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EU Tariff Update, Product List Published in Federal Register 
October 9, 2019 
 

The complete text of the WTO ruling and list of products subject to additional tariffs has now been published on the Federal Register.  A few key things to note:

1.    Tariffs are effective 12:01AM EDT on October 18, 2019 for products entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. 

2.    Product list published on the Federal Register here listing all HTS codes by product origin. 

3.    Tax Rate – the rate is 25% of the invoice value of the item, it is an addition to the usual duty, excise tax and other fees due to customs.  It will be processed as a separate line item according to the chapter 99 number provided in the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule.  View publication on the Federal Register here.

We will continue to monitor developments on this topic, in the meantime our shipping partner Hillebrand is available to assist you with transport solutions accordingly. 


California Power Shutoffs 
October 8, 2019 
 

In the interest of public safety during current high risk wildfire conditions, PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) has identified 30 out of California’s 58 counties where they may shut off power.  The power shut offs would start as early as Wednesday morning 10/8/2019 and could last longer than 48 hours, depending on conditions and the time it takes to inspect / test transmission lines before restoring power.  

Power shutoffs could affect order pickups and deliveries at supplier premises, storage facilities and warehouses in the impacted areas.  If facilities are closed, pending orders would need to be rescheduled until normal operations can resume.   

Currently the port of Oakland is not identified in a power shut-off area, but if the power is shut down to the port, they have indicated that neither PG&E or the port will provide backup power.

A list of counties and an outage map can be found on the PG&E website here https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page

Currently the Hillebrand office and Benicia warehouse is not in a scheduled power shut-off area, but some of their Northern California warehouse facilities may be impacted.  



US Trade Office Releases Formal Statement on EU Tariffs 
October 3, 2019 
 

The US Trade Representative has issued a formal press release on the upcoming EU tariffs.  It does mention that it is subject to approval on October 14th, but this appears to just be a procedural measure.  It does confirm the start date for applying tariffs as October 18th, 2019.


The full product list is linked, but we wanted to highlight the following products subject to 25% tariffs that would impact NASA members

·         2204.21.50 Wines other than Tokay (not carbonated), not over 14% alcohol, in containers not over 2 liters from France, Germany, Spain or the United Kingdom

·         2208.30.30 Single-malt (or straight) Irish and Scotch Whiskies from the United Kingdom

·         2208.70.00 Liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2019/october/us-wins-75-billion-award-airbus

U.S. Wins $7.5 Billion Award in Airbus Subsidies Case

10/02/2019

Largest Ever WTO Award Paves the Way for U.S. Countermeasures

Washington, D.C. –  The United States has won the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization (WTO)  history in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus.  This follows four previous panel and appellate reports from 2011-2018 finding that EU subsidies to Airbus break WTO rules. Today’s decision demonstrates that massive EU corporate welfare has cost American aerospace companies hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue over the nearly 15 years of litigation.

“For years, Europe has been providing massive subsidies to Airbus that have seriously injured the U.S. aerospace industry and our workers. Finally, after 15 years of litigation, the WTO has confirmed that the United States is entitled to impose countermeasures in response to the EU’s illegal subsidies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said.  “Accordingly, the United States will begin applying WTO-approved tariffs on certain EU goods beginning October 18. We expect to enter into negotiations with the European Union aimed at resolving this issue in a way that will benefit American workers.”  

The award of $7.5 billion annually is by far the largest award in WTO history—nearly twice the largest previous award.  The Arbitrator calculated this amount based on WTO findings that EU launch aid for Airbus is causing significant lost sales of Boeing large civil aircraft, as well as impeding exports of Boeing large aircraft to the EU, Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, and UAE markets.  Under WTO rules, the Arbitrator’s decision is final and not subject to appeal. 

The United States today has requested that the WTO schedule a meeting on October 14 to approve a U.S. request for authorization to take countermeasures against the EU.  Pursuant to WTO rules, the WTO will provide this authorization automatically at that meeting. The EU is not allowed to retaliate against WTO-authorized countermeasures.

