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Inside this issue:
Help us with our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts; Risk management tips to help your business
Further to our announcement regarding our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the Avalon Compassion Team (A.C.T.) is matching any employee or client donations to the American Red Cross... read more

What you need to know about the 2012 Transportation Bill
This summer, significant legislation passed on Capitol Hill that not only provides about two years of highway funding, but also permanently changes federal law regarding freight transportation... read more

NVOCC China rider increase effective Nov. 23
Effective Nov. 23, the Federal Maritime Commission will amend its regulations regarding the amount of the optional China rider for NVOCC bonds... read more

New provisions regarding legal disputes for forwarders in China
This year, the Supreme People’s Court of China released new provisions regarding trials concerning ocean freight forwarding disputes... read more

New Jersey seeks to ban companies classifying truck drivers as independent contractors
An assembly panel in New Jersey has advanced a bill to prevent trucking companies from classifying their drivers as independent contractors... read more

Customs brokers face increased liability risks under food safety act
Enacted in January 2011, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years... read more

CARB Update: Clarification of regulations applicability to customs brokers, freight forwarders and NVOCCs nationwide; new SmartWay regulations
We have received a number of questions regarding the applicability of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reefer container regulations... read more

CBP posts updated ACEopedia online
CBP's ACEopedia is updated monthly and contains the latest information on ACE capabilities and development efforts. Click here to download the latest version.

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