Offices of Countryman & McDaniel
THE CARGO LETTER 
Air & Ocean Logistics - Customs Broker News
26 June 2014
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the officially designated "Cargo City" area
and...... Runway 25-Right, at Los Angeles International Airport, voted "Best Cargo Airport in North America."
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INDEX to The Cargo Letter:
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
2. The Cargo Letter Financial Page
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
5. The Cargo Letter Cargo Damage Dispatches
**Back By Popular Demand**
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
The Worst ...... as imports
are expected to total 1.46 million TEU in June, up 7.5% from June 2013, at
major U.S. container ports as retailers bring "unusually high"
volumes into the country early to avoid any potential labor disruptions when
the West Coast dockworkers contract expires at the end of June, according to
the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Negotiators from the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the
Pacific Maritime Association have been meeting regularly since May 12 to reach
a new contract. "We don't want to see disruptions at the ports, but
retailers are making sure they are prepared in case that happens," NRF
said. NRF has urged both sides to avoid any disruptions that could affect the
flow of back-to-school or holiday merchandise. West Coast ports handle more
than two-thirds of U.S. retail container cargo, including the
bulk of cargo from Asia. A lockout of ILWU members in the fall of 2002 closed ports for
10 days and created a months-long backlog to be cleared. In its monthly
"Global Port Tracker" report, the groups said domestic ports handled
1.43 million TEU in April, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers
are available. The number was up 9.9% from March and 10.3% from April 2013.
Port Tracker also estimated that 1.47 million TEU were imported in May, up 5.8%
from May 2013. Port Tracker said volumes for May and June are results not
normally seen until later in the summer or fall. July is forecast at 1.51
million TEU, up 4.4% from last year. The groups expect August to bring 1.52
million TEU, up 1.9%. Sept. will come in at 1.45 million TEU, up 0.8%, with
Oct. at 1.48 million TEU, up 3.4%. Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by
the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Miami & Houston.
The Word From Port Tracker
***Reminder: China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Is Here ........ as enforcement
of China 24-hour Advance Manifest Rule in Shanghai as a pilot will be in effect starting June
28 2014. Though
the China 24 hour rule was first introduced and
the official trial run period started in 2009, its compliance was not mandatory
until now. These regulations require carriers to submit vessel manifests for China bound cargo 24 hours before loading at
ports outside China. It has been reported that the
enforcement date is vessel arriving Chinese ports on or after June
28 2014. Taking
into account average transit times, the rules are already valid.
***U.S. Economy Shrinkage ..... as gross
domestic product (GDP) declined 1% in the first quarter - the first time since the
first quarter of 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Dept. Analysts attributed
the fall to the unusually harsh winter that slowed retail traffic and other
commercial activity, as well as a slowdown in inventory buildup. A consensus of
economists' opinions was for a 4% GDP rebound in the 2nd quarter, as pent-up
demand makes up for the first quarter stall, said American Shipper. The
Commerce Dept. also cited a 6% decline in first quarter exports, compared to a
9.5% rise in the 4th quarter of 2013. Imports of goods and services increased
0.7%, compared with an increase of 1.5 % in the 4th quarter. But imports count
against GDP growth because they represent spending
on goods and services not produced domestically.
Logistics Brighter ...... as
the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) releases the
annual "State of Logistics Report" presented by Penske
Logistics each June. Delivered by author Rosalyn Wilson, with additional
commentary by a panel of industry leaders, representing various areas within
the supply chain, the annual "State of Logistics Report" is widely used by supply chain
management and logistics professionals and organizations as the premier
benchmark for U.S. logistics activity. The 25th Annual
report was released on June 17, 2014, but the picture appears much brighter
for this year, with Wilson predicting 2014 to be the best year in the past eight. So
far in the first 5 months this year, freight shipments are up 13.1%
year-over-year with payments up 13% and higher rates and capacity problems
looming, she said. U.S. business logistics costs rose 2.3% in
2013, a significant drop from the 3.4 % rise in 2012, the report says. Business
logistics costs increased to US$1.39 trillion, up US$31Bn from 2012. In 2013,
logistics costs as a percent of the nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
declined to 8.2%. This means the freight logistics sector was growing at a
slightly slower rate than GDP, Wilson said. Inventory carrying costs and transportation costs
rose slightly last year. Inventory carrying costs increased 2.8%.Transportation
costs were up only 2% in 2013 because of weaker shipment volumes and a lack of
growth in rates.
***Iran Unchanged ......
as sanctions relief has not resulted in any increase in shipping activity after
5 months, Reuters reports. Iran and Western governments reached an
agreement last November over Tehran's nuclear work in exchange for limited
sanctions relief for six months - from Jan. to July - under the Joint Plan of
Action (JPOA). But the usual pattern of relying more on land routes to Iran and use its own commercial fleet is
little changed, as insurance problems have left shipments into the country
stuck in transit. An Iranian official told Reuters: "Shipping volumes have
dropped as there are difficulties at customs; insurance companies are hesitant
to cover ships en route to Iran; as well as letters of credit
Situation Grim .....
as the Transported Asset Protection Assn. (TAPA)
launched what it calls the most comprehensive supply chain security standards
in TAPA's 17-year history to combat increasingly
sophisticated thefts. The new 2014 versions of TAPA's
Facility Security Requirements and Trucking Security Requirements are the
result of a year-long review process involving TAPA members worldwide.
