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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***
***Your Biggest Change For 2013: New Year, New DOT Regulations
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
***UPS Sets World Record ...... as the Atlanta-based global logistics and transportation leader said Thursday, Dec. 20, was its busiest day of the entire holiday season as it expects to handle more than 28 million deliveries in a week in which it delivered more than 135 million packages globally. Dec. 20 represents the busiest day in the company's history. This is corroborated by data from the National Retail Federation, which states holiday shopping—for the months of Nov. & Dec.—is expected to increase by 4.4% to US$586.1Bn in retail sales, up from US$562Bn in 2011. UPS Airlines added more than 400 additional flights in the week to meet the demand from about 3 million express shipments, all processed within a 24-hour period at its Louisville, Kentucky-based UPS Worldport international air hub.
***Cutoms Raises Informal Entry Threshold ..... as the system became less complicated this month for importers of low-value consignments when U.S. Customs issued a rulemaking increasing the threshold for informal entries to US$2,500 from US$2,000, effective Jan. 7. Informal entry expedites customs clearance because it requires a much simpler document, eliminates the need for a surety bond and reduces the US$25 minimum merchandise processing fee to US$2 (for entries filed electronically). Retail business groups have been pushing for the change which is seen to benefit not only Internet sellers, but also express delivery giants FedEx & UPS.
***Backing Sandy Down ...... as U.S. Customs will allow duty drawback claims to be made on imported merchandise that was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Duty drawback is a cumbersome, time consuming process that requires proof that goods have been destroyed or exported in order to obtain a duty refund from customs.
***Down On The Dumps ..... as the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced on Dec. 18 that it determined utility-scale wind turbine towers from
***That Ain't Hay ..... as the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in its second Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade in fiscal year 2013 said the country's farm exports have climbed more than 50% in value, from US$96.3Bn in 2009 to the most-recent forecast of US$145Bn in 2013.
***Forwarder Networks Become Elite ...... as Elite Assn. of Logistic Networks (ELITE) has been officially launched following the qualification of 9 major global logistics networks as founding members. The membership of ELITE-qualified networks comprises 3,550 freight forwarding companies worldwide, with annual revenues of US$60Bn and 140,000 staff operating from 7,000 offices in 188 countries. ELITE will represent the independent forwarding community by engaging with and participating alongside major global industry associations, regulators and government agencies. "For the first time the independent sector has a powerful and unified voice to ensure the interests of SME freight forwarders are considered," said a statement from the new group. IATA's head of global cargo, Des Vertannes, has welcomed the formation of ELITE, saying that with the industry undergoing major changes it is essential that all sectors work together.
***On Your Mark, Go! ..... as the U.S. Postal Service will start a same-day test pilot this month in
***DHL Global Forwarding To Lybia ..... as the air and ocean freight unit within Deutsche Post DHL has opened an office in
***Bag It & Tag It ..... as GAC Packaging Solutions has launched a new ecologically-friendly and cost-effective packaging solution for liquid & dry cargo transportation. The 'g-drum' is a reusable, collapsible 208 litre drum with a "bag-in-a-box" design that uses a product-specific flexible internal liner bag made from 3-ply food and pharma grade polyethylene film to store liquid cargo and dry flowing or high viscosity products. Developed and patented by Int'l Liquid Packaging Solutions (ILPS), g-drums deliver up to 10% savings in overall operational costs compared to traditional steel drums.
***Expecting Delay ..... as a new software called VisibilitySmart alerts shippers about cargo delays earlier than ever before, according to manufacturer CargoSmart, an IT company providing systems to keep cargo moving on time. Trials throughout Oct. & Nov. showed potential for collaboration between shippers, logistics service providers & ocean carriers, said CargoSmart. The new software monitors & analyses live vessel data through the automated identification system (AIS), sailing schedules, historical route patterns and shipment plans to anticipate delays. It offers extensive coverage of 21 carriers, 3,500 vessels and 800 ports. The new solution monitors 3 types of delays - skipped ports of call, missed transshipments and late arrivals.
***Fixing American Pot Holes ...... as 7 modern truck & auto expressways - totaling 6,000 kilometers - in central Henan province are scheduled to open this month, reports Xinhua News Agency.
