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INDEX to The Cargo Letter:
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
**Back By Popular Demand**
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
***U.S. Fights Back On Trade ...... as US$316M worth of U.S. international imports & exports were recorded in May 2011, just under the all-time high recorded in July 2008, while U.S. exports rose 16.7% to US$1,837Bn last year, the 2nd highest level reported. However,
***NAFTA Trade Levels Rebound ..... as the value of trade carried by truck, rail and pipeline (surface transport) between the
***China's Inflation Grows ...... as it rose to a 37-month high in July, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to cool living costs while keeping economic growth on track as the U.S. and European outlook worsens. Consumer prices in the world's 2nd-largest economy rose 6.5% over a year earlier, up from June's 6.4%, data showed this month. That was driven by a 14.8% jump in food costs, up from June's 14.4% and leaving the inflation rate well above the government's 4% target for the year. The jump in prices came despite a slowdown in manufacturing and other economic activity in July following repeated interest rate hikes and other curbs imposed to cool an overheated economy.
***Blocking Syria ... as on August 18, 2011 U.S. President Obama signed an Executve Order (E.O.) blocking the property of the Syrian government, banning U.S. persons from new investments in or exporting services to Syria, and banning U.S. imports of, and other transactions or dealings in, Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products. The sanctions apply to "All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any overseas branch, of the Government of Syria".
***No More Liquidation Notice In Your Mail Box .... as U.S. Customs and Border Protection will discontinue mailing paper courtesy notices of liquidations to importers who file entries through the Automated Broker Interface system, effective Sept. 30. CBP estimates this move will save it US$3.8M annually by eliminating 90%, or about 6.5 million, of the paper courtesy notices sent to importers. If more than 90% are eliminated, savings could be higher, the agency said. Courtesy liquidation notices provide informal, advance notice of the liquidation date and aren't required by statute. For importers of record whose entry summaries are electronically filed in ABI, CBP provides an electronic courtesy notice to the ABI filer (importer of record or a broker that files as the agent of the importer of record) and a paper courtesy notice to the importer of record. Only those importers whose entries are not filed through ABI will continue to receive paper courtesy liquidation notices from the agency.
***Bona Fide Buying Agent Fees Exempt From Duty....as difficult economic times burden importers, the attorneys at Countryman & McDaniel remind importers that fees paid to bona fide buying agents are not included in transaction value as part of the price actually paid for imported merchandise. To learn whether your arrangements with buying agents may qualify for duty exemption, or whether such a business model makes sense for your company, contact the firm for more information.
***Agility Says Not Guilty ..... as the Kuwait-based global logistics provider, pled not guilty Aug. 16 to charges it ripped off the
***FedEx Forwarding Expansion .... as to grow its global freight-forwarding presence, FedEx Trade Networks has opened offices in
***Private Sector Moves Government Mail ... as worldwide express companies - FedEx, Polar Air Cargo & UPS - have received an indefinite-delivery/
***Tales of The
***APL Logistics Expands In
***Damco Scores Huge Perishable Door To Door Deal ...... as the freight forwarding arm of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Grouphas tied up a deal with Sun America Imports Inc., a U.S.-based import wholesaler of fresh produce & perishables from Latin America to North America, Damco will handle end-to-end management of the company's entire supply chain from Latin America to North America, building on an already existing contract. That includes ocean transportation, provision for cargo insurance, landside services & supply chain visibility. The new deal represents an estimated yearly volume of more than 20,000 TEUs, Damco said, with opportunities for expansion into new markets, including
Damco iPhone App Tracks Freight
***U.S. Rail Labor Shift ...... as major freight railroads trimmed 424 jobs from mid-June to mid-July, the 2nd overall cutback in the Class I workforce this year. Combined mid-July payroll at the seven Class I railroads'
***Irish In Cabotage Sting ..... as truckers have been hit with fines and had their vehicles impounded for ignoring EU cabotage rules by sending empty trailers across the
***Behold: The Smart Tire ..... as the days of manually adding air to under-inflated tires could be a distant memory thanks to a new innovation under development in laboratories at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber
***The Driver Drain ... as the shortage of available truck drivers is a real problem, say respondents to a recent survey of fleet managers. According to the a fleet sentiment report conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, 40% of fleets are currently affected by a driver shortage, and another 25% believe the shortage will impact their ability to grow in the future. Of those reporting an immediate concern, three quarters need drivers to fill current vacant seats, 63% say it is limiting their ability to add capacity and 42% are changing the way they deploy their fleet, such as targeting more regional & local freight opportunities instead of long haul loads.