"Organized gangs of criminals around the world are becoming more sophisticated
and daring in their attempts to steal products during the logistics process,
and that's why we regularly review and often upgrade the standards," Paul Linders, who leads TAPA's global
standards committee, said. The association says cargo crime is no longer petty,
opportunist theft carried out by individuals. Today, it is coordinated by
organized international gangs whose attacks often involve violent and armed
hijackings of vehicles, facilities and employees as well as fraudulent
pick-ups, fake police stops, bogus personnel, slashing open trailer curtains
and attacks on moving vehicles. "Cargo crime as a whole is increasing, and
one of the biggest challenges we face is getting businesses and law enforcement
agencies to report loss data to help us understand the true scale of the
problem and to provide intelligence that helps companies plan their supply
chains using the latest market information," Linders
said. "At TAPA, our analysis tells us that losses suffered by our members
are three times lower than the industry average, although that leaves
absolutely no room for complacency. The cost of a single loss can be between
4-11 times its original value, hence the TAPA
standards can significantly contribute to measurable supply chain risk
management." In the first quarter of 2014, TAPA Americas' Incident Information Service recorded
a total of 196 thefts in the U.S., with 76 thefts in January, 43 in
February and 77 in March. The average loss value per incident during the
quarter was US$216,208 . According to TAPA the largest
single crime was the theft of a truckload of cowboy boots stolen from Carrolton, Texas, which had a declared value of
US$2,261,495, but sadly we have seen larger.
Read More About The Threat
Anti-Spam Law (CASL) Begins ......as this new legislation will begin
1 July for any business that promotes their products/services electronically
via email, social media or instant messaging. CASL targets any electronic communication
that could be considered to "encourage participation in a commercial
activity." Any email, text message, instant message (IM) and messages sent
through social networks that have a commercial aspect will be considered to be
a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM), and will require express or implied consent.
Your business needs to obtain express or implied consent from your electronic
mailing lists in order to continue to send electronic messages.
***Goodbye New Century Transportation Inc. .......as
it has filed for bankruptcy, and the less-than-truckload and truckload carrier
intends to sell its assets after closing its doors on 12 June. New
Century, of Westampton, N.J., made its filing in
federal bankruptcy court in its home state, two days after telling nearly 1,600
employees that it was shutting down because of funding problems. The filing was
made under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code. New Century listed revenue
of US$266.7M in revenue last year, including US$154.2M from LTL. New Century
represents the largest U.S, failure in more than a year.
***The Future Road Today .........
as a system designed to platoon or connect trucks wirelessly to each other to
reduce fuel consumption was tested in Nevada in front of state transportation
officials, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The system
developed by Peloton Technology controls braking and
acceleration but drivers remain fully engaged and retain steering control. The
reduction in aerodynamic drag in the two-truck platoon provides fuel savings
for both the front and rear truck, according to the company. "We connect
forward collision avoidance technology on a pair of trucks, mitigating the most
common truck accidents. Our platooning network
operations center ensures that the trucks and drivers operate in the safest
mode for the road and conditions," Peloton CEO
Josh Switkes said in a statement. "The pairing
of the trucks links their safety systems, increases driver awareness and saves
fuel for both trucks. The leading truck saves fuel as well." The test,
conducted by Peloton Technology, took place on
Interstate 80, May 7, and was viewed by officials from Nevada Department of
Transportation, Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Nevada DM The system was previously tested in Utah with C.R. England in 2013.
Background & Videos
***"Undercover" Dermo-Smuggling ...... as a Florida man who weighs
about 450 pounds faces multiple smuggling charges after sheriff's deputies say
he hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his "stomach fat."
According to a 16 June new release, a Volusia County sheriff's deputy stopped a
vehicle after noticing that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Officials
say 42-year-old Christopher Mitchell told the deputy that he's too big to wear
a seatbelt. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because Mitchell
and the driver appeared nervous. The dog detected the presence of drugs in the
vehicle. In addition to the drugs on Mitchell, deputies say they also found a
handgun and US$7,000 in cash in the vehicle.
Don't Have To Show You Stinking Badges ........ as
It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border
Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by
smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S. Agents
spotted the white truck with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals along a
boundary fence in Douglas, Arizona, on 2 June, while
responding to reports of possible drug smuggling. When agents tried to contact
those inside, the vehicle suddenly stopped and two people fled into Mexico. Agents say they found
3,200 pounds of marijuana stashed in the truck worth an estimated US$1.6M.
Smugglers have used catapults, tunnels and panga
boats to get drugs across the U.S. border.
2. The Cargo Letter Financial Page ____________
**FedEx Corp. UP as 4th-quarter net income
rose to US$730M, or US$2.46 per share, from US$679M, or US$2.13, a year ago.
"B" Section: FF World
3. Freight Forwarder World Air
Level Reports Dropped .....
as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has
notified air carriers, freight forwarders and shippers that they no longer will
be required to report screening levels for air cargo loaded on passenger
aircraft, according to the Int'l Air Cargo Assn. The decision relieves the
private sector of a regulatory burden that cost companies money, it said.
"The 9/11 Implementation Act in 2007 mandated that 100% of cargo on
commercial passenger aircraft operating through U.S. airports to be screened.
The TSA and industry reached the 100% threshold in August 2010 for domestic
traffic. The deadline went into effect for international flights in December
2012. At Congress' direction, the TSA required air carriers, as well as
forwarders and shippers participating in the voluntary Certified Cargo
Screening Program, to report the amount of cargo uplifted and the percentage
screened for each airport. A subsequent appropriations bill included language
allowing the TSA administrator to make a determination when 100% screening
compliance had been achieved and lift the requirement for continued reporting.'
TIACA last fall called for an end what it considers a redundant reporting
requirement because the industry has achieved the law's goal. The TSA is also
expected to realize some savings from not having to analyze all the industry
data, verify it and package it in reports to Congress. The TSA will ensure
ongoing compliance with the screening requirements through regular and ongoing
inspections of screening facilities, said the report.