***Distrust Thy Neighbor's Rail .......as after years of charged debate,
***What Happens On X Train ....... as after striking an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad last week, the Las Vegas Railway Express is one step closer to bringing to life the X Train, a luxurious "party train" complete with big screen TVs, recliners and two ultra lounges. "The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you're in Las Vegas," said Michael Barron, president and CEO of the US$100M venture that hopes to launch its maiden voyage on New Year's Eve 2013. "It's essentially a nightclub on wheels." Tourists can't get from
***Libyan Security ..... as the U.S. State Dept. has provided funding to Customs and Border Protection to train 13 Libyan defense & customs officials on border security techniques. The money is from the State Dept.'s Export Control and Related Border Security Program, which aims to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by helping governments implement effective export control systems. The course began Dec. 10 in
***Time Cops ....as the Import Specialist Enforcement Team, a division within U.S. Customs and Border Protection in
***Hauling Humans ..... as raising your arm and yelling "taxi!" is the old-fashioned way to nab a
**FedEx. DOWN with 2nd quarter, ended Nov. 30, net income of US$438M, down 12% from last year's US$497M.
**Patriot Transportation. DOWN as its net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was US$1.4M, or 13 cents a share, down from US$1.8M, or 18 cents, a year earlier.
**UTi. DOWN as net income was just US$10.5M in third quarter, down from US$28.5M last year.
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***New Lithium Rules .... as small cells and batteries below a certain power or lithium content can currently be consolidated with other cargo or with other consignments of small lithium batteries and be loaded into a ULD by a freight forwarder. However, from 2013, these small lithium batteries will be subject to greater regulatory requirements and consequently must be presented separately to an airline so that the airline can conduct an acceptance check, as is done for other dangerous goods. This change means that lithium batteries will now have to be prepared in accordance with Section IB of packing instructions 965 and packing instruction 968. More, ICAO has proposed a recommendation which states that the aviation authorities provide a transition period until
***UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials ........ as last Sept., UPS hosted a meeting of IATA's Dangerous Goods Board, which approved a proposal from the company that rigid outer packaging should be compulsory for lithium battery shipments. IATA is updating its lithium battery guidance accordingly.
***Transport Canada's 100% ......as "Security Measures Respecting Air Cargo" go into effect on Dec. 31 and will require 100% of cargo being transported on passenger flights out of airports under the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) have increased security procedures under the Air Cargo Security (ACS) Program. All cargo transported onboard a domestic, int'l or transborder passenger flight departing a CATSA-designated Canadian airport must be secured, and receive confirmation by the air carrier as having met specified security requirements. For domestic & int'l passenger flights, cargo must come from a Registered Shipper or be actively screened using approved methods by either an Approved Participant or the air carrier. Registered shipper cargo may pass directly to an air carrier or through an Approved Participant in the Air Cargo Security Program.
Canadian Air Cargo Security (ACS) Program
Canadian ACS Program FAQ
***Good Growth Ahead ...... as air carriers are expected to experience the strongest growth in cargo volumes internationally in the next 4 years, according to the Int'l Air Transport Assn. (IATA). Five of the 10 fastest growing countries will be in the
***Cargo Pilots Excluded ..... as the FAA has published in the Federal Register a flight crewmember duty and rest requirements docket that continues to exclude cargo pilots from its more stringent crew rest rules imposed on pilots on airplanes carrying passengers. The FAA says in its original Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA), the portion of scheduling costs related to cargo-only operations of air carriers that conduct both passenger and cargo-only operations (mixed operations carriers) were inadvertently excluded from the reported costs of extending the final rule to cargo-only operations. The agency says the Initial Supplemental RIA fixes that omission and that revision has significantly increased the estimates of the stated costs of extending the final rule to cargo-only operations. Due to inclusion of impacts on cargo-only operations, a few air carriers were reclassified for ease of explication. The FAA said in the filing that it assumed that benefits associated with averting a single catastrophic accident involving a cargo plane would range between US$20.35M and US$32.55M. The FAA will accept comments on the Initial Supplemental RIA through Feb. 11th.
