ELD Implementation

Phase-In Compliance Begins Today – December 18, 2017

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule Phase 2 starts today. The ELD rule is part of MAP-21, a congressionally mandated bill that is intended to help create a safer work environment for truck drivers. MAP-21 mandates electronic logging to track, manage, and share records of duty status for all truck drivers. An ELD device synchronizes with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record driving time, thus accurately tracking hours of service. December 18, 2017, marks the two-year-phased implementation timeline to give drivers and carriers time to comply. Mandatory use of ELDs will be fully enforced by December 16, 2019. Below, please find a flyer outlining the new rule and its possible impacts:

ELD Implementation Flyer

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.


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Transportation Strike in Italy

Italy Announces National Transportation Strike

Our offices in Italy have confirmed that a national strike has been scheduled for tomorrow, December 15th, 2017. Besides impacting general transportation services, the strike will also involve ports and terminals, which may cause delays to shipments.

We will monitor the situation and keep you informed of any developments.


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Eimskip’s Christmas Charity Event

Albatrans and WSSA are proud to sponsor
Eimskip’s 2017 Christmas Charity Event
December 15th, 2017
Portland, Maine
Albatrans and WSSA are excited to sponsor Eimskip’s 2017 Christmas Charity event on Friday, December 15th at the Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine.

The event is in support of the Cancer Community Center and we are proud to support Eimskip’s charitable endeavor in benefiting those affected by cancer. We hope to see you there! Please feel free to contact us and let us know if we will be seeing you!



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           Notice for USA Importers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Increase

Merchandise Processing Fee

The Merchandise Processing Fee (better known by the acronym MPF) is a user fee collected by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to cover fees associated with the process of importing merchandise into the U.S. and to monitor customs and trade compliance.  It has been in place since 1986, and the last increase was in October 2011. The MPF is an ad valorem (according to value) charge of 0.3464% of the entered value and this rate is not changing.  What is changing is the minimum and maximum amounts charged.  The majority of wine and spirits imports fall into the “formal” entry category and the minimum is going up from $25.00 to $25.67 and the maximum charge is going up from $485.00 to $497.99.

To give you an example of the MPF charge, a shipment with a transaction value (purchased price) of $50,000.00 would incur an MPF of $173.20 and is not subject to any change from the current assessment as it is above the minimum fee and below the maximum.  Please let us know if you have any questions on this upcoming change. The implementation date of the change is January 1, 2018. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


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WSSA’s Fall/Winter Newsletter 2017

Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of Grapevine 
is Now Available!
Volume 7, Issue 2 of the WSSA Grapevine is now available!
Our Fall/Winter 2017 issue features the latest news on the changing face of the ocean carrier world, a look at the future of the industry with Trump, along with some cargo loss prevention tips and a glimpse at how WSSA celebrated our 40th anniversary throughout the year!
Click here for instant access to WSSA’s Fall/Winter 2017 edition of Grapevine!
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Happy Thanksgiving from WSSA!


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Join WSSA at the 9th Annual World Bulk Wine Exhibition
November 20-21, 2017
Amsterdam RAI Amtrium & Hall 5

Just a few more days and WSSA and our freight forwarding partner, Albatrans, will be at booth B23 at the 9th World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) at Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition Center on November 20-21, 2017. With almost all exhibit space booked, WBWE expects over 220 exhibitors from over 66 different countries around the world including Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, USA, France, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and many more! The fair brings together virtually all of the bulk wine producing and exporting countries and is expected to host over 6,000 visitors. WSSA and Albatrans continue to handle an increased volume of flexis and isotanks and we look forward to seeing many of our current and new shippers at this event.

Please let us know if you will be attending WBWE, and if you are interested in setting up an appointment with our global logistics team. Also, be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about what we can offer you for transportation and insurance of your bulk shipments to and from anywhere in the world. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Visit their website for more information on the 9th World Bulk Wine Expedition.




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