Lester was rigid and methodical in his work processes, Michele quickly adapted and thrived under his tuteledge. In the years that followed, Michele developed an expertise in handling chemicals that served her well…

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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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