COAC Seeks Input on Trade Operations
Customs and Border Protection published CSMS 14-000392 to help spread the word that the Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) is kicking off its 2014 Trade Efficiency Survey. The survey will be open until Wednesday, July 23rd. To access the survey, please click here. COAC Survey
COAC is an advisory committee that allows members of the trade and the government to work as partners on issues that affect trade and security programs. COAC is interested in your feedback regarding the import/export process. Information gathered in this survey will be used to obtain facilitation priorities by industry, assess the economic impact of specific trade initiatives, and assist in creating metrics that explain the key benefits of partnerships with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its Partner Government Agencies (PGA).
COAC is asking both importers, exporters, and their service providers to respond to this survey. This survey allows for multiple responses from the same entity. The survey consists of multiple choice questions that request information on a number of issues, including exam rates, estimated cost of doing business, time expenditures, satisfaction level with CBP and PGAs. The survey takes only 20 minutes to complete. Results will be shared in upcoming COAC meetings.
CBP Issues Guidance on Potential West Coast Port Disruption
As the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association came to an end on June 30, 2014, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published guidance to the trade community with detailed instructions on how to handle potential shipment and entry issues. The contract negotiations cover 29 U.S. west coast ports. Operational disruptions at these ports could encourage steamship lines to alter their routes.
CBP published Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) 14-000365 to provide instructions to members of the trade community on how to handle manifest, ISF, and entry filing changes that would be driven by one of six potential carrier options. The current message, CSMS 14-000393 notes that priority processing will be granted to member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, and provides additional instructions in the event the entry is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.
- A vessel could divert to a foreign port and be discharged there.
- A vessel could divert to a foreign port and not be discharged but transferred to another conveyance (i.e. barge) for arrival and discharge at the original intended U.S. port.
- A vessel could divert to another U.S. west coast port and discharged.
- A vessel could divert to another U.S. west coast port and not be discharged but return to its original intended port.
- A vessel could divert to a gulf or east coast port.
- A vessel could rest at anchor and not divert.
DB Schenker is monitoring the situation and preparing to make all adjustments necessary to accommodate potential disruptions and diversions. Please contact your local DB Schenker office if you have any questions regarding how your shipments may be affected.
DB Schenker Hires Randy Creel to Head Automotive Logistics Business, the Americas
DB Schenker today announced the appointment of Randy Creel to Head, Vertical Market, Automotive, the Americas. From his base in Boston, Mr. Creel will lead DB Schenker’s Automotive vertical market group throughout North and South America.
Prior to joining DB Schenker, Mr. Creel was with the Ford Motor Company for 14 years, most recently as Global Strategy and Planning Manager for the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD). Before that, he spent nine years in China as Director of the Parts Supply and Logistics division of Ford’s Asia Pacific region based in Shanghai. He also served as Director, Service Parts Purchasing, and director, Service Purchasing & Logistics, at the China Emerging Market Sourcing Office, which he established in 2005.
“I had worked with the DB Schenker automotive logistics team as a customer for many years,” says Randy. “I was impressed with their global coverage through 2,000 offices around the world, but more importantly, their best-in-class performance and the DB Schenker team’s ability to not only attract high level customers, but also keep them for many years.”
“You don’t often come across candidates with this high level of expertise, energy and discipline,” adds Malcolm Heath, CEO Schenker, Inc. “Randy brings many years of strategic logistics planning and execution to his new role at DB Schenker, Automotive. We’re very fortunate that he has joined our group and look forward to a successful future together.”
Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Creel held quality engineering positions at SPX and Johnson Controls. He also spent over ten years in the U.S. Army, primarily as a logistics officer, including advanced training in logistics and petroleum management. In the early 1990s, he was a Logistics Planning and Support Officer to General David Petraeus (Retired). Mr. Creel was also a U.S. Army Ranger.
Canadian Shipper magazine awards Schenker of Canada the 2014 Shipper’s Choice Award and Carrier of Choice Award
Schenker of Canada Limited has been awarded the Shipper’s Choice and Carrier of Choice Award for 2014. Schenker of Canada has qualified for the award in every year since 2002. The Carrier of Choice distinction is reserved for carriers who have won the award for 5 or more consecutive years.
