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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. Export Goal Somewhat Short ....... as President Barack Obama's 2010 target of US$3.15 trillion by 2015 will fall short of its target at current growth rates by almost 20 years, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
***Study Shows Growth in Number of Companies Utilizing 3PLs ........ as a recent study of client/3PL relationships just issued by Armstrong & Associates offers some interesting insights about how customers are utilizing 3PLs. Most customers use 3PLs for their Transportation Management Systems, and more retailing and industrial businesses are turning to 3PLs than ever before.The report "Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships – 2013" leverages Armstrong & Associates' proprietary database of 6,398 3PL customer relationships to provide detailed information on the top outsourcers to 3PLs, trends in service demand and 3PL market size by vertical industry segment from 2005 through 2013. According to the report, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Wal-Mart each use 50 or more 3PLs. The report also quantifies the Global Fortune 500 3PL market at US$250.2Bn, a 67% increase since 2005. Within the Global 500, "Technological" industry 3PL customers spent US$66.8Bn with 3PLs in 2012 and are on track to spend US$71.1Bn in 2013. The compound annual growth rate for Technological 3PL revenues was 9.3% from 2005 to 2012. "Electronics, Electrical Equipment" companies led all Technological industry sub segments with over US$25.7Bn in 2012 3PL spend.
Read The Armstrong & Associates Report
***Japan Imports & Exports Surge ...... as both rose in value by 10% in May 2013 compared to the same month last year, according to Japan's Ministry of Finance. Imports increased by 10.1% in May to reach US$68.7Bn, which marked their highest value in 2.5 years and the seventh consecutive month of year on year import growth, reports the Journal of Commerce. On a month to month basis, import value was up 1.6% from April's US$67.7Bn. In the first five months of 2013, the total value of imports rose by 8.8% compared to the same period a year earlier to US$330.8Bn.
***The Call to Renew GSP ..... as the program is set to expire on
Read The GSP Renewl Bill
***EU Makes First WTO Complaint Against Russia ....... as in what marks Moscow's first dispute at the global trade body since it joined in August 2012. At issue in the case (DS462) is a vehicle recycling fee, which
What Is The WTO?
***United States Steel Exports Jump..... as they increased in May over April by 11.6%, as per the latest data released by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS). "Exports of American made steel increased in May primarily due to improved shipments to our NAFTA partners and other countries in the
***Game Changing Trends In The Supply Chain ........a presentation of the University of Tennessee
Watch The Webinar
Webinar PDF Slides
***U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration HOS ...... as the new hours-of-service rules, which regulate the amount of break time truckers need to take during a shift, among other things, have gone into full effect as of July 1.
Here Is A Complete Briefing On The HOS Rule Change
***Spotlight On Commercial Driver Fatigue ...... as the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched a commercial driver fatigue management website. The North American Fatigue Management Program site provides free information on screening sleep disorders, fatigue management technologies and how to develop corporate culture to reduce driver fatigue.
