It is the perfect time to get started on studying for the October 2017 Customs Broker Exam! This is a great opportunity to ensure you are prepared for the exam or just get refreshed on Customs Compliance Rules and Regulations!!
Integrity International Trade Consulting is offering a 1-Day Customs Broker Exam Training that provides students with the tools necessary to effectively prepare for the Customs Broker Exam. More than a basic review, this course offers a thorough overview of the Customs Federal Regulations and Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, focusing on three key topics found on past exams, that are essential to passing the exam.
· Free Trade Agreements
· Classification of Merchandise
· Valuation of Merchandise
**Prior exams will also be employed to help students formulate and practice test-taking strategies, the instructor will provide guidance as to how to best utilize the allotted exam time, and how to tab your HTS**
DATE- July 22, 2017
The 1-Day Training will be on Saturday from 8:30-4:30 p.m.
If you are interested in a private lesson, we can provide it to you at $50/hr.
Please let me know if you are interested so I can email you a registration form!!!
Feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions! Kelli R. Thompson LCB, CCS
Port of Charleston
Automotive Dries Commerce at Columbus Terminal (Chas. Bus. Journal)
Port Scare Shows Security Works (P & C)
Heirs Continue to try to reclaim Daniel Island Property (P& C)
3 Named Storms Already, What Should We Expect (GCaptain)
6 percent Container Growth, 262.3 Million in Capital Expenditures ( Low Co Biz)
With Annual Cargo Record Nearly in Hand (P&C)
Southern Ports Break Records as 1 Year Panama Canal Anniversary Nears (P&C)
Job Growth at Florence Event (SCNow)
US Seeks NAFTA Changes (Transport Topics)
Carriers, Shippers View Drop and Hook as Improvement (Transport Topics)
Online Sales Surge Benefits Freight, Experts Say (Transport Topics)
Truck Tonnage Index Sees Robust Jump in May (American Shipper)
North American Rail Traffic Grew in Week 24 (Progressive Railroading)
Fitch Warns Capacity Could Take Wind out of Ocean Rate Uptick (JOC)
Falling Rates Drag on Hamburg Sud Revenue (JOC)
Maersk Assures Customers Over Rickmers Insolvency (JOC)
JB Morgan Raises $480M to Invest in Shipping Industry (American Shipper)
Federal Court Fines Two International Shipping Companies for Pollution (American Shipper)
Top Five Carriers to Monopolize Global Fleet (Port Tech)
Expert Blames Autopilot in Containership-USS Fitzgerald Crash (Port Tech)
Shipping Confidence Hits Three Year High (Maritime Exec)
Cosco Nears $4 Billion Takeover of Orient Overseas (WSJ)
Industry Skeptical of Pace of Logistics Tech Adoption (JOC)
Import Growth Slows at Major US Container Ports in April (American Shipper)
Lack of Ocean Supply Chain Technologies Creating Inefficiencies (Port Tech)
Box Tech Container Database Takes Off (Port Tech)
Container Shipping Freight Rates Rise, Capacity Still Key (GCaptain)
"Unsustainably" low US Logistics Cost Forecast to Rise (JOC)
Logistics Cluster Names Panel to Identify Priorities (Columbia Bus. Report)
Governmental/ State Commerce
SC Dept. of Commerce News (SCDC)
Economic Driver: BMW'sImpact on SC Economic Growth (P&C)
From Peaches and textiles to automobiles: Rebirth of the Upstate (Greenville Online)
California's Climate Change Priority to Challenge its Ports (JOC)
Lane Closure I-26 Berkeley County
Biehl Management Team Expansion
1 Day Custom Broker Exam training
Getting To Know MASC Members: John S. James Co.
1. A brief summary of your services will tell us...
John S. James Co. was founded in 1941, and as a third-generation, family-owned company, our mission of offering personalized service to the international transportation community quickly established our firm as a leader in the international freight forwarding and customs brokerage industries. Our founder’s initial vision, to provide unparalleled service to our customers, still resonates in our culture today. Our reputation for excellence is a direct result of our commitment to service and professionalism.
2. What regions do you serve?
With over 130 employees in six Southeast USA locations, our services include International Freight Forwarding, Custom House Brokerage, NVOCC, Property Brokerage, Warehousing, full Air, Ocean, Truck and Rail transportation, Special Projects, Foreign Trade Zone operations, Marine Cargo Insurance, Consulting and Auditing.
3. What might we be surprised to know about you?
Our company was built on our unparalleled commitment to regulatory and compliance adherence, which led to our ability to expand our transportation services. With over 20 ocean carrier contracts covering outbound and inbound USA ocean transport, and multiple agreements with air carriers, NVOCC’s, and motor carriers, we can build complete transportation services for our clients and international partners. John S. James Co. has a Trade Services department that provides classification services, auditing, compliance training and consulting.
4. What are you most proud of?
In 2016, John S. James Co. received the President’s “E” Award for excellence in Export Services. The President's “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation will be painting the I-528 Don Holt Bridge spanning the Cooper River in Charleston, SC. The containment preparations will reduce bridge clearance by up to five feet over the channel throughout the duration of the project. The maintenance will be ongoing through July, 2017. Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly and remain to the eastern side of the channel, as practicable, to avoid unnecessary disruptions. For questions regarding the closure, please contact the South Carolina Specialized Bridge Division at: (843) 740-1695. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston at: (843) 740-7050. Click here for complete MSIB.
