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TRUXPO 2014 – A Look Back + Draw Winner Announced

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Industry Comes Together for Western Canada’s Largest Commercial Trucking Show

 

TRUXPO 2014 decked the Tradex grounds in Abbotsford on September 19-20, last week. Event producers boast that the event was attended by over ten thousand visitors ranging from individuals and families alike. Western Canada’s largest trucking and logistics show brought the industry together, attracting local, national and international exhibitors and visitors and showcasing the latest in commercial trucking, logistics and transportation equipment.

While most attendees stopped by the various exhibitors to size up the latest and greatest in trucks, trailers, and equipment, the focal point of the show was Optimus Prime — the amazing truck from Transformers 4 at the Western Star booth. Show goers and Transformers fans capitalized on the chance to get up close and personal with a real movie “star”!

For those of you who could not come out, highlights of the two-day event included:

  • BCTA Sector Update Conference – the conference program was chock-full of informative and relevant industry information and attracted delegates from western trucking associations and their industry counterparts.
  • Industry Luncheon – keynote speech by CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons.
  • Multi-cultural Events – Special entertainment and food, both ethnic and Canadian to celebrate Canada’s diverse trucking industry.
  • Recruiting Here feature – Drivers, mechanics and other related professionals met prospective new employers.
  • Big Rig Show & Shine – An impressive grouping of both show and working trucks, all vying for honors in the Truck Beauty Pageant.

 

Once again, Pacific Customs Brokers was an exhibitor at this year’s show. We answered highway carrier, cross-border or customs related questions.  We showcased Border Pro for Carriers, our suite of services created to help carriers, truckers, drivers, dispatchers and self-carrying importers seamlessly clear customs. Our staff found it to be a great opportunity to mingle and network with industry partners.

 

Draw Winner Announced:

If you visited us at booth #672 and participated in our draw for a delicious dinner, you must be eagerly waiting to hear of the results. Congratulations to Ben Reimer from Reimer Brothers on winning the gift certificate to the fabulous Derby Bar and Grill.

Thank you to all who stopped by our booth and participated in the draw.

 

Did you attend TRUXPO this year? What was your feedback on the event? Leave your comments below or email Ask Your Broker.

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TRUXPO 2014 + Ticket Giveaway

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This fall, the Tradex complex in Abbotsford, BC will be home to two big industry events when TRUXPO 2014 and the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show open doors September 19 – 20, 2014.

TRUXPO is western Canada’s largest trucking and logistics show displaying Canada’s biggest exhibition of Class 5-8 trucks and equipment. Presented in partnership with the BC Trucking Association, it showcases new products and the latest in commercial trucking, logistics and transportation equipment.

This year, the event will not only take over the entire Tradex complex, but also extend into 80,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space. In addition, it has a new two-day format with new features such as an industry conference program, social and networking opportunities and plenty of special industry features designed to educate, inform and entertain.

TRUXPO attracts local, national and international exhibitors and visitors. Attendees will interact with thousands of industry peers; meet with current suppliers; get answers to critical technical questions; and take advantage of top notch training and education.

Two great events in one place:

For the first time, TRUXPO and the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show will be taking place concurrently and co-located at Tradex. Attendees who register for TRUXPO will also be allowed entry to the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show.

 

Show Details:

What: TRUXPO 2014

When: September 19 – 20, 2014  (Full event schedule)

Where: Tradex Complex in Abbotsford, BC.

Who Should Attend: Fleet managers, truck buyers, operators, service personnel and distributors representing general construction, trucking, public works, utilities, aggregate production, road building and maintenance.

Admission: $20.00 at the door. $10.00 if you pre-register by August 22, 2014 (Tip: Pre-registeration saves you 50% and fast-tracks your entrance to the show.)

Note:

  1. TRUXPO registrants will also be allowed entry to the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show. Trade show badges from either show will allow attendees to have admission to both events.
  2. Registration is good for both show days.
  3. Show producers, Master Promotions, state the event to be 95% sold out (as of July 24, 2014).