FMCSA Launches Interactive Driver Fatigue Management Tool To Prevent Fatigue-Related Crashes
***Gone In 60 Seconds ....... as it took a while after the invention of the gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz in Germany in 1886 for someone to steal the wheels. The first stolen car is said to be of a French aristocrat's Peugot in
Vehicle Theft Prevention: What You Should Know
California Cargo Theft Interdiction Program
***Geofencing Goes From Terror To Theft ...... as the ability to use tracking or communications systems to alert carriers if a truck goes off its specified route, originally was touted for its anti-terrorism potential. The idea was that if terrorists captured a tank truck carrying a flammable, explosive or poisonous load, carriers could alert authorities when the truck left its designated route. However, there has been little or no opportunity to use that capability, so carriers deploying the systems are finding other ways to use their systems, some related to security concerns such as cargo theft, others to improving operational efficiency to obtain a CDL in the State of issuance. However, if the employer intends to assign the driver a vehicle necessitating the doubles/triples or tank vehicle endorsement, the employer must administer the road test under. Now, with incidents of stolen cargo rising, according to the latest report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the theft-prevention aspect of geofencing becomes more critical. NICB reported cargo thefts increased to 1,215 in 2011, up 17% from 2010. A recent FBI Web commentary on cargo theft portrayed it as a "gateway crime" to even bigger problems that could include terrorism. "In many instances, a cargo theft investigation will turn into a case involving organized crime, public corruption, health care fraud, insurance fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering or possibly even terrorism," according to the FBI commentary. The newer technologies are trying to find ways to hide the device or find ways of keeping crooks from disabling it,"
***For Want of A Handbrake ........ as it is the railroad industry's ultimate fail-safe mechanism. It is supposed to help avert disasters like the one that engulfed a Canadian town on July 6, when a runaway train loaded with oil hurtled downhill, derailed and exploded, leaving 50 people dead or missing. The railroad initially blamed the catastrophe on the failure of the train's pneumatic airbrakes after an engine fire, but the company acknowledged on Wednesday that the train's engineer did not apply an adequate number of handbrakes to hold the train in place, and failed to comply with regulations. A Reuters review of Canadian and
***Squaring Up With The Cold ........as two U.S. companies are marketing a less-than-truckload cold transport unit that keeps products at cool to cold temperatures (-30F/-34C) for five days in ordinary dry vans, reports the American Journal of Transportation of Plymouth, Massachusetts. "With the Critical Cube, shippers no longer need to wait for a reefer LTL carrier to consolidate loads or pay for a dedicated truck," said the joint statement from Chicago's CarrierDirect and Los Angeles-based One Stop Critical. The Critical Cube, good for pharmaceuticals, chemicals and foodstuffs, is available for intra-California shipments, and will be introduced elsewhere in the
Watch The Critical Cube Video
***Going To The "Gas" Station ....... as Ryder System has opened two natural-gas fueling stations in California to the public. Each station, located at Ryder fueling and maintenance facilities in
***Kerry Logistics Expands In Brazil ....... as the Hong Kong-based forwarder has acquired a majority stake in Braservice, a leading Brazil-based logistics and customs brokerage company, with a domestic network of seventeen offices throughout the country, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Founded in 1991, Braservice has developed into a leading provider of supply chain solutions focused on the Brazilian and Latin American markets, with a special focus on FMCG, automotive, fashion and lifestyle.
Read More About Braservice
***The Evil Trade ....... as Kenyan officials seized 775 pieces of elephant ivory weighing 1.3 tons in the port city of Mombasa hidden under fish for export and destined for Malaysia from Uganda, they said. Poaching has risen in recent years across sub-Saharan
***Kittens & Kustoms .........as Thai customs say they have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed had been headed to
***US$100M Customs Sting -- Convicting Our Own ....... as U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Anello sentenced the former president of the San Diego Customs Broker Association, Gerardo Chavez, to a 37-month prison term for evading duties on over US$100M in imports of clothing & tobacco products. The court also seized his property in
**AA Cargo. DOWN for 2nd quarter with US$167M in revenue, a 4.3% decline from the same period in 2012.
**CSX Corp. UP with a 4.4% increase in second quarter profit to US$535M year on year, drawn on slightly increasing revenues of US$3.1Bn.
**Forward Air. DOWN as Q2 net income declined to US$13.8M, or 45 cents a share, from US$14.2M, or 48 cents, a year ago.
**Hub Group. UP as Q2 net income rose to US$18.6M, or 50 cents per share, from US$17M, or 46 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 8% to US$837M.
**J.B. Hunt Transport Services. UP with net income rose to US$87.7M, or 73 cents a share, from US$80.5M, or 67 cents, in last year's second quarter.
**Kuehne + Nagel. UP with a 3.3%, year-over-year revenue increase during the first half of 2013, ending the period at US$10.94M.