DB Schenker Enjoying a Long-Term Relationship with Community Giant
The H.Y. Louie group of companies is the second-largest private company on Canada’s West Coast. It includes a variety of companies including for example, London Drugs, the IGA grocery chain in British Columbia, a wholesale division that supplies independent grocery stores, London Air Services (LAS) and the Sonora Resort where an all-inclusive overnight stay will get you there by LAS helicopter and could set you back over $1,000 per day. The company was founded in 1903 and is based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
“We’re proud of our 20-year history with the H.Y. Louie companies,” says Arnold da Silva, Executive Vice President of, Schenker of Canada Limited and also Head of Ocean Freight, Region Americas – “We handle all customs brokerage for London Drugs, help get parts and complete aircraft across the border for London Air Services, and even help the exclusive Sonora Resort get fresh produce and specialty items that their celebrity guests can enjoy during their stay.”
“We have to be ready 24/7, 365 days a year for London Air Services in particular,” adds Kevin Haines, Schenker of Canada Customs Compliance Services Manager. “As a significant charter aircraft supplier for British Columbia they can’t have aircraft on the ground waiting for key emergency parts, so it’s our job to make sure the required replacements get to their planes without delay.”
London Air Services was created after the Chair Mr. Brand Louie was stranded on the tarmac in Chicago, waiting hours for an airline to find a crew. Though his meeting lasted only five hours, he had spent three days on flights and layovers. How was that efficient? He immediately set out to create an alternative—a productive, efficient, smart travel alternative. Wynne Powell recently retired President & CEO of London Drugs crunched the numbers and determined that the “business time poverty” was creating a business opportunity. In retirement Wynne remains as President & CEO of London Air and Sonora Resorts.
Since 1999, London Air Services has grown from a single corporate jet to a diverse fleet of aircraft. The company has flourished into the service Mr. Powell envisioned: smart, efficient travel for the busy executive.
“Each aircraft in the LAS fleet has been hand-picked for efficiency, comfort, and optimal safety,” observes Mr. Powell, president and CEO of LAS. “Our Learjets and Challengers can take you around the world in a moment’s notice and our helicopters can fly in virtually any weather condition to the most remote sites. That’s the same kind of top notch, hands-on service we expect from DB Schenker and that’s what we get.” When we have a $30 million aircraft on the ground waiting for a part we can depend on DB Schenker’s professional and dedication to get that part to us fast.
From humble beginnings in the early 1900’s to the powerhouse it is today, H.Y. Louie continues to grow and prosper, with DB Schenker keeping things running smoothly in the background.
Schenker of Canada Limited Named Official Logistics Supplier of TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
TORONTO December 9, 2013 – More than a million items, from folding tables and chairs to basketballs, trampolines and kayaks, will need to be transported and carefully moved off trucks at more than 50 venues for the TORONTO 2015 Games. The company behind the massive move will be Schenker of Canada Limited, the Canadian arm of DB Schenker.
Named the Official Logistics Supplier of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Schenker of Canada will provide 6,968 square metres (75,000 square feet) of warehouse space, warehouse operations (including staff and equipment), freight transportation and freight distribution operations, venue and Athletes’ Village logistics operations, as well as customs clearance and freight forwarding.
Part of a global enterprise, DB Schenker has extensive experience in the provision of logistics services for the International Paralympic Committee and several National Olympic Committees at major international sporting events, including the Sochi, London, Vancouver and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. In Canada, the company has worked with Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Cross Country Canada and the Canadian Cycling Association to ensure their equipment gets to events across the country and around the world.
“As the Official Logistics Supplier to the TORONTO 2015 Games, Schenker of Canada will play a major role in delivering the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in this country,” said Eric Dewey, chief executive officer of Schenker of Canada Limited.
