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In today’s environment, shippers are faced with numerous challenges, from the immediate need to replenish drastically reduced inventory levels to budgeting logistics costs in a highly unpredictable environment. Blank sailings, carrier solvency, and steadily building port congestion is resulting in increased supply chain risk and lead time fluctuations. Global air cargo capacity has been reduced by over 25% making access to space more constrained due to overall demand and increased dwell time due to testing and customs inspections of PPE goods.
JAS is working closely with our customers to offer solutions that balance planning with responsiveness and agility, while working to provide service options that mitigate the increased costs and risks that exist with current market conditions.
Our Flight Operations solutions address the immediate and urgent needs of our customers. We have scheduled weekly flights from the following areas:
China to the USA with connections to Latin America
Europe to the USA with connections to Latin America
USA to Europe
China to Europe
Additional flights will be added as needed.
JAS SEA-AIR services provide an alternative solution to customers requiring shorter lead times than traditional ocean freight while providing a lower cost option to air freight. We currently offer hubs in Singapore and Korea that connect Asia with the rest of the world.
For traditional ocean FCL and LCL services, our ocean team aligns our carrier allocations and schedules with our customers’ forecasts. Services such as container and order management offer additional value to our standard ocean freight services.
While our current priority is to work with your immediate needs, we do not want to lose sight of the need for long-term planning strategies so please contact us at email@example.com or reach out to your local JAS representative for more information.
As we move into the last part of the year and into a new year JAS Peru is staying committed to developing new products that can generate value-added services that can provide customers with better solutions and make them more profitable. That is why this year JAS Peru began the implementation of ILS or Integrated Logistic Service platform, this platform gives JAS customers absolute control of their operations at a local level.
The ILS platform's concept houses both service import and service export cost structures and logistic control under one roof. Allowing JAS clients to receive one single bill for multiple services, and allowing greater efficiency and more savings at the local supply chain level, as well as giving them more control over their shipments. This includes customs clearance, local transport, carriers fees, etc. Many JAS customers have taken advantage of this initiative and have been able to consolidate and gain better operational control over thier local supply chain, giving them better container flow.
This initiative in Peru has been spearheaded by Customs Manager, Jetsys Lavado, along with the commercial team, who have been a tremendous support as more clients have joined the program.
JAS Peru looks forward to the continued expansion of this program to give the most to their customers.
As of Monday March 20, 2018, JAS Forwarding (USA) is now assisting CBP and TSA on its initiative to provide enhanced security for air cargo coming into the United States.
The Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative was created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to gather data concerning the parties and commodities involved in air cargo prior to its loading on an aircraft at a foreign port. The initiative is currently in the pilot phase, allowing CBP to collaborate with the air cargo industry to determine the most effective means of achieving the desired regulatory results without affecting the speed of air cargo operations. CBP extended the ACAS pilot program last year in hopes of getting more participation. Government officials have stated that mandatory compliance with ACAS may be expedited due to a recent scare concerning an IED found on a plane headed for the United States. This prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Growing terrorist concern has already prompted six airlines to comply with this requirement on all cargo originating from certain countries.
"Technology innovation remains a cornerstone of our mission to ensure worldwide transparency and an efficient supply chain for our customers by delivering their cargo on time and securely," said Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Compliance Officer at JAS Forwarding (USA). "As an early adopter and one of the few Forwarders participating in the ACAS pilot program, we are sharing information with CBP further back in the supply chain to help identify high-risk air shipments into the U.S. while accelerating the movement of low-risk shipments."
JAS Forwarding (USA) has partnered with Descartes Global Logistics Network to collect house bill information directly from its Cargo Wise enterprise system to file directly to CBP without any manual intervention, thereby; increasing data quality and velocity.
“The majority of ACAS pilot participants consists of airlines and express carriers, but has lacked forwarder participation. Representing the forwarding community, we have the chance to help write the rules before we are subjected to their requirements," says Sommer Sampson, Corporate IAC Security Coordinator at JAS Forwarding (USA). "We're excited to be an active part in the ACAS pilot and committed to enhancing readiness for the regulation when it is issued." Ms. Sampson is the lead 24hr contact with CBP NTS (National TargetingCenter), along with team member Fabienne Jolly Corporate Compliance Coordinator, CCS. Sampson states, “Getting on board with this initiative was no easy task and we could not have done it without the assistance of our IT Special Projects division...... It was truly a team effort.”
