THE CARGO LETTER 
Air & Ocean Freight Forwarder - Customs Broker News
13 January 1998
Happy 1998 from our Observation Deck...... overlooking the officially
designated "Cargo City" area and....... Runway 25-Right at Los Angeles
International Airport. Welcome to Mr. Richard Steinke, newly appointed Director
of America's largest, our Port of Long Beach ! Did you hear the one about DSL?
Did you have containers aboard M/V Merchant Patriot? .... and will Asian air
carriers still transport passengers in the future? Read about our industry
trends in The Cargo Letter.
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timely & topical.
Michael S. McDaniel, Editor & Publisher, Countryman & McDaniel, the
forwarder/broker attorneys at LAX.
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INDEX to The Cargo Letter:
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News
1. BAX Global Inc. To Acquire DSL
* A Big Move For Burlington
2. BXA Update West '98 To Kick Off At LAX
3. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs
4. The Cargo Letter Financial Page
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News
5. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News
6. FF World Ocean Briefs
7. The Cargo Letter Cargo Damage Dispatches
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace
8. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World
9. New Argentine Pre-Shipment Inspection Regs.
* You'll Need To Be An Accountant
- A Big Move For Burlington
-- by Warren S. Levine, for The Cargo Letter
SEATTLE (Jan. 7) -- BAX Global Inc., (formerly Burlington Air Express) the
operating unit of the Pittston Burlington Group (NYSE: PZX) announced on
December 17 an agreement to acquire the privately-held Distribution Services
Ltd. (DSL) and an affiliated company for a cash price of US$76M.
DSL is the well known ocean freight forwarding, contract distribution &
logistics warehousing company serving trade routes between the Asia Pacific
Region & North America. DSL has major headquarters facilities at Los
Angeles, California & Tsing Yi, Hong Kong, and owns 94 offices & 80
container freight stations in 59 countries, with a major presence in China.
Cobb Grantham, CEO & Managing Director of DSL, said, “This acquisition
is a perfect fit for both companies because there is no duplication of services;
just two strong industry players coming together to provide even greater, more
comprehensive distribution services.”
While DSL will continue to operate as an ocean NVOCC, BAX Global’s
strengths in domestic freight handling, exports and air freight forwarding are
expected to promote DSL as a full-service forwarding and logistics company. The
acquisition will enable DSL to compete on even ground with competitors who have
long been able to trump DSL’s strong ocean card with their under-one-roof
In an interview with The Cargo Letter, John Clarke, Corporate director of
Business Development for DSL, said, “This is very good news for both
companies. What’s been missing for us has been a strong air freight program.
We will like being an independent ocean arm of BAX Global.”
The DSL combined revenues of approx. US$180M, in service to customers such as
Wal-Mart stores. [NOTE: This week Wal-Mart designated Emery Worldwide as its
primary air freight carrier.] The DSL acquisition is part of BAX Global's
strategy to expand its presence in the growing ocean freight market.
“We expect to see business as usual into the foreseeable future,”
commented one DSL regional manager, “but who knows what’l be 8 to 10 years
down the pipeline?”
DSL plans to keep its successful broker-partner arrangements with their
current roster of independent brokers and forwarders throughout North America.
In a letter to broker partners, Grantham stated that BAX Global is sensitive to
conflicts with the DSL broker partners, and that it is their desire to continue
those business relationships. BAX Global operates 16 brokerage offices in the
U.S., primarily as a convenience to their existing import customer base.
The agreement is subject to BAX Global's satisfaction concerning due
diligence, board & regulatory approvals, and other rights of either party to
terminate, with a potential closing by the end of January 1998. BAX Global
intends to maintain the DSL organization substantially intact and operate it as
a separate entity.
More information on these companies can be found via the Internet at: http://www.dslasia.com
The once a year event is scheduled for February 10 - 11, 1998 at the Sheraton
Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. and is sponsored by the Federation of
International Trade Associations. Upwards of 500 business executives &
professionals throughout the U.S. & overseas who have a need to know about
export licensing policy, export regulations and trends will attend, plus U.S.
Commerce Dept. officials & BXA licensing officers, representatives of other
federal, state, local and even foreign government agencies.
Update West '98 will highlight regulations with programs to cover licensing
policies/procedures, trade policy & government programs available to
exporters, including:* Encryption * Wassenaar Arrangements * Defense Trade
Advocacy * Enforcement * Export Management Systems * The Non-Proliferation
Regimes * Technical Data * Shipper's Export Declaration * License Exceptions
& Special Country Policy.
The registration fee for BXA Update West '98 of US$425 includes conference
registration, course materials, a continental breakfast each morning, daily
lunches, & a gala hosted reception. For information, call the Federation of
International Trade Assns. (FITA) toll free at (800) 969-3482. To obtain a
registration form via FAX, call toll free (800) 926-3482 and request document
707. The FITA web site: http://www.fita.org
- Sony Calls For Faster, Unified System ............ as Yasumasa
Mizushima, Sr. V.P. for logistics & procurement at Japan's giant Sony
Corp, called for industry changes in his address to "Intermodal
'97" last month. He called for logistics providers to set up a
co-operative agreement with Sony to create a "shipper-friendly"
information technology system. Mizushima criticized the current industry
structure where each line has its own system, making life difficult for
manufacturers & shippers.
- L.A. Customs District To Hold #1 .......... but the Los Angeles
area's int'l trade industry will have to cope with problems caused by the
Asian crisis in the coming year. Export activity is expected to slow
dramatically after a 9% increase in value in 1997. Import activity should
accelerate slightly, reflecting Asian countries efforts to revive their
economies. Overall trade value for the Los Angeles Customs District in 1998
should be US$200 billion, up 6.9%. This will easily keep our area in its
Number One position among U.S. Customs Districts. The Asian export push will
plague transport companies with equipment imbalance. There is also the
increased potential in 1998 for trade disputes with Asian nations, given the
current rather negative mood towards int'l trade in Washington, D.C.
- The "National" To San Antonio .......... as National
Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America's (NCBFAA's) Annual
Conference & Exhibit will be held March 15-19, 1998 in San Antonio, TX.
Planned training sessions include state taxation of brokers &
forwarders, air freight issues, getting ready for a Customs audit, Customs
account-based management, NAFTA, Q &A with Customs, etc. Call NCBFAA at
(202) 466-0222 for information.
- U.S./HKG West Bound Continues Growth ........... as trade from the
U.S. to Hong Kong amounted to 365,400 TEU for the first 3 quarters of 1997,
representing growth of more than 8% over 1996. Container traffic East Bound
from Hong Kong in the opposite direction rose 3.3%. Overall U.S. bound
traffic from the main Asian exporters came to more than 3,336,000 TEUs for
the first 3 quarters, while imports from the U.S. totaled 2,442,000 TEUs.
