October Newsletter 2023

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Operations Update

Price Change and South America LCL Launch (recap)
Last week we announced cuts in our Q4 LCL and FCL rates effective Sept 27th, we also announced the launch of a new South America LCL service. For more information, please reach out to your account rep or email support@elentenyimports.com.


We continue to experience significant uptake of Elenteny’s CBMA services, with Q3 filings topping $250,000 and bringing the total refunds passed to our customers to over $650,000 in 2023.  TTB has opened 2024 CBMA allocations reporting in the MyTTB portal, so you may begin working with your wineries to secure your allocations.  An important reminder: if you are reporting gallonage to Elenteny at the incorrect tier, or there is no gallonage remaining on your allocation, TTB will reject your refund and the cost of filing a post summary correction will in most cases wipe out any credit due. Make sure you are maximizing your CBMA refunds, for any questions please email cbma@elentenyimports.com.

Sidekick/Hillebrand last Mile (California) Warehouse Update
After several weeks of delayed inbounds at Sidekick, we have discussed their plan to address backlogs as we proceed into Q4. Here are some concrete steps they are taking:

  • Adding additional personnel to their appointment scheduling and inbound teams. This will improve customer service and response time for outside carrier inquiries and reduce inbound times.

  • Bringing in a night team to condense current inventory and make room for new items, speeding receiving time.

  • Creating additional space by moving slow-moving product to long-term storage. Free up floor for Q4 inventory build up and free up space to receive containers more quickly.

The goal is to get inbounds down to 2 days which they anticipate may take until the end of October.

We apologize for the disruption that our customers have experienced.

Low Volume Lanes Update  LCL space (9L cases) is available on the following lower volume lanes:

France to OAK:   500 cases, building a new container

Spain to OAK:   700 cases

Italy to OAK:  750 cases

Germany to NY:   700 cases, building a new container

Portugal to NY:  700 cases, building a new container

Portugal to OAK:  800 cases

Austria to NY:  Full, building a new container

South America to NY:  1200 cases, building a new container

New Zealand to OAK:   1200 cases, building a new container

Australia to NY:  800 cases

Georgia to NY:  150 cases, sailing soon!


Italy to Seattle:  Full, we are building the next container

France to Seattle: 1000 cases, building the next container

South America to NY:  1200 cases, building a new container

High Frequency LCL Lanes:

Italy to NY:     Multiple shipments per week

France to NY:    Multiple shipments per week

Spain to NY:      One shipment per week

Keeping you in the Loop

News you need to know

There’s one type of white grape enjoying rising sales in the current market. Is White Wine Enjoying a Sales Boom? Or Just Sauvignon Blanc?

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Extreme vineyards can yield an unforgettable sense of place, but place an extreme stress on harvesters. Conquering Nature: The Most Difficult Vineyards to Harvest in the World | VinePair

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