**OOCL. DOWN as revenue as a whole fell 3.7% year-on-year in the first half to US$2.7Bn
**Union Pacific. UP for Q2 with net income of US$1.1Bn during the second quarter — US$100M rise over 2012's 2nd-quarter results
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***Excuse Me? The Pilot Can't Actually Fly? ......as a potentially telling revelation in the wake of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash landing at the San Francisco airport on July 13: Asiana pilots have little training on manual flying and visual approaches, according to three pilots Bloomberg spoke to who have either flown for Asiana or helped train Korean crews. One of the three recalls preparing to land an Asiana jet at LAX and asking his Korean co-pilot to make a visual approach. The co-pilot couldn't do it, forcing the American captain to take over in order to avoid an accident. The co-pilot's explanation to him afterward: "I don't need to know this. We just don't do this." Explains the
Read More About Korean Pilot Training Experiences
***U.S. Issues Enhanced Traiing Standards ....... as co-pilots will need more than six times more flight hours before flying domestic cargo and passenger airlines at 1,500 hours total time as a pilot, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The latest change to the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate requirements raises the bar from 250 hours and includes additional training and testing specific on aircraft flown for both pilots and co-pilots. It also includes the requirement for a pilot to have a minimum of 1,000 flight hours as a co-pilot in air carrier operations before acting as a captain for an American airline.
Read More About Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate Requirements
***Mode Vulnerability? ....... as smugglers are finding air freight more porous than seafreight as it offers faster and more permissive transport, according to two senior White House officials, reports the National Journal of Washington DC. "Compared to maritime shipments, where states may have days or weeks to develop interdiction courses of action, in the air domain, time is truly of the essence," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Rebecca Hersman, who is in charge of countering weapons of mass destruction. Speaking at a meeting of the Center for Strategic and International Studies marking the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Proliferation Security Initiative, she said:
So What Is The Proliferation Security Initiative?
***Whew !! It Wasn't The Batteries........ as at approximately 1550 hrs UTC on
***Say Hello To Western Global Airlines ....... as it aims to begin operations in September, first with an MD-11 freighter, to which three more aircraft of this type will be added during its first year of operation. Registered in
DOT Application of Western Global Airlines, L.L.C.
***Independent Pilots Assn. (IPA) Goes Global ....... as the U.S.-based labor union representing 2,600 UPS airline pilots has joined International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) a global labor federation with official status at United Nations transport agencies. The ITF unites 700 transport trade unions in 150 countries, and represents 4.5 million union members. It also has a representative role at the UN's International Civil Aviation Agency (ICAO), as well as at its International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its International Maritime Organization (IMO). As such, the ITF has sources of detailed corporate information from supply chain and logistics companies such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, and DPD/GeoPost.
***Mriya Hauls ....... as Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International (ACI) have completed an Antonov AN-225 charter to fly five giant compressors weighing 140 tons from South Korea to France this month, the first time the world's largest aircraft has been used for an operation to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.
Meet The Antonov An-225 Mriya
Aloha Air Cargo Wants You ....... as Hawaii's biggest inter-island air freight carrier, is hiring as many as 50 new cargo agents in preparation for the opening of its new cargo facility at Honolulu International Airport in first quarter 2014. Aloha appears well out of the woods, 5 years after its near-death experience when it shut down cargo operations after the sale to Seattle-based Saltchuk was nearly derailed because the pilots union insisted its old contracts be honoured. The US$10.5M deal was rescued when a bankruptcy judge approved a motion to avoid the company's union contracts.
***Volumes >>> Hong Kong Int'l Airport (HKIA) posted a 2% increase in air freight to two million tons in the first half year-on-year, while flight movements rose 5.1% to 180,650. >>> Lufthansa Cargo airlifted 0.8% less cargo and mail in June 2013 than in the same month last year while in the first half cargo volumes dropped 3.5% to 839,000 tons. >>> Moscow Domodedovo Airport has announced that air freight volumes in June 2013 rose by 2.5% compared to the same month a year earlier to 16.7 thousand tons.