- Expeditors Int'l Dedicates To Training .............. with creation
of a new company officer position, "Vice President - Personnel
Development" which will be responsible for driving company training
activities & initiatives around the world. First to have the new
position will be Michael G. Austin who joins Expeditors after a decade with
Citicorp where he most recently was V.P., Performance Measurement &
Training Development for the Europe & North America Card Products
division. States Kevin M. Walsh, Expeditors' Pres. & CEO, "The
addition of Michael to our executive team is more evidence of our priority
on training and commitment of resources to what has become one of our
- Speedier UK/U.S. Air Customs Clearance? ............ as
Airforwarders in the UK are urging U.S. Customs to explore ways of easing
cargo release, including the idea of a link-up with the Customs' Automated
Manifest System. Known as the "Int'l Trade Prototype", the
proposal involves using UK airfreight export information to meet U.S.
Customs import data requirements and removes the need for CHBs to re-key
information. The 1st information exchange is expected to involve
same-company (stock shift type) shipments from the UK to the U.S. East
coast. NOTE: The UK has to meet European Union customs rules for inbound
shipments, and thus, H.M. Customs is not permitted to pre-clear air-cargo.
- Why Argentine Pre-Shipment Inspection? ............. as Rodolfo
Sagel, V.P. of the Argentine Forwarder Assn. raised this issue at the last
FIATA Congress. The response from a representative of the World Customs
Council was (paraphrasing): "We do not recommend pre-shipment
inspection which is a financial burden on the int'l trade between countries.
We find that countries press for pre-shipment inspection when they do no
have confidence in their own customs administration. " NOTE: See the
full presentation of new regulations in our "The Forwarder/Broker
World" Section of The Cargo Letter, Part 2.
- New Chief For Trade Insurance Services ............. as parent
Intercargo Insurance Co. (NASDAQ:ICAR) has named Robert Kielbas as president
of Trade Insurance Services Inc. (TIS), its retail insurance agency
operation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Intercargo
Pres. & CEO Stan Galanski commented, "Bob Kielbas has a successful
track record of building businesses for Intercargo. He opened our Texas
operation in 1980, our London underwriting branch in 1994, and our Hong Kong
subsidiary in 1996. I am confident his proven track record and customer
focus will provide TIS with the leadership to expand its operations across
the country and further enhance its superb service capabilities."
Intercargo is the leading provider of specialized insurance coverages for
companies involved in int'l trade. Intercargo markets to customs brokers,
freight forwarders, logistics providers, intermodal carriers, importers
- USFreightways Buys Seko Wo ......... as the well known forwarder
now becomes a trucking company division in what is described as a cash deal.
Sr. officers of the forwarder are said to have been given long term
contracts. This week USFreightways announced it has also acquired the
business of Mercury Distribution Carriers, a mid-Atlantic LTL carrier.
- Expeditors To Beirut ........... as Rommel Saber has been named Sr.
V.P., Near/Middle East & Indian Subcontinent. The Lebanon native will
relocate from Expeditors' corporate offices in Seattle to Beirut, to
establish a new Middle Eastern regional office. Four years ago, Saber
accepted responsibility for Expeditors global air cargo product, during
which time gross revenues for global air cargo increased well over 100%.
- Trident Freight Expands In UAE ............ with a new 3,000 square
meter air & ocean cargo warehouse at Dubai Airport's cargo village, in
the United Arab Emirates. Trident is Lep International's partner in the UAE.
- Japan's Seino Trans To Two Chinas ............ as it will team with
local partners to set up subsidiaries in Hong Kong & Taiwan this month
to handle cargo import & export and customs entry. The Hong Kong unit
will be capitalized at US$395,242 on a 50-50 basis with the local partner
while the Taiwan office, to operate jointly with a local air cargo firm,
will be capitalized at US$150,568.
- Danzas Breaks With AGS .......... as cooperation/agency with
Swedish forwarder ASG was to conclude last month. Danzas will continue its
Nordic express freight service under the name of Eurapid.
- Airschott Eats Seaschott ......... as the forwarder has merged it's
ocean division under the single company name. Gulp!
- Union Heats Up Furness ........... as Union-Transport Group, a
leading global forwarder, and the Furness Logistics Group (Netherlands &
Belgium), have formed a strategic alliance to offer integrated supply-chain
management services for U.S. companies exporting to the EU. The new venture
teams Union- Transport's forwarding U.S. customers integrated air &
ocean forwarding and warehousing.
- An Able Merger ........ as ABL-Trans of Lafayette, CA, the
intermodal transportation brokerage unit of Denver-based Pacific Motor
Transport Co. (PMT), will merge with Interstate Consolidation Service
(Interstate), the Los Angeles based intermodal transport brokerage firm, in
conjunction with the merger of their parent organizations. The expanded PMT
group will also include PACER, a specialized trucking concern that is a PMT
unit HQ'd in DeSoto, Texas.
- Kintetsu World Express Expands .......... with announcement of new
stations at Guadalajara & Monterrey, Mexico and Bangalore, India.
- Team Air Express Goes Down Hill ........ as it has been designated
official cargo carrier of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team based at Lake Placid,
N.Y. Going for Gold at the Nagano Olympics!
- U.S. Customs May Liberalize Liquidation .......... as sources state
that Customs is in the process of developing a proposal to modify the 314
day "no change" liquidation cycle to make it a flat one year
...... 365 days. It is said that Customs ultimately wants to work in a
"Deemed Liquidated" environment, where good would automatically be
liquidated after one year from the date of entry unless the importer was
otherwise notified. This, Customs states, reflects the conversion of Customs
into post-entry processing, which is a more efficient use of resources.
- U.S. Customs Follows Solution "X" ........... as a
Journal of Commerce article reports that Customs is anxious to begin testing
high-tech mobile X- ray units at ocean ports as the crackdown on drug
smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border drives more narcotics traffickers to
ocean freight. The article states that an unidentified Florida port will
begin testing the system this summer. More ports will follow.
- Record Rail Year ........... as 8,695,860 containers & trailers
were handled by U.S. railroads for the 52 weeks ending December 27, up 6.8%
over 1996. Canadian intermodal rail freight
- Wheels Finally North? ............ as after 2 years of waiting for
the U.S. to open its border to Mexican trucks as agreed by NAFTA, Mexican
officials say they expect to seek a formal resolution this month before a
NAFTA dispute panel, according to a Journal of Commerce article. Mexico is
also planning to initiate formal consultations on alleged U.S. failure to
open its border to Mexican buses, the article states.
