On April 23, 2019, Savannah Port Director Lisa Beth Brown was a special guest at the IFFCBAS meeting. After serving as Port Director for 8 years in Savannah, Ms. Brown is transferring to a post in Blaine, WA. The IFFCBAS community presented Ms. Brown with a small gift as a token of our enduring appreciation for her service. Pictured left to right, Ms. Lisa Beth Brown, Port Director, Elizabeth Hill, IFFCBAS President, Bridget Caldwell, IFFCBAS Vice President.
Congratulations to John S James’s own Elizabeth Hill who has been elected president of the Independent Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Savannah (IFFCBA) effective January 01, 2019.
The US postponed plans to increase tariffs on $200B in Chinese goods, with the two sides entering negotiations on contentious issues. Also, reports are that China agreed to lower tariffs on US vehicles (currently at 40%). From the WSJ. Read more here.
During the months of October and November the employees at John S James Company have been tracking their exercises and their meditations with the goal of getting into some better and healthier habits. Even though their true goal was to be healthier at the end of tracking their habits they all had the chance to win an Apple Watch. Congratulations to the winner Indira for being a great healthy habit tracker!!
USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent. The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of