***New EU Cargo
Screening Rules Start Now ........as
European Union regulations requiring all air cargo or mail handled by carriers
operating from third country airports (ACC3s) must be physically screened by
EU-approved aviation security start July 1. Failing that, such mail and cargo
must come from a secure supply chain that is EU aviation security validated.
Only air carriers that comply with this programme
will be allowed to carry cargo or mail into the EU and verification must be
undertaken by an independent validator, certified by
an EU regulator. Individual ACC3 designation is required for every non-EU
airport from which an air carrier imports goods to the EU, according to the UAE's Arabian Supply Chain. The EU regulations provide two
different ACC3 designation options for air carriers and their business
partners. For air carriers, on-site verification at each non-EU airport is
required before designation is given for that specific airport. Air carriers
that operate multiple cargo or mail operations and have a security quality
assurance programme that is equivalent to EU aviation
security validation, may request onsite validations at
a representative sample of airports.
Dangerous ...... as Cathay
Pacific has stopped flights at the end of June owing to concerns over the
stability and safety of the nation's economy and security. At the same time, Cargolux's cargo flights to Karachi remain frozen, further
squeezing capacity available to forwarders and shippers. The move follows a
warning by Taliban guerillas for international companies and airlines to end
their business in Pakistan or face attacks. It
follows the ambush at Karachi airport by guerillas,
claiming 30 lives and damaging the main cargo terminal. Flights to and from Karachi airport operated by
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines are
believed to be continuing. But it is unclear whether Qatar Airways &
Turkish Airlines will continue to operate freighter flights to and from Karachi. British Airways pulled
out of Pakistan in 2008 following an
attack on a hotel in Islamabad.
For DHL, FedEx, TNT & UPS? ..... as they continue to lead in the express
and small parcel market, but competition is picking up, says a new study
entitled "Global Express and Small Parcels 2014" from the UK's
Transport Intelligence (Ti). Challengers are coming from regional providers and
post offices within domestic markets as time requirements, technology
enhancements as e-commerce changes the face of the industry, the study says.
"Added to this changing scenario are improving economies and the rising
needs of emerging markets. For 2013, the global express and small parcel market
grew 6.8% from 2012," the Ti statement said. "This growth, not
surprisingly, was led by emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, South America and the Middle East. At the same time,
improving economic conditions in the US also resulted in improving
demand," Ti said. "For Europe, innovative delivery
solutions such as lockers and other alternative parcel pick up points have
created an interesting market as well," said the report.
Read More About Transport Intelligence
Step Ahead ..... as e-AWB penetration
increased in April to 14.3%, used in 205,000 shipments in April, and 0.9% more
than in March, according to the International Air Transport Association. As the
number of e-AWB shipments increased, customs across a number of countries are updated
their requirements on the AWB and embraced the automated process in their
procedures, reported Atlanta area Air Cargo World. In
the United Arab Emirates, the customs authorities formalised the acceptance of e-AWB for both imports and
exports at Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Maktoum
international airports. The sector is engaging customs worldwide to encourage
the e-AWB regulatory acceptance with pilot projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and China with Lebanese and
Jordanian authorities are reviewing AWB regulations.
Blows From The East ...... as O'Hare International Airport
ships more of China's goods than any other by
a wide margin, followed by Germany and Japan, airport officials say.
Most recent data available, shows cargo from China accounted for 24% of the
airport's total trade, measured by value. And Chinese cargo bound for O'Hare
has surged by at least 250% over the past decade. But Chicago faces two threats,
according to Crain's Chicago Business portal. Other cities, notably nearby Indianapolis, are ready to take more
air freight from China and elsewhere. The lagging
economic recovery, meantime, means consumption of imports is growing faster in
other markets, which could lure cargo services to fly to other drop-off
airports. Overall, O'Hare ranks seventh among U.S. airports for its cargo,
handling 1.4 million tons, though still behind Memphis, Anchorage and Louisville, Miami, Los Angeles and JFK, New York. When it comes to air
shipments, Chicago is still trying to come
back from the Great Recession. International tonnage remains 16 % below 2004's
level of 1.7 million tons of air cargo. With China's help, however, things
may be looking up. A 2012 study by Chicago-based Boeing Co.
shows air freight between Asia
and North America, of
takes the largest share with 41%.
***New Indian Star ..... as
Lufthansa is keenly looking for Air India’s
entry into Star Alliance in July as a check to the growing dominance of Gulf
Carriers in the Indian skies. The dominance of gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways into the Indian market has
completely changed the scenario in the Indian long haul markets. Wolfgang
Will, director, South Asia of Lufthansa says, “Air India’s
entry will be beneficial for both airlines, as we will be able to reach out to
much more customers as before. For us, we will be able to tap the Indian
market beyond big cities and Air India
will have larger access to the European region and beyond.” He further said,
that it is also beneficial for the customers as they can earn miles in one and
redeem in another. Air India
also stands to benefit by joining the alliance as it would help them improve
***Cargo Is Mars,
Passenger Is Venus?.....
as FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith praised
regulators for being sensible about passenger versus cargo pilot fatigue by
allowing less rigid standards for all-cargo planes. Speaking at the Aviation
Club in Washington, Mr Smith said
"all-cargo and passengers flights operate in different ways that makes
identical regulation unwise and less safe." Cargo pilots, he said, fly
about 30 hours per month, half as many as passenger pilots, have half as many
landings, have longer rest periods and better rest opportunities while on duty.
Mr Smith said forcing cargo pilots to adhere to the
same flight-duty rules as passenger pilots would "make Fed-Ex less safe
and not more because of how it would affect schedules". Mr Smith said the FAA had the right approach in
differentiating between the two. The new anti-fatigue rules require both
passenger and cargo operators to create plans that would result in a
data-driven approach to understanding pilot alertness in each operating
environment, he said.
