The Quest
Inside this issue:

Help us with our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts; Risk management tips to help your business

What you need to know about the 2012 Transportation Bill

NVOCC China rider increase effective Nov. 23

New provisions regarding legal disputes for freight forwarders in China

New Jersey seeks to ban companies classifying truck drivers as independent contractors

Customs brokers face increased liability risks under food safety act

CARB Update: Clarification of regulations applicability to customs brokers, freight forwarders and NVOCCs nationwide; new SmartWay regulations

CBP updates ACEopedia
(click here to access)



NEI Webinar on November 29, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. CST
Are you up to date on forthcoming export regulatory changes? How will they impact the export enforcement landscape? Hear Keith Sanchez from Avalon Risk Management and Paulette Kolba, Chair of the NCBFAA Export Compliance Sub-Committee, discuss the latest in export regulatory changes, the current enforcement landscape, a review of sample export violation claims and discuss ways you can best protect yourself. Keith and Paulette will also review best practices for administering an export compliance program to manage your business.

To register for this webinar from the NCBFAA, visit http://www.ncbfaa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=13544&MenuKey=education 

Commercial Agency of the Year
Avalon was proud to be recognized in the November issue of American Agent & Broker magazine as the overall winner of the Commercial Agency Awards for Excellence in 2012.

In addition to being Commercial Agency of the Year, Avalon was also the winner of the Customer Service and Technology categories based on a detailed review by the editorial staff of American Agent & Broker and National Underwriter magazines, as well as a panel of outside judges.

Best Places to Work
Avalon Risk Management is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, we were named one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance magazine. Avalon ranked 12th overall.

This national program is designed to identify and recognize high-quality workplaces through a two-part company assessment.

The first part (25%) consisted of
evaluating each nominated
company’s workplace policies,
practices and demographics. The second part (75%) consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. Avalon values employee and client feedback to consistently improve our operations and procedures.

WESCCON Online Drawing Winner
Congratulations to John Olson with Livingston International for being the lucky winner in our website drawing! John entered the winning code and will receive his choice of a $500 American Express gift card or an iPad.

Featured Employees
Avalon would like to share the names of our Employee of the Month and recognize them for their exceptional efforts and contributions to our company. These employees go above and beyond to help our clients and adhere to our company values of integrity, teamwork, communication, personal growth and knowledge, as well as family and community.

October 2012
Christian Villalba
Account Manager
New York Office
September 2012
Katherine Priore
Senior Account Manager, National Accounts
Corporate Office
August 2012
Susie King
Executive Assistant
Corporate office

Avalon Risk Management


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