- Lost That HKG Visa? .......... as the Hong Kong Trade Dept. (HKTD)
has issued a notice reminding shippers that replacement visas issued by the
HKTD will bear the same license number & date of issue as the lost visa.
- In Memory ........... for the loss of Senior Special Agent Manuel
Zurita, U.S. Customs, who was killed in the line of duty on 6 January 1997
at San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a boating accident while protecting President
Clinton and his family during their vacation in the Virgin Islands. Sr.
Special Agent Zurita's patrol boat hit a reef while securing an approach to
the Charlotte Amalie airport at St. Thomas for Air Force One. He was 47.
Clinton and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin offered condolences to Zurita's
wife and 4 children. ``We are eternally grateful for the courage and bravery
of the men and women who protect us each and every day,'' Clinton said in a
statement. ``This tragic accident painfully reminds us of the risks our law
enforcement officials face keeping our country safe.''
- Air France. UP as it almost trebled net profits in the 6 months to
September 1997, to US$293M, on same period 1996. Freight turnover jumped
- Circle Int'l. UP with announcement that its Bd. of Directors
approved a semi-annual cash dividend of 13.5 cents per share at their
meeting on Dec. 15, 1997. It is the 21st consecutive year in which Circle
has paid cash dividends to its shareholders.
- FedEx. UP with earnings for the quarter ended 30 November of
US$0.91 share last year. Net income for the quarter was US$107M (despite a
US$12M loss because of currency devaluations), compared to $103M a year ago.
Revenues for the quarter were US$3,299.2M, 16% higher.
- Fritz Companies, Inc. UP as revenue for the 2nd quarter of its
fiscal year 1998 increased by 12.1% to US$343.6M from US$306.5M in the
comparable period last year. Net Revenue increased to US$145.2M, an 11.0%
improvement. Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics has recently
selected Fritz to provide centralized warehousing & inventory management
for its raw materials & spare parts.
- Interpool Inc. (NYSE:IPX) WAY UP with announcement that it will pay
a cash dividend of US 3.75 cents per share for the 4th quarter of 1997. The
aggregate amount of the dividend is expected to be approximately
US$1,033,000.00. Interpool, founded in 1968, is one of the world's leading
lessors of cargo containers used in int'l trade and is the 2nd largest
lessor of intermodal container chassis in the U.S. Interpool is the
corporate sponsor of The Cargo Letter website.
- Lufthansa Airline. UP with doubled pre-tax profit to US$557.1M
during the first 9 months of1997, over same period of 1996.
- Pilot Airfreight. UP 28% on record 3rd quarter revenue. First 11
month revenue was US$107.6M.
- Tropic Air Cargo. UP with US$4.7M in gross air cargo revenue for
the quarter ending Oct. 1997. Total after-tax net income from air cargo
operations for the quarter was $125,016, equal to 4 cents per share. Tropic
acts as an air consolidator through its wholly-owned subsidiary B. Airways
Air Cargo Inc, which operates scheduled services from MIA to/from South
America via a leased Boeing 747-200F freighters.
- Korea Crisis ....... the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is to
personally step in to restore South Korea's plunging credit ratings, an
informed government source disclosed on 28 December.
- Mercury Air Cargo "Tops Off" At LAX .......... with
topping off (of the roof) ceremonies for its new,180,000-square-foot air
cargo facility at Los Angeles Int'l Airport (LAX) on January 6. Occupancy is
scheduled for March, 1998. When complete, the facility will make Mercury Air
Cargo the largest cargo service company on the airport. Currently, LAX is
the world's 2nd busiest cargo airport. When the new facility comes on line,
Mercury will have a total of 245,000-square-feet of cargo space on LAX.
- Polar Will Be America's First To Africa ........... as the U.S.
Dept. of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Polar Air Cargo Inc. authority to
operate scheduled B-747F freighter services between the U.S. & South
Africa via the Netherlands, Egypt, Kenya & Zimbabwe, starting in April
1998. Long Beach, CA.'s Polar will be the only scheduled flights to the
African continent by an American all-cargo carrier. Polar CEO Ned Wallace
stated that use of the company's European transload facility in Amsterdam
"will make the African operation economically feasible."
- U.S./Japan "Open Skies" Deal Close .......... with
provisions said to grant Japanese lines All Nippon Airways (ANA) Japan Air
(JAL) & ANK and U.S. carriers Northwest, United & FedEx unrestricted
flights between the two countries, with a large increase in flights granted
to other U.S. airlines (Continental, American, & Delta) which have
severely limited rights in the current treaty. The agreement would fall
short of the actual "Open Skies" treaty sought by the U.S. but
will be a major improvement over the existing treaty. In the next session of
talks on 20 Jan., U.S. negotiators will push for unlimited "Beyond
Rights," or the right to pick up passengers in Japan and fly on to a
3rd country for Northwest & United. Japanese negotiators say this would
put their lines at an unfair disadvantage. The DOT also wants the new treaty
to be valid for 4 years only, in order to force Japan's return to the
negotiating table and hopeful ree on an Open Skies pact .......... but Japan
refuses. Most new rights granted to U.S. carriers would not be realized
until opening of a 2nd runway at Tokyo's Narita airport in 2001. The
increased competition is seen to hurt ANA & JAL, because their costs are
estimated to be 50 to 60% higher than their U.S. rivals. Some analysts argue
that joining an int'l alliance is the key for both carriers to survive.
- Still More Open Skies? ........... as the U.S. intends to sign
open- skies agreements with additional trading partners such as France,
Italy, the UK, Portugal & Peru, by Year 2000. Taiwan, Malaysia,
Singapore, New Zealand, Panama, Romania, Chile, Honduras, Brunei, El
Salvador, Aruba, Guatemala, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, & Costa
Rica signed liberalized aviation agreements with the U.S. in 1997. The U.S.
& Canada will become the world's biggest open transborder market after
completing the 3rd. phase of open-skies service next month.
- Cargo Seen As Possible Korean Angel .......... as Korean Air &
Asiana Air are planning to boost their cargo divisions, to offset losses due
to the declining number of passengers. The ailing carriers are also
considering halting more int'l & domestic services in a effort to stem
increasing losses, as reported with details in The Cargo Letter .