***Japan Airlines Lightens Up ..... as
JAL has begun to use 480 new light-weight cargo containers on its international
routes. The new cargo container weighs 58 kg, which weighs 41 kg less than the
current aluminum container. The new container is made of synthetic resin in
honeycomb structure*1 to realize higher intensity and durability than the
aluminum one. The maximum 44 containers in same size can be loaded on Boeing
777-300ER results to weighing 1,804 kg less compared to the current cargo
contains loaded onboard. The fuel consumption can be reduced 800 liters for
one-way trip if these new containers are used on Narita-New York route. Additionally, using
high-intensity materials can also reduce the frequency of its repairs which is
expected to further improve cost efficiency.
Read More From The Manufactuer
***The UPS Taiwan Plan..... as
it has relocated its transpacific hub in Taoyuan Int'l Airport in line with plans to
build an integrated air network across Asia, connecting Taiwan to markets in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The hub operates 28 weekly
cargo flights connecting Taiwan to key global markets. UPS said customers can expect
a one to two day delivery commitment to major cities in the US and Europe. Situated at the airport's
air cargo terminal logistics warehouse, the hub occupies 7,618 square metres, reported Atlanta area Air Cargo World.
***So How Much
Could It Possibley Cost Just For Landing Rights? .......as Cyprus Airways said it will
sell American Airlines its landing slot at London Heathrow Airport on 16 June. The airline
will receive US$31M for the slot, which will "enhance the company's
liquidity for 2015," according to a Cyprus news release. Cyprus currently operates
non-stop flights from Lanarca International Airport to London and said it will transfer
this route to London Stansted Airport, with a change in both
frequency and flight times. The sale is effective Sept.
13, 2014 and Cyprus will begin flights to Stansted on the 14th.
Looks To The Future ......as
it is challenging the next generation of students to stretch their imagination
and to re-invent the norms associated with air travel today by launching the
fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas Challenge. Fly Your Ideas is a biennial,
global competition granted UNESCO patronage in 2012. The challenge offers
students a unique opportunity to put their classroom learning and research to
the test, by working with a team of aviation professionals on real-world
challenges, going beyond the aircraft itself. It offers students a chance to
apply their creativity in an exceptional learning environment that will equip
them in a highly competitive job market. The competition is open to students of
all nationalities and all disciplines – from engineering to marketing; science
to design. Registration for Fly Your Ideas 2015 opens in June 2014 and ideas
can be submitted from this September. Students must register as a team of 3 to
5 members. The participants will have the chance to work with Airbus innovators
to develop their ideas further all along the competition and the winners will
Lines Makes History ...... as
it has celebrated the grand opening of the new Delta Flight Museum, a 68,000
square-foot facility located at the airline's world headquarters in Atlanta.
The museum traces Delta's history and the development of commercial aviation.
The grand opening event marked Delta's 85th anniversary of passenger service,
dating back to its first passenger flight from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., on June 17, 1929. The museum contains displays and exhibits
filled with hundreds of artifacts, many of which have never been on public
display. They chronicle more than eight decades of Delta history and the growth
and development of commercial aviation. The museum houses a permanent
collection of five historic aircraft, including a Travel Air 6B Sedan similar to the one that
operated Delta's first passenger flight in 1929, and The Spirit of Delta, a
Boeing 767 purchased for the company by employees in 1982. Also on display is a
DC-3, Ship 41, that flew for Delta and was restored by
Delta employees and volunteers. The museum features a 117-seat theater and a
30-seat conference room located inside the fuselage of an L-1011 TriStar aircraft. Also on display is the cockpit of a Convair 880 jet. Additionally, visitors can have the
ultimate aviation experience and pilot a Boeing 737-200 full-motion simulator,
the only one open to the public in the U.S., formerly used to train
Delta pilots. A tour of the museum starts with Delta's beginnings as a
crop-dusting operation in the rural South and takes visitors through the early
propeller era of passenger service and into the jet age.
Tour The Museum Now
Don't Make It ..... as
Dutch border police say they have found a body in the wheel well of a KLM
airplane at Amsterdam's Schiphol
airport. Spokesman Richard Haarman said the plane
landed June 3 morning, and the incident was under investigation. He declined
further immediate comment. Local broadcaster AT5 reported the plane had arrived
from Norway on a small commercial
flight. In April, a 15-year-old Somali immigrant survived a 5 hour flight from San Jose, California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a
***Volumes >>> Air Serbia has posted a 46% year-on-year first
quarter increase in air cargo to 175 tons, attributing the rise to an expanded
network, improved reliability and effective marketing. >>> American Airlines Group's system cargo ton miles (CTMs) for May were 204.9 million, up 6.4% versus May 2013.
Year-to-date CTMs were 961.6 million, up 10.8% over
the same period in 2013. >>> Cathay Pacific Airways and
Dragonair posted a 13.9% increase in cargo volume
during the month of May to 138,448 tons year on year. >>> Fraport Frankfurt Airport (FRA) handled in May 185,626 tons of
air freight and mail, up 6.9% on-year. >>> Finland's Helsinki airport handled 14,710 tons in May, a decrease of 4.6 % compared to the
previous year. Total freight handled in May was 13,624 tons. >>> Hong Kong Air Cargo
Terminals (HACTL) handled in May a total of
157,103 tons of cargo, representing a decrease of 32% compared to the same
month a year earlier.
***What's The Hot Buzz? ......
as China Southern Airlines has flown five shipments loaded in New Zealand to
Vancouver via Los Angeles of live bees, 60,000 bees in total, including 18
queen bees, weighing 8.2 tons. Honeybee death rates have become a huge concern
across the world. Last year in Canada, the winter mortality rate
rose to 29% of colonies. Temperature control was the biggest challenge in the
handling process as the bees created a considerable amount of heat during
carriage owing to the large number of bees in a limited space.
