Charter Container Line Rule: Solas- VGM

By the shipper signing the Solas Verified Gross Mass Certificate, the shipper (USPPI) acknowledge and agree that RCL/ Charter Container Line will rely on the accuracy of the VGM provided herin and shall be entitled to tender. Counter-sign or endorse this certificate as RCL’S -Charter Container Lines’s own VGM to subcontractors, including the vessel operator. You (USPPI) agree that you (USPPI) shall be responsible for any inaccuracies in the VGM declared herein, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless RCL- Charter Container Line from any claims, losses, penalties, and or costs from such inaccurate VGM.

Welcome to our New Website!

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to introduce you to our newly redesigned website!

Our new website features improved menu functionality that directs you to the most relevant services. The site also has a clean design and an intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation system. It is fully responsive with a mobile-first design, which makes it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and devices.

We are also adding new email updates to help you keep up to date on the latest news about the international trade and shipping.

RCL Team

Joseph Cuccurullo to be a panelist at the 15th annual Port of New York-New Jersey Port Industry Day

On the 1st of October RCL Agencies will participate in the 15th annual Port of New York-New Jersey Port Industry Day which will be held at the new Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ. We are excited to announce that our Vice President Joseph Cuccurullo will be a panelist at the “Reshaping the Port Environment” session.

Over 400 top decision-makers from every segment of the maritime and transportation industry attend this important annual event. We all encourage you to this this event as it to provide businesses with actionable information, recommendations and specific solutions when dealing with global commerce. For more details about the event please follow the link

RCL is a Member of NCBFAA!

RCL Agencies Inc. is proud to announce our membership in the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFA).

NCBFAA was  established in 1897 in New York and represents more than 970 member companies with 110,000 employees in international trade.  Membership includes the nation’s leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), Non Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters.    With it’s headquarters in Washington DC, NCBFAA keeps a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members and  provides members with educational tools, industry updates and provides informative networking conferences each year.

We are proud to be a part of NCBFAA!



The US-EU Free Trade Agreement: Pros and Cons

According to a report by Global Research, “the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and EU intends to create the world’s largest free trade area, ‘protect’ investment and remove ‘unnecessary regulatory barriers’. Corporate interests are driving the agenda, with the public having been sidelined”.

Despite many difficulties, it is clear that a final agreement between the EU and US has been reached. This will have an impact on either side of the Atlantic  as well as on the economic and trade ties with countries elsewhere.

The agreement is expected to boost the kind of growth sought by both parties and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, particularly since it is expected not only to remove customs tariffs – as is the case in such agreements – but also includes the liberalization of trade in the services sector. This is a major step forward given that trade liberalization within the member states of the World Trade Organisation following the Doha Round has been at a standstill over several years. Since a US-EU free trade agreement could lead to seismic changes in international trade patterns, it is essential that other countries strive to rearrange their economic and commercial engagements, including signing more free trade agreements, particularly with the US, the EU, China, India, Turkey, Brazil and Russia.

One of the key aspects of the negotiations is that both the EU and US should recognise their respective rules and regulations, which in practice could reduce regulation to the lowest common denominator. The official language talks of ‘mutual recognition’ of standards or so-called reduction of non-tariff barriers. For the EU, that could mean accepting US standards in many areas, including food and agriculture, which are lower than the EU’s.

There are disparities concerning agriculture and subsidies provided to this vital sector, as well as on the issue of environmental protection and genetically-modified foods, which are rejected by the EU. Also, some Europeans think that the free trade agreement will grant US multinationals certain privileges.

The information is provided by Gulf News.  Stay informed about the latest shipping news with RCL updates!



Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Dear Customers,

Please note that due to the observance of Thanksgiving Day , our office will be closed Thursday, November 22nd. Additionally , we will have a short day on Friday , November 23rd.

Please be advised that all terminals in the main USA ports will be closed Thursday, but will continue their opeations on Friday.

Please be guided accordingly.

RCL Agencies wishes you Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!



RCL Participates In Global Symposium

On October 11th, RCL was honored to be a sponsor and participant at a Global Symposium hosted by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce International Business Council.  The event was designed to provide insights and resources on how to conduct business in international markets.

RCL’s Vice President Joseph Cuccurullo was a panelist on a session  called””Finance and Logistics of International Trade”.    Others on the panel included Alex Unterkoefler (WeiserMazars), Panel Moderator Andrea Schrager(Consumer Centers of NY/NJ), Ann Jones (Frenkel & Co.), Regina Gordin (Ex-Im Bank), and  Debra Smith (Citibank).  Afterwards Joe Cuccurullo said “The symposium was well attended by a wide variety of professionals engaged with International trade in one fashion or another. There was a significant amount of pragmatic  information shared by each of the panelist’s in an effort to bring value added to all attending in an effort to support exports from the U.S.A.”

RCL also had an exhibitor’s table at the event, providing us with an opportunity to meet and network with many people at the event.

Panelists: Alex  Unterkoetler, Andrea Schrager, Ann Jones,Regina Gordin, Debra Smith and Joe Cuccurullo

Joe Cuccurullo to be Panelist at International Symposium

On the 11th of October RCL Agencies will participate in an International Symposium presented by Meadowlands International Business Council. We are excited to announce that our Vice President Joseph Cuccurullo will be a panelist at the “Finance and Logistics of International Trade” session.

We all encourage you to this this event as this symposium is a unique event created to provide businesses with actionable information, recommendations and specific solutions when dealing with global commerce. For more details about the event please visit the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce website or follow the link