Korean Air, it's load factor having fallen from 70% to 60% in the past year,
has already cut 48 flights from its 21 int'l routes. Asiana, it's load
factor dropping from 68% to 53%, has cut 15 flights from its 6 int'l routes
and is set to drop more flights. Indeed, Qantas may temporarily stop its 4
weekly flights to South Korea from February 1, as a result of the weakened
economic conditions as well as the 65% drop in travel from Korea to
- You May Soon Have A PAL In The Cargo Biz ............ as Philippine
Airlines (PAL) is considering use of dedicated freighters in the near future
and may seek to generate up to 50% of its revenues from cargo. The move may
be based on a recent PAL revelation US$75.7M in net losses for the 6 months
to October 1997. Expect a similar move from Thai Air shortly as Asian
carriers scramble for cargo in an emergency attempt to fend off economic
troubles. Overcapacity? Falling rates?
- FedEx's Asia Woes & Forwarder Woos ............ as the ongoing
Asian financial crisis has hurt volume levels, curtailed expansion plans in
the region & cost the company about US$12M in the last quarter.
Meanwhile, FedEx enters its 2nd year in an aggressive program that allows
forwarders to hand off small packages at a reduced rate. FedEx pushes the
service to forwarders and has officially beaten its financial targets by
more than 200% every month.
- UPS Pilots Maneuver For Strike ............ as a coalition of
independent pilots' unions has drafted so called "labor-solidarity
principles" that could make it harder for United Parcel Service to find
alternative ways to ship cargo by air if its pilots strike this year. The
group representing 28,000 pilots, including those who fly UPS' cargo jets,
have agreed in principle not to move cargo or passengers for any airline
whose pilots are on strike. The Louisville-based Independent Pilots
Association's 2,000 members fly for UPS. The union & UPS have been at
loggerheads over a new contract for 2 years, but new discussions begin this
- Star Alliance Gets Boxed .......... as its member lines announce
the signature of a cargo partnership which mirrors existing cooperation for
passenger services. In the short term, benefits will include lower
operational costs through joint handling, shared road trucking & common
facilities. In the long run, Star (SAS, Lufthansa, Air Canada, United, Thai
Air Int'l & Varig Brazilian) eyes development of a global network with
such features as a common information technology system. Lufthansa &
United have already set up a joint cargo-handling operation in Puerto Rico
& Rio de Janeiro. The alliance has not been named Star Alliance Cargo,
suggesting that it may be open to lines interested in only the freight
alliance, such as Korean Air.
- Adams Air Cargo Purchased .......... by Landair Services, parent
company of Forward Air, Inc. Adams Air is a contractor to the industry,
providing FCL & LCL service to carriers & forwarders on the U.S.
- A Gathering Of Eagles ......... as Eagle USA Airfreight, one of the
largest U.S. domestic airforwarders, is to acquire a near namesake, Eagle
Transfer; a privately-held int'l forwarder/broker, based in Miami, Florida.
Ron Talley has been promoted to the post of Chief Operating Officer.
- Lufthansa & Singapore Int'l Air Bond ........... with entry
upon a strategic alliance extensive commercial co-operation, including cargo
operations. Areas such as code-sharing, network and schedule development,
ground handling, information technology & product development are all
covered. The deal signals an end to SIA's current Global Excellence Alliance
with Delta & Swissair. However, joint activities with those 2 carriers
that do not clash with the Lufthansa arrangement may continue. SIA has
denies that it is on the verge of joining the Star Alliance which includes
- A Dutch & Italian Wedding ......... as Alitalia & KLM Royal
Dutch have announced intention to enter into a strategic commercial alliance
for both passenger & cargo air services, per an MOU signed on Dec.18,
1997. The 2 lines will develop the alliance through a multi-hub system based
at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Malpensa Airport, Milan, & Fiumicino
Airport, Rome. Under the arrangements, Alitalia is expected to join KLM's
strategic partnership with Northwest. The alliance will likely commence in
Nov. 1998, shortly after the opening of a modern & completely remodeled
- Calling All Freighters! ........... as Atlas Air Cargo recalls 2
Boeing 747s on lease to Philippine Airlines for conversion into freighters.
Atlas owns & leases to major carriers more than twenty B747s. Challenge
Air Cargo follows suit to acquire 5 DC-10-40F freighters in a conversion
program starting in the spring of 1998. DHL Int'l will add 9 Airbus
A300B4-200F converted freighter aircraft over the next year to its European
fleet. Watch that capacity!
- SAS Up At Newark .......... as SAS Cargo has moved into a new
US$35M home. A fully automated, completely enclosed terminal at its main
U.S. hub -- Newark Int'l Airport. As the primary tenant of the Int'l Air
Cargo Center's (IACC) 292,000-square-foot facility, SAS will increase its
freight capacity with 62,000 sq. feet for cargo operations & 12,000 sq.
feet for office space.
- An Airforwarder's Wish List ............ would include the
following performances by int'l custodial carriers, according to a recent
survey in ACN Magazine:
• No more bumping
• Delivery as promised
• Accurate documentation
• Minimum 95% flown-as-booked
• Maximum 2-hour truck waiting
• Penalty fines for no-shows
- Shipper Takes A Bath .......... as the well known U.S. retailer
Bath & Body Works faces a US$750,000 fine from the FAA for improperly
shipping hazardous materials. The FAA said cologne & other hazardous
substances moved at least 23 times between Dec. 12, 1995, and Jan. 31, 1996.
The materials contained mostly alcohol and are highly flammable. Bath &
Body Works is allowed to ship the materials in small quantities if they are
properly packaged & labeled. FedEx workers said they discovered the
materials were not properly packaged after detecting a strong odor on a
- Taiwan To Chicago ........... as EVA Air began a dedicated cargo
service between the capital Taipei & Chicago on 8 January. There will be
3 flights a week, with Taipei serving as its hub in the Asia-Pacific region.
This adds LAX, JFK & SFO as gateways. Following the Asia carrier trend,
EVA Air is aiming to generate 50% of its revenues through cargo within the
next 5 years.
- Qantas Gives More LAX ............ as it will expand freighter
service between Sydney & Los Angeles by adding four DC-10F flights per
- D! ........... as Japan Air Charter (JAZ) says it is offering a
trip to Bangkok that gives women the chance to feel like they are working as
flight attendants, all at a cost of 148,000 Yen. On the 6 day
"tour" starting Feb. 13, a chartered plane will be used for the
sole purpose of providing participants with training during the flight, a
JAZ spokeswoman said. At JAZ's training center in Bangkok, participants will
get to wear the company uniform & receive lessons on such topics as how
to serve passengers and put on make-up. Around 50 people will be given the
chance to serve as "actual flight attendants" on the flight back
to Japan. Hurry, an ad in your local newspaper could bring hoards of people
who are anxious to pay you for the honor of serving as "actual freight
forwarders"! Editors of The Cargo Letter will soon sponsor a program
for those who seek the opportunity to serve as "actual office
workers" at our firm. If there is a trend here, we see a dramatic
reduction in company operating costs ahead!
