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Posted October 2, 2013

As we reported yesterday, international shipping has not yet been affected by the government shutdown. US Customs and Border Protection indicates that its port of entry operations remain fully operational, including cargo security and duty and tax collection functions. Import specialists, fines and penalties officers, agriculture officers and CEEs (Centers of Excellence and Expertise) will remain active.

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Posted October 2, 2013

While we have no reports of any delays in the shipping industry from the 10/1 government shutdown, the trickle down effects will certainly be felt as government employees are not paid, concessions at national parks are closed, and passport processing will come to a standstill.
 

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Posted September 19, 2013

Alan Wilkinson of Interocean (Albatrans) Ireland reported to WSSA last week on his visit to the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival. The festival helped confirm that small craft producers are on the rise in Ireland, and looking to export their products to the USA and worldwide to fuel the ongoing demand for artisanal beverages.

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Posted September 17, 2013

The Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) has named Geoffrey Giovanetti their 2013 Person of the Year, for his continuous contributions he has made to the US international trade and transportation communities.
 
After more than 30 years as the leader of WSSA, Geoff Giovanetti announced he will be retiring as of September 1st, 2013. Alison Leavitt, a long standing board member of CONECT, has been named as the new Managing Director of the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association.
 

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Posted August 21, 2013

The Wine & Spirits Shippers Association has been a leader in the beverage import industry for over 30 years.  We are a trusted and reliable resource, committed to our members and their shipping needs.

Why should you choose WSSA as your shippers’ association?  I’ll give you five significant reasons…

Low Freight Rates: By combining the shipment volumes of over 600 members, WSSA is able to negotiate low shipping rates with numerous ocean carriers.  This purchasing power is the most effective force in keeping shipping costs low and stable.

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