***More Fixing .... as the Swiss Competition Commission has fined 4 int'l freight forwarders for price fixing as part of a cartel a total of US$6.7M. The 4 are: Deutsche Bahn, Kuehne+Nagle, Panalpina Welttransort & Agility Logistics Int'l. The Commission said an amicable settlement had been reached with the companies. The inquiry was launched by the Competition Commission in Oct. 2007 and established that the 4 forwarders fixed certain int'l air cargo shipping fees & surcharges between 2003 & 2007.
***Apple's Massive Airfreight Spend May Decline ..... as CEO Timothy Cook revealed on Dec. 6 that the company, which relies on factories in
***Most Influential Carrier of 2013? ....... as Delta Air Lines will be in the spotlight due to its acquisition of a Pennsylvania oil refinery as a hedge against the widening spread between crude oil prices and jet fuel costs. Airlines will be watching to see if the move really does produce at least US$300M in savings, as the carrier estimates. Delta is also at the forefront of the shake-up in the
***WorldCargo Will Drop The Paper ....as it claims to be the first carrier to sign up for the Proof of Concept for IATA's "Multilateral e-Air Waybill Agreement" in support of paperless cargo. The company said this marks a "significant milestone" in the e-commerce framework promoted by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG). This comes as the model agreement for electronic data interchange (EDI) as a substitute for the traditional paper air waybill is proposed to become multilateral. The objective is to have the bilateral EDI agreements between the forwarders and the carriers replaced by a single multilateral agreement. The concept is that forwarders entering into the agreement with IATA effectively enter into accords with all participating carriers who have appointed IATA as their agent to enter into the agreements with the forwarders on their behalf. A Proof of Concept has been launched by IATA with a group of freight forwarders and carriers to trial the draft agreement and provide recommendations on potential enhancements. The final version of the accord is expected to be adopted as an IATA resolution and declared effective by mid-2013.
***Paperless Pilots ..... as Lufthansa Systems has announced its airline pilots will be using its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, providing continual access to updated electronic navigation charts, technical log books and operating manuals. The EFB reduces paper on board and saves weight while also cutting printing and logistics costs. The nearly paperless cockpit is therefore an important step towards efficient, environmentally conscious flight operations, said the company.
***Goodbye Lufthansa Cargo .....as it has announced Lufthansa Cargo Charter will cease business starting
***Luxembourg Flys ...... as the government will acquire Qatar Airways' 35% holding in Cargolux on an interim basis while a viable long-term commercial solution is found for the troubled cargo airline, reports Atlanta-area Air Cargo World. The
***FedEx Upgrades ..... as it has announced an order of four 767 Freighters from Boeing as part of its initiative to modernize its fleet."These additional 767 orders will accelerate fleet modernisation as we replace aging MD-10 freighters," said FedEx Express vice president James Parker. "These new 767s will provide improved reliability and are more fuel-efficient than the aircraft they replace." The 767 Freighter is based on the 767-300ER (extended range) passenger plane. With a 58-ton payload, and an intercontinental range,
***FedEx Is SenseAware ...... with a near real-time shipment device in Australia & Singapore that provides data about customer shipments and the ability to share that information with business partners. The multi-sensor device developed by FedEx Innovation team is integrated with a web-based application to allow customers to access shipment statistics while still in transit, including precise temperature readings, exact location, and alerts for when the shipment has been opened or exposed to light. The customer can set up a geo-fence along the actual route for the shipment with alerts to notify of deviation from this re-established route, and altered arrivals at specified times along the route, also available on ground shipments. It also sets up permission-based access to share predetermined data with business partners and other interested parties. The system is available beyond the FedEx network with Delta; Southwest & United mainline jets.
***Rankings of The Largest
1. Hawaiian Airlines, 94.8%
3. AirTran Airways, 86%
4. Delta Air Lines, 85.5%
6. US Airways, 83.2%
7. Southwest Airlines, 82.4%
9. American Eagle, 81.2%
10. SkyWest, 80.8%
11. Frontier Airlines, 78%
12. ExpressJet, 76.9%
13. United Airlines, 76.7%
14. JetBlue Airways, 74%
15. American Airlines, 67.7%
Average of all airlines, 80.2%
Source: Dept. of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics
***Shame For The Name ...... as the founder of Texas-based air cargo operator Pan American Airways, Robert Hedrick, 61, has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on federal charges of viewing child pornography and chatting online with a federal agent posing as a 14-year-old girl. Hedrick maintains his innocence, saying he was framed by relatives or former business partners. His defence attorneys said it was not Hedrick who had used his computers to conduct online chats. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered Hedrick to pay US$5.4M in restitution and to register himself as a sex offender. Pan American Airways offers flights between the U.S. & Latin America.
