2016 is just around the corner and some major changes will take place within the international logistics industry over the next few months. The Chinese New Year, ACE implementation, the Panama Canal Expansion completion and the pending Global Container Weight Rule will impact shippers, carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other members of the international trade community. Below is an outline of what to expect and how to work with your freight forwarder or customs broker to prepare for these major events.
1. Beginning on February 8, the Chinese New Year will impact supply chains across Asia for up to a month. Read our blog post about the Chinese New Year here, detailing the major holiday and the possible delays shippers could encounter. The key advice is to place orders in advance to ensure shipments depart from Asia prior to the start of the holiday.
2. On March 31, ACE must be used for customs entries and ACS will no longer be available for the filing of electronic entries and associated entry summaries. ACE will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and 47 other government agencies (OGAs) to operate on one single platform to streamline communication and the clearance process. Read our blog post about the ACE rollout here. The trade community should begin testing ACE now to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible.