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OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
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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 _____________
***UPS Calls Off TNT Acquisition...... as roughly 10 months after a deal was first announced that Dutch express delivery company TNT express had agreed to be acquired by parcel delivery giant UPS for US$6.8Bn, a long litany of objections by the European Commission has led UPS to just call the whole thing off. Believing that the EC plans to prohibit the acquisition, UPS has announced it will withdraw its offer to purchase TNT. In the process, UPS will pay a US$267M termination fee. UPS had submitted an initial remedies proposal back in November 2012, and then revised the proposal twice, ultimately to no avail. According to Joel Ray, head consultant at Transport Intelligence, "It is hard to see what the EC sought to achieve through the negative stance they took to this deal. Their decision-making process looks flawed, caused by a fundamental lack of understanding of the industry. It seems to have been driven by a desire to engineer a market structure through political motivations. European shippers would have gained from the acquisition through a strong new road- and air-based player. This decision has set the market back many years, and risks reducing competition, not increasing it." The combined UPS/TNT would have been a global US$60Bn company.
***The EU View ..... as the European Shippers' Council (ESC) has voiced full support of the European Commission's decision to block the proposed US$6.8Bn takeover of TNT Express by UPS, forcing the U.S. multinational to withdraw its bid. The ESC said it was seeking "a properly-functioning European market in which competition is encouraged" and had "expressed its concerns in relation to competition within the European express market and views UPS' decision in that competitive context". Joost Van Doesburg, policy manager, Air Transport Council (ATC) and representative of the ESC said: "UPS' proposed takeover of TNT Express would have reduced the number of European express companies from 3 to only 2, with DHL Express alone still able to compete with the proposed TNT-UPS combination. A few years ago, a similar reduction in the number of express companies in the
***Breaking Barriers ...... as the U.S. Trade Representative Office is to enter into negotiations for a new trade deal on int'l services with 20 countries, not including
***Chinese Lunar New Year ....... as most factories & offices in mainland China will be closed from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2013 and in Hong Kong from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13, 2013.
***Increased Informal U.S. Entry Limit Now In Force ....... as the value limit for informal entries (see 77 FR 72715), from US$2,000 to US$2,500, for which commercial importations of merchandise may qualify for an informal entry came effect on Jan. 7, 2013.
***U.S. Exports Up ...... as goods and services in 2012 totaled US$2.2 trillion, 38.7% higher than the level of exports in 2009, with exports growing an average of 11.9% annually in that time, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.
***Europe Cites Steel Dump ...... as it's trade regulatory body has decided China illegally subsidises steel manufacturers of organic coated steel used in household appliances at below-market prices. The European Commission did not cite this in its Sept. provisional anti-dumping increases of 13.2% to 57.8% on prices of imported products, but says duties need to be as much as 59% to counter Chinese subsidies, Reuters reports. According to a European Commission (EC) study,
***Walmart Ups American Buy ...... as it is to bump up its spend on domestically produced goods to US$50Bn and add to its 66% U.S.-sourced or grown inshore goods. It aims to buy more US-made sporting goods, fashion basics, storage products, games and paper products in Walmart
***U.S. Postal Service Opportunity ...... as it can generate nearly US$35M in revenues over 2 years by increasing its viability as a federal contract recipient, according to a new report. USPS' inspector general's office found by adapting to the needs of federal agencies -- by broadening price flexibility, for example, and guaranteeing two and three-day express delivery -- the agency could generate US$17.4M in revenue in both fiscal years 2013 & 2014. The General Services Administration awarded about US$340M annually in 2011 & 2012, but only US$1.2M and US$4.8M to USPS, respectively. Contracts went overwhelmingly to FedEx & UPS. The report found the Postal Service faced a handicap in acquiring federal business because GSA began awarding contracts in 2001, but USPS did not begin participating until 2009. While nothing can be done about the timing -- except for "enhancing…visibility and accessibility" -- the OIG said the Postal Service can eliminate other disadvantages its faces against private-sector competition. "Unlike competitors," the inspector general wrote, "the Postal Service cannot sell products below cost and make up the loss with other products or services to penetrate a market, attract new customers, or match competitors' prices." This hindrance has allowed UPS & FedEx to consistently undercut the Postal Service's prices. However, USPS remains competitive for lightweight packages and the inspector general recommended the Postal Service focus on increasing federal business in that area by mitigating price rigidity. The report also recommended the Postal Service develop a better understanding of agencies' needs, including which most commonly ship lightweight packages. Still, USPS had a record deficit of US$15.9Bn in 2012.
***U.S. Burger Aid ...... as fastfood giant McDonald's believes recession-hit
***Dachser Expands Spain ...... as the German forwarder has acquired a major Spanish air & ocean forwarder Transunion, subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The global logistics provider is to gain a company with offices in
***Kerry Logistics Trucking & Forwarding Buy ......as the
***Purolator International Spreads U.S. Base ...... as it plans to add 3 more branches during the first quarter. The int'l division of
***The West Struggles To Fill Pot Holes ...... as Chinas building program in 2012 resulted in a total of 4.1 million kilometers of road & highways being built, reports Xinhua. Transport Minister Yang Chuantang said at a recent transportation conference that a record-breaking sum of 87,000 kilometers' new roads were built last year, 15,000 kilometers more than in 2011. New expressways took up 11,000 kilometers. New and upgraded rural roads totaled 194,000 kilometers.
***Heihe - Who Knew? ...... as the little checkpoint on the Sino-Russian border in north eastern China's Heilongjiang province, posted a year-on-year 168.87% increase in 2012 by exporting 4,716 automobiles to Russia, setting a record high. The value of these vehicles, mostly dump trucks, also recorded a steep growth of 164.8% to nearly US$2Bn, according to Xinhua. Analysts said the rapid growth was stimulated by the strong domestic demand in
***Stinking Swedish Smuggling ...... as prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving Chinese garlic.The men first shipped the garlic to Norway by boat, where it entered the country duty-free since it was considered to be in transit, prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand said Jan. 9. They then drove large shipments of garlic across the Norwegian-Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and thus Swedish import duties. Ahlstrand said the men avoided paying some US$13.1M in Swedish taxes with the scheme, which took place in 2009 & 2010. A lengthy police investigation led to the identification of the two Britons. Ahlstrand initially said they smuggled in 1.2 tons of garlic, but later said the exact amount was unclear. It was not the first time smugglers have shown a preference for garlic from
***Grilled Cheese Tunnel ...... as road tunnel in northern
***Express Mail ...... as a
**Canadian National Railway. UP as 2012 full-year profit was C$2.68Bn, up from C$2.4Bn.
**J.B. Hunt Transport. UP as 4th-quarter net income rose to US$84M, or 70 cents per share, from US$72.6M, or 61 cents, a year ago.
**Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) UP revenues increased 5.6% to US$1.4Bn, as volume grew 3.7% to 5.22 million TEU.
**Swift Transportation Co. UP as 4th-quarter net income rose to US$46.8M, or 34 cents per share, from US$36.8M, or 26 cents, a year ago.
**United Continental Holdings (UAL). DOWN with a net loss of US$723M for 2012, which included US$1.3Bn in special charges.
**Union Pacific Corp. UP as 4th-quarter net income rose to US$1.04Bn, or $2.19 per share, from US$964M, or $1.99, a year earlier
**US Airways. UP as 4th quarter net profit excluding special items was US$46M, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to US$21M, or $0.13 per diluted share in 2011.
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***The Grounding of Code Name
787 Battery Blew Up In '06 Lab Test, Burned Down Building
***Boeing Ended 2012 On A High Note ..... as for the first time in a decade, the Seattle-based company ended the year as the world's No. 1 airplane manufacturer, outselling and delivering more jets than its closest competitor, the French company Airbus. Boeing achieved a net total of orders for 1,203 commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-largest annual number in the company's history. The manufacturer also delivered 601 commercial jets, the most since 1999. Boeing's unfilled commercial aircraft orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in its history. No one would be surprised to learn that Boeing's worst-performing commercial jet for net orders in 2012 was the 787 Dreamliner.
