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Attend “State of the Port” for Long Beach on Jan 29

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy

Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy


On January 29, 2015, from 8 – 10 AM, the public is invited to a free event at the Long Beach Convention Center, “The State of the Port 2015,” delivered by Jon Slangerup, the new Chief Executive of the Port of Long Beach.

Slangerup will provide “updates on major infrastructure projects, cargo trends, jobs, security and other key Harbor Department initiatives.”

Register here.



LA/LB Seaport’s new rules for FDA refused merchandise

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

fdalogoUS Customs’ Los Angeles Field Office has released a Public Bulletin announcing revised port procedures for disposition of merchandise refused by FDA, which will be overseen by the newly created Federal Destruction and Redelivery Team (Team FDR).  Key points are as follows:

  • All merchandise refused by the FDA must be exported or destroyed under CBP and FDA supervision within 90 days of the refusal date.
  • Instead of receiving a separate CBPF 4647 and the Notice of FDA Action (Refusal), the importer will now receive a new combined “Refusal Redelivery Notice” (RRN).
  • The RRN is the Notice of Refusal stamped by CBP to indicated redelivery.  A cover sheet with port specific instructions for exportation or destruction of FDA refused merchandise will be included.

The Public Bulletin also details the specific procedures for merchandise for exportation as well as merchandise for destruction (for both seaport shipments and air shipments).

The Public Bulletin can be found here:  LA15-005 (Updated) Los Angeles Field Office Procedures for CBP-FDA Refused Merchandise



Port Congestion 101 – watch JOC video

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

See Bill Mongeluzzo, West Coast Editor for the Journal of Commerce, describe the perfect storm of events that have caused the ongoing gridlock in the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport, which has reverberated around ports nationwide.  Bill spoke at JOC’s Inland Distribution Conference.



CBP: Stricter ISF enforcement policy at LA/LB seaport

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

cargoshipsEffective October 1, 2014, US Customs officials at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport have further tightened ISF enforcement.  In particular, seaport personnel

“…will be increasing their enforcement posture for ISF no-file shipments.  CBP will continue to place manifest holds on all cargo (full container loads and consolidated loads) that do not have an ISF on file, 72 hours before vessel arrival at the LA/LB seaport.  CBP will manually monitor the existing holds to ensure that the ISF information has been filed.” (emphasis added)

This new policy narrows by one full day the window of compliance, which since July 2013 had been 48 hours before vessel arrival at the seaport.  (ISF rules require that all ISF information on a shipment bound for the US be submitted to CBP 24 prior to lading on the vessel on at the foreign port).

The official policy change is documented in CSMS #14-000520.


Market pool for truck chassis in the works for Port of NY/NJ

Friday, September 26th, 2014
© Port Authority of NY & NJ

© Port Authority of NY & NJ


In follow up to last week’s post on addressing truck congestion at US ports, commentary in the print edition of American Shipper (September 2014) reveals that there is progress on this front on the East Coast.

In his piece entitled “Answer to New York/New Jersey’s chassis blues?”, Chris Dupin reports that a working group of the Port Authority of NY/NJ’s Port Productivity Task Force is attempting to implement the task force’s recommendations that the industry create a ‘market pool’ for chassis:

“The market pool would be a port-wide pool with interoperability, meaning chassis could be used to move boxes that come from any of the terminals of liner carriers in the port.  The pool would not set prices, nor collaborate about anything that has to do with commercial relationships with customers.  Members of the pool would still compete with each other, but the task force thought a market pool could help solve some of the problems the port experienced with a lack of equipment and imbalance last year.”

Issues such as who will run the market pool are still in discussion.



Forum: reducing truck congestion at US ports

Friday, September 19th, 2014


Truck congestion — and the resulting frustration, delays and expense — unfortunately is on the rise at major US ports.  This week, as reported in California Apparel News, the Federal Maritime Commission hosted a forum with importers, truckers, brokers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and government officials at the Port of Los Angeles to discuss the root causes of this congestion and offer suggestions for improvement.

Identified causes:

  • Increased capacity of cargo ships — up to nearly triple — and resultant unlading time
  • Growth of global trade and container volume
  • Shortage of chassis at ports

Potential solutions:

  • Impose penalty fees on terminals that violate 90-minute turn times for cargo pick-up
  • Using an online appointment system for truckers to schedule pick-ups
  • Establishing a gray chassis fleet at ports for general use
  • Creating a “free-flow” system when unlading, facilitating access by truckers to specific, requested containers

The full article can be found here.




O Canada, what have you done to our back-up plan?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014


US importers fearing a West Coast port strike have seen their contingency plans start to unravel.

According to the Journal of Commerce, although contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue, some importers have attempted to divert cargo to Canadian ports to avoid delays during peak season in case of labor disruptions.  Unfortunately, the Port of Vancouver has become overwhelmed by the increased volume, and in response, large carriers such as Hapag-Lloyd have announced that the cargo will now be discharged in US West Coast ports after all.

The full JOC article can be found here (site registration required).


LA/LB Trade Forum on Broker Compliance Processes

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

On August 27, US Customs’ Field Office at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport will host a free trade forum on Entry and Broker Compliance procedures at the seaport covering:

Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy

Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy

  • Broker Licensing
  • Role of the Broker (responsible supervision)
  • Broker Visits
  • Best Practices for Cancellation Requests, TIBs, Resolution Requests

Details are in the attached bulletin.

LA14-017 Trade Forum on Entry and Broker Compliance Processes for the LALB Seaport

Shipping to NY/NJ Seaport? This webinar is for you

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
© Port Authority of NY & NJ

© Port Authority of NY & NJ

To address the myriad of problems plaguing the New York-New Jersey Seaport Complex, the Port Authority of NY and NJ commissioned a task force of nearly 50 shippers, carriers, terminal operators, trucking companies, logistics services providers, and associations to drive recommendations that would make the port run more efficiently.  The task force has recently issued a lengthy report with nearly two dozen suggestions.

American Shipper will moderate a discussion — via webinar — with key panelists to discuss the report’s findings.  The webinar, which will be broadcast live on July 22, is free and open to the public.  Register here.

West Coast cargo will “keep moving”

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Although their  labor contract expired yesterday, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union has agreed to continue negotiating with the Pacific Maritime Association, averting a West Coast port strike for the time being.  See the parties’ joint press release for more information.

Nevertheless, in case there is a trade disruption, CBP is prepared with a contingency plan covering the following scenarios:

  • Vessel Diverted to Foreign Port and Discharged
  • Vessel Diverted to Foreign Port and Not Discharged
  • Vessel Diverted to Another West Coast Port and Discharged
  • Vessel Diverted to Another West Coast Port and Not Discharged
  • Vessel Diverted from Intended West Coast Port to Gulf or East Coast for Discharge
  • Vessel Rests at Anchor and Not Diverted

See CSMS 14-000393 for details.