Show Highlights:

  • Conference Program (New for 2014!) – Organized by the BC Trucking Association (BCTA), the conference program will be chock-full of informative and relevant industry information and will attract delegates from western trucking associations and their industry counterparts.
  • Industry Luncheon – A ticketed industry luncheon is organized for Friday. The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure will give opening remarks and officially open the show. Michael “Pinball” Clemons, a former all-star running back, Grey Cup winning coach and president, CEO and vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts, will be the keynote speaker for the show’s luncheon.
  • Multi-cultural Events (New for 2014!) – To celebrate Canada’s diverse trucking industry, special entertainment and food, both ethnic and Canadian is planned for Saturday.
  • Recruiting Here feature – Drivers, mechanics and other related professionals are encouraged to come with resume in-hand to meet prospective new employers. Visit this link for a List of ‘Recruiting’ Exhibitors.
  • Big Rig Show & Shine (New for 2014!)Hosted by Pro-Trucker Magazine – An impressive grouping of both show and working trucks, all vying for honors in the Truck Beauty Pageant. Don’t forget to pick up your People’s Choice ballot at the Pro-Trucker Magazine booth and vote for your favourite rig.
  • Driver Appreciation Day (New for 2014!)

For complete details and event updates visit www.truxpo.com.

 

Pacific Customs Brokers at TRUXPO 2014:

Once again, Pacific Customs Brokers will be exhibiting at TRUXPO. Our staff will be present to answer any highway carrier, cross-border or customs related questions.  We will also showcase Border Pro for Carriers,  our suite of services created to help carriers, truckers, drivers, dispatchers and self-carrying importers seamlessly clear customs. We invite you to stop and visit us at booth # 672 and participate in a draw for a fabulous dinner. Find us on the event exhibitor map. We look forward to seeing you there.

Win a pair of tickets:

We have 10 pairs of tickets (2 tickets each) to give away to 10 lucky winners. No purchase necessary to enter or win. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.

Two ways you can enter to win:

  • All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments below this post (1 entry):

Which TRUXPO show highlight are you most looking forward to attending?

- OR -

  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry):

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RT to enter to win a pair of tickets to #TRUXPO via @AskBorderPro http://ow.ly/zRoIr

Entries to this giveaway close at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. We will randomly select ten winners Wednesday afternoon and announce them in our Border Pro newsletter Thursday morning. Winners will also be notified by email. Good luck and see you at TRUXPO 2014!

Note: This giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of British Columbia and the laws of Canada and the U.S. applicable therein.

 

Have questions or comments? Leave them in our comments section below or email Ask Your Broker.

 

Update 20 August 2014 – Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations Charanpreet Brar, PDQ Post Group, Kam-Way, Mntman, Reza Rahim and @allisonannea! You are the winners of two tickets to TRUXPO 2014. Please check your inboxes for further details on how to go about claiming your prize.

Thank you to everyone who posted a comment and retweeted! Keep checking back for more such giveaways on ‘Your Broker Knows’.

 

Happy 60th Birthday to Us! – Pacific Customs Brokers

The Pacific Group of Companies is celebrating a significant milestone this year – 60 successful years in business.

With the roots of our company planted in 1954, the Pacific Group of Companies was founded by John Cyril (Jack) Todd. Jack started the company with his wife Eileen at the Pacific Highway port of entry in Surrey, British Columbia. John Glendon (Glen) Todd, Jack’s son, now leads the group of companies as the Chief Executive Officer.

During the past six decades, our Company has seen many ups and downs in the international trade landscape but has emerged successfully and experienced considerable growth and development. Built through hard work and service, the Company has filled a critical void in the international trade community. Today, we employ over 275 people with expertise in customs brokerage, trade compliance, freight management as well as cross-border and international trade.

In recognition of this diamond jubilee, the Pacific Group of Companies celebrated the occasion with present and retired employees, accompanied by their immediate families and grandchildren. The Company went back in time and hosted a Surf City Beach Party on Monday, June 30, 2014. The evening was filled with beach themed activities, music and food. The highlights of the event included a BBQ Beach Dinner, opening acts by the Holidays and Dr. Strangelove, plenty of games, contests, and prizes. The main draw of the evening was a performance by former Beach Boys and Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean in the Surf City Allstars band.

Over the years, we have had some outstanding people work for us. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our current and past employees for their hard work and dedication which have been an important factor to our success.

We would also like to thank our many loyal clients and valued partners who have supported us through the years. We appreciate the opportunity to have done business with you. Though we grow large, we continue to strive to maintain a one-on-one relationship with you.

