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!



ILA Holiday Schedule 2012-2013

Please see Observed ILA Holiday Schedule for NY ports  for 2012 -2013:

Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2012             (ILA NO-WORK DAY)

New Years Eve, Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013                    (ILA NO-WORK DAY)

Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Monday, January 21, 2013

Lincoln’s Birthday, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President’s day, Monday,February 18, 2013

Gleason’s Birthday, Monday, March 18, 2013

Good Friday, Friday, March 29, 2013

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013

Independance Day, Thurday, July 4, 2013             (ILA NO-WORK DAY)

Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013

Please be guided accordingly!

Dubai Airport Expands its Freight Facilities.

The Journal of Commerce reports a major upgrade to Dubai International Airport.  The expansion program will increase its cargo capacity to more than 3.1 million tons a year by 2018.

According to a press release, the first stage of construction will involve a 30,000-square-meter addition to Dubai International’s 1.2-million-tonne Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT), a move that will increase  CMT’s freight capacity by 25 percent. The airport’s original freight facilities, Hall A and Freight Gate 1, will be fully reconstructed.

A new transhipment facility with capacity for 400,000 tonnes of freight a year is also under construction. After its completion, it will handle about 60 per cent of cargo transferred between Dubai International and Dubai World Central, Dubai’s second airport.

Dubai is an important cargo hub and the total annual cargo volumes across both airports are projected to surge from the 2.19-million tonnes recorded last year to 4.1-million tonnes by 2020.

New Foreign Trade Zone in Miami

The Miami Herald reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce has approved PortMiami’s bid to be a Foreign Trade Zone. This is very advantageous and will help PortMiami to become an international hub for trade and commerce.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  imported products will be allowed to enter a zone warehouse without paying U.S. Customs duties if they are eventually shipped out to another country, or pay duties  only when the imports actually enter the U.S. market.

“Miami’s reputation is as a center for importing and then exporting south so this is a very good fit for our community,’’ said Kevin Lynskey, assistant port director for business initiatives.

“Establishing this new FTZ is crucial in helping our local businesses create jobs, stay competitive and stimulate our economy,’’ said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “It gives an edge to American businesses as they compete in the global marketplace.’’

The port is also planning to establish satellite zones that will allow individual companies to have the benefits of an FTZ at their own secure warehouses. Under the new streamlined application process, companies that want to set up satellite sites could be up and running within 60 to 90 days.

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Panama Canal Increased Toll

As the Journal of Commerce reports, last week the government of Panama approved the two-stage toll increases proposed by the Panama Canal Authority. The changes will take affect on October 1st.

According to Panama Canal Authority administrator/CEO-  Alberta Aleman Zubieta, “The new structure offers price stability to the Panama Canal clients during the next two years, while the approved tolls remain below the value it offers as a safe, reliable and efficient route”.

The tolls for the following segments will be increased: general cargo, dry bulk, tanker, chemical tanker, LPG, vehicle carrier and ro-ro, and others.

Such segments as refeer, passenger and full container will not be adjusted at this time, nor will the price per TEU change for containers carried onboard a vessel. In addition, there will be changes to tolls applicable to small vessels based on vessel length.



Revision of the Merchandise Processing Fee Billing

Please be advised that on June 15, 2012, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began  retroactive billing for the increased merchandise processing fee (MPF) on formal entries.  The Merchandise processing fee rate increased from 0.21% (.0021) to 0.3464% (.003464). This increase was signed into law on October 21, 2011 and applied to merchandise entered from October 1, 2011 through November 4, 2011.

On July 17, 2012, CBP stated they would reliquidate entries that were erroneously billed no later than October 6,2012. CBP will issue refunds for bills already paid by the importer and will cancel bills to importers that remain outstanding. CBP also stated that incorrectly accessed MPF charges are protestable.

If you need any assistance or have any questions , please contact RCL Agencies at 973-779-5900 or at

Improvement of the ATA Carnet Validation

 According to an Office of Field Operations report,a CBP Muster Topic issued in October 2011 now permits  a carnet to be  validated at any port of exit. Prior to this,  a U.S. carnet user was expected to get the carnet validated AND produce the cargo for inspection at the last of exit from the US.  This presented challenges to shippers if they were not physically at the same port of exit as the cargo.

While CBP Directive 3280-013B does not state that a carnet can only be validated at the last port of exit, that has been the interpretation at many ports. CBP Muster Topic #CCS-FY12-0031 clarifies the Directive and makes it clear that the last port of exit can also be the last port where the user will have control of the goods. As long as the goods are in a secure supply chain where the user cannot get access to them, the last port of exit can be the port where the user is separated from the goods until both arrive in a foreign country. According to the U.S. national guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets, this muster applies to both hand-carried goods and shipped cargo.

The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that a traveler may use temporarily to import certain goods into a country without having to engage in the Customs formalities usually required for the importation of goods, and without having to pay duty or value-added taxes on the goods.

If you have questions about using or obtaining an ATA carnet, please contact us at or at 973-779-5900.

CP Strike Ends

The Canadian Pacific Railway resumed service June 1, after Parliament passed a back-to-work legislation on Thursday evening. As the authorities report, the legislation sends all unresolved issues between Canadian Pacific and the union to binding arbitration, giving them 90 days to settle on a new contract or face one drawn up by an arbitrator.
Trains began rolling Friday morning, although it may take weeks or even months to resolve the backlog of freight. On May 23, locomotive engineer, conductors and traffic controllers walked off the job due to a contract dispute.

Rail Strike in Canada Affecting Freight Movement

Engineers, conductors and rail traffic controllers at Canada’s second largest railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, walked off the job about midnight Wednesday after failing to reach a contract agreement.

CP Rail’s Freight service has been shut down across Canada. Due to a prior agreement, three commuter-train services remain in operation in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Many industries are threatened by the economical toll the strike will take. Federal Labor Minster Lisa Raitt said “The work stoppage at CP, which ships grain, fertilizer, coal and other goods across the country, would result in C$540 million ($525 million) in lost economic activity each week.” Raitt adds the government is willing to introduce back-to-work legislation as of Monday and end the strike. “The best solution is always the one that the parties reach themselves,” Raitt said. “I urge the parties to resume negotiations and work diligently to reach negotiated agreements or agree to submit to a binding process to settle their disputes.” Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Vice President Doug Finnson added “We have made every reasonable effort to get a settlement. Every union member knows how important the outstanding issues are. We will not walk away from the negotiation table.”

The two parties continue to meet with the Ottawa government and mediators.