The new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass Reporting requirement goes into effect July 1, 2016. This regulation requires that the actual shippers must provide verification of the gross mass weight to the steamship lines before cargo is allowed to load. In an effort to lessen the burden on shippers, some ports have implemented a procedure whereby they will weigh export containers. This procedure has been declared equivalent to the [...]

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The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and Partner Government Agencies (PGA) require additional information be transmitted for ACE Cargo Release effective June 15th, 2016. C J is successfully transmitting PGA data via ACE with no delays. We strongly advise Importers to communicate with their Suppliers to ensure the additional data is added to the shipment documentation that the Suppliers provide. Your freight can be released in a timely [...]

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For any business involved in international shipping, transportation is a significant cost that affects the bottom line, and controlling freight costs is critical to success. Terms of Sale Many companies don’t realize how the terms of sale between the company and the foreign supplier affect the ability to control the cost of shipping from the supplier to the company’s door. Example: if you are an importer, choosing Ex Works giv [...]

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