The Real Pan American World Airways
***Air Smuggling ..... as a plot to illegally ship aircraft parts to
***The Terror of No Moonshine ...... as Canadian Eskimos are up in arms over new air security rules that have come into their lives on remove
***Well Busted ...... as Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at
***Volumes >>> Cathay Pacific Airways & Dragonair posted a 6.3% year-on-year increase in cargo and mail to 140,824 tons, marking the 3rd consecutive monthly increase. >>>
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Back From The Brink ........ as the Int'l Longshoremen's Assn. and East and Gulf coast port operators came to an agreement Dec. 28, to extend contract negotiations for another 30 days, according to federal mediators. The contract expiration has been extended to Jan. 28 from Dec. 29. This is the second extension of the contract that originally was to run out on Sept. 30. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said the parties reached agreement on container royalty payments, saying that the "agreement on this important subject represents a major positive step toward achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement."
More than 100 American trade associations had signed a plea to President Barack Obama to use his powers to prevent a strike at 14 East and Gulf coast ports by the ILA as the union made public its plans for gradual, limited strike starting Dec. 30. ILA President Harold Daggett said ILA workers would continue to handle perishables with a limited shelf life, military materiel, passenger ships, non-container cargo as well as vehicles, reported American Shipper. But dry goods containers, even military household items, or frozen food, would be boycotted. The National Retail Federation and National Industrial Transportation League have written their own letters to the White House, but there has been no reply. The New York Shipping Assn., representing terminal operators, were in discussions with the
The ILA has posted an Internet document explaining a container "royalty", the issue that originally caused the breakdown in the contract talks, is a US$4.85 payment by the management to the union for each ton of container cargo handled (around US$80 per container) and is distributed to ILA members as bonus with a portion going to the dockers' health care fund. The union statement said: "When containerization began, the ILA was faced with a huge displacement of workers whose jobs were eliminated by the ominous steel boxes. The ILA agreed to allow containerization but negotiated a fee, based on the weight of each loaded container for annual payments. This is compensation for the job opportunities lost by permitting containerization." Management has offered to keep the royalty system in place for 25 years for all but new hires, but the union wants the royalties kept in perpetuity. Should there also be a new tax on gasoline engine production to benefit horse farms, or a levy upon light bulb producers to support the candle industry?
***In The Pacific Wake ...... as soon after federal mediators were brought in to help reach an agreement between teams representing employers at the ports of Los Angeles (POLA) and Long Beach (POLB) and the Int'l Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit ("OCU"), the 8-day strike, which saw activity at POLA and POLB essentially come to a halt in the form of a tentative agreement. The Los Angeles Times reported the strike commenced on Nov. 27, when the 80-member OCU expressed frustration regarding shipping line employers outsourcing jobs. The OCU, said the report, had the support of 10,000 regional ILWU members, whom in turn honored the picket line and did not work. The report added that it centered on the claim by the union that employers have steadily outsourced jobs through attrition, while the union said the employers have transferred work from higher-paid union members to lower-paid employees in other states and countries. The impact of the labor stoppage was significant, with roughly 20 container vessels idled as a result, which were unable to unload or load cargo, and more than 20 vessels either anchored at POLA and POLB or diverted since the beginning of the strike to
***The Extreme Danger of Human Shippers ...... as more than 21% of life-threatening incidents aboard containerships have been linked to misdeclared cargo, mostly involving dangerous goods, and bad packing, reports London's Containerization International. The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) formed by 10 ocean carriers - five in the top 20 and representing 52% of global cellular capacity, has done a study of 500 potentially life-threatening incidents based on insurance claims. Half of the incidents were found to result from container packing problems over which the carriers have no control, said the report. "There is now a strong case also to seek broader industry involvement to increase the awareness of areas of concern and trends in containerised shipping, and continue to improve safety in the supply chain," said the CINS statement.
