Weekly Update: A sliver of light

Seeking a better deal. Reuters is reporting that the United States favors a negotiated settlement in the tariff dispute.  In response to the European Union’s decision to pursue retaliatory tariffs for Boeing subsidies, the U.S has provided proposals for a “… reasonable settlement that would provide a level playing field”.  Read more here.  

Reefer Availability – France  The reefer availability situation has deteriorated in the past week.  For the West Coast, we are now experiencing a 2+ week delay in reefer shipments.  For the East Coast, delays are approximately 2 weeks.  As an alternative, we would suggest you consider insulated containers for East Coast shipments.  In the case of LCL shipments, this will not only result in quicker shipment, but the cost per case of an insulated shipment will be reduced by $0.75.  We will be reaching out to our customers, who currently have East Coast shipments booked, to see if you would like to change from Reefer to insulated containers.

Port congestion Since late summer the inbound container activity in southern California and the Northeast are showing the complete volume reversal that was the reality of the first half.  Volumes have again surged, above even last year, which shows the impact of the restocking, consumer spending on goods over services, and moving shipments forward ahead of any possible tariff changes on currently excluded products from China.


Elenteny Imports Low Volume Lane Schedule has been updated, see our schedule updates anytime here. Plan for your 2021 inventory:

Elenteny Imports launches a new referral program. We are grateful that so many of our customers value our services enough to tell other people in the industry about us. Referrals are the biggest compliment a company can receive.  As a way to say thank you, we created a new referral program. With every successful referral, we give free cases to both the referrer and the referee.  Click here for more details.

Continued delays affecting LTL reefer trucking.   Elenteny preferred carriers, Advantage Transportation and Osborn trucking are experiencing very high demand right now. Coast to coast trucking is taking ~3 weeks for pickups to be coordinated. Local temp controlled trucking via Osborn is currently taking 3-5 business days to collect. We do have alternative solutions that would have to be quoted and will be higher than either of our preferred carriers. Make sure you plan ahead for November and December by ordering early.

STEPS FOR FDA RENEWAL/DUNS NUMBER REQUIREMENT 2020. The FDA renewal period for 2020 began on October 1, 2020. This year’s renewal includes an additional step of obtaining and updating the registration with the facilities Unique Facility Identifier (“UFI”) otherwise known as the facilities “DUNS number.”  Detailed instructions may be found here.


October has proven to be a promising start to the fourth quarter of the year. It has been the most encouraging month in order volume since Covid-19 hit. 

In an attempt to streamline the outside carrier pick up process, FDL has confirmed that all carriers who are picking up freight from Elenteny Imports can check in at 399 Mill Road. CPUs can continue to check in at Building 275.

DNT has made some updates to their Winter 2020 schedule. These changes will go into effect from November 1st, 2020 through April 30th, 2021. Click Here to Read More.

Please look out for our Orderboard Cutoff reminder that we will be sending out later this week. You may reference our cutoffs for next-day deliveries at our website here.

In the meantime, all of our warehouses continue to operate with limited staff, resulting in delayed turnaround times for both physical requests and inbounds. FDL’s delivery schedule has been updated to five days a week and may be found here.


  • The Social Distance Vintage: Harvest in Bordeaux. While picking required creativity and an ocean of hand sanitizer, leading château owners report promising wines. The Wine Spectator article may be found here.

  • Wine Direct to Consumer and Retail reports from Sovos with input from Nielsen can be found here.
  • Are you planning to attend wine events in 2021?  Read about Prowein’s plans to lengthen their fair and make changes to the layout and tasting here.

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas Edison