***Old Dominion Freight Line Expands .... as it has embarked on a US$22M expansion of its regional hub in
***Fake Cisco .... as the U.S. Justice Dept. said Aug. 18 that Donald H. Cone, 48, of Frederick, Md., was sentenced in Alexandria, Va., to 30 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to import & sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment. Cone was also ordered to pay US$143,300 in restitution and to serve 3 years of supervised release following his prison term. According to evidence introduced at trial, Zhao, Cone, and Zhao's family members in China operated a large-scale counterfeit computer networking equipment business under the names of JDC Networking Inc. and Han Tong Technology (Hong Kong) Ltd. JDC Networking, located in Virginia, altered Cisco products by using pirated software, and created labels & packaging in order to mislead consumers into believing the products it sold were genuine Cisco products. To evade detection, Zhao used various names & addresses in import documents, and hid millions of dollars of counterfeit proceeds through a web of bank accounts & real estate held in the names of family members in
***He Got Us Going .... as an invention that changed surface transportation so anyone could drive a motor vehicle was patented this month in 1915 — as Charles F. Kettering was awarded a patent for the self-starter. Before that, it took considerable muscle and knowledge of machinery to hand crank the engine of a car, especially in the winter. In his lifetime,
**Agility. DOWN with a 57% year-on-year decline in second quarter net profit to US$28.7M.
**Air Transport Services Group. UP as profit in the 2nd quarter rose 24% to US$12.3M.
**APL. DOWN with US$61M in operating losses in the first half of 2011, including US$53M in the 2nd quarter.
**Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. UP with 2nd quarter profit of US$23.8M, 27% down from the US$32.7M earned during the same quarter last year.
**BNSF Railway. UP as profit rose 14.4% in the second quarter from a year earlier to US$690M, as traffic grew about three per cent as per unit receipts swelled 10.6%.
**Cargojet. DOWN with a 10-fold 2nd-quarter profit loss to US$1.4M year on year despite a 9% increase in revenues to US$41.2M.
**CEVA Logistics. UP 25% over last year to US$116.8M in 2nd quarter operating profit.
**Express-1. DOWN as 2nd quarter operating profit dropped 18.9% to US$2M.
**Hanjin Shipping. DOWN with a loss of US$254M with container shipping losing US$157M, against last year's profit of a US$191M.
**Matson Navigation. DOWN as 2nd quarter operating profit to fall 75% to US$9.4M from US$37M a year ago.
**Maersk Line. DOWN as 1st half operating profit dropped 67% to UP$438M.
**Regional Container Lines. DOWN in 2nd quarter with a loss of USUS$16M.
**Singamas Container Holdings. UP as profit surged about 900% to a record US$101.9M for the first half of the year as revenues rose 109.7% to US$1Bn.
**Tropical Shipping. DOWN with a US$300,000 operating loss in the 2nd quarter compared to a US$4.2M operating profit in the same 2010 period.
**Virgin Atlantic Cargo. UP as fiscal year revenue rose 39%, to US$362M, on a 17% increase in volume.
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***Canadian Air Price Fixing Result .... as Cargolux, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Qantas & Singapore Airlines have settled class-action lawsuits in the Canadian court system regarding the price-fixing cartel that took place from 2000 to 2006. This news comes on the heels of Saudi Arabian Airlines' US$14M settlement for similar charges. In exchange for having their names cleared of any wrongdoing, SAS, Qantas, Cargolux & Singapore Airlines agreed to pay the Canadian plaintiffs a combined total of CAD$3.38 million. All 4 carriers deny any conspiracy to fix prices for airfreight services. Cargolux was slapped with the heftiest fee, consenting to pay CAD$1.8 million to the plaintiffs. Singapore Airlines had the 2nd-largest settlement payment, agreeing to forfeit CAD$1.05 million, CAD$800,000 of which was directed toward a settlement fund and CAD$250,000 which was retribution for administrative fees. Rounding out the settlement were SAS' & Qantas' payments of CAD$300,000 & CAD$237,000, respectfully.
***Proposed Forwarder Security Fee .... as air cargo forwarders who operate security screening facilities are questioning a proposed fee increase for government background checks of employees. The Transportation Security Administration on Aug. 18 issued a final rule governing the Certified Cargo Screening Program. The rule changes little from an interim measure published a year ago, except for a proposed hike in fees for "security threat assessments." The fee originally was set at US$21 in 2006, but TSA is proposing a fee that's somewhere between US$31 and US$51 per assessment. TSA is seeking public comment on the fee until Sept. 19.
