July Newsletter

Customer Spotlight: French Libation French Libation is the link between French producers and the American market. They specialize in hand-crafted wines, ciders and spirits. French Libation says they “strive to select qualitative and affordable libations that express their terroir perfectly. Above all, we work with producers we believe in.”  Building long-term relationships with their partners through quality […]

Weekly Update Week 25: June 21st – 25th

Operations Update   Shipping Costs – Emergency Charge Increase The shipping lines notified us of additional emergency charges and price rises effective July onwards. These fees are “pass through” charges; the actual cost is dependent on route and destination. What to expect: For Q3, the emergency charges may more than double the current pass through […]

Weekly Update: Week 23: June 7th – 11th

Operations Update Importers Rejoice: It’s Finally Over. U.S. and EU to End for Good Trump’s $18 Billion Tariff Fight  Oakland Update: Today the vessel concentration at Oakland has exceeded Los Angeles and Long Beach, with vessel waiting times between 15-20 days. Oakland has an even greater labor shortage than Southern California but has been taking steps to increase the labor […]

June Newsletter

We’ve woven this week’s update into the monthly newsletter so you can get all your import news in a single click.   Customer Spotlight: Gran Fondo Wine Co. Gran Fondo Wine Co. started in 2013 with a question.  Founder Jeff Morgenthal asked, “Will starting my own Import/Distribution operation make a difference in a marketplace that has […]

Weekly Update Week 20: May 17th – 21st

Operations Update Continued Demand for Cargo Shipping: 10 Year High Demand for shipping reaches historic highs.  According to the IHS Purchasing Managers’ Index for the US, this has been the largest expansion of the manufacturing sector since 2007.  Globally, manufacturing reached a 10 year high in March and global export orders rose to 53.4 in […]