***Tragic Bagram Cargo Crash To Court ....... as death lawsuits are arising in
The Tragic Video
About National Airlines
About The Bagram Loss
***Around The World In 80 Days -- Cut To Seven ....... as an aviation milestone was achieved in this month 80 years ago, as famed pilot Wiley Post landed his Lockheed monoplane on Long Island, New York, completing the first solo flight around the world. In a feat of endurance, he made the trip in 7 days, 18 hours. His plane is now displayed in the National Air and
***Moon Express Announces New Home ....... as the lunar resource company has announced the opening of a Propulsion Development Facility in
Read More About MoonEx
***Cutting Down On Paperwork ...... as a Long Island man was washing his van outside his home on June 27, when a metal clipboard filled with aviation paperwork plummeted from the sky, landing just feet away from him. Gus Binos, of Shirley, was left shaken by the bizarre incident that took place at around 3.30pm when he heard something hit the ground in his driveway about 20 feet from where he was standing. 'Wow, what if I got hit with it?" Binos told the station NBC New York. 'It is a very sharp piece of metal. I mean, with the velocity that it was coming down, it would have stuck a hole in my head.' The unusual projectile, believed to belong to a pilot, contained a stack of documents, including flight patterns and navigation guidelines for flying through
***Taking Aim On New Drone Goals?...... as normally, if you shot down an aircraft owned by the federal government, you'd be in trouble. But a small
Watch The Drone Bounty Story
Move: Supply Chain Drones on the Horizon
***No Laughing Matter ....... as the National Transportation Safety Board issued a press release acknowledging that a summer intern had erroneously confirmed four fake Asiana pilot names to Bay Area TV station KTVU. The release corroborates KTVU's claims that an NTSB official had confirmed that "Ho Lee Fuk" and "Sum Ting Wong," "We Tu Lo" and "Bang Ding Ow," had been manning Asiana flight 214, which crashed near
Listen To The KTVU Report
New Video of The Accident
Asiana Flt 214 Recreation
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Somali Piracy Continues Welcome Slide ....... as it is on the deepest decline since 2006, and while the Gulf of Guinea the latest hotspot, global figures still show a decline of total acts of piracy. According to the Int'l Maritime Bureau (IMB) report, the first 6 months of this year showed 138 Somali attacks compared to 177 in same period 2012, of which there were four reported incidents off the coast of
***Drewry Study Sparks Real Cost Concern ...... as United Nations rules, subject to little legislative review by environmentally friendly governments, are raising alarm in the supply chain as new eco compliance costs threaten to raise fuel bills 51%, which is more than 50% of voyage costs. At issue in the Nordic states are clean air sulphur limits hatched by diplomats at the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) that will soon cover the
Read More About Drewry
***Foreign NRA Allowed ...... as the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has voted to allow foreign non-vessel-operating common carriers to enter into negotiated rate arrangements (NRAs), a move designed to ease their administrative burden and bring consistency to the tariff filing process.
Watch This Explanation of Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) - YouTube
FMC Guidance for NVOCCs on How to Use Negotiated Rate Arrangements
***First M/V Costa Concordia Convictions ...... as five employees of an Italian cruise company for M/V Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers were convicted in an Italian court on Saturday after it accepted their plea bargains. The longest sentence went to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere SpA, the cruise company, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months. Concordia's hotel director was sentenced to two years and six months while two bridge officers and a helmsman got sentences ranging from one year and eight months to one year and 11 months. Handled separately from the plea bargains is the trial of Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino, which opened this week. Schettino is charged with manslaughter for causing the January 2012 shipwreck off the Tuscan
***They Might Be Giants ....... as Shipping Consultants managing director Andrew Penfold says 22,000-TEU ships are coming in a few years and 24,000-TEUers won't be far behind, according to economies-of-scale research done with Lloyd's Register and two unidentified shipping lines. Speaking at the recent TOC Container Supply Chain conference in
***MIGs At The Ditch ...... as
Read The Drewry Report
