Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Peru Builds on Trade Explosion

Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in shipments going to Peru through our facility. Many of these shipments have been Farm and Construction equipment. We thought the following might be of interest.

News Americas
Peru builds on trade explosion
Source: News Americas via World Trader 18 Jul 2008

Peru is undergoing a spate of new ports building as its trade with the rest of the world mushrooms.

Most recent is Neptunia, a logistics and warehousing company that is "very advanced" in building a new port north of Callao, said a company official.

"This new Port will be ready and operational during the first quarter of 2010 and will count with specialised mineral concentrates loading berth, liquids and grains discharging berth," he added.
This is on top of DP World who has already started construction of a terminal at Peru's main port Callao, 20 km from capital Lima.

The first phase of the project will see around $210m invested in two berths comprising 660m of quay line and 22 hectares of yard, capable of handling vessels of 5,500 teu.

It will be operational in the second half of 2009. Further development will be phased in, in line with demand, with total capacity projected to reach around 1.3m teu. DP World has a thirty year build and operate concession.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy & Technology

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Friday, July 18, 2008

E-Filing of Shipper Export Documentation

The New E-Filing regulations seem to be foremost in everyone's thoughts this week, especially since these new regulations went into effect July 2. We received the following notification from the U. S. Commercial Service, Export Assistance Center here in Houston

Mandatory Electronic Filing For SED Shipments

The U.S. Census Bureau has issued the final rule, which requires mandatory filing of export informaton through the Automated Export System (AES) or through the AESDirect for all shipments where a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is required, effective July 2, 2008. There will be a 90 day implementation period, ending September 30. After that, export information must be filed electronically through the AES or AESDirect. These new regulations, published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2008 have tougher penalty provisions that affect everyone in the export process. Penalties may be imposed per violation of the Foreigh Trade Regulations (FTR) from $1,100 to $10,000 both civil and criminal. Anyone submitting paper SEDs after September 30, 2008, will be in violation and subject to penalties. for details on this important rule, see: www.census.gov/foreign-trade/aes/mandatory/index.html

Further, we received the following notification from the Journal of Commerce about an upcoming Web Training on these new regulations.

Journal of Commerce
"Live Teleconference"
New Export Rules – E-Filing of Shipper Export Declaration
Friday, July 25, 2008 ~ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Eastern Time Zone

A comprehensive revision of the nation's export regulations, including mandatory electronic filing of export documents, effective July 1st, will bring an end to paper shippers export declaration, and make the Automated Export System the only legal means for filing export data. Enforcement of these new regulations will begin 60 days after.Census will phase in the regulations to give exporters time to get accustomed to the biggest change, mandatory electronic filing of export documents through the Automated Export System. Jerry Greenwell, Trade Ombudsman, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, will give more insight to the Automated Export System.

Other topics to be covered:

• How will Census delegate enforcement authority to other agencies?
• Who is going to get penalized for noncompliance?
• How will the penalties be enforced?
• What will be the mitigating factors?
• Who is responsible for routed export transactions?
• What are the major changes in the new Foreign Trade Regulations from the old regulations?

Moderator:Bob Edmonson, Senior Editor, The Journal of CommerceSpeaker: Jerry Greenwell, Trade Ombudsman, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Live participation is $99 and allows access to one phone line for an unlimited number of listeners. A live question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Friday, July 25, 2008 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Eastern Time Zone

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Complying with Export Controls on International Technology Transfers

Technology Transfer is not something that concerns the majority of the projects that we handle, but it is of concern for many of our customers in the products and services that they offer clients worldwide. So we thought we would take a few minutes to share information about this upcoming conference.

DATE: September 22 & 23
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
VENUE: Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf

Benchmark your compliance practices with speakers from:
• Applied Materials• Google• GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms• General Electric• IBM• Intel• Lenovo China• Meggitt• MPC Products• SAIC• Texas Instruments• Varian Medical Systems

Register now for the lowest conference price of $1895 expiring on July 21st
At American Conference Institute's 4th National Forum on "International Technology Transfers" you will have an invaluable opportunity to share best practices with industry experts. Government speakers will include the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and BIS. Critical topics will include:

How to register:
CALL: 888-224-2480
FAX: 877-927-1563
WEBSITE: AmericanConference.com/techtransfers
Use Priority code: 743509 when registering
· Reconciling deemed export/re-export restrictions with anti-discrimination and privacy laws
· Application of ITAR to defense and commercial technologies
· Complying with encryption requirements and preparing for new regulations
· Enforcement, prosecution and investigations of tech transfer cases: Update
· Offshore outsourcing of tech support, R & D and software development: Protecting intangibles
· Strengthening your internal technology compliance program
· When and how voluntary disclosures can mitigate your liability
· Ensuring compliance of foreign affiliates and subsidiaries
· Implementing effective IT & physical controls to manage employee and visitor access
Get critical information that is not available in print or on the web. Based on popular demand, spaces will fill up quickly. Register now by calling 1- 888-224-2480, faxing your registration to 1-877-927-1563 or registering online at http://americanconference.com/techtransfers.htm