***Coming Squeeze ...... as container shipping companies potentially face a shortage of small-and medium-sized ships in future despite the glut of newbuild ordering in the mega-sized range, warns Clarksons in its latest Container Intelligence Monthly report. The buying frenzy of recent years has fizzled out and left a bad taste in the mouth as cargo volumes remain weak and the number of idle vessels remains high. New orders for smaller-sized vessels have dried up, and there are concerns the capacity squeeze will slow trade development in some parts of the world, unless ordering resumes. Clarksons highlights relatively few ships of 3,000 TEU or smaller have been built since 2009 and activity in the mid-range vessels of up to 7,999 TEU has also been light, with ordering constrained by lack of finance. A report by Irish Trucker News noted the looming capacity squeeze comes regardless of shipyards slashing the price of new containerships to near record lows. The report highlighted a 2,750-TEU gearless vessel would cost around US$30.5M, down from US$38M at the end of last year and US$53M in 2007. A larger 4,300-TEU ship that would have cost US$57N in late 2011 can now be ordered for US$14M or less. Clarksons' newbuilding price index stands at 73, based on Dec. 1996 prices equalling 100, compared with 91 a year ago and almost 130 in mid-2008 before the banking crisis. The data also shows US$32Bn has been invested in new box ships this year, against US$27Bn in 2011 and US$55Bn in 2007 before the market collapsed and orders shrank to US$1.1 Bn in 2009.
***Striking At Grain? ..... as the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers, a group of 4 firms running export grain terminals on the U.S. Pacific Northwest's
***Canada Border Services Agency Wants The Code ..... as the CBSA is requiring ships calling at ports in
***Projected Protection and Indemnity Pain ...... as P&I renewals are poised to be the most troubled in 10 years because of hard times for ship operators, poor underwriting results and some of the largest claims in history, according the Willis Global Marine annual P&I Market Review. The report said the P&I market results last year (2011/12) showed a 13% increase in incurred claims, a 5.9% underwriting loss and only a 2.7% investment return. Total market free reserves increased marginally (4%), but tonnage increased by 9% over the same period. The market is therefore larger, but proportionately slightly weaker than the previous reporting period. "Against this backdrop, 2011/12 has the dubious honor of registering the highest level of net paid & net incurred claims ever reported by the P&I market (2% & 8% higher than the previous record level in 2009/10)," said the report.
***TSA Rate Boost ...... as the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) carriers have announced a US$600 per FEU rate increase from Jan. 15 on cargo to
***Matson Buys .... as it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the primary assets of Auckland-based Reef Group which went into receivership in Nov.. Reef had been providing container & bulk fuel services to a dozen Pacific countries. Matson, in a statement to the New York Stock Exchange, says assets acquired include 4vessels and about 1,500 FEU. Matson began servicing
***CMA CGM Repositioning ..... as talks are said to continue this month for cash-strapped French shipping line, the world's 3rd-biggest container line, to sell 49% of its share in its port operating unit Terminal Link to
***Fencing With Pirates ...... as Dubai-based GAC Maritime Security has joined Mobile Defense Systems LLC to provide PirateFence, an anti-grapple razor wire to prevent easy boarding by pirates. The non-lethal, multi-layered risk mitigation system is the latest product from the maritime security firm that fortifies a vessel against system failure and buys more time for the crew to counter a threat. PirateFence is a perimeter protection system with an innovative anti-climb & grapple-resistant component. The coil is applied in sections to avoid any attempts made by attackers to peel the system away in its entirety. The system uses Razor Ribbon, a razor wire with a galvanised steel core and sharp razor blade-like edges, but its easy-to-use "roll" design ensures that the risk of crew injury is virtually eliminated during installation or transport of the cylinder units.
***For The Greater Good ...... as DHL Global Forwarding has returned to the Antarctic three 120-year-old bottles of 1896 Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky by air & road from Glasgow to New Zealand. British explorer Ernest Shackleton had taken several cases of the whisky on his expedition to
***Throughput >>> Port of Charleston saw its container volumes rise 12% in Nov. after it handled 125,780 TEU, an 11.9% increase year on year. >>>
***This Month In
1902 - Admiral of the Navy George Dewey receives orders to send his battleship to
1918 - President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington for Paris Peace Conference.