- STB Extends UPRR Emergency Order Thru March ........ as rivals of
the Union Pacific will continue allowed to transport cargo on some of its
Texas tracks until March 15. The order came from the U.S. Surface
Transportation Board and enables Texas Mexican & Burlington Northern to
move on UPRR tracks. The Union Pacific has also been told to give more
informationtainers & trailers still waiting at ports. Meanwhile, Port of
Los Angeles, Post of Long Beach & the U.S. West Coast return to normal
after "The Great Train Wreck of '97".
- Hanjin's Long Beach Grand Opening .......... was held on 15 Dec.
for its new, exclusive terminal & Intermodal operations center at Pier
"A" in the Port of Long Beach. It is the largest at the port and
the 2nd largest in North America, covering171 acres, with on-dock rail
access and an annual throughput capacity of 700,000 TEUs. Steady growth led
to an increase in annual container throughput of over 250% at the previous
Hanjin dedicated Long Beach terminal at Pier "C" since its opening
in 1991. Operations at the new Hanjin Terminal began in Sept.1997 with
arrival of M/V Hanjin Berlin, one of it's five new 5,300 TEU vessels. As to
the Port of Long Beach in general, it reports a 12.6% increase in TEU
traffic despite Union Pacific delays and other congestion at the port.
- Mystery Of The Missing Cargo Ships ............ as The Int'l
Maritime Bureau (IMB), a London-based specialist agency of the Int'l Chamber
of Commerce, is concerned that a number of ships have disappeared along with
their cargo in recent months. IMB Dir. P. Mukundan said there was
"reason to believe" the ships had ended up in China. Among vessels
IMB is tracking are M/V Chosun Hope, with 9,000 tons of jute from Bangladesh
for Brazil & M/V Okavango, with 5,000 tons of urea from Indonesia for
Vietnam. PIRATES !
- Christmas Over, But "Wise-Men" Continue .......... as an
EC ruling is expected to determine whether conferences in Europe are
breaking the law by setting their own intermodal rates. The European
Competition Commission appointed a group, dubbed the `Wise Man' committee,
to act as an advisory body on the issue. The Committee concluded that the
carrier conferences' intermodal activities should not be exempt from
competition laws, stating that there was no reason for granting exemption
for the conferences under European antitrust legislation. The conferences
were hoping the EC would allow the binding inland tariff to be replaced with
a non-binding tariff, however, the "Wise-Man" committee rejected
this proposal. The committee also decided that because the conferences
failed to earn intermodal exemption, then any other operator offering
services for inland intermodal or multimodal transport, including ocean
transport, should also be refused exemption allowances.
- Hapag-Lloyd Estimates 1997 A Fine Year ......... with an expected
25% rise in container shipping profits to US$45M for the year despite
falling freight rates. The company forecasts that its container shipping
revenues for 1997 will total about US$1.6B. Although average freight rates
in U.S. dollars fell by about 5% in 1997, average rates were slightly higher
than in 1996 when translated into the German mark, due to the stronger U.S.
dollar. Hapag-Lloyd believes it has raised its annual volume of shipments by
more than 10% this year to around 1.2M TEUs, forecasting that it will carry
1.4M TEUs in 1998 and 1.6M the year after.
- CP's Loyalty Is Flagging ............ as it has threatened transfer
to other registries unless the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) agrees
to approve subsidies for U.S. flag ships operated by its Lykes Line
subsidiary. MARAD is refusing to allow the transfer of US$6.3M in subsidies
for 3 Lykes ships on the basis that the operating company, CP, is
- APL's (NOL) Loyalty Is Reflagging ........... as a total of 4
vessels will re-flag to United States Registry. Last month M/V APL Singapore
hoisted the American flag and, with much fanfare, sailed into Seattle with
its new American crew, after being re-flagged from the Marshall Islands. The
3 other vessels to be re-flagged are M/V APL Korea, M/V APL Thailand, &
M/V APL Philippines. Each of the 4 are among APL's most modern container
ships with a capacity of 4,800 TEU..
- PRC Won't Return Evergreen's Calls? ............ as the Taiwan
carrier is attempting to win approval from mainland Chinese
authorities for direct calls there on its transpacific & Asia/Europe
container services. Evergreen currently offers direct services to the
mainland only within its intra-Asia feeder links. Evergreen's request is for
direct calls at Yantian on its transpacific service, and at Shanghai &
Qingdao on its Asia/Europe service. Evergreen has so far heard nothing back
from the mainland authorities.
- JAC Sinks ....... as the Japan Container Assn. decided to fold the
group at the end of this financial year, in March 1998, ending a 33-year
history of promoting containerization in various sectors in Japan. It has
been Japan's sole organization representing the shipping/shipbuilding
industries as well as container makers & businesses related to
- Going The Way Of Korean Air & Asiana? ............ as Cho Yang
Line has dismissed market stories that it is in financial difficulty. A
company spokesman said: "Such rumors appear to have grown from the
financial difficulty confronting another and totally unrelated Korean
company whose name has a similar rhyme in the Korean alphabet to that of Cho
Yang." "Cho Yang has nothing to do with that rumor "It is
regrettable that owing to the financial crisis in Korea most companies
including Cho Yang have been faced with financial difficulties due to the
lack of operating expenditure." "However, Cho Yang does not
consider that it is seriously affected and is approaching 1998 in a positive
way." Management has already set its business target for 1998 with the
slogan "to increase revenue & decrease the cost." Is it
possible that Cho Yang doth protest too much?
- Hyundai Joins Far Eastern Freight Conf. .......... effective 1 Jan.
1997. There is no word as to whether the South Korean carrier plans to join
the additional transpacific conferences run by its future partners, Mitsui
OSK & APL-NOL.
- P&O Nedlloyd To Leave TWRA ........ as it will withdraw from
the Transpacific Westbound Rate Agreement. The carrier objects t he fact
that individual members are not allowed to sign service contracts with
shippers. It will remain in the Asia North America Eastbound Rate Agreement,
Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement & Westbound Transpacific
- MSC Rates Follow Up Trend .......... as Mediterranean Shipping Co.