***Sleepy Cargo Pilots? ...... as
*varying flight & duty requirements based on what time the pilot's day begins;
*adjusting allowable length of a duty period based on when the pilot's day begins, and the number flight segmentsflown, ranging from 9-14 hours for single crew operations;
*limiting flight time when the plane is moving under its own power before, during or after flight to 8 or 9 hours depending on the start time of the entire flight duty rest period; and
*a 10-hour minimum rest period prior to the flight duty period, which is two hours more than the previous rule, and mandates that a pilot must have an opportunity for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep within the 10-hour rest period.
The fact that air cargo carriers are not currently required to abide by these rules was not well received by the Allied Pilots Assn. (APA), the certified collective bargaining agent for the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines. "We strongly object to exempting cargo carriers from the new rules," said APA President Captain Dave Bates in a Dec. 2011 statement. "A fatigued pilot is a fatigued pilot, whether their aircraft contains passengers or cargo." But Washington, D.C.-based Airforwarders Assn. (AfA) Executive Director Brandon Fried said "One size does not fit all. Cargo pilots for the most part fly about half of the amount of time as passenger pilots do. FedEx, UPS, or TNT might lift off at and fly into a regional hub and get some break time and then return by 3 or , which is not the same as a passenger pilot flying across the country…and not being cognizant of what is going on due to a lack of sleep. I don't see the comparison there."
***New Qantas Airways Cargo Focus ...... as it has agreed to purchase a 100% stake in Australian Air Express from joint-venture partner Australia Post, as well as sell its 50% stake of road-freight business StarTrack to Australia Post. The deal, which will boost Qantas' airfreight operations, is slated to close in the 4th quarter.In a press release, Qantas said it expects to receive Aus$408 million, plus an additional Aus$5 million in completion adjustments, from the deal. The lump sum signals good news for the Australian carrier, which has recently made headlines for its financial woes. Less than 2 months ago, Qantas scrapped its order for 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners after posting an Aus$244 million net loss for fiscal-year 2011-2012, which ended June 30.
***Southern Airlines Adds Class ...... as it recently started providing freight with different classes of service. The service is separated into 3 classes, the First Class (Class A), High-end Class (Class B) and Ordinary Class (Class C). Class A space will be open for booking 3 days before departure. Compared to Class B & C, Class A shipments can enjoy priority in loading following rescue materials, diplomatic bag, aviation materials and government authorised emergency goods. Class A can also enjoy priority in space booking & safety check. Are there meals in First Class?
***Volumes >>> Belgium's Liege Airport suffered a 14.5% fall in air freight volumes in 2012 after handling 576,664 tons, compared to the previous year. >>>
***Heavily Editing The In-Flight Movie ...... as a contract has been awarded for the world's shortest scheduled flight - as short as 47 seconds - following a bidding war between three rivals, says the UK's Daily Mail. Scottish airline Loganair triumphed in the battle for the route, between Westray and Papa Westray,
***German Air Efficiency ...... as for a country that prides itself on efficiency & punctuality, the saga of Berlin's new airport, whose opening was delayed for a fourth time on Jan. 7, has become something of a national joke and source of embarrassment for Germany. The mayor of the capital city, Klaus Wowereit, said managers for the new Willy Brandt airport have determined that it's no longer possible to open on Oct. 27. He insisted it wasn't yet possible to give a new date, but the delay means the capital's airport won't be opened until 2014 at the earliest - about 3 years later than originally planned. The airport, one of the country's biggest infrastructure projects, is supposed to replace the city's two aging and increasingly cramped airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, which served West and East Berlin respectively during Germany's Cold War division. It was first scheduled to open in late 2011, then delayed to June 2012. That date was abandoned only a few weeks before the airport was due to open; the inauguration was put back to March 2013, and then postponed again to Oct. Costs have already more than doubled to US$5.8Bn. Postponing the opening again will lead to additional costs, the Transport Ministry's Rudolph acknowledged.
