C-TPAT, which was launched by U.S. Customs (CBP) in 2001, is a voluntary, incentive based security program. C-TPAT criteria for Importers is risk based, flexible and designed to help CBP achieve its twin goals of security and facilitation. It is important the Importers who are not C-TPAT already, to at least once a year review… Read more : C-TPAT (Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) Notice
CETA has been approved by the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee. The agreement will now be put to a vote by the European Union Parliament in February. If approved, the agreement could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.
The Taiwanese government has offered a $1.9 billion assistance program to ocean container line Yang Ming. During a shareholder meeting in December a stock consolidation plan was approved and the Taiwanese government confirmed it will be increasing its stake in the company. Yang Ming does not have any intention of merging at this time. Yang… Read more : Yang Ming Financial Status
On January 20, border port officials, bankers and trade proponents met in Dallas to discuss ways to best approach the Trump administration on the issues of trade and security. A sense of urgency was felt at the meeting due to President Trump’s executive orders last week on construction of a wall at the Mexican border,… Read more : Port Alert: January 30, 2017
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are taking measures to make sure there is not a labor shortage at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These ports were short staffed in the early 1990s and in 2014 which caused extreme port congestion and delivery delays. Issues… Read more : Port Alert: January 25, 2017
As of January 15, 2017 drayage trucks are required to make a reservation at Global Container Terminal in Bayonne for all transactions from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Drivers are required to make an appointment by 3 p.m. the previous day and any drivers without an appointment during this two hour window will be turned… Read more : Port Alert: January 18, 2017