“With 1,400 employees and more than 40 branches, we’re a leading logistics provider in Canada and our DB SCHENKERsportsevents team has had great success working on sports events here in Canada,” he said. “Our team is committed to providing logistics support and services at all times, ensuring athletes, officials and Games’ staff have everything they need to make these the best Pan Am/Parapan Am Games ever.”
Employees at Schenker of Canada’s corporate office were on hand for the partnership announcement today, along with officials from the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).
Staging the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in Canada — with 51 sports, 7,500 athletes and 50-plus competition and non-competition venues — will require twice the number of products used during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. And, with competitions in 15 municipalities stretching from Minden to Welland, Caledon to Oshawa, Schenker of Canada will travel 80,000 to 100,000 distribution kilometres in total by the time the Games end in August 2015.
Twenty-five per cent of the roughly one million items Schenker of Canada will handle will go to the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village in downtown Toronto. The company will also pick up the equipment and luggage of athletes at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and transport it to and from the village.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have a company with the expertise and experience of Schenker of Canada coming on board to help us deliver the Games,” said Ian Troop, chief executive officer of TO2015. “A great logistics team means our athletes, officials, volunteers and staff can perform with ease and confidence when the world is watching in 2015. The importance of Schenker of Canada’s role leading up to and during the Games cannot be underestimated.”
Fast facts on logistics for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games:
- 1,000,000 items with 5,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) to keep track of them in the warehouse.
- 6,250 folding tables (stretched end to end would run the entire length of the Pan Am equestrian cross-country course).
- 22,500 folding chairs (the equivalent of 12 fully loaded 16-metre tractor trailers).
- 7,500 metres (25,000 feet) of barrier tape (almost 14 times the height of the CN Tower).
- 7,600 beds and mattresses.
- 950 pairs of track spikes.
- 920 swimsuits.
- 700 wheelchairs.
- 400 bicycles.
- 250 boats (sailing, canoe/kayak, rowing).
Schenker of Canada joins previously announced members of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family, including: Lead Partner CIBC, Premier Partners Chevrolet Canada, CISCO and Loblaw Companies Limited, Opening Ceremony Creative Partner Cirque du Soleil, as well as Official Suppliers Beanfield Metroconnect, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group, McKesson Canada, Royal Canadian Mint, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Star, and Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.
About DB Schenker in Canada
Schenker of Canada Limited started operations in 1953, in just over half a century our business has grown to include over 40 branches and 1,400 employees. Today, the company is one of the top Integrated Logistics Service Providers in Canada.
Outside of Canada we are equally strong. Our global enterprise has annual sales of 19 billion euros, with 94,600 employees and 2,000 offices around the world. DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics services, offering land operations, air and ocean freight as well as comprehensive contract logistics solutions and global supply chain management from a single source. DB Schenker is the Transport and Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn, the German Railways.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead Partner of the Games.
DB Schenker Achieves Highest Level of Transported Asset Protection Association Accreditation
(Toronto, Canada, March 17, 2014)
DB Schenker’s facility at Airway Drive in Mississauga, Ontario has officially achieved the highest level of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) accreditation. The external certification body SGS performed the audit and certified DB Schenker. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
Accreditation involved rigorous auditing of DB Schenker’s security infrastructure and warehouse facility at 3210 Airway Drive – a multi-modal HUB for the region handling air, ocean and ground cargo. This is the first DB Schenker facility in Canada to achieve the accreditation.
According to Eric Dewey, President and CEO, Schenker of Canada Limited: “TAPA ‘A’ certification underlines our commitment to providing a safe and secure facility for our customer’s goods and gives us a competitive advantage when dealing with the technology industry as we continue to grow in this sector. This achievement will benefit all of our freight forwarding modes and will assist in our growth efforts.”
“A fundamental TAPA objective is to affect positive change in the security practices of the freight transportation and insurance communities,” adds David Wilt, Chairman, TAPA, the Americas. “Major freight service providers are moving toward TAPA-recognized security standards for the care and handling of freight and are recognizing the inherent value of doing so.”
TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR) have been established to ensure the safe and secure in-transit storage and warehousing of any TAPA member’s assets throughout the world. The FSR specifies the minimum acceptable standards for security throughout the supply chain and the methods to be used in maintaining those standards. The FSR outlines the process and specification for suppliers to attain TAPA certification for their facilities and transit operations. It is the intention of TAPA members to select suppliers that meet or exceed TAPA certification requirements. The successful implementation of the FSR is dependent upon suppliers, TAPA certified auditors and buyers working in concert.
Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is an association of security professionals and related business partners from high technology and high value companies who have organized for the purpose of addressing the emerging security threats that are common to the high value industry supply chain. For more information, go to http://www.tapaonline.org/.
Ecology and economy in harmony
Embracing the globe, while caring for the environment
DB Schenker sees no contradiction in ecology and economy, which is why DB’s logistics specialists prefer solutions that satisfy both the customer’s economic needs and their own ecological demands when planning their operations.
DB Schenker takes its responsibility for the environment very seriously. Sustainability is an integral part of the corporate philosophy, it is practiced and constantly being developed. In the development of their products and services, for example, the logistics specialists focus on innovation and invest in new environmentally sound logistics solutions and technologies.
Proving environmental management
Environmental management can be measured, with the result that today all DB Schenker country organizations in have received DIN ISO 14001 certification. The goal is have all the country organizations certified worldwide.
Environmental protection – an image factor
As a company’s environmental behavior is increasingly developing into a corporate image factor, DB Schenker is significantly improving your ecological performance. Deutsche Bahn’s goal is now to bring about a reduction in specific CO2 emissions of at least a further 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2006.
Schenker Boosts ISO Certified Facilities to 39!
As of February, 39 US Schenker, Inc. facilities have been awarded the ISO 14001 certification. Just one year ago, only two facilities held the certification: Freeport and JFK. We are very proud of our achievement, as it places us among a handful of Freight Forwarding / Logistics companies worldwide to be ISO 14001 certified.
Getting to the point where a facility can undergo the necessary audit to become ISO certified involves more than just a pile of binders with policies in them. It’s only possible with the commitment and hard work of many people in the organization.
A key success factor for Schenker was having a truly dedicated management team and staff that were absolutely committed to achieving and maintaining the designation. A special thanks to the offices that were audited this year: Hartford, Orlando, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Chicago, Moline, JFK and Freeport. The DNV (Det Norske Veritas) auditor assigned to us was very impressed with the involvement and awareness of our employees and management.
One of the major requirements to obtaining certification is having an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place. We took our already established EMS and made some upgrades, creating the new Lean EMS Interface back in 2012. This replaced the traditional Environmental Policy Manual and gave users a simple-to-use flow chart design, with immediate access to all of our environmental programs, policies, processes and forms. The response from the field was very positive. With the training and continued support from Environmental Management, users were equipped with the knowledge and know-how to wow any auditor that crossed their paths… and they did just that!
The fact that we made this investment, indicates our commitment to continually monitor, manage, and improve our environmental performance. We must show that:
- We have identified significant environmental aspects of our operations. We currently monitor Electricity and Heating Gas use, and Paper Consumption.
- We are taking steps to control these aspects. We have Energy / Waste monitoring tools that we utilize (Environmental Data Reports, TORCH).
- And that those steps are proving effective. We review Environmental Data Reports quarterly.
Besides training employees, and utilizing green practices around the workplace, we plan on continually improving our environmental performance by adding transparency to the quarterly sustainability figures submitted by the branches. By getting creative with contests and rewarding offices for their energy achievements, we predict nothing but great things for our sustainable future.
Making a difference in our communities, one employee at a time.
On Thursday June 12, Schenker of Canada’s Air import and export team located in Mississauga, Ontario, held a fundraiser raffling tickets for a chance to win various gift baskets.
The airfreight team has a fundraiser twice a year, June and December; and with each fundraiser a different charity is chosen. For June 12th fundraiser, the team collected $816.00 for the “Children’s Make a Wish Foundation”.
We thank everyone who purchased tickets to help make a child’s wish come true.
By Joanne Edwards
International Air Export Manager
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