(MSC) has decided to follow the Far East Freight Conference's guidance and
will be implementing a general rate increase (GRI) for all NWC & West
- Evergreen The Front Runner ......... for purchase of Italy's
national carrier, Lloyd Triestino Interested companies have until 15 January
to submit offers to Citibank, the U.S. banking group advising Italy on the
- Philadelphia Gets New Container Carrier ......... as CMA/CGM will
be its first new container line since 1991. Calls will be to Philadelphia's
Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The presence of CMA/CGM, the 4th largest
European container carrier, will rank Philadelphia in the top 20 sea ports
for the western hemisphere. The move should double container capacity to
250,000 FEU by next year.
- Port Of New York & New Jersey On Top ........... with
announcement of a 13% increase in container-traffic volume through the first
9 months of 1997. The port grew to 1,281,977 TEUs for the first 3 quarters
of 1997. Trade with China, which grew 22% in the 3rd quarter of 1997, is
seen by many as a reflection of increasing West Coast labor costs and the
Union Pacific delay problem, both of which work to steer freight away from
the land bridge and toward the Panama Canal. Wake up call for the West
- EU TEU Boosted ........... as the Germany's Ports of Bremen &
Bremerhaven increased container cargo handling by 10.2% during 1997,
reaching 1.7M TEUs. Port of Rotterdam is celebrating a 8.2% climb to reach
the 5.43M TEU mark.
- Qingdao Grows Up ......... as a 1 x 40' reefer container from OOCL
has become the One Millionth TEU handled by the Port of Qingdao during 1997.
Qingdao has become the 2nd busiest t has come a long way since even 1994,
when there were not even any generator sets available to power what would
become the one millionth TEU. Container throughput is expected to exceed 2
million TEUs by 2000. Meanwhile, OOCL has entered a joint venture with the
Port of Qingdao to begin work on a depot with 120,000 TEU annual capacity
beginning in spring/summer 1998.
- Hong Kong Surges ............ with a reported 16% increase in TEU
traffic, revised upwards 3% from earlier estimates. The Port also reported a
10% increase in the ports total TEU volume for the same period, January to
- Textainer Takes A Swing ......... as the Bermuda-based CTNR leasing
company announces availability of a new "swing bow roof" for its
open top containers. The advancement enables easy access to the container
through the roof and can be installed without additional cost. It eliminates
the expense of replacing missing roof bows, which can amount up to US$300
per year for each container. Textainer designed the roof to be compatible
with both new & existing equipment. Textainer has become the first
container leasing company to receive ISO 9002 certification on a worldwide
- COSCO Gets New HQ ............. as construction of a new
headquarters for China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co.'s container operations
began in Shanghai, China, on 26 Dec. The U.S.$32.2M project will take 2
years. It will have 37,200 square yards of space.
- Connecticut Maritime Assn. Annual Conf. ............. will be
themed "New Parameters - New Visions" and held March 23 - 25, 1998
at the Stamford Sheraton Hotel Stamford, CT. Info about the Conference,
including a schedule can be found on the website: http://cmaconnect.com/shipping98.html
- New APL Giant ............ as M/V NOL Iris was christened on 15
Dec. The 5,000-TEU, 54,000-dwt containership was built by Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries Ltd. The fully cellular vessel is capable of 24.5 knots.
- "Arresting" The Arresting Guys ............. as Egyptian
pro (Turkish-registry) with kidnapping 8 Egyptian citizens who tried to
arrest the ship. The 8, including court personnel, lawyers, police &
shipping agents, boarded M/V Obo Engine just before it sailed from the Suez
Canal. The master was served with a Court Order arresting the ship due to a
claim by Pace Shipping Services Network (Egypt) that said the ships owner,
Vakif Deniz Leasing, owed US$366,000. The master tore up the court order,
threw it overboard and sailed into the Mediterranean with the 8 aboard, who
later said they were roughly treated. The ship anchored off Istanbul on 27
Oct., and Turkish police boarded. The 8 happy travelers returned to Cairo,
Egypt, on 29 Oct. The master & mate remain in Istanbul, but can be tried
in absentia. There are no plans to book the pleasure cruise again next
season, despite suggestions this would be a fine route for lawyers.
- Want To Buy A Piece Of M/T Exxon Valdez? .......... as Alaska is
offering to sell 2,000 samples of crude oil collected from the M/T Exxon
Valdez spill rather than pay US$6,000 in disposal fees. The tanker spilled
10,080,000 gallons of oil when it ran aground in Prince William Sound,
Alaska, on 24 March, 1989. The samples, which range from 1.2 fluid ounces to
a liter, were taken as evidence by Alaska for court cases stemming from the
spill. The samples contain rocks, water, pieces of fishing nets & other
debris along with oil. Alaska expects to receive U.S.$10,000 through the
offer. The money will be used for research into how to identify the sources
of oil spills. Prices start at U.S.$5. For information, see: http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ENV.CONSERV/deh/evsample.htm
- Goodbye "*** --- ***" ............ as official use of
Morse Code (CW) ended 1 Jan. 1998. It was fitting that the last official
Morse message was sent by M/V Oak. It was an SOS message late 31 Dec., 790
miles west of Ireland. Its cargo of wood shifted in a storm and the ship
lost power. Winds of Beaufort Force 10, 48 to 55 knots, were reported. The
ship devel degree list. "We haven't had a Morse distress message for
years," said Gerry Wood, a Coast Guard spokesman. "It was almost
too perfect." M/V Oak's message stated "SOS. SOS. This is Oak.
Position 53 16 N, 24 59 W. Stop engine. We need assistance." Thus ends
a famed chapter in maritime history.
M/V Merchant Patriot Hangs On ............. as the Hong Kong-registry
17,028-gt, 21,310-dwt, 493-foot general cargo ship operated by Cenargo Ltd.
began flooding 30 Dec., 310 miles east of Cape Canaveral, FL. Weather conditions
included seas up to 20 feet & winds gusting to 50 knots. The crew of 28
jumped overboard after the ship's lifeboat was knocked off the stern and
conditions ruled out helicopter hoists from the ship's deck. Two HH-60G Rescue
Hawk helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Group at Patrick
AFB, FL.; two HH-60J Jayhawk copters from U.S. Coast Guard Air Stn. Clearwater,
Fla.; & a Jayhawk from the Coast Guard's Operation Bahamas in Nassau,
rescued the crew from the water. It was planned to transfer them to M/V Pearl
Ace (Mitsui O.S.K.), which had diverted to the area after being contacted by the
Automated Mutual Vessel Assistance Rescue System (AMVER). However, given weather
conditions, crew were flown to Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco Island, the Bahamas.
