November 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

Elenteny Webinars: We recently held Webinars to spotlight a new strategic partnership with Koverly, our FX partner, and also the FDA renewal process for 2022.  Replays of these Webinars are available here.

Upcoming CBMA Webinar: We will be holding a Webinar on Wednesday, November 16th at 10 AM EST for the upcoming CBMA 2023 changes.  To register for this Webinar please email  For those of you who can’t make that date, there will be a replay of the Webinar available, at a later date.

Port of Oakland Disruption:  The Port of Oakland closed terminals this morning (November 2nd) citing a protest by the clerks union ILWU local 34.  This has stopped all work at Oakland terminals without notice.  We do not have any further details at this time.

Koverly, our FX partner, announces the ability to secure FX rates now, and schedule payments later.  Elenteny’s foreign currency partner, Koverly, announces the ability to lock in FX rates today for future bills, allowing importers to:

  • Maintain consistent pricing and margins

  • Save time managing payments

No deposits are required to schedule payments. More information on this feature is available on the Koverly website. Contact your Elenteny sales rep for details or email

Customer Spotlight: True North Wine Merchants

True North Wine Merchants was founded by wine industry veterans Sara Beer and Jonah Beer. Together they select and celebrate wineries that have a clear vision. A raison d’être.  A true north.

Sara spent 13 years developing California wholesale sales at Duckhorn Wine Company, leading a diverse sales team representing 6 wineries. During her tenure, the Duckhorn portfolio became the most successful winery-direct wholesale sales model in the California luxury wine industry.

Jonah is a 25-year veteran of the US fine-wine business. Recently Jonah was the General Manager and Vice President of Frog’s Leap in the Napa Valley, responsible for developing and overseeing the national footprint of the winery. Thanks to his time at Frog—and Stag’s Leap before that—Jonah has deep relationships throughout the nation’s vast (and complex) distributor network.

Both Sara and Jonah are devotees of Burgundy, Piedmont, Oregon and classic Napa Cabs.

Raising a glass to True North Wine Merchants!

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

Despite glum global economics, the world of fine wine remains doggedly optimistic.  Fine Wine Optimism Prepares for Reality Check | Wine-Searcher News & Features

Sometimes that stash of Halloween candy can last until New Year’s. Here’s what you can pair with it. The 5 Best Cocktail Pairings for Leftover Halloween Candy [Infographic] | VinePair

Less congestion, more electrification. West Coast ports get a boon. Alaska and California Receive Over $200M from DOT for Port Upgrades

Slowing down to manage bloated inventory. As demand for retail-lifestyle products from Asia plummets, Maersk offers shippers opportunity to slow cargo arrivals from Asia destined for European and US ports.  Maersk Gives Overstocked Retailers the Option to Slow Arrivals

New regulations end the mandatory fortification of sherry. What Sherry’s New Regulations Mean for the Region | SevenFifty Daily

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

-G.K. Chesterton

Cheers, Elenteny Imports