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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

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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.

 

 

Troubles arise in Panama Canal expansion

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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As US ports continue to invest millions in major renovations to accommodate new so-called “Post-Panamax ships,” the project that has spawned the advent of these four-football-fields-long vessels — the Panama Canal expansion — has hit troubled waters.  Major cost overruns, work stoppages, financial disputes and international arbitration have cast a “cloud of uncertainty” over the project.

Listen to a recent story on National Public Radio that provides an overview of the situation which, regardless of the outcome, will have major impacts on global trade.

New in-bond guidelines from CBP’s LA field office

Friday, May 30th, 2014
LAX © 2007 monkeytime

LAX © 2007 monkeytime

 

Today, the Los Angeles Field Office of US Customs issued updated guidelines for in-bond shipments “to ensure uniform enforcement of in-bond regulations by [CBP] and to improve control over the movement of in-bond merchandise.”  See the bulletin here:  CBP LA In-Bond Guidance

Importers, if you are looking for an alternative to filing paper 7512 forms, consider self-filing your in-bond entries electronically with CustomsNow.   Do away with your manual process and gain efficiencies, saving valuable time.  Contact us today for a demo!

ACE Cargo Release pilot to include truck shipments

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

tractor-trailer-convoyUS Customs has announced the expansion of the ongoing ACE Cargo Release pilot program (Simplified Entry test) to include cargo transported by truck.

Applicants who wish to participate are limited to self-filing importers who use an ACE-certified, CBP-approved ABI system to file entries (or intend to do so), or importers using a customs broker who has capabilities to file entry summaries in ACE.  Applicants must have a filer code, and must intend to submit data only for entries filed at ports approved for the pilot.

The expansion of the pilot to the truck mode of transportation will provide for automated corrections and cancellations as well as entry for a full manifest bill quantity.  However, this phase of the test will not include split shipments, partial shipment, in-bond shipments and entries requiring PGA information.  In addition, the test is limited to filing type 01 and 11 entries only.

For more details, see the official Federal Register announcement.

“Horrible” conditions at NY/NJ seaport

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

trafficContainer terminals at the New York – New Jersey seaport complex are suffering the wrath of drayage company owners who claim conditions are “horrible” and “broken” and adversely affecting their businesses.  One of the major underlying causes appears to be the terminals’ limited truck gate hours, causing mile-long truck backups at the gates.  Additional factors include slow turn times due to ILA labor shortages and severe winter weather.

Although a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey task force promises to issue a report in June recommending improvements, it may be too late for the transport companies, whose customers are threatening to divert shipment to other East Coast ports.  See the full story in the Journal of Commerce (site registration required).