Discover WSSA’s Cargo Insurance Advantages

Did you know….your cargo insurance may not be comprehensive?

There may be gaps in your coverage that you don’t even know exist! A standard cargo insurance policy does NOT cover the following:

  • Losses at port more than 15 days after discharge
  • Losses inland more than 30 days after discharge of cargo
  • Atmospheric conditions (condensation)
  • Carton damage
  • Loss due to temperature extremes

WSSA is here to help! The WSSA Cargo Insurance policy contains many enhanced clauses normally provided only to “Fortune 500” policies. Here are just a few examples:

  • Atmospheric Conditions
  • Concealed Damage
  • Warehouse/Storage Coverage
  • Duration of Risk
  • Optional Temperature Coverage
  • Contingency Insurance
  • Duty/Tax Coverage

With the WSSA cargo insurance, you can rest assured your goods are protected from origin to destination. Contact us today to get started!


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Hurricane Ophelia Hits Ireland

Hurricane Ophelia is sweeping in across Ireland on Monday and is expected to cause severe damage as the worst storm the country has seen in more than 50 years.

360,000 homes and businesses are already without power, and members of the public have been advised to stay indoors and off the road. 150 flights out of Ireland’s Dublin and Shannon airports have already been cancelled as well. The Government’s crisis management committee, the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, met this morning and warned against all unnecessary travel while the storm is passing. Interocean Agencies Dublin offices plan to close at lunchtime today. 

With winds off of Ireland’s south coast reaching 100mph, and the worst of the storm expecting to hit Dublin around 1:00pm today, ports and transport will also shut down across the country, waiting to resume until the storm has passed.

We will continue to track and monitor Hurricane Ophelia and any effects it may have on all ports in Ireland. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding specific containers/shipments.


                                                                                                                                                                              Photo Courtesy :  Evening Standard
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Wildfires threaten Vineyards in Wine Country

Today, our thoughts are with our colleagues and friends in Northern California where at least 15 wildfires raged through Napa and Sonoma counties on Tuesday, burning close to 100,000 acres already and destroying 1,500 buildings in the states famed wine country.

While damage is still being assessed, these fires are expected to have a devastating effect to the wine and tourism industry. Especially as California produces 85% of US wines and is also a multi-billion dollar industry.

The wildfires have already claimed hotels such as Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and Fountaingrove Inn.  Along with hotels, Signorello Estates and William Hill Estate Winery appear to have been destroyed. While the wildfires are still trying to be contained, they continue to close in on a number of major wineries along Highway 12 between Sonoma and Santa Rosa, including Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood, Kunde and B.R. Cohn.

Consumers nationwide can expect to feel the effects of these fires for years to come due to the timing of the fires coming during prime grape harvest season. With a number of vineyards either being burned or destroyed this could potentially cause years of shortage for wine grapes. Although 75% of wine grapes were already picked prior to the wildfires, the cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes were still on the vines.

Firefighters are hoping for some relief on Tuesday from the strong winds so they can continue to regulate and sustain the spread of the wildfires and prevent further damage to Northern California.


                                                                                                                  Signorello Estates /Photo Courtesy: Quartz
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Join us tonight and celebrate a great cause!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Pierre, NYC

It’s that time of year again, WSSA will be supporting the American Cancer Society at the 40th annual Wine and Spirits Industry’s Gala and celebrating this year’s honoree, Deborah Brenner, Founder and President of Women of the Vine & Spirits.

The Wine and Spirits Industry has raised more than $16 million to support the mission of the American Cancer Society and can be proud of this contribution to help cancer research and work toward the elimination of cancer as a major health problem.  WSSA is proud to be a part of the fight against cancer by supporting this event.

Please donate:

WSSA is also proud to be a sponsor of Women of the Vine & Spirits, and have supported the recent summit in NY, as well as, attending the launch of Women of the Vine in Europe at VinItaly.  We support the efforts of Ms. Brenner and her organization to foster diversity and advance women in the alcoholic beverage industry.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the event tonight at The Pierre in NYC!


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Going to be in the New Jersey Area?

17th Annual Port Industry Day: Navigating a Changing Industry
Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Liberty House in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

Join us Monday, October 2nd at the 17th Annual Port Industry Day hosted by the Port of NY/NJ.  WSSA’s very own Managing Director, Alison Leavitt, will be speaking on a panel titled “Strengthening the Supply Chain.”

She will be joined by Mike Wilson, Senior VP of Hamburg Sud NA, Stephen Keppler, Senior VP Intermodal Association of North America, Chris Speak, President & CEO of the American Trucking Association, and Siva Narayanan, Director, International Ops & Warehousing Solvay P&SCE-North America.   The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation is the invited keynote speaker. The conference will also focus on “Improving Port Operations” and “Rising to New Heights.”

WSSA prides itself in continuing to be active in working with all participants in the supply chain to forward the interests of our members.  The Port Industry Day is a great arena to further this initiative, along with giving potential members the opportunity to meet with Alison to learn more about the WSSA Advantage. Please see below for more details regarding this event. With over 400 top decision-makers from every segment of maritime and transportation industry attending this is an important annual event you will not want to miss.

8:00AM – Continental Breakfast

9:00AM – Conference

12:30PM – Luncheon & Networking

Pricing: $175 – Individual; $800 – Exhibit Table

If you would like to set up an appointment to speak with us at the event or would like to know more information, email us!
Alison Leavitt, WSSA Managing Director
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Major French Unions Headed for Truckers’ Strike

A number of French unions have announced strikes for this month.  Truck drivers belonging to the CGT and Force Ouvriere, France’s second and third largest unions announced they will start a rolling strike on September 25th.   The strike is brought forth following the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe moving ahead with a bill that would affect pay and working conditions that would continue to enforce France’s strict labor laws. Two additional unions have also called for strikes on September 18th, 2017.

Some officials with the Freight Transportation Association fear they will target ports, which in turn will affect both haulers and trippers. As of today, it was business as usual, and ports were left alone.  Although it’s still early to determine to what extent this strike could have on freight operations, it is best to prepare that this could lead to blocking of “strategic” sites such as fuel depots and other necessary venues that are needed for freight operations to run normally and efficiently as they have been.

As usual, WSSA will keep you informed about any  problems that might affect your shipments. Please contact us with any questions.


Photo Courtesy : AFP
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Ports and Cargo Terminals Begin to Reopen

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, most of the Southeast ports are beginning to reopen.  Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay and Port of Charleston reopened yesterday, September 12th.  The US Coast Guard and the Georgia Ports Authority also reopened Port Savannah as of this morning.

Although the reopening of ports is great news for the US Southeast supply chain, there were concerns as to when cargo/container terminals would follow the lead and reopen as well. Folks are anxious for schedules to resume and shipments to get back on track. Thankfully, Florida container terminals Seaboard Marine, SFTC and POMTOC announced that as of 8:00am EST, this morning, they began discharging containers. They also declared that loading of containers to multiple destinations will commence today as well.

Port of Charleston was able to reopen yesterday as they reported that they avoided significant impact from Irma.  All gates and terminals in Charleston resumed normal operational hours today. Port Savannah also stated that their Garden City and Ocean City terminals would resume normal operational hours as of 6:00am EST Wednesday.

It is still in the early stages of recovering from Hurricane Irma, but with container terminals and ports beginning to reopen, the US Coast Guard and port officials remain optimistic in their efforts in continuing to get all ports/terminals back up to running to their full capacity.

As always port and terminal updates can be found:;;

We continue to keep our thoughts with all who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma and we are here to help in any way we can.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your shipments.


Photo Courtesy: Greenville News
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