As we honor the past 60 years, we look to the future and expect the coming years to be ones of renewed vision, goals and accomplishments. Thank you for being a part of our journey!

 

Do you have memories of working with us that you’d like to share? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

U.S. West Coast Port Strike: Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions With a Contingency Plan

US West Coast Port StrikeThe International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have been in negotiations since May 12, 2014 over a new West Coast longshore labor contract. The current six year labor contract is slated to expire at midnight on June 30, 2014 so the ILWA and PMA are working actively to renew labor contracts by reaching an agreement on a new contract.

 

Potential impact on trade

A strike or other labor disruption would have a significant impact on the North American economy and global trade. The Global Port Tracker Report  by the National Retail Federation states that the major ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma along the U.S. West Coast handled 11.2 million cargo containers in 2013, or 69 percent of the total at U.S. retail container ports.

In the event of a strike or lockout, all ports on the U.S. West Coast will be shut down and all vessels will be denied access to those U.S ports. This will result in vessels diverting to the East Coast, Mexican and Canadian ports causing large-scale congestion. Truck traffic along the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican border is also expected to increase resulting in congestion and delays.

The expansion of the Panama Canal has given U.S.-bound shipments new arrival options causing West Coast ports to fight for market share in the Asia-Pacific sector. Shipments to the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal are also increasing.

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Impact on exports from and imports to the U.S.

More than two-thirds of U.S. retail container cargo flows through the West Coast ports. This includes goods imported from Asia, with total volumes of around 20 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year. As retailers approach the peak period for importing merchandise for the back-to-school or holiday seasons, activity is expected to be strong this summer.

  1. A strike this summer may result in more containers bypassing the West Coast altogether.
  2. If a new contract or contract extension is not in place one week prior to the current contract expiration, it is possible that the railroads will issue an embargo to/from the West Coast ports to control the flow of rail cars and avoid a backlog. Vancouver does not fall under the ILWU  (they are part of the BCMEA ). Intermodal cargo that moves via the United States West Coast cannot be routed over Vancouver.
  3. The East Coast and Gulf systems cannot accommodate the volume for the West Coast. Importers considering East Coast/Gulf routing are advised to plan ahead and secure additional inventory in advance.
  4. Bracing for labor unrest or potential work stoppages at U.S. West Coast ports, some ocean carriers are announcing a precautionary Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS). The amounts of the surcharge are applicable to both dry and reefer shipments  – $800 per-20 foot container (TEU) and $1,000 per-40 foot container (FEU). This surcharge will be applied to all shipments destined for or originating in the United States, including shipments to/from Canada and Mexico.

What you can do to safeguard your imports and exports

As a majority of imported retail goods are shipped through West Coast terminals and gates, a successful contract negotiation is of critical interest to all in the supply chain. While all parties are optimistic that a new agreement will be reached with little disruption, having a contingency plan in place in case of a strike or lockout will help your business mitigate any supply chain disruptions. Below are some proactive steps you could take to safeguard your shipments.

  1. Scope your alternatives – Develop a backup plan with an experienced logistics provider to ensure the proper flow of merchandise.
  2. Ship highly predictable merchandise early – This will enable your product to arrive at destinations in a timely manner before the contract expiration is reached (June 30). Coordinate with the destination distribution centers and warehouses to ensure they have the ability to plan and receive the additional inventory.
  3. Choose alternate port routings – Look at routing shipments to Canadian and East Coast ports not affected by these activities.
  4. Consider moving products via sea-ground options and/or air freight to minimize the impact of increased costs. Air might be a good choice for critical time-sensitive products.
  5. Transload, truck, and intermodal - Be prepared to consider multiple means of transportation, utilizing truck and intermodal as needed to keep products moving.
  6. Prepare for likely delays and stoppages at the ports around contract signing time.
  7. Stay updated on the status of the negotiations – Pacific Customs Brokers is monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates to the Trade News section of our website as they become available.

How Pacific Customs Brokers can help

Additionally, our affiliated companies Pacific Overseas Forwarding and PCB Sufferance Warehouse can help you devise a customized backup plan. We offer solutions from cross docking and clearing your goods to transporting them down to your North American destination. U.S. exporters might look to use our bonded warehouse as a destination to ship overseas bound cargo for container loading. Contact us to learn how one of our logistics specialists can help you prepare your contingency plan.