Recently-released data indicates that GDP in Brazil grew for the first time in over three years in quarter two (Q2), confirming that the economy has turned a corner.
The economy’s upturn was driven by a rise in consumer spending. Private consumption grew 0.7% annually, the best result since quarter four of 2014.
Also contributing to this growth was the increasing demand and stabilizing commodities prices that were boosted by overseas sales. Exports grew at the rapid pace of 2.5% annually in Quarter two (Q1: +1.9% year over year). Meanwhile, imports dropped 3.3%, reflecting the weakness of the domestic economy and falling investment.
On a quarterly basis, GDP expanded a seasonally-adjusted 0.2%, the second consecutive quarter of growth, meaning the economy exited technical recession (Q1: +1.0% quarter-on-quarter).
The recovery remains tentative despite the good news, and incoming data for Q3 is patchy: consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in August, while the manufacturing PMI recovered some lost ground.
On the political front, developments have been mixed. In September, a critical reform to reduce subsidized lending for businesses from government-owned bank BNDES was passed, which faced heavy opposition from industry leaders, but should help correct government finances and improve the effectiveness of monetary policy.
While the reform is a win for the government, austerity measures are still facing an uphill battle, as underscored by the government’s easing of budget targets. Unable to convince legislators to support tax hikes, the government announced it would revise its primary deficit targets for all years through 2020.
As industries in the US are shifting to more “near” sourcing opportunities, companies who source from Asia are under pressure to shorten their supply chain in order to compete. Companies who were looking to shorten their lead time from Asia used to look at finding “faster” vessels with shorter transit time. Given the environment in the market today with carriers consolidating and shifting to larger vessels, it will leave less “fast” options available in the market and require importers to look elsewhere to shorten lead times and optimize their supply chains.
In comes Order Management which is the new hyped product offering in the market. JAS now sees Order Management not only as an operating system tool, but also as a concept. Certainly JAS highlights our Order Management tool as a resource, but before doing so we are also investing in training of the process itself first. Then we can identify our customers who could benefit from Order Management, and in some cases we may find out that there are other adjustments to the process itself that are necessary before we even consider setting up Order Management.
In the Trans-Pacific market, the gap from the time an order is placed with a vendor in Asia to the time the order actually gets loaded on a shipment vessel can feel like a moving target to most Buyers. Given the time difference and the language barriers, finding out what truly happens from order to sail is challenging. This is where Corp Trade-lane’s involvement in Order Management really sets JAS apart. JAS can collectively dive into the process, which not only helps us at JAS get to know our customer better but more importantly we can make more educated downstream improvement recommendations.
This concept has not only changed the type of conversations we are having with our customers but it is also changing how we operate internally. There is a greater sense of collaboration today because Order Management impacts all of our departments. Now when we are engaging clients, we are doing so as a team. Corp Trade-lane works with SCM to work through the upstream process, which in turn effects all downstream actives to where Product, Operations & Compliance have to take the ball and run with it. It helps in not only driving alignment, but also gives our customers multiple resources from different backgrounds of expertise that they can leverage which helps everyone.
Just like with online track and trace visibility, we believe Order Management will soon become a standard menu offering for the entire freight forwarding industry. At JAS we are not just making sure we have Order Management on the menu, but we are ensuring the ingredients going into it (people, knowledge & systems) are the best in the industry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Customs and Border Protection has issued a date of February 28 for a large majority of Participating Government Agency entries to take place.
JAS USA has been working diligently for months on the ACE transition and was one of the first brokers to ever file using the ACE system. The new ACE platform will be a robust system when complete but it has had its share of ups and downs during the production process. It has been a difficult path getting ACE to fruition. There have been deployments that have not worked correctly and have caused major headaches for the industry, as well as delays in programming being delivered by CBP to the software providers. This then causes delays to the industry. Some programming will be delivered by CBP to the software providers the day before the cut over.
JAS will continue to work through these issues and is currently participating in several pilots with CBP such as FDA, DOT, and the Lacey Act. While U.S. Customs & Border Protection has until the deadline of February 28th, JAS Compliance is currently taking part in daily conference calls with CBP, participating in webinars, and attending meetings and classes regularly to ensure that JAS USA is ready.