1944 - Adm. William Halsey's 3rd Fleet encounters a typhoon northeast of
1944 - USS Flasher (SS 249) sinks Japanese destroyer Kishinami and damages a merchant ship in the
1862 - Four nuns who were volunteer nurses aboard Red Rover were the first official female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
1965 - Helicopters from Helicopter Squadron 11 on USS Wasp (CVS 18) pick up crew & capsule of Gemini 7 after picking up the crew & capsule of Gemini 6 two days earlier.
**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 Dec. 2012: "Very Loco Motive" (30 Dec.)
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..............
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EU Action Plan On Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) For 2013-2017
Global Air Cargo Advisory Group Roadmap To Adoption of E-Cargo In 2013
IATA Videos: Benefits of Aviation
Int'l Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Agreement On 15-year Air Navigation Strategy
Ultimate China Sourcing Checklist - Beginner's Guide - From UPS
UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2012 ........ essential data for analysing and measuring world trade, investment, international financial flows and development.
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2012 ........ fostering transparency of maritime markets and analysing relevant developments.
White House Report on Beyond the Border & Regulatory Cooperation Council with Canada
Track Truck Progress ........RydeSmart 3.0 for iPhone and iPad devices to track vehicles & access real-time fleet.
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Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
4th Maritime Piracy & Security Summit ........ 30 &
6th World Routes Development Forum ........ 10-12 Feb. 2012, Cartagena de Indias, Columbia
7th World Cargo Symposium .......12-14 March 2013, Doha, Qatar
9th Int'l Freight Forwarders Conference ......... 15-17 March 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 IATA Secure Freight Forum.......... 6-7 Feb., Geneva, Switzerland
AirCargo 2013 ......... 10-13 March 2013, Red Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Air Cargo Africa 2013 ........ 20-23 Feb. 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Air Cargo & Logistics Asia Conference and Exhibition ......... 16-18 Oct. 2013, Singapore
Asia Pacific Rail 2013 ......... 12-14 March Ritz Carlton, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Int'l Air Transport Assn. Legal Symposium 2013 ........ 17-19 Feb. 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, Germany
JAXPORT 2013 Logistics & Intermodal Conference ......18-20 March 2013, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida
Maritime Piracy & Security Summit ....... 30-31 Jan. 2013, London
World Cargo Symposium 2013 ......12-14 March 2013, Doha, Qatar
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Sporty's Learn To Fly Course iPad/iPhone App
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Gadget That Changed The World
Group Aerobatics of More Than 20 Combat Fighters
Mid-Air Airplane Repair By Gladys Ingles (1924) ........ this woman has more guts than a sausage factory
Photos: First Flying A350 Prototype Rolls Off of Assembly Line
Selling Larry Hagman's House
The 19 Most Badass Spy Planes
USS Enterprise, Past, Present & Future
U.S. Navy Operating Forward
X-47B: The Future Is Here
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
7. New U.S. Transport Related Legal Cases _______
***Your Biggest Change For 2013: New Year, New DOT Regulations........as the 2012 Highway Re-Authorization Bill -- H.R. 4348 "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" ("Map-21") -- will effect transportation intermediaries beginning 2013 in three notable ways.
1.) Likely effective October 2013, interstate motor freight brokers and forwarders will be required to post a US$75,000 bond. The increase in security is largely in response to brokers absconding with freight charges collected from shippers but not paid carriers, leaving carriers unpaid and/or shipper's subject to potential liability for double payment. Customs brokers, NVOCCs and air freight forwarders are exempt from brokerage registration and licensing requirements when arranging transportation as part of a greater international move.
2.) Motor carriers may only interline with other carriers if they physically transport the load at some point themselves; motor carriers may not "re-broker" loads unless disclosed, and even then may only do so pursuant to separate property broker or forwarding authority with corresponding bond. Carriers "re-brokering" a load without authority -- and even the company principals -- face unlimited civil liability and regulatory penalties of up to US$10,000 per violation.
3.) To avoid ambiguity of the capacity in which a logistics company with multiple DOT authorities is acting with respect to a specific transaction, the DOT will issue distinctive registration numbers for each authority. Please contact the attorneys at C&McD for additional information regarding these regulatory developments.
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
Michael S. McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) Daily Vessel Casualties
Bruce A. Lindsay, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel)
Maria Payne (Countryman & McDaniel)
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