The tariffs will be applied to a range of imports from EU Member States, with the bulk of the tariffs being applied to imports from France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom – the four countries responsible for the illegal subsidies.  Although USTR has the authority to apply a 100 percent tariff on affected products, at this time the tariff increases will be limited to 10 percent on large civil aircraft and 25 percent on agricultural and other products.  The U.S. has the authority to increase the tariffs at any time, or change the products affected.

USTR will continually re-evaluate these tariffs based on our discussions with the EU. 

Click here to view the list of products that will be subject to additional duties.

Additional Background Information

In May 2011, the Appellate Body confirmed that the EU and four of its member States (Germany, France, the UK, and Spain) conferred more than $18 billion in subsidized financing to Airbus and had caused Boeing to lose sales of more than 300 aircraft and significant market share throughout the world.  In fact, in looking at the effect of the EU subsidies, the original WTO panel that first heard the case and the Appellate Body agreed that “[w]ithout the subsidies, Airbus would not have existed … and there would be no Airbus aircraft on the market.  None of the sales that the subsidized Airbus made would have occurred.”  None of these findings were altered in the May 2018 compliance appellate report, which confirmed that the EU provided additional billions of euros in subsidized financing to Airbus.

In contrast, the WTO rejected the EU assertion in the EU’s counter-complaint that U.S. subsidies were responsible for the viability of large civil aircraft production in the United States. The WTO found that only a single Washington State tax measure that provided Boeing with additional pricing flexibility was inconsistent with WTO rules.      

 

We will be reviewing shipment scheduled to arrive after the 18th and will be in contact with those customers directly.  You can also reach out to your usual representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.

We will closely be monitoring this developing situation as we along with other industry associations will be pushing to mitigate tariffs or remove products.  As mentioned in the USTR release, tariffs and products could be changed at any time.



WTO Decision - US Can Impose $7.5 Billion in Tariffs on EU Products  
October 2, 2019 
 

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced today that the US can impose $7.5Billion in Tariffs on EU products annually over the dispute on European subsidies to Airbus. A list of European products to be targeted is available from the Office of the US Trade Representative here.

However, the WTO is expected to rule in a few months on European retaliatory tariffs for US airline subsidies to Boeing.

Links to press articles on the topic:

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/02/766404561/wto-says-u-s-can-hit-eu-with-7-5-billion-in-tariffs-over-airbus-subsidies

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-can-levy-tariffs-on-eu-exports-over-airbus-wto-says-11570025040

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/02/wto-rules-in-favor-of-us-in-aircraft-subsidies-dispute.html


JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for November 2019
October 1, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments, the November BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 203 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  For USA imported case goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly BAF is $535 per TEU.



Chile - Update on San Antonio Terminal International (STI)  
September 25, 2019 
 

An agreement has been reached between STI and unions and strike action has been averted.  Operations are resuming normally. 


France - Fos sur Mer Port Strike, Tuesday September 24, 2019 
September 24, 2019 
 

Container movements in the south of France could be disrupted from a transport strike affecting the Fos sur Mer port on Tuesday September 24, 2019.  The strike has been announced for 11AM to 3PM local time.  Countrywide public sector strikes and protests are expected in the next few days (September 23 – 25).

We recommend customers plan accordingly with the possibility of delays as well as take extra precautions to protect temperature-sensitive with operating reefer equipment or at minimum VinLiner insulation in the event of transport disruptions.  ​



Spain - Flash Flooding Suspends Rail Services from Madrid
September 18, 2019 
 

Rail services from Madrid to Valencia have been suspended for a minimum period of four weeks due to severe flooding in the region this past week.  Containers loading in this area can still be transported to Valencia port via road transport.  Please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative for questions on pending shipments.  



US Reviewing Tariffs on European Products after WTO Decision
September 17, 2019 
 

After roughly 15 years, the World Trade Organization (WTO) handed down a decision over the dispute on airline subsidies (Airbus vs Boeing) that will permit the US to legally impose tariffs on European exports in retaliation to the Airbus subsidies.  

The US is also reviewing whether to add tariffs for French wines in response to France’s digital tax that would affect US companies (Amazon, Facebook, Google).

