March Newsletter

We’ve woven this week’s update into the monthly newsletter so you can get all your import news in a single click.

Operations Update:

It is too early to tell what further disruptions the Ukraine conflict will cause to the world wide supply chain, however, we continue to remind our customers to place orders as early as possible, especially for West Coast shipments.  We have previously recommended allowing an extra 4 – 6 weeks for your orders.  We are extending the guidance to 6 – 8 weeks.

Coast to coast freight is being increasingly delayed, customers should plan on allowing 6 – 8 weeks via normal LTL reefer carriers.  For Elenteny partners, we are working to address these delays by offering a bi-weekly service from FDL -> Sidekick, we will publish more details as soon as we have finalized them.

Reefer Availability in France
We are seeing an increasing delay in obtaining reefer containers in France, this includes canceled sailings as reefers are not available for the sailings they are booked on.  Please take this into account when booking French sailings.

CBMA Program
Save up to $2.38 per 9L case on your shipments through our CBMA program. The way our CBMA program works is that we will file this request for you. There is a filing fee at the time your shipment request is placed. In order to file this we need a signed CBMA letter from the vineyard/distiller/brewery. Learn more here.

What’s New at Elenteny?



March 8-10th – Craft Beverage Expo & Distribution Conference

Elenteny’s CEO, Alexi Cashen, will be moderating a discussion on Supply Chain Disruption and speaking with Women in Craft about her new brand, St Hildie’s Spiked Tincture Tonics.  Get 50% off full conference rate discount code, SPK50  Register here.

March 9th-10th: Vinexpo America in New York

Meet buyers and decision makers from all tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. Do everything from business matchmaking to master classes, demonstrations, and round-table discussions.  Elenteny will be there, reach out if you’d like to meet!

Want to Get the Spotlight?

Every month we shine the light on an Elenteny customer.  Let us know if you’d like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter:


Customer Spotlight: Bon Vin Selections

Bon Vin Selections was born from a passion for food, wine and people sparked by a trip to the Loire Valley in France.  We are living in a golden age for wine and spirits and there is a greater diversity of options and styles than at any time in history.

Growers and producers from around the world have continued to hone their craft, become better stewards of the land, and adapt to a changing and increasingly inhospitable climate. Bon Vin’s goal is to seek out small producers that are passionate about the wines and spirits they are making, have an interesting and honest story to share, and respect the traditions of the past while also looking towards the future.

Bon Vin Selections is most interested in small, family farms that focus on organic, biodynamic, and natural winemaking.

 Raising a glass to  Bon Vin Selections!

Want to get the spotlight? Every month we shine the light on an Elenteny customer.  Let us know if you’d like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter:

Keeping you in the Loop

News you need to know

How are you affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine? From logistics to e-commerce, a collection of articles discuss war’s impact Russia-Ukraine Tagged Articles – FreightWaves.

Take a thorough look at the power and impact of the world’s three major ocean alliances. Everything you need to know about Ocean Alliances.


Why ongoing delays squeeze little guys the hardest. For Winemakers, Glass Bottles Are the Latest Supply Chain Headache | Wine Enthusiast.

Celebrate Mardi-Gras, wherever you are. 3 Must-Make Mardi Gras Cocktails From New Orleans’ Iconic Commander’s Palace | VinePair.

Ukrainian resistance can be found in the most unexpected places right now. Among the more surprising areas is within the country’s wine industry ‘No-one will stop us’: Ukrainian winemakers defiant in the face of Russian aggression | Euronews.

Does anti-trust immunity for shipping lines serve or harm the public?  President Biden to Target Container Shipping Alliances in ‘State of the Union’ Address.

Check out Alexi’s Podcast: The Rewards of Working in Alcohol Compliance with Marisa Wilairat

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes in alcohol compliance?  Wonder how many new puzzles you face every day in the compliance chain?  Listen to Alexi chat with Marisa Wilairat, Alcohol Compliance Manager at Elenteny Imports, about her role at Elenteny Imports.

Before joining Elenteny Imports, Marisa was an Associate Attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  As a member of the honorary scholastic society, The Order of the Coif, Marisa graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Listen to Alexi’s interview with Marisa Wilairat.

“In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”

– Jean Hersey

Cheers, Elenteny Imports