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Jones Act Temporarily Waived as Puerto Rico Is Ravaged in the Wake of Hurricane MariaCategory 4 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with a vengeance and caused unprecedented devastation to the entire island, destroying roads, structures and its electrical grid. To help get desperately needed supplies to the island, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), upon the request of the governor of Puerto Rico, this past Thursday waived the enforcement of the Jones Act for 10 days to allow foreign ships to carry aid to the U.S.


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If you or someone in your immediate family could use some help with college finances, then you should consider participating in the NCBFAA 2018 Scholarship Program, sponsored by NCBFAA Affiliate Member, Roanoke Insurance Group Inc. This $5,000 Scholarship is available to any employee (or an employee’s child) of an NCBFAA Regular member firm. High school seniors or undergraduate students at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue a career in customs brokerage, freight forwarding or a related field are eligible to participate in this competition.


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Will High Tech Delivery Solutions Be Used Anytime Soon in A City Near You?It’s estimated that e-commerce retail sales will increase to $4.058 trillion in 2020, according to research company e-marketers, making up 14.6% of total retail spending that year. This undoubtedly will add to the flood of packages being delivered to crowded cities throughout the world and to the race by forward-thinking logistics providers to adapt high-tech solutions to make these deliveries.

Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in a recent report on urban commercial transport looked at logistic solutions that could make a positive impact on the delivery system into cities.


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Just days after Harvey, Hurricane Irma is making its way through the Atlantic. Irma has already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and is expected to reach Southern Florida as early as Saturday. This unprecedented Atlantic storm has civilians in evacuation mode as the region and several surrounding areas have been declared a state of emergency.

This hurricane season, in its prime, has had an immense impact on lives, jobs, the economy and the nation’s transportation network – especially freight movement.


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In anticipation of potential claims caused by Hurricane Irma, Roanoke Claims Services is prepared to help. Should you need to report a claim, please refer to the information below.

For Marine Cargo Claims:

Report your loss directly in our CoverageDock™ system.  You may also reach us by phone at +1.844.283.8350 or by email at marineclaims@roanokegroup.com.

For Property and Casualty Claims:

Contact Melissa Pyles, Hemanti Amin or Rita Ginnow or call us at +1.800.ROANOKE (800.762.6653).


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Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath is responsible for some serious issues surrounding the status of cargo and releases in the ports that were closed due to the violent storm.

Roanoke representatives Vice President, Surety Information and Analysis Matt Zehner and Vice President, Surety Trade Relations & Business Development Colleen Clarke sat in on a conference call with Customs and Border Protection on 8/29 and the following is a summary of information discussed:

Please click on each of the following hyperlinks for the individual port’s current status: 2101-Port Arthur5301-Houston Seaport5309-Houston Airport5310-Galveston5311-Freeport, 5312-Corpus Christi.


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Freight Industry Pounded in the Wake of HarveyHurricane Harvey’s Category 4 wind speeds and storm surge estimated at 6 to 12 feet has unleashed catastrophic and unprecedented flooding throughout the greater Houston, Texas area, and is considered to be one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history as it continues to pummel the region.  It is “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced,” Governor Greg Abbott said, warning against expecting anything resembling recovery any time soon, or a return to the way things were.


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On 8/14/2017, CBP issued CSMS# 17-000489 – CBP Bills for Supplemental Duties, Taxes and Fees, or Vessel Repair Duties reminding the trade of the 30 day timeframe to pay bills. This change of policy is a result of recent CBP initiatives to increase collections.

Any bill for supplemental duties, taxes and fees or vessel repair duties are due 30 days from the bill date.


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If you find you have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, Roanoke Claim Services is ready to help. We are keeping a close watch on this major storm and, as always, are dedicated to helping you with your claims. Reporting a claim to Roanoke is easy.

For Marine Cargo Claims:

Report your loss directly in our CoverageDock™ system. You may also reach us by phone at +1.844.283.8350 or by email at marineclaims@roanokegroup.com.


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Rail, Intermodal Transport Set to Grow in the Next Four YearsIncreasingly more businesses are turning to intermodal transport – using multiple modes of transportation (rail, ship, truck) – as a result in large part to current market conditions in the trucking sector. Unstable fuel prices, driver shortages, infrastructure challenges, truck capacity, and federal regulations limiting the number of hours drivers can be on the road have served to increase the popularity of intermodal.