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has not yet published a press release on the topic, but more details and commentary on the topic can be found in this article from the American Journal of Transportation.​



Chile - San Antonio Terminal Internation (STI) Strike Notification 
September 12, 2019 
 

The unions in STI have voted in favor of a strike effective Monday, September 23rd, 2019. 

With next week’s national holidays, several services are being moved to Valparaiso.  Most are avoiding the other terminal in San Antonio (PCE) in order to minimize risks for the cargo. PCE is working normally for the moment and most likely will do so this week and next.

Currently slow productivity in STI will continue and so far only COSCO/EMC service is continuing its calls; Hamburg Sud/Maersk service to Europe have already announced the movement of the next two vessels to Valparaiso.

The strike situation will be monitored for further developments.



Italy - Genoa Voltri Railway Station - Motor/Rail Service Suspension
September 11, 2019 
 

Due to work to extend the Genoa Voltri railway station, the railway services entering and leaving the VTE Terminal will be suspended for three weeks starting 0600 on Sunday, October 13, 2019 to 0200 on Monday, November 4, 2019.

The weeks before and after the period of suspension will result in the cancellation/reduction of current train tracks.

Transports usually arranged on motor/rail services will be converted to all truck service or diverted to different ports (Livorno/Genoa) whenever possible.


Update JF Hillebrand Bunker for Oceania 
September 10, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly baf will be $535 per TEU as of October 5th, 2019.



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for October 2019
September 4, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments, the October BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 211 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  For USA imported case goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly BAF remains at $565 per TEU.



Freeport Bahamas Remains Closed / Hurricane Dorian Port Operations Update  
September 4, 2019 
 

Hurricane Dorian is moving parallel to the coast of Northeastern Florida and hurricane warnings has been extended northeastward along the North Carolina Coast.  Please visit the National Hurricane Center for key messages at website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Dorian

Freeport Bahamas – CLOSED.  Terminal berths and waterways are being surveyed for when the port can re-open.  Be advised shipments with scheduled transshipments in Freeport will be impacted.

Miami / South Florida Container Terminal – REOPENED 0700 AM September 4 for truck gates and vessel operations.

Miami / POMTOC, Port Everglades  – CLOSED, expected to reopen September 5

Jacksonville – CLOSED, reopening date pending

Savannah, Charleston – CLOSED, expected to reopen September 6

Florida East Coast Rail terminal – CLOSED

Norfolk Southern – closed all origin gates to Charleston and Savannah as of September 2 at 4PM.  Charleston Intermodal Facility closed operations September 2 at 6PM.

CSX – Closed all origin gates to Charleston and Savannah as of Sept 3rd 12:00

We will continue to monitor and provide updates on operations and closures.  You can track pending shipments on a map at myhillebrand.com.  For any questions on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or JF Hillebrand import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.




Update on US Port Closures for Hurricane Dorian  
September 3, 2019 
 

Hurricane Dorian continues to produce dangerous winds and storm surges in the Bahamas and these conditions are expected to along portions of the Florida east coast, coast of Georgia and South Carolina.  Please visit the National Hurricane Center for key messages at website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Dorian

Be advised that shipments with scheduled trans-shipment service in Freeport Bahamas will be delayed as the terminal took the brunt of the storm. US Ports terminals are closed from Miami to Charleston along with some rail ramps as well as local transport providers.   

US port conditions (see category descriptions below)

·         Miami, Port Everglades Jacksonville – CLOSED, port condition ZULU

·         Tampa, Savannah – XRAY

·         Charleston – WHISKEY

Hurricane Port conditions and categories are as follows: 

·         WHISKEY – gale force winds predicted to arrive within 72 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         XRAY - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 48 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         YANKEE - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 24 hours, port closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect.

·         ZULU - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 12 hours, port closed to all inbound and outbound traffic

 

We will continue to monitor and provide updates on operations and closures. 