***Holding On ...... as stunned Qantas Airways passengers watched out their windows as a large python clung to a plane's wing during a 2-hour flight from
***Tick, Tick, Tick !!! ...... as the ominous sound of a bag alarmed employees at the world's busiest airport on Jan. 3, but it has turned out to be nothing more than a passenger's toothbrush. The battery-powered toothbrush was responsible for the sound that gave rise to fears of a bomb at
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Stike Again Looms ...... as even though negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance of container carriers, direct employers, and port associations serving U.S.-based East and Gulf Coasts, and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), the largest union of maritime workers in North America, are continuing, details of what is discussed remain scant. A major sticking point in the negotiations between the ILA and USMX has to do with how the ILA has to negotiate all Master Contract issues with the ILA Wage Scale Committee, which ILA President Harold Daggett said in an August letter to USMX Chairman and CEO James Capo is a democratically-elected committee that Capo has declined to address despite Daggett's overtures to do so. And in late Dec., Daggett said ILA made major gains on the Container Royalty issue that will protect its members as well as agreeing to extend the ILA Master Contract by 30 days, beyond the original Dec. 29 deadline to Feb. 6. Another issue has to do with technology. USMX' Capo maintains the ILA is demanding that management guarantee a job for any worker even if new technologies eliminate a need for that position. Both the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Assn. (RILA) have expressed their concerns to the ILA and USMX over what a potential labor strike could do. RILA officials said the ongoing labor negotiations affect 14
***Fruits of Arming The Vessels ...... as international piracy hit a 5-year low of 297 attacks in 2012 with the biggest reduction off the Somali coast, but attacks off West Africa increased, according to the Int'l Maritime Bureau (IBM). Over the 5 year period the level of violence reduced worldwide with 174 ships boarded by pirates, 28 hijacked and 28 fired upon, according to the latest figures from the
***State of The Fleet ...... as 5% of the global container fleet was idle at the end of 2012, or 297 vessels totaling 810,000 TEU, reported Alphaliner. According to Alphaliner, the number of vessels of 3,000 to 5,000-TEU capacity to be idled increased to total 83 vessels, of which 27 were carrier-controled. Chartering activity fell, leading to increased re-lets and impacting the number of vessels of average capacity 3,000 TEU being scrapped to 33 in total for the year, with eight in December alone, and more expected in 2013. Scrapping reached record highs of 2009, said Alphaliner. Cellular containership capacity has increased by 6% to 16.3 million TEU, according to Alphaliner data. Maersk leads with its 8,200-8,600 TEU S-class vessels to its postpanamax ships in the 9,600 TEU range. Alphaliner noted the transpacific tradelane saw the biggest increase in 2012 by 10% from 2.4 million TEU to 2.7 million TEU.