***Water Salute To B787 Dreamliner
Goes Awry, 2 June Video
of Airline Food ..... as
a cross-country flight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog
pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor. US Airways
spokesman Andrew Christie said the May 28 US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled
stop in Kansas City, Christie called the episode a "rare and
unfortunate situation." The flight continued after the mess was cleaned up
on the ground. The passenger and service dog were rebooked on another flight.
Jim Kutsch, president at The Seeing Eye guide dog
school in Morristown, New Jersey, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that such
incidents are rare, but dogs occasionally get sick on planes too.
Pellets Are Not Chips .......
as officials at Newark Liberty International Airport have confiscated a batch
of cookies with a street value of more than US$50,000. U.S. Customs and Border
Protection says that's because the cookies had 118
pellets of cocaine baked into them. A spokesman for the agency said on 19 June
customs officers made the discovery June 5 during an examination of luggage
from passengers arriving at the New Jersey airport on a flight from Guatemala City.
Watch The Cookies
"C" Section: FF
World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***P3: Great Expectations Dashed ......as Maersk,
MSC and CMA-CGM have abandoned their plans for the world's largest shipping alliance
after it was rejected by China's Ministry of Commerce. Though European and US authorities had already approved the P3 Alliance, China's
Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has advised the three
carriers that it will not be approving their plans. MOFCOM has not released a
formal report, but Maersk issued the following brief
statement: "On 18 June 2013 A.P. Møller
- Mærsk A/S (Maersk Line)
announced that the company together with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company
S.A. and CMA CGM S.A. (jointly the "Partners") had agreed in principle to
establish an alliance named the P3 Network. The establishment was subject to
approvals from relevant regulatory authorities. On 17
June 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People's Republic
of China announced that they have
not approved the P3 Network. The MOFCOM's decision follows a review
under China's merger control rules.
The Partners take note of and respect MOFCOM's decision. Subsequently,
the Partners have agreed to stop the preparatory work on the P3 Network and the
P3 Network as initially planned will not come into existence. The lack of
implementation of the P3 Network will have no material impact on the Maersk Group's expected result for 2014." CMA-CGM added that "MOFCOM's decision follows a review
under China's merger control rules and
is different from the positions of the FMC and the European Commission".
The decision does not affect its current operations and "Current maritime
services offered by CMA CGM and existing cooperations are maintained in full, offering an excellent
quality of service to customers, ahead of the peak season" the line added.
While China was initially tipped to
approve P3, MOFCOM seems to have been influenced by a backlash from Asian shippers in
particular. Asian cargo interests rejected the P3 carriers' assertion that the
alliance was "operational" only and would have only a limited impact
on competition. What ended the P3 mega alliance's chances to proceed was it was
just too big on the Asia-Europe route, taking up 47% market share against the
Chinese Ministry of Commerce limit of 30%. "The Ministry of Commerce held
fast to a 30% market share. China found that P3 would
control up to 47% of the business on the Asia-Europe route," said U.S.
Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle.
Lifts All Boats ........ as
container throughput at the world's top 30 container ports increased 4.7% in
the first quarter as trade volumes continued to recover from the low growth
since 2012, according to an Alphaliner survey.mMainland China ports, which account for
10 of the top 30 ports, achieved mixed results. The aggregate growth of the 10
biggest Chinese ports reached 5.1% in the first quarter, compared to the 7%
increase a year earlier. Container volume through China's ports was up 5.5% at
45.6 million TEU from January to March, with coastal ports growing 6.6%, while
river ports declined 3.8%, said the Ministry of Transport. Contraction at river
ports reflects lower domestic demand in China, while export growth at
the main coastal ports remains relatively strong, said Alphaliner.
European ports also showed mixed results, with North Europe's Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Bremerhaven posting an aggregate
growth of 2.3 % compared to a contraction of 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013.
The two main U.S. ports of Los Angeles-Long
Beach and New York-New Jersey posted a combined growth rate of 2.9%, a slight
improvement from the 2.4% growth recorded last year. The total throughput of 16
main North American ports grew by 1.7% during the first quarter, with east
coast ports up 3.1%, out performing the west coast ports that were up 0.6%.
Business To The Suez .......
as the US$5.25Bn Panama Canal expansion, now to be six months late, has
resulted in a shift of traffic to the Suez Canal, which can take large vessels
the Panama Canal cannot. The result is that Panama Canal market share of Asian
cargo to the U.S. east coast has dropped from
90% in 2009 to 60% today, reports the British Int'l Freight Assn. (BIFA)
newsletter. Panama Canal transits have declined from 14,685 in 2011,
14,544 in 2012 to 13,660 transits in 2013. Notably, even panamax
vessels are being displaced from Panama Canal with Maersk
dumping Panama for U.S. east coast services from Asia. East coast ports have
spent billions of dollars to dredge channels deep enough to accommodate the big
new ships that will transit the Panama Canal when the new locks open.
***The Biggest Gates .......
as a second shipment of 4 rolling gates for the third and final set of the
locks to expand the Panama Canal has arrived from Trieste. The locks, arriving
aboard a semi-submersible, are 58 metres long, eight
meters thick and 22 metres high and weigh 2,300 tons
each. "This is another milestone as it completes half of the 16 gates that
will be used," said Panama Canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano. Following a month at sea, the ship completed its
second trip which began in mid-May in Trieste, passing Gibraltar and crossed the Atlantic. The 4 rolling gates will
be disembarked in the dock especially built for this purpose on the Atlantic
side. The two gates will remain in the staging area until they are installed.
The other two will be transferred to the Pacific site once the installation of
the concrete supports is completed in the dock built for their unloading. Gate
fabrication, which started in October 2011, is being conducted by Italian
subcontractor Cimolai SpA.