M/V Merchant Patriot was sailing from Praia Mole, Brazil, to Savannah, Ga., with
cargo containers & steel project cargo. A seawater pipe in the vessel's
engine room burst and flooding went out of control after a patch failed. Some
containers have reportedly been lost. She was last was last reported to be under
tow by the tugs Maasbank (Dutch) & Samand to Freeport, the Bahamas. We pray
for calm seas.
Other cargo disasters of the month include ...........
1.] 3 Dec. M/V Promex Cita (11,599-dwt) sank off Ly Son Island, Vietnam. The
ship was carrying granite floor tiles from China to Indone r the damage, the
ship sailed towards the Vietnamese coast before it sank in 100 feet of water;
2.] 7 Dec. M/V Celtic Warrior (Bahamian) sank off Cape Sounion on Agios Georgios
Island, Greece. The ship had collided with the M/V Annegret. The 9 crew of the
Celtic Warrior, all Polish citizens, were rescued by the Annegret. Celtic
Warrior remained afloat 5 hours. Several containers were reported floating in
the area after the ship sank;
3.] 7 Dec. M/V Megane (St. Vincent), carrying timber, sank in a storm 80 miles
off Sicily, Italy. The master & 12 crew were rescued from 2 lifeboats;
4.] 9 Dec. M/V Kashi Maru No. 8 and M/V Settsu Maru No. 5 collided off Japan's
Izu Peninsula. The Kashi Maru No. 8 subsequently drifted and sank near
Higashiizu, Japan, as the result of heavy damage on its port side amidships.
Some of the ship's fuel spilled. Each ship had 5 crew but no one was injured.
5.] 12 Dec. M/V Buffalo (11,619-gt, American Steamship Co.) struck the Detroit
River Lighthouse in Michigan, causing the bow to be crushed in, extending from
below its anchors to below the waterline. The ship took on water but was allowed
to proceed to Toledo Shipyard. Weather conditions included clear visibility with
seas up to 3 feet. The lighthouse's stone foundation had minor damage;
6.] 13 Dec. M/V Equator Joy (Singaporean- general cargo ship) was abandoned at
03 degrees 12 minutes north, 108 degrees 56 minutes east, after it began
sinking. The 18 crew were rescued and taken to Singapore;
7.] 13 Dec. Belgium has arrested the master of M/V Ocean Transporter
(Turkish-registry), which collided with F/V Noble Art (French- registry) off
Brittany. The Noble Art sank 4 hours after the collision and the Ocean
Transporter ignored a French order to return to assist, saying that it was
carrying urgent cargo. The Ocean Transporter sailed to Ghent, Belgium, where the
ship arrived 16 Dec. and unloaded Brazilian soya;
8.] 14 Dec. M/V Canadian Explorer and M/V Island Skipper (Greek-registry
28,479-dwt) collided about midnight arnois Locks in the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Aboard the Canadian Explorer, two vents, two lights & the gangway were
destroyed and several ribs were bent. The Island Skipper, following the
collision, hit the bullnose of a dock and suffered damage that included holing
to its No. 2 cargo hold.
9.] 16 Dec. M/V Gonave Express (Belize) sank 55 miles southeast of Miami, in a
storm. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued the crew in 10-foot seas. The ship
broadcast a distress call at 0200 after it lost propulsion and began to flood;
10.] 16 Dec. A fire aboard M/V Slanic (Romanian-cargo ship.) in a floating dock
at Constanta, Romania, has destroyed most of its superstructure. Damage its
estimated to be at least US$500,000;
11.] 16 Dec. Eight vessels are sunk or aground in Apra Harbor, Guam, following
Super Typhoon Paka;
12.] 17 Dec. M/T Orange Star (Norwegian-registry 18,302-gt) ran aground near the
Yenikoy area of Istanbul, Turkey. The Bosporus Strait was closed to allow for
13.] 19 Dec. M/V Venice (Honduran-wooden freighter) caught fire at an anchorage
in Port Everglades, Fla. The Florida Marine Patrol rescued all 6 crew. The
Venice drifted and came ashore, where the fire was extinguished by personnel and
equipment from U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale;
14.] 20 Dec. M/V S. Ugurlu (Turkish-general cargo), sank sailing from
Thessaloniki, Greece, to Venice, Italy, when it ran aground and sank off Kimi,
Greece. Eleven of the 12 crew were rescued;
15.] 20 Dec. M/V Kukawa (British containership.) caught fire in the English
Channel. The fire began in the engine room but spread. Ten of 33 crew were taken
by helicopter to M/V Triton Diamond (Panamanian) but the remainder stayed aboard
to fight the fire with 26 British & 2 French firefighters;
16.] 20 Dec. M/V Anjana (Bahamian-registry) is believed sunk south of Norway
after the ship began flooding and took on a heavy list. The crew of 12 was
rescued by air;
17.] 20 Dec. M/V Lass Sun (German) sank after colliding with M/V Valentin Pikul
(Ru Skagerrak Strait between Denmark & Norway. The Lass Sun's master was
killed while its 5 other crew were rescued by the Valentin Pikulye;
18.] 21 Dec. M/V MSC Rita (Mediterranean Shipping Co.) arrived in Boston with
damage to 4 cargo hatches & 4 hazardous materials incidents due to cargo
damage. One hatch aft of the superstructure reportedly toppled onto the deck.
About 60 containers were lost overboard;
19.] 23 Dec. M/V Lotus Islands (Panamanian-registry 15,175-dwt dry cargo)
broadcast a distress call that said the ship was sinking in the Pacific Ocean.
Three vessels were at last report sailing to the area to begin a search;
20.] 1 Jan. M/T Lancer (Bahamian-23,093-dwt chemical tanker) had an explosion
aboard shortly after departing Campana, Argentina. The crew abandoned the ship
but 2 were killed and 6 are missing;
21.] 1 Jan. M/V Oak (Bahamian) was reported listing & adrift with 13 people
aboard, as a Beaufort Force 10 storm approached. The Oak has stabilized with a
22.] 4 Jan. 17 crew of M/V Amanah were rescued by helicopters after the ship ran
aground off Keelung, Taiwan; .] 8 Jan. M/V Filomena Lembo (Italian) had an
engine room fire in the Black Sea. It has been extinguished but damage is
23.] 4 Jan. Two containerships have received damage after they collided at
Felixstowe, UK. M/V Newark Bay (U.S.-registry 59,810-dwt, Sea-Land Service) hit
the M/V MSC Insa (Mediterranean Shipping) after bad weather parted tow lines to
the Newark Bay as it was berthing. The MSC Insa, already at a berth, was pushed
into a mud bank. No containers were OUTWARDLY damaged.
........... due to severe weather, there were many more collisions,
groundings & incidents too numerous to report here in The Cargo Letter.
