ILA Negotiations Suspended

As American Shipper magazine reports,  negotiations between  The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) that were scheduled to be held from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24 were suspended before the end of the first day.

The breakdown of talks comes  after both sides reported disagreements on two key issues—the greater use of automation to replace manual functions at the docks and the continued jurisdiction of labor to repair and service chassis used by drayage companies.

The current contact that expires on the 30th of September covers the dockworkers in 13 ports.  According to the trade group the National Retail Federation (NRF), about 20 percent of all apparel, textile, and footwear traffic moves through the 13 ports stretching from Maine to Texas.

The possible work stoppage would affect the normal flow of goods entering U.S. commerce and could disrupt residual holiday traffic. U.S. imports from Europe would face the most severe disruptions, although Asian import flows could be affected as well. About 30 percent of Asian imports enter U.S. commerce through East and Gulf Coast ports.

RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on the further developments.

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

Marine insurance keeps you protected

How do you ship your merchandise worry and stress free? With recent shocking news about piracy and hijacking it has become more complex to find trust and reliability of shipping cargo. However, life goes on and you need to transport your goods. How would you protect your safety in shipping endeavors? Is it possible to completely secure your cargo and what would happen if the goods will get damaged?

The answer to all these questions is marine insurance.  Marine insurance used to cover the loss or damage of the shipment, cargo or other transport by which goods are transported from one destination to another. Acquiring marine insurance services means that all the goods, vehicle and other merchandise will be transported safely and with complete security. Under certain rules in international shipping and trade your company should provide a purchase of transportation insurance. Different options are available when choosing your coverage. For example, Cost Insurance Freight (CIF) would cover your cargo if you’re transporting your products to Europe. It is means that you must pay for international transport plus shipping insurance.
FOB terms (Free On Board) are the terms that apply to the important merchandise for which the seller is responsible up until they are loaded on board as cargo at the port of origin. In this case the seller is free of responsibility for the cargo while it is in transit. Since the company has already paid for the cargo which may never arrive, it would be prudent to acquire transport insurance to cover for the risk of loss or damage.
It is optional to use individual watercraft insurance. This type of protection targets non-commercial usage watercraft and it covers property losses and cargo liability coverage. Automobile industry can use a Hull and machinery (H&M) insurance which covers loss of complete ship and not just part of it.
Many other insurances exist which will give you peace of mind and satisfaction with your shipment.

Always remember to ask your shipping company about types of coverage available. RCL is ready to answer all of your questions and offer professional solution to move your cargo from one place to another.
While the acts of piracy within the shipping market have been included within the insured perils, there has been reluctance to allow an all too easy recovery of such claims due to the common and civil law jurisdictions. Piracy, however, is to remain an insured danger as otherwise the consequences would be detrimental.

ENS Mandatory filing for exports July 1,2011


The European Union has declared that they will begin the enforcement phase of EU1875 on July,1,2011 after six months of monitoring ENS filings. Adherence to the regulation requiring carriers to electronically file ENS data 24 hours prior to vessel ARRIVAL at port of loading (POL) will be MANDATORY !!!!!