WSSA is Attending the AgTC Annual Meeting!

WSSA will be attending the AgTC’s 30th Annual Meeting June 12-15, 2018, in Tacoma, WA!

The AgTC Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of agriculture and forest products transportation professionals and their service providers. The gathering consists of two days of action-packed activities including strategy sessions on issues impacting the industry, networking opportunities, and plenty of outdoor activities such as the WSSA run/walk, golfing, and dining around Tacoma.

As a part of the annual meeting, WSSA will host two events: our annual 5k run/walk the morning of June 13th and a shipper’s panel on leading industry issues the same day at 1pm.

Participants of the 5k run/walk receive a special gift bag and moisture-wicking t-shirt! Please contact us for more information!

Alison Leavitt, Managing Director of WSSA, will be representing the alcoholic beverage industry on a panel on Wednesday, June 13th, at 1pm entitled “The Shipper’s Perspective: Leading AgTC members’ experiences and strategies: How we are dealing with the trucking crisis, avoiding port disruption; documentation/carrier service challenges and other pertinent issues facing shippers today.” Other speakers on the panel include representatives from Leprino Foods, Wilbur Ellis, Fornazor, and Superior Foods.

To find out more about any of these events or to schedule a meeting please contact us!

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TTB Update Regarding New Tax Provisions!

TTB states, “Expect guidelines for the new tax provisions for importers in June.”

Alison Leavitt, Managing Director of WSSA, attended day one of the American Craft Spirits Association and DISCUS Public Policy Conference in Washington DC yesterday. The highlight of the morning session was hearing from TTB Administrator, John Manfreda, and senior members of the TTB staff, including Karen Welch, TTB Director of International Affairs, and Janet Scalese, Director of Labeling and Formulation Division, along with many other key members of the TTB team. Mr. Manfreda commented on the complexity of the changes of the CBMA (Craft Beer and Modernization Act), especially in regards to imported products. Ms. Leavitt asked Mr. Manfreda for an estimate of when guidelines would be published, and he commented that he expects to see the guidelines completed by June. WSSA will keep in touch with the TTB team in regards to this matter and will keep you closely advised.

Later in the day, the group attending the conference had a chance to meet with Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who advised that he is working hard to extend the bill beyond its current two-year time span.

Should you have any questions on the bill or need a list of congressional delegates involved in the process in your area, please let us know!

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Stop by the WSSA Booth at WSWA Today!

We are currently exhibiting at Booth 235 in the Octavius Ballroom! Stop by our booth to grab a water or a sweet treat and to learn more about the below topics: 

New tax reform bill & its impact on shippers

USA trucking crisis & the areas that are experiencing the most congestion

Warehouse insurance misconceptions

How to make sure your cargo is protected from origin to destination

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Stop by our booth anytime to discuss more about the topics above or just to chat! If you prefer to schedule an appointment, please contact us here.

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You’re Invited to the WSSA & Albatrans Logistics Event in London!

Logistics in a Changing World

June 27, 2018

Balls Brothers Minster Court

Join WSSA and Albatrans for presentations on key issues affecting international trade in the wine and spirits sector.

Global Logistics issues presented by WSSA’s Managing Director Alison Leavitt:

Consolidation of the steamship line industry

Global trucking and port congestion issues including the USA trucking crisis

Cargo Risk Management issues presented by Roanoke Trade’s SVP Richard Bridges: 

Understanding the gaps in most cargo insurance policies

Complete coverage under the WSSA program

BREXIT – Game changer for UK trade (speaker TBA):

700 million new customs entries

Border backlogs

Drinks, dinner and networking to follow the presentations with plenty of time for one on one questions for our presenters. 

Registration and cocktails: 5:00 – 5:30pm

Presentations, dinner & networking: 5:30 – 8:00pm

RSVP to hrandolph@wssa.com

For more information, please contact:

Albatrans London: +44 (0)20 8596 5442 g.coker@albatrans.com

Albatrans Glasgow: (0141) 248 5577 r.crawford@albatrans.com

WSSA: 800 368 3167 info@wssa.com

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Stop by the WSSA Booth at WSWA!

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

April 30 – May 3, 2018

Booth 235, Octavius Ballroom

WSSA wil be exhibiting at Booth 235 in the Octavius Ballroom! Stop by our booth to grab a sweet treat and to learn more about: 

New tax reform bill & its impact on shippers

USA trucking crisis & the areas that are experiencing the most congestion

Warehouse insurance misconceptions

How you can protect your cargo during transit & beyond

The WSWA Convention and Exposition will host the world’s largest gathering of suppliers and distributors in the U.S. wine and spirit marketplace. The event will offer an incredible opportunity for those who are looking to grow and improve their brand, gain essential industry insight, network, and learn about innovative and exciting beverage products. 

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New PierPass Program Announced for LA/LB

Yesterday PierPass announced a major overhaul of the program—PierPass2.0. After 18 months of meetings and analysis, the new program has been rolled out. The goal is to continue to mitigate congestion and “peak” hour truck traffic at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but with a more flexible approach. The new program is pending final approval but is expected to go into effect in August of this year. The current program offers a lower cost for weekday nighttime users of the ports and charges daytime (peak) users a TMF (Traffic Mitigation Fee) of $72.09 per TEU (twenty foot unit). The new program will be based on a flat fee charged for all containers—at a lower rate of $31.52 per TEU, and $63.04 for all other container sizes. The goal is to lower the per-TEU cost while still paying for the extended gate hours and a two shift structure at the ports. The new program also stipulates that assigned appointments will be given for gate moves within a two shift period with the goal to spread the appointments evenly throughout the shifts. No fee will be charged for empty containers.

Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, spoke about this change at a conference last week attended by WSSA. Mr. Cordero stated, “We, as well as the trucking community and all of our stakeholders, look forward to increased cargo velocity and customer responsiveness at Port facilities.”

Port users and those in the industry are eager to see how this system will improve truck traffic at the ports. We at WSSA will monitor the impact of this new system and keep you informed of any changes that take place surrounding its implementation. For more information on the new program, visit the PierPass website!

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WSSA is Attending the WSWA Annual Convention & Expo!

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

April 30 – May 3, 2018

Booth 235, Octavius Ballroom

The WSWA Convention and Exposition will host the world’s largest gathering of suppliers and distributors in the U.S. wine and spirit marketplace. The event will offer an incredible opportunity for those who are looking to grow and improve their brand, gain essential industry insight, network, and learn about innovative and exciting beverage products.

Looking for a more effective shipping solution for your cargo or better insurance coverage? Then stop by booth 235 in the Octavius ballroom and learn how WSSA can improve the transportation of your cargo with our all-risk insurance coverage and our wide network of industry experts!

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the WSSA advantage, please send us an email!

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