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.
Here are our suggested world wide web sites of the week for your business,
your information and your amusement ...............
- L.A. Trade ......... combining public & private resources and
utilizing advanced technology and know-how to build and sustain a model
trade development program. LA TRADE is funded by the Economic Development
Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and with matching funds by the
L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. LA TRADE represents a new export promotion
& int'l trade program that builds on the region's strength as a
world-class business center.......... •export counseling •marketing
support •export financing assistance •export plan development •industry
matchmaker missions •loan counseling & packaging
- TradePort ......... is a "4 Star" Magellan site and THE
spot for trade assistance, news, leads, market research, financing &
export advise. See the calendar of trade events & shipping data base.
- ClearFreight Air Freight Workspace ............ was originally
designed for for the company Intranet, but has opened to the Internet as a
whole. Contains such features as a Worldwide Airport Database, Cargo Airline
Links, Air Waybill Tracking Of Multiple Carriers, ULD info & links,
Schedule Classification Information, Terms & Codes, Haz Mat, Aircargo
News & Information links.
- Cargoweb ........... EU trade & transport. From Amsterdam.
- American Freightways ......... has added 2 new features to its
interactive site, providing customers with the ability to file cargo claims
& create bills of lading on-line. Also real time tracking.
- Import Detention Analyzer ...........is now available online from
Trade Compass. It is fully searchable and provides detailed information
about U.S. imports reject provided by the Analyzer includes company name,
product description, reasons for rejection, date of rejection & country
of origin. "IDA" is updated monthly and will soon contain over 12
month's worth of data.
- Canadian Institute of Int'l Affairs (CIIA)
- El Nino Watch .......... and other updated satellite maps of all
ocean trade lanes from Dooley SeaWeather Analysis.
- IACS (Int'l Assn. of Classification Societies) ISM Code
registration data base.
- The HazMat Page
- New Cargo Securing Manual ....... as January 1998 brings the
requirement that all cargo carrying ships must have an approved Cargo
Securing Manual in accordance with Regulation VI/5.6 of the amended SOLAS
Convention. This manual has already been pre-approved by some of the major
Classification Societies. Available through Atlantis Technical Services.
- You'll Need To Be An Accountant
-- by Eduardo M. Pereyra of AirSeaLand Int'l Forwarders
Buenos Aires -- As of 29 Nov. 1997, there is a new customs regulation for all
consumable goods imported to the Argentine Republic, where total F.O.B. value
exceeds US$3,000. This new regulation is known as the "Pre- shipment
Inspection Program for the Import of Consumable Goods". The rule is
compulsory for all the goods generally destined to be consumed, as specified in
"Annex V of Resolution 396/97" (foreign trade nomenclature of the
goods involved) of Argentine Customs authorities (D.N.A.-Direccion Nacional de
The new regulation demands importers and/or their custom brokers provide
notice 15 days before the inspection day (which must be 5 days before the
sailing called "S.I.P." (Solicitud de Inspeccion Pre-
embarque/Pre-shipment Inspection Request) with one of the companies authorized
by the Argentine Customs Service to conduct inspections. A list of authorized
companies is included below.
Contents of the S.I.P. : The Seller's Info: name/company, address, city,
country, person in charge, phone, fax, email; The Supplier's Info: same
information as for the seller; The Importer's Info: same information as for the
others along with additional status & intended use info.
The S.I.P. must explain if the shipment is LCL or FCL, if it contains used
items, country of origin, mode of transport, destination customs, ETD,
in-transit time, entrance customs, country & place of origin/shipment, last
place of shipment, foreign trade nomenclature by item, description of the goods
as per commercial documents (brand, model and/or version), quantity, selling
units & unit price, currency in which calculations are made, F.O.B. value,
freight cost, C.F.R. value, insurance cost, C.I.F. value, statement of any
commercial and/or financial liaison between importer & exporter, statement
of any commissions due/paid on the goods and its amount (if any), statement of
any discount on the sale and its amount (if any), statement of any
royalties/copyrights and the amount (if any), statement of any free assistance
granted from the seller and the amount (if any), statement of purchasing terms
to be marked between F.O.B., C.F.R, C.I.F., other. The purchase document
(proforma invoice / letter of credit - contract - other - etc.) must be
The list of authorized pre-shipment inspection companies : - SGS Societe
Generale de Surveillance S.A. - Bureau Veritas (Registre International de
Classification de Navires et d'saronefs) (available at Los Angeles) - Intertek
Testing Services. - Inspectorate Plc. - Socotec International Inspection S.A. -
U.T.E.C.U. Holding (C.H.U.) B.V. / Surveyseed Services S.A..
Absolutely none of the included goods may be shipped without the ility of
making it into the Argentine Republic, except for a duly written notice stating
that the inspection was not performed by the company selected to make the
Surely, the inspection of goods to be shipped in FCL/FCL containers will be
made at the consolidation warehouse at the request of the importer and/or it's
forwarder/broker. For consolidated cargo (LCL/LCL) we think arrangements for
inspection should be offered as an additional service, with inspection at the
forwarders warehouse, arranging with the selected company (as per the
"S.I.P." form presented). Be careful to arrange a proper date &
time of inspection.
Please do not hesitate to contact AirSeaLand S.A. Int'l Freight Forwarders of
Buenos Aires if you need any additional information. The company will be happy
to check any particular foreign trade nomenclature number, or to verify if it is
included in the new regulation. AirSeaLand S.A. Int'l Freight Forwarders Perz
367 2: (1067) Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: (54-1) 342-0123 /334-0606 Fax: (54-1)
331-1052 E-Mail: email@example.com
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- U.S. Customs Rules ............. a free listing of titles for
notices, final rules & proposed rules published in the Federal Register
by the U.S. Customs Service during 1997, is available from David F. Jordon
Consulting Services. Fax (310) 375-3569.
- How To Survive? .......... as MIS Training Institute is offering a
series of two-day seminars throughout the U.S. in 1998 on "How To
Survive A Customs Audit". The seminars will address reducing risks
& penalties, record keeping, duty exemptions, etc. Visit MIS' Web site:
- Apperson Offers Int'l Trade Forms ........ with a booklet on the
various international trade forms it offers, including bills of lading,
certificates of origin, entry summaries, invoices, SEDs, etc. Contact
Apperson for a copy at 1-800-438-0162 .
- The World Trade Master List ............. is available on floppy
disk for US$149.95. Contains clickable links to wha collection of world
trade bulletin boards, mailings lists, search engines & other trade
directories now available. The list is also said constantly updated on a
monthly basis. Interested parties should e-