 

Have questions or concerns about the potential U.S. West Coast port strike? Use the comments section below to leave us your thoughts or email Ask Your Broker.

 

ACI eManifest: 4 Problematic Situations and How to Handle Them

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Highway carriers can encounter many different issues when crossing the border. With the advent of the ACI eManifest program, some of these issues need to be dealt with differently than they have been in the past.

In a recent webinar, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) addressed a few of the more common problems and how to deal with them in this presentation. The four situations discussed were as follows:

  1. How to present ACI after driver returned to U.S.
  2. How to present ACI for goods found astray
  3. How to present ACI for unreported goods
  4. How to present ACI when cargo linked to wrong CRN

 

1. How to present ACI after driver returned to U.S.

Scenario #1:

  • If the driver returns to the U.S. and leaves the tractor and trailer, the lead sheet would stay with the conveyance and no further action is required by the carrier.

Scenario #2:

  • If the driver returns to the U.S. with the tractor or tractor/trailer, the CRN will be rejected back to the carrier and the carrier will submit a change for the new version of the CRN, revising information as required. The new driver will then present the lead sheet with the same CRN.

NOTE: Any cargos reported on first CRN will remain in reported status if cargos are not returning to Canada within 40 days they will need to be cancelled using BSF673.

 

2. How to present ACI for goods found astray

Scenario #1:

  • If U.S. cargo is found astray in Canada, the carrier needs to submit a new cargo report for the goods with “port of report” as port of discovery, and “port of destination” as port of exit. If the conveyance is known, the carrier needs to amend the list of cargos to include the new cargo. The carrier will then stop at the port of export and provide any additional information the BSO may request.
  • The BSO will then acquit the cargo.

NOTE: If the conveyance is NOT known, the process is the same other than the cargo will NOT be attached to a conveyance.

Scenario #2:

  • If Canadian cargo is found astray in the US, the carrier will need to submit a cargo for the goods and attach it to the conveyance that will bring the goods back to Canada.
  • On arrival (either frontier or inland), the carrier will provide any additional information the BSO may request.
  • The BSO will then acquit the cargo.

 

3. How to present ACI for un-reported cargo

Scenario #1:

  • If unreported cargo is found in Canada the carrier needs to submit a new cargo report for the goods with “port of report” as port of discovery and “port of destination” as port of final destination. If the conveyance is known, the carrier needs to amend the list of cargos to include the cargo. A release request with the same destination will acquit this cargo.

NOTE: If the conveyance is NOT known, the process is the same other than the cargo will NOT be attached to a conveyance and therefore the carrier will need to contact the CBSA to have the cargo arrived in order to the release the cargo.

 

4. How to present ACI when cargo linked to wrong CRN                       

If a carrier realizes, once in Canada, that there is a cargo attached to the conveyance and the goods are not on the conveyance that has arrived, there are 3 possible scenarios:

Scenario #1 – CRN and cargo – NO release

  • Carrier will de-link cargo and submit BSF673 to cancel original cargo
  • Once cargo is cancelled, the carrier re-submits a new version of the same CCN
  • Carrier submits a new CRN, quoting the original CCN
  • Carrier then can attach (link) the new version of the cargo to the new CRN

Scenario #2 – CRN, cargo and release (on file / not released)   

  • Carrier will de-link cargo from the CRN and submit BSF673 to cancel original cargo
  • Importer must present A48- RMD corrector to cancel release request
  • Once the cargo is cancelled, the carrier re-submits a new version of the same CCN
  • Carrier submits a new CRN, quoting the original CCN
  • Carrier then can attach (link) the new version of the cargo to the new CRN
  • Release request can now be presented with the right information by the importer/broker

Scenario #3 – CRN, cargo and release (released)

  • Importer is required to present a B2 Canada Customs – Adjustment Request
  • The carrier is required to submit new cargo and conveyance data within ACI time frames when the goods will be entering Canada

NOTE: The CCN is unusable (the original cargo would be left in acquitted status and the original conveyance in the Auth to Move status)

If you have any questions about ACI eManifest, or any other cross-border transportation matters, please do not hesitate to contact our Carrier Relations Liaison at 855.542.6644  or via email at carrierhelpdesk@pcb.ca.

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