The new locks will operate with a redundant rolling gate system, with a total
of 16 gates. The first shipment of rolling gates arrived in Panama last August. The third
shipment of rolling gates is scheduled to arrive in October.
***Preparing For The Giants ....... as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are to invest US$1M to
US$2.5M a day on infrastructure to accommodate the mega ships, reckoned at
13,000 TEU - that will transit the expanded Panama Canal. "Ships got bigger
and a whole lot faster than anybody anticipated," said LA port development
director Mike Christensen, reported the Long Beach Press Telegram. Big-ship
capability continues to redefine the term 'big ship ready', he added. The story
is much the same for neighbouring Port of Long Beach which handles 14,000 containerships
and at least three to four vessels of 10,000 TEU weekly since first welcoming a
12,500 TEUer back in 2012. The economies of scale in
a bigger vessel mean that the newer engines of megaships
save on fuel costs while more containers on board drive down cost per TEU
further. LA has spent US$140M on dredging its main channels to at least 53 feet
and in supporting these bigger ships acquired suitable handling equipment in
taller dockside cranes. Investment in the US$510M TraPac
Container Terminal, with its US$1 Bn projected
expansion over a five years, will extend its wharves
4,600 feet, deepen water berths and lay in new rail facilities in 2016. The
completion of US$155M rail yard at Berth 200 by end of the year will help to
eliminate 2,300 daily truck trips from the roads. Port of Long Beach has made a long-term
US$1Bn in a new US$400M rail facility in El Paso, Texas to support cargo flow in
rail capacity increases of 55 to 90 trains per day.
Threaten Port Throughput ......
as landside port inefficiency, red tape and mismatching technologies combine to
threaten to divert cargo to other ports say angry southern California truckers,
reports American Shipper. And if the "downward spiral" continues, San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will lose its competitive
edge, according to the Harbour Trucking Association
(HTA). Wait times limit drivers to one or two round trips in a working day
instead of the three to five trips typical in the past. "If we don't do
something concrete about fixing these gates now, we will lose cargo to other
ports," said HTA executive director Alex Charin,
whose 100 member companies control 60 per cent of southern California harbor
trucking. Said HTA chairman Fred Johring, owner of
Golden State Express: "Our ability to deliver loads has been reduced 35%
of what our normal operation has been in the past." Fifteen years ago,
terminals were wheeled operations with boxes stored on chassis in the yard
waiting for a truck to hook up and go. Today, boxes are stacked four or five
high and require "live lift" by cargo handling equipment. Truckers
must wait for the box to be "dug out", with 30 minutes more lost when
required to go to an off-dock leasing company to get a chassis and another half
hour to return it. Terminals have different chassis procedures and standards,
meaning fresh delays when inspections and repairs are made before the chassis
can leave the terminal. In the U.S., harbor trucking delays
cost US$348M a year in 14 million hours lost and nine million gallons of fuel
burned, according to a study by Tioga Group, Philadelphia transport consultancy.
***Going To The
Big Box Store .....
as shipper demand for 40ft high-cube containers is
still increasing, creating stowage problems for ocean carriers and analytical
difficulties for trade forecasters using TEU measurements. The proportion of
40ft high-cube (9ft 6in high) containers in the global maritime container fleet
is predicted to exceed 50% by the end of this year for the first time. According
to Drewry's 2013 Container Census, the equipment's
market share reached 49% in 2012, and is expected to grow by at least another
1% this year. The number of high cube containers in the fleet grew by another
8% growth last year, up to 15.4 million teu, taking
the rise in demand between 2007 and 2012 up to a remarkable 49%. It meant that
40ft HC's share of the total maritime equipment market increased from 41% up to
49%, or just over 1% per annum, almost entirely at the expense of normal 40ft
8ft 6in high boxes. On the other hand, the proportion of 20ft containers
remained constant at around 33%. The popularity of 40ft HCs
is easy to understand. Being around 13% larger than ordinary 40ft boxes,
shippers can load that amount of extra cargo at little to no extra freight
cost. Inland transport is usually charged on a per container basis for light
cargo, so there are also no extra haulage costs
Drewry Maritime Research's Latest Container
***Around The World In 80 Days .....as 420
bottles of Burgandy are being transported on board a
2,200-TEU containership, departing from the French port of Le Havre for an
80-day-around-the-world sea voyage through the Panama Canal to Sydney. The consignment will
return to France on September 18 aboard M/V CMA CGM Azure via the Suez Canal, after calling at New York, Papeete, Noumea, Singapore, Malta, Genoa, Rotterdam or Hamburg, a statement from the
French shipping line said. The impressive collection of fine Burgund wines include Cremant
de Bourgogne Rose tastevine, Saint-Aubin 2010 tastevine, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru les Saint-Georges Hospices de Nuits 2007, and Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2007 tastevine.
The shipment celebrates the 80th anniversary of Confrerie
des Chevaliers du Tastevin
in cooperation with partners CMA CGM and JF Hillebrand.
See The Photos & Equipment
***Pirated Vessel Freed ......
as an oil tanker missing for a week off the coast of West Africa was attacked
by pirates who stole its cargo, the company that managed the ship said on 12
June after speaking with its captain. The Liberia-flagged M/T Fair Artemis had last made contact with its manager, Fairdeal
Group SA, on June 4 when it was off the coast of Ghana.