***New Boeing Freighter Launch .... as it reached a major milestone in its long-delayed program for its 747-8 freighter, winning certification in the U.S. & EU for the next-generation aircraft the manufacturer believes will be the anchor for future international cargo transport Boeing said it expects to deliver the first freighter in early Dec. to all-cargo carrier Cargolux. The aircraft logged more than 3,400 hours of flight to receive the certificates from the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The 747-8 freighter has 16% more capacity than its predecessor, the B747-400 freighter. Boeing expects the world fleet of freighters to double from 1,760 to 3,500 aircraft over the next 20 years.
***Dream Now Awake .... as Boeing reaffirmed that a Sept. delivery of its new 787 Dreamliner to Japanese airline ANA is on track, as testing of the new jet approaches the final stage. The 787 Dreamliner completed all flight tests required for certification of the plane using Rolls-Royce engines this month, Boeing said. The Chicago-based aerospace giant said flight testing is continuing for 787s with General Electric engines and "for Boeing test points not related to certification."
***New Life For The Giant ..... as
***Airbus Conversion A Go ..... as it is poised to launch a conversion program for A330 freighters, although it is not clear yet if the new offerings will include both the -200 & -300 variants of the aircraft. It was widely believed the new conversion program would be launched at last June's Paris Air Show. But sources have suggested Airbus may have wished to delay the announcement over concerns that sales of the new A330-200F would be impacted.
***Robot Freighter .... as Lockheed Martin has signed a US$47M deal with the U.S. Army to produce, demonstrate & deploy unmanned autonomous technologies for cargo delivery missions. Working in conjunction with Kaman Aerospace, Lockheed Martin will use Kaman's K-Max helicopter platform to display such technologies. Cargo drones are of interest to the
***No New Lithium
***Ground Security Advance .... as Singapore's Changl Airport Group (CAG) & ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) are teaming up to implement a perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) based on fibre bragg grating (FBG) sensor 1 to strengthen security of the airport's perimeter fence & airfield. This is the 1st time that such technology is being used for perimeter security enhancement anywhere in the world, a statement from airport authorities said.
***G4S Guards Canada ... as the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has selected it as the Security Screening Contractor for the delivery of Airport Screening Services in the Pacific Region. G4S Secure Solutions (
***Lost Dream? .... as it has been more than a decade since America's Clark County aviation director Randy Walker first floated the idea of a new airport in Ivanpah Valley to take the load off McCarran Int'l Airport, which was fast approaching its 53 million passenger capacity. The new airport on 6,000 acres of desolate federal land would ensure long-term commercial air service for 35 million travelers per year - vital to
***Volumes >>> Combined tonnage at Cathay Pacific & Dragonair was down 5.2% in the first 7 months of the year against a 12.9% year-over-year gain in capacity. >>>
***Discrimination? .... as white flight engineers are suing Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) in a
***Date Rape Intercept .... as 3 gallons of gamma-butyrolactone, an intoxicant used to make a "date rape" drug, with a street value of US$1,414, were discovered by U.S. Customs during an inspection at
***Peruvian Airlines Your Cargo Pick? .... as Peruvian military plane has flown 75 tourists to
***Flying Turtles ... as a Japanese man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 55 live turtles & tortoises from his country into the
***Backyard Vodka Blimp ..... as a 94-year-old
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***West Africa Now Joins Pirate Territory ... as GAC has issued a maritime security alert for waters off the coast of Benin following a spike in pirate activity over recent weeks. At least 15 attacks have been recorded in the 1st half of 2011, in line with an overall increase in West African piracy. In early Aug., the Beninese Navy interrupted a pirate attack on two tankers 15 kms off the
***Pirate Insurance Decline When Armed .... as costs can be cut 50% for ship operators that have armed guards aboard their vessels while traversing pirate infested waters off the Horn of Africa, according to insurance risk consultants Marsh Marine Practice. The Marsh report said cost reductions of 50% to "typically quoted war risk additional premium" for a ship at risk from Somali pirates can be had, provided it is separately covered by kidnap and ransom (K&R) cover with a limit of at least US$5M. Pirate ransoms are averaging US$4M. Said Marsh: "War risk insurers will often reduce rates for voyages through listed [as dangerous] areas if they are satisfied with the piracy prevention measures in place and/or if K&R [kidnap and ransom] cover is purchased." Typically, underwriters assess a ship's characteristics such as its speed, free board & whether it is laden or in ballast when adjusting costs. "If an underwriter considered that a ship's speed or freeboard might increase the risk of seizure, the additional premium might be loaded unless a separate marine K&R policy is purchased." For years The Cargo Letter stood alone on this issue, but the logic is clear and supported by history. No armed vessel has been taken in modern times.
