Midwest flooding grinds rail service to a halt

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Historic, catastrophic flooding continues in the Midwest after major snow melt and heavy rain last week. Some of the worst conditions are in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, including Omaha. People and animals have been trapped by high water; bridges, roads and rails have been washed away. With neighborhoods practically underwater; homes, farms and ranches ruined; and lives at risk, the National Guard has come to the rescue. As recovery continues, transportation and freight movement – especially by rail – are suffering major disruptions.

Study: Hotels Target Millennials, Prioritize Green Initiatives, Advance Tech

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday lives and their lives on the road thanks to increased mobile compatibility, flexible dining options and welcoming accommodations.

What’s Wood Got to Do With It?

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Per CBP requirements, All Wood Packaging Material (WPM) entering or transiting the United States (except wood of Canadian origin entering from Canada) MUST be heat-treated or fumigated, and bear a permanent mark approved under the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) certifying the treatment (such as that seen above).

What counts as WPM? Any type of pallet, crate, box, and support piece of wood, used in carrying/transporting your goods.

What does this mean for you? If you import items with WPM, expect to see more frequent customs exams on your goods in 2019 and possible delays. Note - When shipments contain noncompliant WPM, the ENTIRE SHIPMENT, both WPM AND cargo, must be exported IMMEDIATELY. There are NO treatment options available in the United States. Possible penalties may be assessed against shipments with noncompliant WPM.

What should you do? Include verbiage on your purchase orders to vendors that if they use ANY WPM in shipment of product, the WPM MUST be ISPM 15 compliant. Advise vendors to use boxes/carton packaging when possible (no wood).

If you have questions, please feel free to contact your JMC project manager at 832-381-2500 for further information.