Update: National Hurricane Center Issures Advisories for Hurricane Dorian 
August 30, 2019 
 

The National Hurricane Center had issued advisories and alerts as tropical storm Dorian has been upgraded to a hurricane and is moving north over the Atlantic.  It is expected to impact portions of the east coast of Florida late this weekend or early next week. Dorian is expect to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. The likelihood or prolonged periods of hazardous weather could last for several days past the storms arrival. Heavy rains, high storm surge, severe flooding, and hurricane force winds inland now have a very high confidence level.  Latest details and a map of the timing of expected landfall are available on the National Hurricane Center website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Dorian 

Shipments with scheduled service to/from, or with transshipment routing via Caribbean ports (Freeport Bahamas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) will be delayed due to terminal closures.  

All Florida terminals have been set as port condition WHISKEY (see the category descriptions below).  All terminals are open as of now but with the exception of Jacksonville and Tampa all Florida terminals are expected to be upgraded to port condition YANKEE by noon today and all terminals with the exception of Jacksonville and Tampa are expected to close by Noon in order to allow enough time to secure the port terminals and for possible evacuations. For exact and up to date information please check the appropriate terminal websites for updates.  

Hurricane Port conditions and categories are as follows: 

·         WHISKEY – gale force winds predicted to arrive within 72 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         XRAY - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 48 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         YANKEE - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 24 hours, port closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect.

·         ZULU - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 12 hours, port closed to all inbound and outbound traffic

We will continue to monitor and provide updates on operations and closures.  


National Hurricane Center Issures Advisories for Hurricane Dorian 
August 29, 2019 
 

The National Hurricane Center had issued advisories and alerts as tropical storm Dorian has been upgraded to a hurricane and is moving north over the Atlantic.  It is expected to impact portions of the east coast of Florida late this weekend or early next week.  Latest details available on the National Hurricane Center website: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Dorian


Shipments with scheduled service to/from, or with transshipment routing via Caribbean ports (Freeport Bahamas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) will be delayed from terminal closures. 

Port of Miami and Port Everglades have been set as port condition WHISKEY (see the category descriptions below).  The container terminals are still open to commercial traffic at present. 

Hurricane Port conditions and categories are as follows:

·         WHISKEY – gale force winds predicted to arrive within 72 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         XRAY - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 48 hours, port open to commercial traffic

·         YANKEE - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 24 hours, port closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect.

·         ZULU - gale force winds predicted to arrive within 12 hours, port closed to all inbound and outbound traffic

We will continue to monitor and provide updates on operations and closures. 


Portugal - Strike Announcement for Port of Sines August 12 - 24, 2019.  
August 2, 2019 
 

The XXI stevedores union and logistics workers have announced a strike for Sines port from August 12th to August 24th, 2019.  The strike will focus on all non-union work and operations carried out at the XXI container terminal.  As Sines is the main port of call for MSC vessels, customers should expect shipment delays if the parties do not reach an agreement over the next week.  We recommend that members plan accordingly with the possibility of delays as well as take extra precautions to protect temperature-sensitive cargo with operating reefer equipment or at minimum VinLiner insulation in the event of transport disruptions.  



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for September 2019
August 1, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments, the September BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 243 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  For USA imported case goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly BAF currently is at $565 per TEU.​​



US West Coast Pier Pass TMF Increases on August 1st, 2019.  
July 18, 2019 
 

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) announced its annual increase for the traffic mitigation fee (TMF), known as Pier Pass, that supports extended gate operations at Los Angeles and Long Beach.  The TMF will increase to USD 32.12 per TEU and USD 64.24 per FEU for non-exempt containers effective August 1st, 2019.   


According to SC Analytics, cited in the WCMTOA statement, net costs incurred by the 12 terminal operators to fund off-peak gate were USD 288 million in 2018, while TMF revenue provided USD 217.5 million.  Read more on wcmtoa.org



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for August 2019
June 28, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments, the August BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 255 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  For USA imported case goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly BAF currently is at $565 per TEU.​​​



Winter Disruptions in Cross-Andes Service from Argentina to Chile 
June 25, 2019 
 

Winter weather has closed down the international road connecting Mendoza to Chilean ports.  The pass closed yesterday June 24th and remains closed today June 25th.  Bear in mind when the pass is operational, transit is reduced to only 12 hours a day in both directions (from 8AM to 8PM).  Delays for truck crossing are to be expected.  