On 10 March 2013, the Countryman & McDaniel law firm will deliver a presentation on effects of the Panama Canal Expansion at the AirCargo 2013 at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
***Slaves On A Freighter ....... as the International Transport Workers' Federation is calling on Panama to join the effort to help the recently released crew of the M/V Iceberg 1 to recover from their hostage ordeal. The crew of the Panama-flagged vessel were held for nearly 3 years by Somali pirates – who subjected them to torture, starvation and even mutilation – before being released last month. The 22 hostages, from 7 nationalities (the chief officer is still missing and another seafarer committed suicide during his captivity), were helped home by the UNPOS and UNODC* Hostage Support Program. Twenty-two crew members were freed during gun battles in December: 8 Yemenis, 5 Indians, 4 Ghanaians, 2 Pakistanis, 2 Sudanese and one Filipino. Oneseafarer, Wagdi Akdram, a Yemeni, was driven to suicide by his ordeal. The fate of the Indian chief officer, Dhiraj Tiwari, is unknown. He is known to have been tortured & separated from the other crew. Another hostage had his ears mutilated. All the crew were subjected to torture and starvation. The Iceberg 1 had been held since March 2010. The shipowner, Azal Shipping of
***The Price of Pollution ...... as Pacific International Lines Ltd., a Singapore-based freighter company, agreed to plead guilty to failing to track oily waste from a ship and to other pollution- related charges. The closely held carrier was accused of giving
***Cool Rates Higher ....... as shippers of chilled and frozen produce face hefty rate increases from the start of 2013 as container lines target refrigerated cargoes.Following Maersk Line's announcement a few months ago that it planned to raise reefer rates... The largest shipping line in the world, Maersk Line has announced rate increase to refrigerated container (reefer). The significant freight rate rise will be felt worldwide and in
***What Do The Teachers Know? ...... as the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan says it plans to acquire 100% SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd., one of the world's largest container leasing companies. No overall value on the deal was disclosed by Teachers, but it said SeaCube (NYSE:BOX) shareholders will receive US$23 in cash per common share. The company has just under 20.3 million shares.
***French Liner CMA CGM Sells
***Peru In High Tech Move ....... as APM Terminals Callao, Peru has become the world's first port facility to install Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology as a new safety measure for use with container handling equipment such as reach stackers and forklifts, after an extensive testing period. Known as the "ZoneSafe Proximity Warning System", heavy equipment operators will receive automatic alerts if pedestrians or other personnel are close to the machinery and at risk. The RFID technology was developed by UK-based Avonwood Developments Ltd., which provides innovative electronic solutions for a wide range of industrial environments. This is the first adaptation of RFID tags and transponders for use at a port facility. With the ZoneSafe System, all yard personnel will wear a small RFID tag which constantly transmits location signals that are picked up by antennae installed in the reach stackers, the large wheeled vehicles which lift and transport empty and loaded containers in the container yard. These terminal workhorse vehicles are known to have certain "blind spots" in which the operators cannot easily see nearby activity. If tag-equipped personnel approach a reach stacker (or similarly equipped fork lift) within the designated "safe zone" perimeter an alarm will be activated in the operator's cab alerting to potential danger.
***Yangtze River Highway Plunge ....... as the Three Gorges ship locks recorded a year-on-year decrease of 15.37% in 2012 in its cargo throughput to 91.49 million tons attributed to a weak economy and high water level in flood season, Xinhua reports. In 2012, 44,263 vessels passed the ship locks, which are staircase locks built for the river traffic to bypass the Three Gorges Dam. Upward cargo volume remained at the same level as in 2011, taking up 62% of the total. Downward shipments plunged nearly 30% to 34.7 million tons from 48.48 million tons. Minerals, ores and construction materials bound for
***Shippers Losers In Deployment of Slow Steaming? ...... as it increases inventory costs, according to analysis of four complete rotations in a paper from
***Ships Are A Nuisance? ...... as a lawsuit against Charleston's cruise industry should be allowed to go forward because plaintiffs may be able to show ships are public nuisances that create soot, traffic and noise, according to a state judge. However, Circuit Judge Clifton Newman said in his report late Jan. 4, the ships don't violate city zoning or state pollution rules. Newman was appointed as a special referee in the lawsuit filed by environmental and preservation groups and city residents, but whether the lawsuit moves forward is ultimately up to the state Supreme Court. Lawyers for both sides have 15 days to file objections before the justices decide on the recommendations. If the nuisance claims go forward, the matter would return to the lower courts for a trial. Carnival Cruise Lines permanently based its M/V Fantasy in
***This Month In
1815 - HMS Endymion, Tenedos and Pomone capture USS President.
1944 - Top Marine ace Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington captured after shooting down 28 aircraft. Boyington went on to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions.
1847 - U.S. Naval forces occupy
1861 - Union steamer Star of the West is fired on by the Confederates in
1863 - Navy General Order 4, Emancipation Proclamation issued.