The maritime community is joining together to support The Sustainability Institute in their urgent need to find the funding necessary to continue their workforce training program. The ECC program trains both veterans and young adults facing barriers and might have been previously incarcerated or homeless with an opportunity to retool their skills and find employment success. The program has a 94% job placement rate.
Please read more about this initiative and consider supporting this important cause.
The Sustainability Institute
Hear Their Stories
Council Seeks Public Input on Transportation Plan
The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments wants public input on the development of the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Lowcountry. The federally mandated, multimodal plan will prioritize which transportation projects — roads, bridges, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian routes — in the region will receive federal dollars over the next 25 years. The COG will host three public meetings this month to get input. The final 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is expected to be complete by January. The 2035 plan is online. “The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region will continue to experience growth and development, tourism and an expanding level of port activity, which will contribute to higher levels of traffic congestion without prioritized transportation improvements,” COG planning director Kathryn Basha said in a statement.
June 19, 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm Stern Ballroom, College of Charleston 71 George Street
June 21, 2017 8:00am-10:00am SC Research Association 315 Sigma Drive, Summerville
June 21, 2017 12:00pm-2:00pm Goodwill Industries Board Room 2150 Eagle Drive, North Charleston (behind the store at 6603 Rivers Ave)
AECOM Awarded $11 Million Dollar Design Contract (AJOT)
South Carolina Ports Achieves Record May Container Volume (Global Trade)
South Carolina No Longer a member of the Fortune 500 Club (P&C)
Design Contract Awarded for South Carolina Container terminal (Maritime Logistics)
South Carolina Port Achieves Record May Container Volume (Vessel Finder)
SC Port on Pace for Highest Ever FY Container Volume (Columbia Metro)
New Ship May Control...Eroding of Crab Bank (P&C)
Greer Port Continues Monstrous Record Rail Moves (Greer Today)
OOCLFrance breaks largest-ship record at port (Chas. Bus. Journal)
D.I. Company Briefs Community on Island's Future (Moultrie News)
Dirty Bomb Threat Port of Charleston (Maritime Exec)
Automotive Drives Commerce at Columbus Terminal (Chas Bus Journal)
SC Supporters of the Export Import Bank (P&C)
Record, but slower, growth predicted for US Ports (JOC)
US Distribution and Warehouse Space Scarcer and Pricier (JOC)
US Supreme Court Jump-Starts ELD Countdown (JOC)
Trump Announces Government to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects (WSJ)
US Beef, Pork Exports Rise in April (American Shipper)
Southern Ports Break Records (Bloomberg)
Population Growth and Affordable Cost of Living Accelerate in Southeast (NREI)
New Panama Canal Locks Accelerating US Coastal Import Shift (JOC)
Commentary: In the Zone (Adam Smith)
Southern US Ports Break Records (GCaptain)
US Port Report 2016 (Port Tech)
Robots Taking the Wheel (AJOT)
US Exporters Struggling to Find Inland Containers (JOC)
DOT Takes More Steps to Get Drivers in Trucks (American Shipper)
Maritime Cyber Security: Good, Better, Best (Maritime Link)
Sweet Deal? (Adam Smith)
Climate Change Study Cancelled Due to Climate Change (Maritime Exec)
How to Steal A Ship Part 2 (Maritime Exec)
CPE Certified Port Executive Program June 26-30
CHATS Improve Transportation in the Charleston Region June 19, 21
Evaluation of Coast Guard Regulations, Documents (Maritime Commons)
Backdoors to Critical Infrastructure (CyberLighthouse)
The CPE Certified Port Executive™ Program is a five-day management course designed to provide participants with a professional education opportunity related to the operation of ports, marine terminals, vessels and the broader transportation system.Through this program, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the marine transportation system, port and terminal management and maritime administration. The program gives participants tools and knowledge to make their organization more effective. Both open classes and custom, In-Company options are available. Click here for more information.
June 26 -30
The May Nav/Ops was held May 25th from 7:45 - 9:00. Please join us again June 22nd for our next meeting. Click here to read May notes.
Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Organization: Charleston
Cyber threats are increasing at an alarming rate. Recent reports indicate that the number of data records taken from companies more than doubled in 2016, and while the majority of cyber crime is financially motivated, attacks with a political or terrorist motivation are growing. Recently a confidential report from MARAD identified a ransomware attack (malicious software that encrypts computers until a ransom is paid) to multiple systems on a U.S. ship, and there are increasing reports of cyberattacks on ICS platforms in many industries.
Charleston is very strategic from both a commercial and military standpoint, ranked eighth in the US for container volume and home to multiple military transportation units. South Carolina is in a natural position to lead in developing cyber community defenses to protect these assets.
While every organization must provide their own cyber defenses, community defense - where entities with a common interest band together to share information about observed threats and responses - are growing. These communities, called ISAOs, were enabled by legislation and presidential directive.
MASC is proposing such an organization to improve the cyber defense of South Carolina’s maritime sector and the related transportation community. Grant funding is being pursued to support the start-up, and the vision is for the community to become self-sustaining as it matures.
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