The road connecting Mendoza to Chile passes through the Cordillera de los Andes, over 3,000m above sea level, so winter conditions (snow and ice accumulation) frequently make the road impassable.  With daily traffic around 600-700 trailer trucks, even partial-day closures of three to four hours will mean not all trucks will be able to cross the same day.   


Recommendations

·         Plan ahead for inventory levels and adjust lead times during the winter season

·         Select operating reefer equipment to guarantee temperature-protection for cased wine shipments; at minimum protect against thermal shocks with VinLiner.

·         Depending on the US port of discharge, routing via Buenos Aires may be an alternative.   

·         Follow road closure announcements on twitter @CFLosLibertador     

For any questions on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.  Customers can also flag pending shipments for status updates on myhillebrand.com or on the mobile app. 



Heat Wave Alert for Europe 
June 21, 2019 

Europe has been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures and a new heat wave next week is expected to impact a large portion of western and central Europe.  Cities in Spain, Paris and Germany are forecasted to have temperatures near or above 32 C / 90 F. 


We encourage clients to protect temperature-sensitive shipments with operating reefer equipment for transport, or at minimum VinLiner insulation, and communication with suppliers on protecting orders at the time of container loading to minimize temperature exposure risk. 
 

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/millions-to-swelter-as-heat-wave-builds-from-madrid-to-paris-london-next-week/70008603

For any questions on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.  You can also view forecasted temperatures for your upcoming shipments on myhillebrand.com or the mobile app.​

US CBP Seeks Industry Input on ACE Collection Process 
June 12, 2019 
 

The CBP’s Office of Finance is looking for input from the industry on the ACE (Automated Commercial Environment)  billing and debt collection processes for duties and taxes. 

The first webinar on June 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern will discuss the changes to the deferred tax process as it relates to distilled wines and spirits and will address the following topics:

·         Consolidated billing process for deferred tax on distilled wines and spirits

·         New timeline for payment of deferred tax bills on distilled wines and spirits

·         Benefits of new process, deployment plans (late summer 2019) and additional capabilities planned for later releases

To participate, you must email your registration request to: shawn.c.kaus@cbp.dhs.gov.  Confirmed registrants will receive a webinar link directly from the CBP.

Read the full CSMS message here  CSMS# 19-000301 - ACE Collections and Upcoming Webinar on Distilled Wine & Spirits Deferred Tax Process



Update - JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for July 2019
June 10, 2019 
 

For USA imported case goods shipments from Australia and New Zealand, the quarterly BAF effective July 10th, 2019 will be $565 per TEU.



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for July 2019
June 5, 2019 
 

For USA imported cased goods shipments, the June BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 269 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  


Canada Update - Tentative Collective Agreement Reached for Vancouver Port 
May 30, 2019 
 

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada (ILWU – Canada) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) have announced they have reached a tentative agreement and will lift today’s labor lockout. 

Operations are to resume at 16:30 hours today May 30th, 2019. 




Canada - Labor Situation for Vancouver and Prince Rupert Ports 
May 29, 2019 
 

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada (ILWU – Canada) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) labor contract expired.  A limited longshore strike began on Monday which targeted overtime work at Global Container Terminals Canada, which operates the Deltaport and Vanterm container terminals.  In response the BCMEA announced a lockout of all longshore employees effective 0800 local time May 30, 2019.   

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and the Canadian Ministry of Labour are involved the ILWU and its employers are continuing to work at the bargaining table.  We will continue to monitor the situation and report on future development.


Argentina - Cross Andes Winter Road Delays 
May 29, 2019 
 

Winter season has commenced in the Andes region and shipments from Argentina crossing to Chilean seaports will face additional delays due to road closures.  Winter hours are in place limiting traffic to only 12 hours per day (weather permitting) from 8AM to 8PM.  A winter storm closed the pass this morning (May 29th).  Follow road closure announcements on twitter @CFLosLibertador or contact your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101




France - Strike at French Ports June 3rd, 2019
May 29, 2019 
 

Dockworkers have announced a 24 hour strike for next Monday June 3rd, 2019. There will be no container activity during the strike and we will endeavor to adjust pending loadings accordingly to minimize the disruption to shipments.  