Register now for the lowest conference price of $1895 expiring on July 21st! Please use service code 743509 when registering.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Slower exports rein in Shenzhen volume growth
By Sandra Tsui in Hong Kong - Monday 14 July 2008
Source: World Trade Magazine

Shenzhen is the world's fourth busiest and China's No.2 container port.THROUGHPUT growth at south China’s Shenzhen port in the first half of this year slowed to half of last year’s pace as its major cargo source, Guangdong province, lagged the rest of the country in export growth during the period.

Industry analysts warned that the slowdown may signal a widening export crisis in the country and local media have hinted at a possible resumption of the tax rebate policy that was used by the government in the 1990s to help exporters.

The world’s fourth busiest and China’s No.2 container port handled 10.2m teu in the first six months of this year, 7.2% higher than the same period last year, according to initial figures from the Shenzhen transport bureau.

The transport bureau attributed the slower pace of growth to shrinking US export volume and a 5% fall in throughput in the eastern Yantian container terminals to 4.3m teu.

Chiwan and Shekou located in western Shenzhen and operated by the China Merchants Group, fared better. Chiwan and Shekou handled 3m teu and 2.8m teu, respectively, representing increases of 9% and 30%.

There are 13 more international services calling at Shenzhen this year so far, most of them intra-Asia services. However, more than 100 port calls has been cancelled on North America route, said the bureau.

Guangdong province, the major manufacturing base for exports in southern China, has been hit hard by weak demand from North America, a big cut in tax rebates and more stringent environmental and labour policies.

The province’s external trade volume rose just 15% in the first five months, 11 percentage points lower than the average for the whole of China. Export volume rose 15.6%, 7.3 percentage points below the national average.

Figures for the month of June show a more alarming picture. The value of China’s exports climbed 17.6% to $121.5bn in June, said China’s customs department.

This is the third time the country’s export growth rate has fallen below 20% since 2006. The first and the second times, in March 2007 and February this year, fell into the usual low-cargo period after the Chinese New Year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Port Workers go on Strike in India.

Since many of our customers routinely import or export to India we thought that this might be of general interest.

Port workers to go on strike from July 15 midnight in India
Source: World Trade Magazine

MUMBAI: Port and dock workers in 11 ports of the country will go on strike from July 16 after talks between representatives of workers' unions and Transport and Shipping Minister, Mr T R Balu in New Delhi failed on Thursday.

Today's meeting was held to evade a deadlock between the Government and the workers, whose demands included 13.5 per cent interim hike in pay effective from January 2007, increase in bonus, inclusion of 50 per cent dearness allowance (DA) in the basic pa y and filling up of vacant posts among others, a press release issued by All India Port and Dock Workers' Federation said.
Following the failure in the talks, the strike will start from July 15 midnight, the statement said adding that employees of the officers' cadre will also participate in the strike.

The entire activity in the 11 ports will come to a total halt because o f the strike, affecting loading and unloading operations, the federation said. - PTI

ISPM 15 Compliant

We're very excited about the growth that we have experienced over the past couple of years and during this time we've sort of ignored our blog, which was orginially designed to be an online newsletter. However we've given considerable consideration as to where we want to head with it and we're going to follow a new path.

Since our Company newsletter is produced monthly and emailed to customers and potential customers, this format is no longer needed for that. Our customers email us thanking us for all the information that we share with them about the industry, and we just don't have enough room in our newsletter for all that is happening on the International Trade market. Some of which is great information but not needed by them for day to day operations.

For those of you wishing to receive our newsletter it can be subscribed to simply by emailing sales@dixiecullen.com

Export Packing and Containerizing - ISPM 15 Compliant

In the 11 years we have been in business we have seen the global economy change in many ways. Top of the list is that the world is no longer as large and daunting as it has been, more and more companies are doing business globally. We too are looking at the needs of our Global Customers.

Just this year alone our customers have shipped steel, machinery, construction equipment, skidded product and material and farm tractors through our warehouse facility for countries such as Peru, India, France, Venezula, China, Guatamala, Viet Nam and Taiwan.

In order to continue to provide our customers with the quality services that they need, we have applied for and received our ISPM 15 Certification. You may be asking what this means to you.

Quite simply it means to you that each piece of wood that we use in building the skids, blocking your containers, or building a crate will be stamped with our ISPM 15 Certified Stamp, every two feet. So it can easily be seen when and if your container is opened for inspection that the proper blocking and dunnage is used.

It also means that our packing and containerinzing operation is inspected monthly to assure international compliance.