Catastrophe looms at ports after Brexit, shipping industry warns

Trucks entering Dover, the busiest truck port in the UK. Photograph: Graham Mitchell/Barcroft Images
Trucks entering Dover, the busiest truck port in the UK. Photograph: Graham Mitchell/Barcroft Images


From The Guardian:

  • The UK is facing an “absolute catastrophe” if it does not sort out a “frictionless and seamless” border at Dover and other ports, the shipping industry has warned.
  • The UK Chamber of Shipping, which represents more than 170 freight ship, tanker and cruise liner companies, has called on governments across Europe to urgently grasp the challenge, arguing that a problem for the UK will also be a problem for ports in Holland, Belgium, France and Ireland.

Read full article.



Port of LA is top US gateway for which 6 imports?


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce recently held a seminar, “Beyond the Numbers: Air & Sea Cargo Trends,” which included a particularly compelling presentation:  “Trade Matters: How Los Angeles Trades With The World.”

There are many intriguing statistics about the Port of LA, including those included on the following slide:

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Check out the complete PowerPoint presentation for even more facts and figures about LA imports >>  LATradeStats2016.

Make your Hanjin bankruptcy claims now!


Veteran trade attorney, Susan Kohn Ross, of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, has posted some helpful guidance about contending with the Hanjin bankruptcy in this week’s NCBFAA e-briefing.

Here are some highlights:

  • There is a lot of press coverage about the Hanjin bankruptcy, but very little of it provides tangible facts for traders to rely on. One thing we know for sure is Hanjin filed a Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. What that means is the U.S. bankruptcy court will defer to the Korean bankruptcy court regarding how the case will proceed.
  • The U.S. court will limit its orders to cargo in the U.S. or touching the U.S. Most importantly right now, if you think you have a claim against Hanjin, you need to file that claim in the Korean bankruptcy proceeding, and you must do that between October 11 and 25, 2016. If you miss that claim deadline, you will be out of luck.
  • There are a handful of Korean lawyers representing the interests of cargo owners and other potential claimants in Korea and they should be contacted immediately. Referrals are available.

The complete article >> Hanjin Bankruptcy Update

C-TPAT: AQUA Lane for expedited unlading opens at LA/LB seaport



US Customs’ Los Angeles Field Operations Unit has announced the opening of the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval (AQUA) Lane program at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

AQUA Lane provides an expedited vessel clearance process to sea carriers actively participating in the C-TPAT program, who meet the requisite criteria, that enables them to immediately unload cargo upon arrival in the US — prior to CBP meeting the vessel.  It allows CBP to lessen congestion at seaports, redirecting Customs’ resources towards high risk threats and away from low risk carriers.

Complete information, including FAQs are found in the LA/LB seaport’s September 28, 2016, Public Bulletin.  LA:LB Implementation of AQUA Lane at the LALB Seaport


CBP to host fines, penalties and forfeiture mitigation trade forum for importers at LA/LB port

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On August 24, US Customs’ Los Angeles Field Operations Unit will host a trade forum for the importing community on fines, penalties and forfeitures mitigation guidelines at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex.  Reservations are first come, first served.  Details are here: LA-LB Trade Forum on Fines, Penalties & Forfeitures (FP&F) Mitigation Guidelines

Expanded Panama Canal opens!

panamacanalThe newly expanded Panama Canal opened to much fanfare this past weekend:

  • The first ship that made it through the locks and completed the 50-mile journey from Atlantic to Pacific was the Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama
  • 85 percent of the 166 reserved crossings scheduled for the next three months are for container ships. Container cargo accounts for nearly 50 percent of the canal’s overall income
  • However, factors that can negatively affect the canal’s traffic and include global shipping due to the drop in oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, which is the canal’s second-largest customer, and other factors that have hit the waterway’s traffic and income
  • While canal authorities anticipate increasing commerce between Asia and ports on the U.S. East Coast, it’s not at all settled that all those ports are ready to handle the huge New Panamex-class cargo ships

ISF: CBP defers to local ports on enforcement, ends “3 strikes” policy



Per CSMS #16-000499:

  • For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to LD claims against importers’ bonds will also end. There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance; ports may hold cargo instead of (or in addition to) initiating LD claims.
  • If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may send them to

Port of LA/LB: outbound cargo holds & requests for booking reports



US Customs’ Outbound Enforcement Team at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport reminds exporters that:

1)  it will continue its practice of notifying carriers and terminal operators via email of outbound cargo hold requests (to ensure targeted cargo is available for exam)

2) it can better facilitate export shipments if carriers and NVOCCs provide export vessel booking reports three days prior to scheduled departure and once after document cutoff for all non-bulk vessels (to expedite exams)

The complete Public Bulletin: LA16-008 CBP Outbound Cargo Holds & Request for Booking Reports at the LALB Seaport


CBP reminds the trade of “zero tolerance” for gateouts



The US Customs Office of Field Operations for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport has issued the public bulletin to remind the trade that CBP “maintains a Zero Tolerance policy regarding gateout containers/cargo.”

The agency will assess civil monetary penalties against all culpable parties for each gateout incident, defined as “allowing a container/cargo that has been targeted by CBP for terrorism or enforcement inspection to be released without authorization from CBP.”

Details are available here:  CBP Policy Reminder