Argentina - Planning Ahead for Winter Disruptions in Cross Andes Service from Argentina to Chile  
May 14, 2019 
 

Annual winter weather restrictions will shortly be in place on the international road connecting Mendoza to the Chilean ports of Valparaiso and San Antonio.  From June 1st through August 31st, 2019 winter operational hours will be reduced to only 12 hours a day in both directions (from 8AM to 8PM).   


The road connecting Mendoza to Chile passes through the Cordillera de los Andes, over 3,000m above sea level, so winter conditions (snow and ice accumulation) frequently make the road impassable.  With daily traffic around 600-700 trailer trucks, even partial-day closures of three to four hours will mean not all trucks will be able to cross the same day.   

Recommendations

·         Plan ahead for inventory levels and adjust lead times during the winter season

·         Select operating reefer equipment to guarantee temperature-protection for cased wine shipments; at minimum protect against thermal shocks with VinLiner.

·         Depending on the US port of discharge, routing via Buenos Aires may be an alternative.   

·         Follow road closure announcements on twitter @CFLosLibertador     


For any questions on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.​


France - Strike Announced for Fos sur Mer, May 9-10, 2019 and Alert for Holiday Dates in France 
May 2, 2019 
 

Dockworkers have announced a strike for Fos sur Mer port for next Thursday May 9th, 2019 and for four hours on Friday May 10th, 2019.  There will be no container activity during the strike which could impact pending shipments accordingly. 


As a reminder, the following are holidays in France (May 8th, May 30th, and June 10th) where collections and loadings will be impacted those weeks based on availability of truckers.  As a precaution, we recommend that customers protect sensitive orders with operating reefer equipment or at minimum, VinLiner protection.  



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for June 2019
May 1, 2019 
 

IFO 380 Rotterdam fuel levels remained about 400 for both April and March, putting more pressure on carriers and fuel cost recovery as they prepare for the reduced fuel emission global deadline in January 2020.  Emergency bunker surcharges are discontinued after April as shipping lines rework individual bunker fuel pricing mechanisms.  We will continue to monitor changes in the ocean carrier fuel formulas throughout the year and continue to provide advance notice of fuel adjustments.  For USA imported cased goods shipments, the June BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 267 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.   The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the US is USD 545 per TEU. ​


Portugal - Strike at Port of Sines May 1 - 4, 2019
April 30, 2019 
 

The port of Sines has announced a strike for May 1 - 4, 2019.  There will be no container movements or deliveries during this period.  Pending shipments will be delayed due to the labor action.  As with any transport disruption, we recommend that customers protect sensitive orders with operating reefer equipment or at minimum Vinliner protection.



France - Strike in Le Havre Announced for Monday April 15, 2019 
April 10, 2019 
 

Dockworkers trade unions of Le Havre port have called for a 24 hour strike on April 15th, 2019.  There will be no container movements at the terminals during that period.  JF Hillebrand is making adjustments to pending order schedules to minimize the impact of the situation for our customers. 


As with any transport disruption, we recommend that customers protect sensitive orders with operating reefer equipment or at minimum Vinliner protection.

For further information on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.



US CBP Announces CBMA 2019 Procedures Trade Seminar Tuesday April 9, 2019 
April 4, 2019 

The CBP’s Office of Trade (OT) will host a CBMA webinar for the Trade community on April 9, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (EST).  The webinar will cover the CBMA 2019 Procedures and Requirements for filing CBMA claims.  



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for May 2019
April 1, 2019 
 

The IFO 380 Rotterdam fuel levels increased above 400 in March again and we except to see more changes in carriers and their bunker fuel mechanisms as they gear up for the January 2020 Global Sulfur Cap.  We will continue to monitor changes in the ocean carrier fuel formulas throughout the year and continue to provide advance notice of fuel adjustments.  For USA imported cased goods shipments, the May BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be USD 245 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.   The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the US is USD 545 per TEU. ​



Shipping Outlook for Imports to the USA  
March 28, 2019 
 

While growth in global trade is a good thing, the impact can put a major strain on transport networks.  Managing capacity, productivity and equipment utilization is more crucial than ever for all freight providers.  