***Pirates Release Crew, But Earlier Many Shot Dead .....as 11 crewmen held hostage by
Somali pirates for more than three years of horror have won their freedom, say
regional government and United Nations officials, Reuters reports. Some were
beaten with gun butts, locked in containers, and had the skin of their palms
torn with pliers, said London's Daily Telegraph. The men served on
the Malaysian-owned, 1,066-TEU M/V Albedo, hijacked
900 miles (1,500 kilometres) off Somalia in November 2010 while sailing from the
United Arab Emirates to Kenya. "They are all healthy," said
Abdi Yusuf Hassan, the interior minister of Galmudug
region of Somalia. He said no ransom was paid. Seven of
the ship's crew were released in 2012 while four
others drowned when the ship sank last year. The number of attacks by Somali
pirates has fallen over the last two years due to increased naval patrols and
the widespread use of shipboard armed guards. The surviving 11 from an original
crew of 23, there were seven from Bangladesh, two from Sri Lanka, one from India and another from Iran. Among the crewmen who did not survive,
one was shot while four others drowned. According to the Daily Telegraph the
seamen were held ashore under poor conditions after the ship sank in a storm in
July 2013. Few had shoes, some had only their underclothes, but they managed to
escape through a window to reach safety. They were collected and accommodated
in a hotel.The Pakistani crewmen were freed after a
Pakistani businessman raised a US$1.2M ransom.
Meet ISO 28000
Boost Shipper Confidence ......as
companies providing shipboard armed guards have received accreditation for
compliance with the new maritime security standard, reports Lloyd's List. The
International Organization for Standardization ISO/PAS 28007 standard, which
also requires compliance with ISO 28000, was developed in response to a demand
for armed protection in pirate-infested waters. RTI Forensics, which bills
itself as a "forensic engineer", was one of the first to be
accredited to provide certification. It recently certified Alphard
Maritime, Bowline Defence, Control Risks and Securewest International attesting that they meet ISO
standards. It said companies that comply with the new standard demonstrate they
can provide appropriate security services onboard ships, meeting legal rules of
force and human rights requirements. RTI maritime director Steve Cameron said
that there are various standards, but this is the first time maritime security
has been brought under one ISO standard, which links to the BIMCO maritime security contract.
Army Doesn't Like Already Solved Problems ....... as it has started to arrest
vessels with armed guards on board even if they have been provided by the
Nigerian marine police, reports London's Tanker operator. That's because the
Nigerian army regards the territorial sea and EEZ (exclusive economic zone) as
under its jurisdiction, said Norwegian insurance and P&I service provider Skuld. The army is not allowing armed guards on board
vessels while it only provides patrol boats/escorts and not out to sea. The
Int'l Group of P&I Clubs is aware of the problem and has been informed the
IMO is in contact with the Nigerian Maritime Authority to have the situation
Containers ......as France has warned Denmark's Maersk Line
that the shipping line has until the end of the summer to find 517 containers
that fell from the 7,226-TEU M/V Svendborg Maersk during a storm in the Bay of Biscay in February. Eighty per cent of the
boxes lost were empty and the remainder contained dry, non-hazardous goods,
including cigarettes, many of which were found washed-up along the coastline of
south-west England. "It's perhaps an exceptional
request on our part, but one which follows an exceptional maritime shipping
incident," a spokesman for France's State Office for Maritime Affairs in Brittany said. So far 13 containers floating on
the surface have been recovered by French support ships. The carrier has been
billed US$340,063 for damages resulting from the incident, reported Lloyd's
List. French authorities have ordered the company to draw up a detailed map
indicating the exact location of the containers which sank, using a chartered
ship to carry out a sonar survey of the ocean floor. "The aim of the
survey is to produce cartographic data which will help fishermen avoid zones
where containers lie and prevent the entanglement of nets."
***HKG Milestone ...... as Hong Kong's Modern Terminals Ltd, opened the
first purpose-built container terminal in Hong Kong in 1972 and now has welcomed the
arrival of its 100 millionth TEU, the company announced. "One hundred
million TEU, if placed end-to-end, would stretch over 600,000 kilometers or 15
times around the Earth," said a company statement. "We reached the 30
million TEU milestone in 1999, 27 years after we began handling containers in Hong Kong. Now, only 15 years later, we have
achieved another landmark as we top the 100 million TEU mark," said Modern
Terminals CEO Sean Kelly.
***No Duty For
Sensors ...... as U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued ruling H251366 stating that
monitoring devices placed in reefer containers to track temperature can be
considered accessories of an Instrument of International Traffic (ITT) and are exempt from duty if the
container is of foreign production, and the accessory is imported separately
from the ITT.
***Food Scrutiny At SHA........ as Asian Tigers
Mobility has advised of a significant tightening of inbound quarantine
inspections this month for shipments into Shanghai and warns shippers not to include food
in HHG consignments. Asian Tigers said that quarantine and physical inspections
are being done together and all inbound shipments are being x-rayed. The focus
during the inspection is clearly on wooden crates and on foodstuff.If
a customer insists on including food in a HHG shipment, at least have a thorough list of permitted foodstuffs/alcohol
prepared at origin to ensure a correct declaration to the quarantine inspection
department in Shanghai. Any wooden crates should be clearly labelled
with ISSP markings.
***20% of Port of Seattle Shuts Down ......as it is to close one of its five
container terminals for 5 years to upgrade the facility, according to London's Clarkson on Research Services. But
the port has experienced a container throughput decline over the last few years
and at present its facilities run at an estimate 40% of capacity.