***Arrivals More Definite .... as the latest measure of ocean container service reliability by Drewry's Schedule Reliability Insight shows a steady improvement, with the percentage of ships arriving on time at selected ports rising to 56% in the 2nd quarter of 2011, up from 51% in the 1st quarter. The overall figure for 2011 also compares well with the on-time reliability score of 52% in the same period of 2010. Drewry says despite continued freight rate erosion, shippers are getting better service on the East-West routes with reliability rising most in the Asia/Europe/Med trades, which increased by 13% against the previous period to 62% in 2011. Maersk Line regained its customary position as the most reliable of the Top 20 carriers (by vessel fleet size) across all the trades, closely followed by APL & CSAV.
***The Company You Keep Creates Fines .... as the U.S. Treasury Dept.'s Office of Foreign Asset Control said it has penalized container carrier CMA CGM & steamship agency Norton Lilly for "non-egregious" violations of regulations for doing business with "blacklisted" countries. CMA CGM (
***Location, Location ..... as even amid economic volatility, real estate in the markets surrounding the country's seaports is leading the
***Maersk Space Race ..... as it has sparked a "race for ultra-large containerships" in 2006 when it introduced its 15,550 TEU E-Class vessels, according to Paris-based maritime consultancy Alphaliner. The Danish shipping giant has maintained its lead, most recently ordering twenty 18,000 TEU or EEE-Class ships, due for delivery between 2013 and 2015, said Alphaliner, the Paris-based maritime consultant and information agency. In a further move to increase capacity, Maersk has now embarked on a "capacity boost" that will see a number of the line's 8,200-8,600 TEU S-Class ships upgraded to 9,600 TEU. Alphaliner said the upgrade involves the raising of the wheelhouse, so 2 extra tiers of containers can be stowed forward of the accommodation block. The enhancement of the 10 ships will add some 12,000 TEU to the Maersk's fleet which, according to Alphaliner figures, currently totals 2.44 million TEU.
***How Many Overboard? .... as the main industry group for the liner shipping industry said a study of containers lost at sea finds far fewer are lost than in some reports. The World Shipping Council (WSC) said this month that based on survey results it estimates "on average there are approximately 350 containers lost at sea each year, not counting catastrophic events." When one counts the catastrophic losses, an average total loss per year of approximately 675 containers was observed. "Total industry losses obviously vary from year to year, but these numbers are well below the 2,000 to 10,000 per year that regularly appear publicly, and represent a very small fraction of container loads shipped each year," WSC said, adding "the industry continues to pursue measures to reduce the number of containers lost overboard to zero." Still, carriers are motivated to mask this data.
***Goodbye Westwood Shipping .... as J-WesCo, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Warehouse in
***Building A Strong, Competitive
***Throughput >>> Spain's Algeciras Bay port throughput grew 3.9% to 1.5 million TEU in the first half year on year, due to a record June cargo surge. >>>
***This Month In
1812 - USS Constitution recaptures American merchant brig Adeline.
1838 - Exploring Expedition under Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise.
1842 - Signing of Webster-Ashburton Treaty under which United States & Great Britain agreed to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade.
1954 - Beginning of Operation Passage to Freedom, the transport of refugees from
1965 - First major amphibious assault in
1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis (AMGR 1) in
1974 - After flooding in
***Ship Brings History Home..... as huge pieces of what were once part of Adolf Hitler's defenses along
***Minor Buckaneer ..... as a lawyer for a
***Time For Plank Walking ..... as a
**Back By Popular Demand**
We're sorry, but there were so many sinkings, explosions, pirate attacks, fires, cargo mishaps, battles on the water & other disasters at sea that we do not have room to print even the highlights this month. Many people lost their lives at sea this month!!
But you can read all this month's disaster news at our special Internet web feature which provides full details of each event -- our Vessel Casualties & Pirate Activity Database. Bookmark the site and visit every day! Updated twice daily.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please view the dramatic new pictures at our special "Gallery of Cargo Loss" website feature.
See our new feature for Aug. 2011: "A Mungo On The Rocks"
See our new feature for Aug. 2011: "Miracle At Guyana"
See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A Single Photo!
Daily Vessel Casualties ...... as we don't want you to miss the excitement of our 24 hour reports of the dramatic events at sea each day -- stories of casualties & pirates --- almost none of which are carried on your local news. Edited daily by Christoph Wahner, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel.
NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. It's dangerous out there.
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
Here are our suggested world wide web sites of the week for your business, your information and your amusement..............
Cargo & Trade>>>>>>
e-Allegations -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Page To Report Tracde Violations
Interesting Facts About Ship Broking
Lufthansa - 50 Years
Mexico To Require Export Permits On Conventional Weapons & Related Goods
Next U.S. Customs Broker Exam is Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
Protect Against Disruptions in Your Supply Chain ....... free whitepaper
U.S. Coast Guard Proposed Regulations For Inspection of Towing Vessels
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Fact Sheet ...... detailing key considerations of the Simplified Entry, Summary & Financial Processes
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Update Form 30 ......multipurpose document used to issue Customs Bonds.
London Shipping Law Centre Internet Lectures
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
3PL & Forwarder Logistics Policy Forum sponsored by AfA ......... 7-8 Sept. 2011, Washingtpn DC
6th Annual Canada Maritime Conference ......... 20-21 Sept. 2011, Montreal
7th IATA Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention Conference! ........8 - 10 Nov. 2011,
Air Cargo & Seacargo Americas ...... 2 - 4 Nov. 2011,
Arctic Shipping North America Conference ........ 12 –
Cargo Security Training ....... August 29- September 02, CNS/IATA Training Center,
Cool Logistics 2011 .....26-28 Sept. 2011, Crowne Plaza, Antwerp Belgium
FIATA World Congress 2011 .......16 to 21 Oct., 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
Forwarder & 3PL Policy Forum ...........7-8 Sept., 2011, Washington DC
Int'l Conference on Logistics and Multimodal Transport ......9-11 Oct. 2011, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
TOC Americas 2011 .....15-17 Nov. 2011, El Panama Hotel, Panama City
TOC Middle East 2011 ....... Sept. 27-29, Dubai World Trade Centre
Transport Security Expo 2011 ......13-14 Sept. 2011,
WMU's Piracy Conference ........ 17-19 Oct 2001, Malmo, Sweden
2012 HS Reform: Screening Services That Keep Your Cross-Border Trade Flowing Effectively ......Thu, Sep 29, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Apps For That - iPhones>>>>>>>>>
CI Mobile ....... use iPhone to classify imports, with duties/taxes for 152 countries, including U.S. Rulings. Free. Please give us feedback for this service
360 Degree, Extreme High Res Photo of Next-Generation Boeing 737
Battleship Cove .... world's largest naval ship museum
Canal du Midi ......first surveyed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1516 to connect the Mediterranean to the Bay of Biscay
Captain Morgan Flagship Wreckage Reportedly Found
CONCORDE Crash Tribute
Disappearing Car Door
Japan Earthquake & Tsunami On Tape
Istanbul Isiklarius -- Traffic Light Reimagined (also history of traffic lights)
The Mighty Mac – Queen of the Lakes
Mount Everest -- Standing At The Summit ..... a dazzeling 360 degree marvel
The Return of S/S American Queen .... largest steamboat in the world with 222 staterooms & suites
A Robot Flies Like A Bird
Secretary of The Navy Announcing The Next USS John F. Kennedy CVN-79
The Themed Yacht ........OMG!
U.S. Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon Makes First Flight
The Wings Club ....... since 1942
Wingstrike Pictures A320 Lufthansa In Hamburg
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
One Beacon v. Crowley Marine Services, Inc.
U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
No. 10-20417, 28 July 2011
Online Terms & Conditions enforced by reference....as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently enforced Terms & Conditions of a vessel operator which were only incorporated by reference on a Repair Service Order by way of a website URL address -- rather than being issued in full printed form to the customer. The attorneys at Countryman & McDaniel caution the industry this is not a guaranteed outcome and is subject to other considerations, including the parties' sophistication and course of dealing. Contact Countryman & McDaniel for more information on promoting enforceability of your company's Terms & Conditions.
Ginsberg v. Northwest, Inc.
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
5 Aug. 2011, No. 09-56986
PREEMPTION: The Airline Deregulation Act ("ADA") does not preempt a claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, because state enforcement of the covenant does not "force the Airlines to adopt or change their prices, routes or services – the prerequisite for ADA preemption."
S. Binyomin Ginsberg brought suit against Northwest Airlines, Inc. ("Northwest"), after Northwest revoked Ginsberg's frequent flier membership. Ginsberg asserted breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligent misrepresentation, and intentional misrepresentation. The district court dismissed Ginsberg's claims, concluding that the Airline Deregulation Act ("
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Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
Michael S. McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
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