So what is the shipping outlook for USA from both Norht Euopre and the Mediterranean? 

  • Demand has remained quite strong; an increase of 8% year on year

  • The combination of two direct services (THE Alliance and the ONE Allinace) from South Europe and the Mediterranean resulted in a 9% capacity reduction as well as vessel schedule adjustments

  • Capacity reduction to Miami from 3 service loops to 1 loop in 2019, limiting capacity as well. 

  • Delays from port operations resulting in vessels waiting to berth, omissions of some ports in Europe and in the US to catch up on delays and a particularly complex situation in the ports of New York and New Jersey where congestion has impacted port operations leading to long queues for pickups and deliveries of containers to rail terminals.


The result is an ocean carrier world where there is less available vessel capacity, rate pressure, and extended transit times on certain lanes.

In response to this market situation, the shipping companies have announced rate increases on all US destined cargo valid from April 1st, 2019.   At Hillebrand, we understand your company pressures regarding cost increases and we are working on your behalf to ensure both a competitive market rate and space guarantees for your shipments.

We would like to encourage and remind you of the importance to place your bookings at least 2-3 weeks before departure of the ship.  Sharing your forecasts and shipping requirements as early as possible will help us in providing you with the service you need.



Alert for Houston Port Shipments
March 21, 2019 
 

A chemical storage facility fire near the Houston port area has shut down Highway 225, the main route to the container terminals of Barbour’s Cut and Bayport.  Delays are occurring for traffic to and from these terminals.  The Jacinto port terminal, where Seaboard operates from, is closed at this time.


For any questions on pending shipments moving through Houston port, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.​




France - National Strike March 19, 2019 
March 19, 2019 
 

There was a national strike in France today and no operations at Le Havre and Fos sur Mer ports.  JF Hillebrand France has adjusted pending orders to minimize the impact on shipments where possible.



Spain - Update Trucking Strike at Barcelona Port Over
March 19, 2019 
 

Truck drivers ended industrial action yesterday evening at Barcelona.  We can expect it will take a few days to clear the backload of pending loads from last week.   



USA - Port of New York / New Jersey Terminals - Union Holiday Closures Monday March 18, 2019 
March 15, 2019 
 

Monday March 18, 2019 is a union holiday for Gleason’s birthday (President of the International Longshoremen’s Association from 1963-1987).  The port authority has announced the operational schedules for the port terminals as follows:

·         Closed: Red Hook, GCT New York, GCT Bayonne

·         Open: APM Terminals, East Coast CES, Interport, H&M & Salson.   

·         Maher Terminals open 6AM to 4PM.

·         PNCT open 6AM to 5PM

For any questions on pending shipments, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand representative or import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.



Spain - Trucking Strike at Barcelona Port 
March 14, 2019 
 

Truck drivers protesting increased fuel prices and port terminal automation are picketing and blocking the gate entrances at Barcelona port.  This labor action has prevented most container movement for picking up empties and returning loaded containers to the terminals this week and is expected to continue through Friday March 15, 2019.   



Winter Weather Closures at the Port of New York / New Jersey Terminals for Monday March 4th, 2019
March 3, 2019 
 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that due to winter weather conditions the following terminals will be closed Monday March 4th, 2019: APMT, Maher Terminal, PNCT, GCT Bayonne, GCT New York and RHTC Terminal.



JF Hillebrand Monthly Bunker for April 2019
February 28, 2019 
 

The IFO 380 Rotterdam fuel levels increased above 400 in February again and we except to see more changes in carriers and their bunker fuel mechanisms as they gear up for the January 2020 Global Sulfur Cap.  We will continue to monitor changes in the ocean carrier fuel formulas throughout the year and continue to provide advance notice of fuel adjustments.  For USA imported cased goods shipments, the April EBS will be USD 90 per TEU and BAF USD 143 per TEU from Europe, South America and South Africa.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the US will be USD 545 per TEU. 



