American Shipper is reporting that Evergreen Line, Wan Hai and Simatech Shipping will start a new service in May.  The East Africa (EAF) Service will link Colombo to two eastern Africa ports, and will operate with three 1,200-TEU ships, one from each carrier.  The service will call the following ports: Colombo, Mombasa, and Dar es Salaam.  The first sailing will leave Colombo May 11.

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According to Consumer Reports, Washington state has joined Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin in banning Bisphenol A in certain products.  Under Washington’s law, plastic containers made with BPA that are designed to hold food or beverages for children under three may not be manufactured, sold, or distributed in the state,  effective July 1, 2011.  Effective July 1, 2012, the ban will extend to plastic sports bottles.

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Please be advised that as of mid-April, Maersk will relocate all services from the Port of Izmir to a new terminal called Tce Ege (TRIZMTC), which is located in Nemrut Bay.  The first call for the Scanmed Service will be April 16, 2010.  The first call for northbound feeder service will be April 12 and 13.  The first call for southbound April service will be April 13 and 14.

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1. The US has made changes to its import controls, specifically Anti Dumping and Countervailing duties.  This update affects many products across the tariff.

2. The US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an update to the Lacey Act.  Certain HS numbers have been added.  The following HTS chapters are affected: 44, 66, 82, 92, 93, 94, 95 and 97.

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The Justice Department reports that two Taiwanese nationals that ran a business named Peng Chia Enterprise Co. Ltd. have plead guilty to conspiracy to ship internationally protected black coral from mainland China into the U.S. Virgin Islands.  This is a violation of both the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act.  The shipments were falsely labeled and a Hong Kong intermediary was used.

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Ready to Go Global?

17 March 2010

Are you a US Exporter that would like to learn more about selling your products overseas?  The U.S. Commercial Service can help.  They are the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration.  Specialists in over 80 countries can work with your company to help you start exporting – or increase sales in new global markets.  They sponsor and participate in many events that help educate US exporters, as well as overseas buyers .  Check out their searchable database of events: http://www.export.gov/each/trade_events.asp.  Just enter your country, state, industry, event type (trade shows, conferences, seminars, webinars, etc.), and time frame…and voila!

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ZIM is please to introduce the Asia-Med-Europe (AME) Service.  Commencing April 7th, the port rotation will include the following locations: Shanghai-Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Haifa, Ashdod, Felixtowe, Antwerp, Hamburg, Alexandria, and Limassol.  The service will offer additional direct links to Europe and the Mediterranean from China, South East Asia, and India.

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China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine states that foreign companies and individuals would not be allowed to directly sell imported feed and feed additives within China under a draft, revised Regulation on the Administration of Animal Feed and Feed Additives, which opened for public comment on February 20, 2010.

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American Shipper is reporting that the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow the import of all varieties of Fuji apples from Japan.  Of course, certain conditions must be met.  To prevent the import of yellow peach moths and fruit tree spider mites, all shipments will be required to undergo cold treatment and fumigation, which will be supervised by APHIS officials in Japan.

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Maersk announces that the slot charter agreement between Maersk and Horizon Lines on the Trans-Pacific 1 (TP1) service will cease in December 2010.  The weekly service currently calls Yantian, Xiamen, Kaohsiuing, Los Angeles, Oakland, Honolulu, and Guam.  A plan to replace TP1 capacity will be released in the 3rd quarter.

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