At the beginning of each January, there is always a level of apprehension about how the new year may turn out. With the present uncertainty on many political and economic levels for domestic and international matters, we see many challenges ahead of us in 2017.
Nevertheless, we are reminded of a quote from Calvin Coolidge, an American president in the 1920s, who said, “America’s business is chiefly business.” So, we proceed with cautious optimism grounded in our solid structure and foundation, as well as the success of our company’s history of more than 50 years.
Our worldwide organization of nearly 1,000 professionals is among the best in the business. The strong cooperation between operations, sales, and administration is exemplary. All are supported by an updated global IT system and a streamlined financial structure. Our new website has gone live, and I encourage everyone to take a visit @ http://www.emotrans-global.com. We continue to expand in our existing locations throughout Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Special emphasis is being given to strong business development with additional investments in our global sales teams. We also have a focus on the growing e-commerce segment of our industry; this will create additional opportunities to increase business.
In addition to the western world’s new year, the Chinese Year of the Rooster is celebrated beginning January 28, 2017. We wish our Far Eastern friends all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Marco Rohrer and Tom Bayes have just returned from China and reported on the dynamic progress in our offices. The entire network pledges their continued support for ongoing success in the region. There are exciting prospects with Asia ahead for all of our worldwide locations.
At present, Connie Ash and Carol Ost are busy organizing our global meeting on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida in the middle of March 2017. This conference will again attract many of our Network partners, and I am looking ahead to our constructive, often spirited, conversations that help guide us forward.
On the family side, things are going well; our four grandkids are growing up as they should, and Karin and I are spending time in the South, escaping snow and ice up North.
We wish the best to all, and thanks again for your valuable contributions to our successful 2016.
EMO Management Celebrates Chinese New Year With Asia Offices
In the Chinese culture, it’s a tradition that companies host an annual reunion dinner for all of their employees right before the Chinese New Year begins. These dinners offer the opportunity to review the past year and set new goals and expectations for the new year.
EMO Trans China was proud to host its annual staff assembly and dinner on January 14. The event had 64 attendees, including top EMO management from around the world. The evening’s festivities included speeches from leadership, an awards presentation, and lots of good food and camaraderie.
EMO Trans China’s Managing Director Frank Sun observed that with the opening of offices in Beijing and Chengdu early this year, the company is heading solidly down the path of development and growth in the region.
Mary Sandahl joined Milwaukee’s export operations team, while Atlanta’s Customs Brokerage department welcomed Erin Johnson. Donna Whitwood is a Sales Process Coordinator and Nicole Chapman is a Sales Process Manager in the Atlanta office.
New Leadership in Denver and Atlanta
The Denver branch is pleased to announce that Don Derbin has been appointed Branch Manager. “Don has been with us for five years now, and it has been a great pleasure to see him grow and develop all the skills necessary to successfully run the branch,” says President & CEO Marco Rohrer. “I also appreciate the efforts of his predecessors, Lynn Derbin and Paul Walborn, who have done a great job developing a stellar reputation for the Denver office in this important market.”
After many years of successful branch management for Atlanta, Jim DeLoach will move into the new role of Regional Project Manager. In this role, Jim will focus on strategic planning in areas such as global tender management, pricing data management, and customer-specific solutions.
Mark Sims will assume the position of Atlanta Branch Manager. “Mark has been with EMO Trans for more than 20 years, and he is well versed in the workings of the Atlanta branch,” says Vice President Peter Crooks. “He most recently acted as Global Key Account Manager and was Import Manager prior to that.”
Keith Palmer will assume Mark’s responsibilities as Global Key Account Manager and maintain his position as Air Import Manager. “In his current role, Keith supports air activity for global accounts and is very familiar with these customers’ unique challenges,” Peter says.
News from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
On January 17, CBP issued a Federal Register Notice announcing that the effective date for modifications to the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) tests regarding Reconciliation, Post-Summary Corrections, and Periodic Monthly Statements is delayed until further notice. This affects:
CBP also announced that its Extension, Suspension and Liquidation division has a New Web Portal. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) pilot is closed and available to all importers as an option to file electronically. This applies to all alcohol and tobacco imports.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The ACE pilot is closed, and the ability to file EPA-related data electronically is available to all importers.
Effective January 26, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Certification Process will be updated. The updates eliminate Blanket Certification filing with CBP, allow the transmission of TSCA certifications in ACE, and allow other EPA Programs to be filed electronically, such as pesticides, vehicles, and engines. Access the updated TSCA Certification form here.
Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS)
On January 17, FWS announced it is suspending the ACE pilot program.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
On May 30, 2017, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) will be the newest entity role required as part of the FDA/Partner Government Agency (PGA) message set. Please see the information FDA has supplied with the requirements of the FSVP.
What’s New in Trade?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. experienced surpluses with some countries and deficits with others in November 2016. The amount of deficits totaled $45.2 billion.
Surpluses were recorded, in billions of dollars, with Hong Kong ($2.5), South and Central America ($2.4), Singapore ($1.0), Brazil ($0.8), and United Kingdom ($0.1).
Deficits were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($28.4), European Union ($13.8), Japan ($5.7), Mexico ($5.7), Germany ($5.3), Canada ($3.2), Italy ($2.2), South Korea ($2.2), OPEC ($1.9), India ($1.8), Taiwan ($1.3), France ($1.3), and Saudi Arabia ($0.2).
The deficit with Canada increased $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.7 billion to $21.3 billion and imports increased $0.9 billion to $24.5 billion.
The deficit with the European Union increased $0.9 billion to $13.8 billion in November. Exports decreased $1.3 billion to $21 billion and imports decreased $0.4 billion to $34.8 billion.
The surplus with Brazil increased $0.7 billion to $0.8 billion in November. Exports increased $0.7 billion to $3.2 billion and imports decreased less than $0.1 billion to $2.4 billion.
Chinese New Year Rush Causes Congestion and Accidents
One unfortunate side effect of the rush before Chinese New Year is that sometimes accidents happen. EMO Trans China’s Managing Director Frank Sun has reported that there’s a serious shortage of truck drivers and equipment. Sadly, some container trucks have had collisions with people, which, in addition to the human tragedy, have caused congestion and a backlog of traffic. After accidents began happening – largely due to lack of sleep for truck drivers – container yards opted to close down traffic to avoid further accidents. Frank says that with many truck drivers going on holiday, there will be delays and costs may go up.
EMO Trans China is committed to acting as efficiently as possible to manage these situations. And, as always, we thank customers for their patience.