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FEBRUARY 2017
Welcome to our newest edition of the EMO Trans newsletter! In the midst of an unseasonably warm February in the northeast U.S. and a contentious political landscape, the news for EMO Trans is positive, and I feel optimistic. The first two months have shown growth for us, with particularly strong numbers in the U.S. and Chile, as well as throughout Asia. We are happy for such good fortune and keenly aware that these gains strengthen our position as we face an uncertain geo-political climate and a changing industry.
 
Our meeting in Singapore in November was very successful, and the momentum created among us is already evident in our positive results so far. That is why our upcoming global meeting will leverage this energy and continue our focus on sales strategy and growth. Connie Ash from our Freeport office and all the presenters are working hard to plan a robust and productive meeting. We all look forward to seeing our friends and partners. Our goal is to align our vision and work together to deepen our position in the market while resolving any challenges we face along the way. As we discuss new opportunities and new ways of serving our customers, we will be introducing a number of new and updated pieces of infrastructure soon. Most notable is our portal project, which will take customer connectivity to a new level. This innovation is key to keeping up with the way our customers do business.
 
In addition, you will see in this edition that Chile is proud to expand their office space, as well as tackling the complex and rewarding process of becoming ISO certified. EMO Trans Stuttgart (STR) is intensifying their work in the automotive sector with an impressive move from STR to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)! As always, our CEO Marco Rohrer continues his unyielding travel schedule with a visit to Hong Kong among other destinations.
 
We are all on an important journey together. Whether you are a dedicated employee, a supportive overseas partner, or a valued customer, you are essential to our development and growth. Our goal remains as always to foster an environment where employees can use their creative thinking skills to customize and fulfill the customer’s needs, using the full weight of our global infrastructure. Looking at the numbers so far this year, this approach continues to be successful!
 
Thank you,  
 
Jenni Frigger-Latham
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
EMO Stuttgart Ships High-End Automobile
EMO’s automotive team in Stuttgart recently shipped a beauty of a car to Kuala Lumpur. The Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman model is considered by many auto enthusiasts and collectors to be one of the most luxurious cars ever made. This
Car & Driver blog offers an interesting look at this model that was produced between 1963 and 1981. EMO Trans is proud to offer “white glove” handling for high-value vehicles of this sort.
Pictured left to right: Dennis Scholz (Supervisor, Automotive), Rebecca Wesser (Export Manager), and Andreas Pfitzner (Branch Manager).
Hong Kong is Going Strong!
EMO Trans President and CEO Marco Rohrer visited EMO Trans Hong Kong recently to recognize its success in 2016 and encourage the office to double its efforts in 2017.
Pictured: Tiffany Mak, Ada Choy, Natalie Chan, Gladys Leung, Marco Rohrer, Adley Ho, Tracy Po, June Mou, Sandy Ip, Heidi Chau, Joe Yip, Axel Liu, Micky Wong, and Ming So.
 
During the meeting, key observations about 2016 and 2017 were shared:
  • The bankruptcy of the world’s seventh largest vessel operator, Hanjin Shipping, caused countless shippers to struggle to retrieve cargo containers that were held up by creditors and stranded on ships that were not allowed to dock.
  • As vessel operators have inundated the seas with mega-vessels, they've struggled against a prolonged period of weak capacity demand. CKYHE Alliance has helped alleviate some of the pressure the industry has faced. Unfortunately, Hanjin's woes fell on the deaf ears of its creditors.
  • For most ocean carriers, the first three quarters were extremely challenging financially. Overcapacity was certainly one of the most prevalent issues. Ocean carriers have continued to see their average operating margin dip below zero as rates fell to their lowest levels since 2009. This action will continue to accelerate carrier acquisition activities in 2017.
  • Some level of carrier consolidation will continue in 2017. The three major alliances in 2017 will be 2M + Hyundai, The ALLIANCE, and Ocean Alliance. These three alliances will control more than 90% of the Trans-Pacific trade and 96% of Asia-Europe trade.
  • Supply and demand imbalance will likely continue to plague the industry in 2017.
All in all, a fruitful meeting between EMO’s president and an actively growing branch in Hong Kong!
Chile ISO Certification and Office Expansion
EMO Trans has expanded its presence in Santiago, consolidating its Corporate Sales Team with the rest of the group. EMO Trans Chile also was evaluated by the Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2008 as a Supplier Category "A" Good.
 
Well done, EMO Chile!
Atlanta’s Air Imports team welcomed Adrienne DeCesare, while Joe Hawkins joined Atlanta’s corporate office in Admin Support. Adam Turkis joined Baltimore’s Imports department. Dallas’s Exports team welcomed Kieman Garcia. Carol Schutte is Freeport’s new Human Resource/Payroll Assistant, and Stephanie Johnson joined Charleston’s Brokerage department. 
 
Darren Walton, Chicago (ORD) Branch Manager, has announced a new Sales Executive. “Saba Solomon is joining us, and we are pleased to have her on board. We know that her experience and knowledge will help us as we continue to grow in the region.”


Jabarri Hicks has joined the EMO Trans RDM Team effective February 20. Jabarri will work the India/Middle East Help Desk based out of the EMO Houston office.
EMO Singapore Has Moved!
Effective March 1, EMO Singapore’s new address is 115 Airport Cargo Road #05-09, Cargo Agents Building C, Singapore 819466.
Updated Guidance for Requirements for Subheading 9801.00.10 – U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned    
 
CBP ACE Post Summary Deployment Date Undecided
As previously announced, the January 14, 2017, deployment of post-release capabilities in ACE, including liquidation (with the exception of the electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov), drawback/duty deferral, reconciliation, collections, statements and the Automated Surety Interface has been postponed. While a new deployment date has not been determined, CBP continues to work with all stakeholders to identify a new deployment date. When a new date is determined, CBP will announce the date via publication of a Federal Register Notice, which will provide the trade community with a thirty-day notification period.


FDA – Food Facility Registrations Invalidated Due to Renewal Process Failure
 
Antidumping –Investigation in Off-Road Tires from India (A-533-869)
           
Environment Surrounding Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
The current administration has made it clear that they intend to review and/or renegotiate current trade deals; an example was the U.S. exit from the
TPP.  EMO Trans recommends an internal review of your suppliers involved with FTAs in order to analyze your exposure to possible changes in trade agreements. EMO Trans will be monitoring the continued discussion of FTAs and support our customers with updates on specific details when they are available.

Useful links:

Bureau of Industry & Security
U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division
C-TPAT
TSA
DHS
Customs and Border Protection
GRIs and PSS Effective 3/1

"50 Years” of Competence in FMO

On February 1Elke Beding (Management Assistant) and Andreas Ehrlich (Import Airfreight) each celebrated their 25th anniversary in the Muenster/Osnabrueck (FMO) branch. "We are very thankful and proud of their loyalty to our company!" says Branch Manager Tobias Goer.

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