***Throughput >>> China's Fujian province posted a 10% year-on-year increase in provincial port
container volume to 4.93 million TEU in the first 5 months of the year. >>> Hong Kong port handled 1.94 million TEU in May,
representing a year-on-year increase of 4.5% from 1.87 million TEU in May last
year. >>> Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported higher containerized cargo
volumes in the month of May. Los Angeles handled 689,141 TEU, an 8.2% increase
over May 2013. Import containers amounted to 351,402 TEU, a 7.75% increase;
exports were up 2.3% to 158,473 TEU. Empty container volumes were up 15%. For
the first 5 months of 2014, overall volumes are 3,315,788 TEU, an 8.2% increase
over 2013. >>> Eastern China's port of Ningbo posted a 16.1% year-on-year
increase in container throughput in May to 1.79 million TEU >>> Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority reported
a 6.2% increase in container movement in May, having handled 2.94 million TEU
compared to 2.83 million TEU in May last year. >>> Port of Virginia posted a 6.7% year on year increase in
cargo volumes in May 12,865 TEU, driven by export growth of 8.7% to 8,964 TEU.
***This Month In
U.S. Navy History
1777 - Continental Congress adopts design of present U.S. Flag
1830 - Sloop-of-war Vincennes becomes first U.S. warship to circle the
1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry arrives at Uraga,
Japan to begin negotiations for a treaty with Japan
1881 - USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack
1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is
commissioned at Norfolk, VA
1944 - D-Day, in Operation Overlord, Allied invasion fleet (over 2700 ships and
craft) land troops on Normandy beaches, the largest amphibious landing in
1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the
U.S. Naval Academy.
1959 - Twenty-eight Naval vessels sail from Atlantic to Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to seagoing ships.
***World's Largest Rubber Duck ...... as this unlikely vessel will
sailing into the Port of Los Angeles Harbor leading the Tall Ships Grand Parade
of Sail on 20 Aug. 2014 for Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles
See The Duck
New Queen ...... as world
travelers will not need to trek out to New York City to catch M/V Quantum of the Seas, the most anticipated cruise ship
to-date. The ship will come to them. Royal Caribbean International has
announced the details of the Quantum Global Odyssey, a 53-night epic journey,
departing May 2, 2015, from the New York-metropolitan area to
its new home in Shanghai (Baoshan), China.
Tour The Vessel
5. The Cargo Letter Cargo Damage
**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 feature for Nov.
2003: "Stepping In It"
See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A
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.
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 & Domestic Third-Party Logistics Providers
2014 Guide to In-Flight Slumber - How to Get Enough Sleep
Airforwarders Assn Regulatory Compliance Committee
Conference Call Minutes......10 June 2014
U.S. Merchant Marine National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program
(NPREP) Guidelines and Maritime TV
Remote Tower -- ONe Controller, Multiple Airports
That´s Cool: Cold Storage Warehouse With Shuttles At
Which Are The Most Corrupt Nations?
Why Trucks Will Drive Themselves Before Cars Do
Buckhorn's Maximizer Collapsable
Container .......video shows
work can be done by one person
Sky-Trax Optical Solutions Video ........ tracking
in real time for inventory managemen with accuracy to
the square inch.
Trade Shows, Exhibitions,
Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization
11th Annual Freight
Forwarders Conference .........4-7
Nov., Guangzhou, China
33th Annual Western Cargo Conference -- WESCCON......16-19 Oct. 2014, San Diego
2014 IANA Intermodal EXPO ....... 21-23 Sept. 2014, Long Beach, CA
Africa Ports and Harbours 2014 .........1-2 July 2014, Johannesburg
Africa Rail 2014 .........1-2
July 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
Air Cargo Africa 2015 ......
25-27 Feb. 2015, Emperors Palace. Johannesburg
E-Navigation Revolution 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition.......11-12 Nov.,
2014 –London, UK
FIATA World Congress 2014 ........13-18 Oct. 2015, Istanbul,
Intermodal Europe 2014 ........11-13 November 2014, Rotterdam
Intermodal EXPO -- Intermodal
Association of North America (IANA) and the Association of American Railroads
(AAR) .........21-23 Sept., Long
Maritime Innovation and Technology ........
16-17 Oct. 2014, Malta
Middle East Rail 2015 .......17-18 March 2015, Dabai
Tall Ships Festival 2014 ........20-24 Auug.
2014, Port of Los Angeles
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trade Fair in Seattle ...........9 July 2014, Seattle
USS Iowa, Got Heart, Give
Hope® Celebration - Hosted By Gary Sinise ............24 July 2014, Port of Los
Apps For That - iPhones & Droids>>>>>>>>>
CargoSmart Next Generation Sailing Schedules Mobile
App ....... as for the first
time, shippers and logistics service providers can view schedule reliability
rankings in the sailing schedule search results screen so that users can
quickly compare services and select the schedules that are the best fit for
their supply chain planning. powerful multiple-carrier
sailing schedules and schedule reliability on the go. Compiles schedules from
multiple sources to ensure high quality schedule data and reliability results.
The rich sailing schedule functionality and schedule reliability analysis
covers over 20 ocean carriers and the top 30 ports. Free.
organizer, document viewer and PDF annotation tool
Google Wallet .......a
fast, secure way for customers to make payments online.
WebEx .......schedule attend and
host virtual meetings in HD video anywhere in the world. It's also useful for webinars and file-sharing
10 Of The Most Dangerous Railways In The World
Aerial Profile of the C-17 Globemaster III (Video)
Air Bus Electric Aircraft Flies
C-47 D-Day Normandy Flyover (Video)
Color Photographs of the Hindenburg
Commercial Pilot Who
Allegedly Swallowed 62 Small Bags of Cocaine Lunges at TV Photographer
The First Air Force One
Giant XC-99 Plane Was
Almost The Post-WWII Airbus A380
NASA Early Experimental
The Number One Vegitable Threat To Astronauts
Police Video Shows Truck
Crashing Rail Gate
Suspected WWII Sea Mine
Found Off Island of Kiribati
What Private Does A Billionaire Fly? B-747 Or A-380
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping
News Lloyds & other world sources.
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Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) Daily Vessel Casualties
Bruce Lindsay, Esq.
(Countryman & McDaniel)
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