USA Winter Weather Alert - Commercial Vehicle Travel Ban in New Jersey 
February 20, 2019 
 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a statewide Winter Weather Congestion Alert due to snow and freezing rain conditions with today’s storm.  A state of emergency has been called as of 5AM and the NJ State Police issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction as of 9AM local time. 


All tractor-trailers are restricted on interstate highways which will delay pending deliveries in the region. Once conditions improve, NJDOT will remove the Winter Weather Congestion alert.  For updates customers can check the NJ Office of Emergency Management at www.ready.nj.gov or NJDOTs traffic information website www.511nj.org

 


US CBP Announces Secondary CBMA Trade Seminar Thursday February 21, 2019 
February 15, 2019 

CSMS# 19-000074 - Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 Trade Webinar #3 - Feb 21, 2019

02/15/2019 04:04 PM EST

The CBP’s Office of Trade (OT) will host a CBMA webinar for the Trade community on February 21, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (EST).

The intent of this webinar is to follow up on the remaining questions from the February 14, 2019 CBMA webinar.




Chassis Usage Charge (CUC) to increase March 15, 2019 on USA import cased good shipments 
February 15, 2019 

Ocean carriers are announcing an increase in chassis usage charges (CUC) to recover costs incurred on North American bound cargo.  The increased volumes moved at US deep-sea cargo ports directly impacts chassis unit availability.  (See MSC’s announcement here

As of March 15, 2019, the Chassis Usage Charge (CUC) on import cased goods cargo will increase from USD 80 to USD 100.  





Updates to CBMA Claims and Refunds for Wines, Distilled Siprits and Beer for the 2018 Calendar Year 
February 14, 2019 

The US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) has issued updated information on how importers substantiate their CBMA claims and refunds for imports of wine, distilled spirits and beer for the calendar year 2018.   

 

Due to the government shutdown, the CBP has extended the date from January 31, 2019 to February 28, 2019 at which point they will start reviewing and liquidating claims for 2018, starting with the oldest dated entries first.  Because the CBMA rates are producer driven, and linked to quantitative amounts, it’s important to have all the necessary documents completed and submitted before the review process starts, starting with the oldest claims first.   


In addition to the resources provided on the CBP and TTB websites, below you will find a FAQ for importers and the CBP Webinar Presentation from today:

·   CBMA Webinar Presentation (February 14, 2019 - to be uploaded on the CBP Webpage or contact your JF Hillebrand representative)

·   CSMS# 19-000053 – Updates and Clarifications to CBMA Filing Procedures and Requirements

 

 

Additional useful links:

·  CBP FAQs

·  TTB FAQs

·  Questions or additional information, please contact CBMA@cbp.dhs.gov  ​ 

For questions on entries filed with JF Hillebrand USA, please contact your JF Hillebrand sales representative or customs department contact Steve McKeever s.mckeever@jfhillebrand.com​





US CBP Announces CBMA Trade Seminar Thursday February 14, 2019 
February 8, 2019 

 

CSMS# 19-000051 - Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 (CBMA) Trade Webinar

02/08/2019 02:02 PM EST

 

The CBP’s Office of Trade (OT), Trade Policy and Programs (TPP), Commercial Operations Revenue and Entry Division (CORE) will host a CBMA webinar for the Trade community on February 14, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM (EST).

On this webinar, CBP will discuss updates and clarifications to the CBMA filing as outlined in CSMS #18-000609. CBP will focus on questions received from the trade community, along with problems CBP is finding with the supporting CBMA documentation submitted by the trade community.

If you have questions you would like CBP to address during this webinar, please submit to the CBMA mailbox at cbma@cbp.dhs.gov. Please input “CBMA Webinar” in the subject line.

CBP would like to collect information on webinar participants to better serve our CBMA trade community. Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z5Z2SZJ

To join the webinar, please use the link below:
https://share.dhs.gov/cbma/




Belgium - National Strike Announced for February 13, 2019
February 8, 2019 

Belgian labor unions have announced a nationwide general strike for Wednesday February 13th, 2019.  Transport disruptions are possible for pending shipments and container movements. 

We recommend that customers protect sensitive orders with operating reefer equipment due to the winter temperatures in Europe and North America as well as the risk of transport delays from strikes such as this one.