GSP Bill Passes the House

Good morning, just a quick update on GSP. On February 8th H.R. 4979 was introduced to the House of Representatives – this bill includes the renewal of GSP for a period of 3 years. Yesterday the bill passed the House with overwhelming support (400-2). It is good to see the people who drafted the bill… Read more »

TRUCK BAN – Port of New Jersey

A Truck Ban will begin January 1, 2018. All Drayage Trucks with an engine dated 1995 or older will NOT be permitted access into any Port Authority Terminal at the Ports of New York & New Jersey. This ban is aimed at reducing diesel truck emissions as well as improving overall health and safety. The… Read more »

Steel Import Investigation

Yesterday the US Department of Commerce published the hearing schedule for the investigation of Steel imports. The investigation is very troubling to most in the steel industry since they have cast a very wide net. Based on the published information it seems hot-rolled or cold-rolled sheet and plate will be covered and even products such… Read more »

Shanghai Congestion

Congestion at the port of Shanghai is now at 51.2 hours and the number of vessels has dropped from 100 last week to around 80 as of now. Equipment shortage is still an issue and the delivery window for export containers is now 24 hours which was previously 72. There are many reasons for the… Read more »

Container Exams at NY/NJ Ports

US Customs has released their Exam Cycle Times for the Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd quarter and things continue to improve. X-Ray Exams (NII) are taking 2.72 days, a 1/2 day improvement from same time last year. Full Strip is now slightly less than 5 days (4.72) which is a 1 3/4th day improvement from same… Read more »

Shanghai Congestion

Shanghai Port congestion as of April 20

Oh BOY !!!! congestion in the port of Shanghai has risen a whopping 42% between April 16th and 18th and is continuing to grow. Right now the average vessel delay is 53 hours. Between the new steamship line alliances and dense fog it is becoming increasingly difficult for vessels to stick to their schedules. Adding… Read more »

Been a while…….

Sorry for not posting in over a year however things have been very busy here at JWH (and at home) and fortunately international shipping was relatively quiet – except for the Hyundai debacle. For those of you who do not know, I now have 4 children – Samantha(8), Bobby(6), Vinny(3) and Julianna(2) so life is… Read more »

SOLAS

As many of you are aware beginning July 1, 2016 any shipping container that leaves from ANY port in the world is required to have the Verified Gross Mass (vgm) listed on the bill of lading. This means that the steamship lines are requiring the shipper or forwarder to verify the actual gross weight as… Read more »

Carriers prepare for West Coast Strike

As the West Coast ILA contract negotiations get underway carriers are already figuring out how they can protect themselves. There are talks of contingency surcharge of $800 per 20 and $1,00 per 40 foot container. Negotiations have started off well and work is expected to continue right up until the contract is signed so at… Read more »

Terminals Closed Good Friday

Please be advised that ALL container terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey are scheduled to be closed on Good Friday – April 18th, 2014. The exam sites (except GCT) and SeaLink Office will be open.