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Posted October 4, 2013

The TTB remains one of the key agencies affecting the flow of business for wine and spirits importers. While the website may be available to process funds, it is not available to file new COLA applications or retrieve current ones. Our forwarding partner, Albatrans, reports that they are forced to ask customers to supply copies of the label approvals when needed by US Customs. Normally, they can retrieve the copies from the website, so please understand and be patient if your broker is asking you for labels.

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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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