***STX PanOcean Bankrupt ....... as South Korea's biggest commodities shipping line, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection on June 20, according to court records. The company, based in
***M/V Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller On Maiden Voyage ..... as Maersk Line's first of twenty 18,000-TEUers, named after the late son of the parent company's founder, has left the
Watch Construction of M/V Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller
***Meet P3 ...... as there is a new super-sized vessel sharing agreement that the world's three largest box lines, Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CMG, hope to form is not a "done deal", according to MSC vice president Diego Aponte, who said talks are still underway to seek clearance from regulators. The carriers announced plans to form a long-term alliance in the three main east-west trades, called the P3 network and together they will operate 2.6 million TEU of capacity, deploying 255 ships on 29 loops. It will have a market share of more than 40 per cent in the Asia-Europe trades, said Mr Aponte. In the Asia-Europe trades, MSC and CMA CGM have a vessel sharing agreement covering services to northern
***Port Accidents Said Avoidable ....... as transport & logistics insurer TT Club's latest analysis of 9,500 claims over the past 7 years, valued at US$400M, confirmed an ongoing trend in avoidable damaging events that resulted in claims. The study showed that the majority (68%) were due to poor operations, and processes and a further 14% resulted from maintenance related issues. Only 18% were caused by weather related issues, seemingly out of the control of the operator, but an amount of these could have been avoided through more adequate preparation. The main area of risk, unsurprisingly, was in the operation of mobile equipment, such as quay cranes, lift trucks, rubber-tyred gantry cranes and straddle carriers. These make up two-thirds of the operational claims by value. For example, quay crane boom-to-ship collisions are common at 236 incidents in the past 7 years worth US$15M and representing 31% of quay crane claims. TT Club suggests these accidents could be greatly reduced by fitting boom anti-collision sensors.
***Smugglers Get Stuck ....... as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's
Read About The Switchblade Knife Act
***2012 Port Report ...... as Zepol Corporation, a trade intelligence company, says its latest study that analyses of the trade activity at the top 20 ports in the United States shows the top port by a landslide is the Port of Los Angeles. The LA port surpassed all other ports by handling over one million TEU and over 500,000 shipments in 2012, a report posted on Marketwire said. Based on TEU volume, 11 of the top 20 ports posted positive growth from 2011 to 2012. The highest growth level in 2012 was achieved by the
Read The 2012 Top Ports Report
***Indian Port Slide ...... as 12 major ports suffered a 4% first quarter year-on-year decline in box volume in fiscal 2013-2014 to 1.87 million TEU while overall tonnage fell 7% to 28.6 million tons. From April through to June, ports registered total cargo tonnage decline of one per cent to 137.15 million tons from 138.5 million tons a year earlier, according to figures released by the Indian Ports Association. The highest tonnage was seen at Kandla with throughput of 23.3 million tons followed by Paradip, at 17 million tons, Nehru, at 15.6 million tons, Visakhapatnam at 14.6 million tons, Mumbai at 13.3 million tons and Chennai at 12.8 million tons.
***Throughput >>> Port of Antwerp's container traffic declined 1.7% to 4.29 million TEU in the first half, but overall cargo throughput increased two per cent to 95.7 million tones year on year. >>> South Carolina Ports Authority(SCPA) has announced container throughput at the Port of Charleston was up 9% in the fiscal year that ending June 30, with 1.56 million TEU handled during the 12-month period. >>>
***This Month In U.S. Navy History
1813 - Lt. John Gamble, the first Marine to command a ship in battle -- prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam.
1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at
1882 - Sailors and Marines from four
1916 - USS North Carolina is first Navy ship to carry and operate aircraft.
1934 - USS Houston takes Franklin Delano Roosevelt on first visit of a
1943 - Gunfire from
1950 - U.S. Marines sail from
1990 - Commander Rosemary B. Mariner becomes first woman to command an operational aviation squadron (VAQ-34).
