Weekly Update Week 43: Oct 23rd-27th

Panama Canal Update, CBMA 2024, Warehouse Update


Operations Update

Panama Canal Update
Starting in November, the Panama Canal Authority will further restrict the number of daily transits to 31 from the normal 36. So far, container shipments have not been delayed, however, with these new restrictions container shipments may begin to experience delays of a few days.

CBMA 2024  
Foreign producers can now begin to allocate 2024 CBMA assignments to importers. The TTB is requiring foreign producers to confirm their FDA information in their MyTTB portal. In order to make 2024 assignments, an “ownership review” of the foreign producer’s FDA information will need to be up to date. To stay in compliance, please check in with your supplier on completing this task. Here is a link to the TTB FAQ Site, please view CB-FP14 for information on how your supplier will complete the “ownership review.” For any questions or concerns, please contact cbma@elentenyimports.com.

Warehouse Update
Despite some significant improvements at Hillebrand Last Mile/Sidekick, there continue to be delays. After some inbounds took 20 days in prior weeks, our wait-time for inbounds has been cut to approximately 2 weeks, with an expected return to normal 24-48 hour turnarounds by mid-November. Sidekick is aware of the sensitivity of time-critical inbounds during OND, and has invested significant resources into turning the situation around.

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

France to OAK:   800 cases

France (FOS) to NY:   200 cases

Spain to OAK:   Full (building a new container)

Italy to OAK:  550 cases

Germany to NY:  500 cases

Portugal to NY:  1000 cases

Portugal to OAK:  Full (building a new container)

Austria to NY:  1080 cases

New Zealand to OAK:  Full (building a new container)

Australia to NY:  800 Cases

Georgia to NY:  Full


Italy to Seattle:  1100 cases (building a new container)

France to Seattle: 1100 cases (building a new container)

South America to NY:  Full, 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

News to Know

Turns out, soldiers of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century enjoyed their wine cold. Ancient Rome Liked Its Wine Chilled—Archaeologists Uncover Early Wine Fridge

Based on the strength of the American consumer, Southern California’s ports expect increases to continue into the end of the year. SoCal Ports Rebuild Market Share on Strength of Consumer Spending

Breweries are seeking sales growth by embracing direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping. Direct-to-Consumer Beer Sales Become a Lifeline for Breweries | SevenFifty Daily

Thanks to cooling Mediterranean breezes, AOP Languedoc reds have a refreshing-tasting profile, despite high temps during ripening season. AOP Languedoc Is Sending Good Vibes From France | VinePair

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.

— Will Rogers

Cheers, Elenteny Imports