Members of the James Gang would like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to our clients, partners, colleagues, families and friends. We are truly thankful for each of you. To allow staff time to travel and reflect on our blessings with family and friends, all JSJ offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 and will reopen Monday, December 2.
With grateful appreciation to Ms. Helen Beasley for arranging this event on behalf of the Independent Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Savannah, #JamesGang members Alex Jones, JR Cotton, and Steven Hollander tour the working vessel MV OOCL Berlin in the port of Savannah, GA today. Tour participants included employees from regular member firms of IFFCBAS. They were guided through the bridge, catwalks and a tour of the engine room. What a great experience for all.
As reported from ustr.gov 10/28/2019 Washington, DC – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) will commence on November 1, 2019 a process for considering extending for up to twelve months certain exclusions from additional tariffs on Chinese imports that were granted last December and are set to expire on December 28, 2019. In a Federal Register notice to be published this week, USTR will provide details on the process for submitting comments favoring or opposing specified tariff exclusions. The period for submitting comments will run from November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. To view the Federal Register notice, click here. Downloadable forms for filing a comment are available here.
This past week John S James Company attended the South Carolina International Trade Conference in Charleston. Our own Director of Import Compliance Myra Reynolds was a featured panelist at the SCITC Customs Update. Rick Jones of the John S James Charleston office as well as JSJ Import Administrator Sean Kelley teamed up with Cole Creech and Nicolas Aboitiz of DAK Americas LLC teamed up for the Conference Golf Tournament. The foursome came in last place and won the “Most Honest Player Award”.
Incoterms® 2020 has been written and will be published later this year. The ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) does training all over the world and this event will be held in Charleston, SC on November 19, 2019. Frank Reynolds, the USA representative to the ICC for updating Incoterms for 30+ years, will be doing a seminar in Charleston on November 19. Frank is the country’s lead expert on this subject and his seminars are very entertaining and thorough. He is the author of Incoterms For Americans®. I’ve attached a flyer with the event details. We hope you can make it to Charleston for this important event for every exporter and importer. For more information, go to https://www.incoterms-for-americans.com/.