**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 historic feature from ten years ago in Nov. 2003: "Stepping In It"
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 Top 50 Global & Top 30 Domestic 3PL's
Advice For Seafarers Using Lawyers
An Overview of Irish Export Controls
Congressional Hearing: Threat, Risk And Vulnerability: The Future of the TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Program - 18 June 2013
The Dangers of A Longshoreman's Daily Work
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Maritime TV Minute of Madness
Michigan State University 100% Online Master Certificate in Strategic Global Management
Move: Supply Chain Drones on the Horizon
President Barack Obama Announces New Trade Africa Partnership
Reminder: Full Enforcement of Importer Security Filing Began July 9
Shanghai: Portrait of A Port City
Subsea Volcanos: Unseen Sculpters of The Seabed
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Final Rule For Exclusion From Lead Limits For Children's Toys
U.S. Dept. of State & Dept. of Commerce Final Rules as part of the Export Control Reform
U.S. Export Control Reforms For Categories of The U.S. Munitions List
Drewry's Container Freight Rate Insight ...... rates on over 600 int'l trade routes as well as several aggregated indexes.
SUDS ...... as cloud software maker CargoSphere is offering SUDS (Smart Upload and Diagnostics Solution), a confidential rate mesh system for the ocean and air carriers, and logistics providers reads external rate data from any carrier contract format and loads it into a database. SUDS automates the time-consuming, tedious tasks of managing and processing carrier contracts as well as numerous contract amendments and speeds processing of large volumes of external freight rate data, the company said.
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
4th Annual Marine Tech Summit-2013 .........23-25 Sept., Hangzhou, China
2nd Annual World Congress of Ocean-2013 ........... 23-25 Sept., Hangzhou, China
6th Optimising Port Development Conference .......... 4-5 Dec. 2013, London
9th IATA Cargo Claims & Loss Prevention ......... 19 - 21 November, 2013, Limerick, Ireland
Air Cargo & Logistics Asia Conference and Exhibition ......... 16-18 Oct. 2013, Singapore
Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference .......... 29-30 Jan. 2014, Vanouver, Canada
European International Freight Conference 2013 ........ 21-23 Nov. 2013, London
FIATA World Congress 2013 in Singapore ....... 16-19 Oct. 2013
Intermodal Europe 2013 ......8-10 Oct. 2013, Hamburg Messe, Hamburg Germany
Intermodal Asia 2014 ........1-3 April 2014, Shanghai World Expo Center, Shanghai
Marine Insurance Association of Seattle 2013 Golf & Bowling Tournament and Banquet ........ Oct. 7 2013
Transport Security Expo 2013 ........13-14 Nov. 2013, Olympia, London UK
UK Truckfest 2013 .......... 18 Aug. at Balmoral Park
Western Cargo Conference (WESCCON) ......... 17-20 Oct. 2013, Racho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA
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Trucker SOS .......... to help you know how to properly place warning devices in the event you have to stop your truck on the shoulder.
uDrove ....... replaces in-cab paperwork and delivers the data instantly to a web account – allowing you to manage your trucking business faster, smarter and more cost effectively
American Memory from the Library of Congress - Browse Motion Piture Collections
As Glacier Melts, Secrets of Lost Military Plane Revealed
Heineken Asks Travelers at JFK to Drop Everything, Fly to Mysterious Location
History of Los Angeles In Pictures (151 pages)
No Engine Starter? No Problem!
Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms And Legal Definitions
Northrop Unmanned Systems
San Francisco KTVU Reports Asiana Air Pilots Were "Sum Ting Wong" And "Ho Lee Fuk"
Terror At 11,000 Feet
Why Russians Use Dash Cams, (dashboard cameras) - Truly Amazing!
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
7. New U.S. Transport Related Legal Cases _______
CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Dept. of Revenue
Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
The court held on July 1, 2013 that Alabama's imposition of sales and use tax on diesel fuel purchased by rail carriers violates the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 ("4-R Act"). This is the second time that the case has been before the Circuit Court. An earlier decision of the Circuit Court holding that a rail carrier could not challenge its competitors' exemptions from sales and use tax under the 4-R Act was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court on
Read The Decision
And again this month, a lighter look back at transport related legal cases .......
Hobbs v. Hartford Ins. Co. of the Midwest
823 N.E.2d 561 - Illinois 2005
A Rule For Understanding Your Policy: Where an ambiguity in an insurance policy is found, courts will construe it in favor of the insured, but will not torture ordinary words until they confess to ambiguity.
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 Jackson (Countryman & McDaniel)
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