1863 - CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off
1922 - Cruiser USS Galveston (CL 19) lands her Marine Corps detachment at
1943 - In the first ever submarine resupply mission, USS Gudgeon lands 6 men, 2,000 pounds of equipment & supplies on
1945 - Navy surface forces bombard Japanese positions at
***Civil War 3-D Fly Over ..... as the remains of the only U.S. Navy ship sunk in the
**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 Jan.. 2013: "New Year - Old Risk" the Butterfield Stage
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>>>>>>
2013 National C-TPAT Conference Presentation Materials
Apostleship of The Sea First Directory of Port Chaplains Around The World
Canada's Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) With The European Union
EU Communication on Customs Risk Management
Eye For Transport - Where North American 3PL Headquarters Are Located
First Edition of IATA ULD Regulations
Golden Myanmar Airlines ....... the new start-up
IATA Sees 100% e-AWB By End of 2015
Initiatives For Cargo Transport By Inland Waterways
Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) Participants in the Sea Automated Manifest System (AMS)
Proposed U.S. Regulations of All Agenicies ...... search, comment or object
U.S. Customs ACE Resource Contact Guide (New)
U.S. Customs Quota Book Transmittals Jan. 2012 To Present
U.S. Customs Importer Self-Assessment
Video: Antonov An-225 Rules the Skies, Largest Plane in the World
Video: Largest Container Ship in the World: CMA CGM Marco Polo
Women in Aviation International
Armed Piracy Defence
The Dictionary of Shipping Terms, 5th Edition
Pollution at Sea. Law & Liability
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
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
11th 3PL Summit ........18-20 June, Chicago
26th IGHC Ground Handling Conference ........ 5 -
2013 IATA Secure Freight Forum.......... 6-7 Feb.,
AirCargo 2013 ......... 10-13 March 2013, Red Rock Hotel & Casino,
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
FIATA World Congress 2013 in Singapore ....... 16-19 October 2013
Int'l Air Transport Assn. Legal Symposium 2013 ........ 17-19 Feb. 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, Germany
IATA Legal Symposium 2013 .......17-19 Feb. , 2013, Berlin, Germany
JAXPORT 2013 Logistics & Intermodal Conference ......18-20 March 2013, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida
Sustainable Ocean Summit ........ 22-24 April 2013,
TOC Container Supply Chain Asia Conference ........12-16 March, Hong Kong
World Cargo Symposium 2013 ......12-14 March 2013, Doha, Qatar
Apps For That - iPhones>>>>>>>>>
Smartphone App Keeps Boat Anchor Watch
17 Things Your Flight Attendant Won't Tell You
Car Show Game - 1950s - American Torque ......... average score 70%
Driving An Aircraft To Barrett-Jackson 2013
Driving Reaction Test
Fateful B-52 Flight Revealed Deadly Weakness
Latest Wrecked Exotic Cars
Mast Stepping: A Mariner's Tradition
Proposed U.S. Regulations of All Agenicies ...... search, comment or object
Two Dogs In A Restaurant
Video: Life As An Airline Pilot
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
7. New U.S. Transport Related Legal Cases _______
American Trucking Associations vs. City of Los Angeles
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trucking industry challenge to rules that Los Angeles adopted 5 years ago designed to curb truck emissions at the nation's busiest port. The case will determine the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Clean Truck Program at the
Estes Express Lines v.
2013 U.S. Claims LEXIS 10 (
Uncle Sam avoids double payment of freight charges after its intermediary absconded...as the United States Court of Federal Claims found the suing Carmack carrier had no privity of contract with the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX). The MCX was the shipper and/or consignee under the carrier's bills of lading, and the carrier invoiced MCX, "care of" MCX's intermediary. The Court found the carrier had a relationship only with the intermediary and could not pursue the MCX directly. Carriers beware of intermediaries on your big accounts!
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 Lindsay, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel)
Maria Payne (Countryman & McDaniel)
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