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THE CARGO LETTER [337]
Air & Ocean Freight Forwarder - Customs Broker News
1 March 1999

Good Monday Morning from our Observation Deck...... overlooking the officially designated "Cargo City" area and....... Runway 25-Right, at Los Angeles International Airport, voted ``Best Cargo Airport in North America'.' And yes, we have PIRATE news! Our web site now welcomes over 18,000 industry professionals each month, seeking reference material & breaking news. What is your business missing?

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Michael S. McDaniel, Editor & Publisher, Countryman & McDaniel, forwarder/broker attorneys at LAX.

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
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace
   5. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World
   6. U.S. Denies Hughes Corp. Satellite Export License
      - Prospective Singapore Buyer Is 15% PRC-Owned
         * Our Warren S. Levine Article

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. Freight Forwarder World Ocean Briefs


OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace


5. 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 ...............

Annual Connecticut Maritime Association Virtual Conference ............ is back online for Shipping '99 Conference to be held in Stamford, CT, March 22 - 24, 1999. The CMA Shipping '99 Conference in Stamford will have highly respected Industry leaders as speakers & panelists.
Program Details
http://www.cmaconnect.com/shipping99.html
The Virtual Conference
http://www.cmaconnect.com/vc/

Cargo 2000 Program ............ see the article from Air Cargo World Magazine.
http://www.aircargoworld.com/archives/feature3_oct.htm

The Int'l Air Cargo Assn. (TIACA) .......... website has been updated.
http://www.tiaca.org

Eagle USA Airfreight ........... has announced the expansion of its Internet capabilities for its customers through the introduction of an extranet client/server application software program named "E@GLE ADVISOR". Take a test drive.
http://www.eagleusa.com

Air France Cargo
http://www.airfrance.fr/en/compagnie/cargo/index.html

Trailer Bridge ......... a new site for the company with sailing schedules for Puerto Rico and the "Atlantic Highway". Trailer Bridge's founder and majority stockholder is Malcom P. McLean, the transportation pioneer, who invented containerization forty years ago.
http://www.trailerbridge.com/

World's First On Line Transportation Auction ......... great if you speak Dutch.
http://www.vaart.nl/werf/veiling.htm

Barge Phone ........ an "Onboard telephone guide" with almost 9000 mobile telephone numbers of Dutch, German, French, Belgian barges. Again, it helps to speak Dutch.
http://www.vaart.nl/telematica/boordtel.htm

Africargo ......... the new website.
http://www.africargo.com


OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World


6. U.S. Denies Hughes Corp. Satellite Export License - Prospective Singapore Buyer Is 15% PRC-Owned

-- by Warren S. Levine, for The Cargo Letter

SEATTLE, Feb. 28 -- U.S. National Security organizations, including the Pentagon and the State Department, stopped dead the export of a US$450M communications satellite by California-based Hughes Corporation to Singapore last week, citing national security and concerns regarding the export of high technology.

The buyer, Singapore-based Asia Pacific Mobile Telecommunications, is reported to be 51% owned by organizations within the People's Republic of China, some of which are represented by members of the Chinese military.

The satellite was reported to have been used to bolster Asia's wireless telephone networks. However, reverse-engineering the technology could have endangered US security by giving up valuable information about American ground station and satellite technology.

At the same time, the State Department was about to reject another license for Hughes to export a satellite to be launched from China. US technical assistance, needed to ensure a successful launch, might have opened up new ballistic missile technology to the Chinese, according to a Department of Defense spokesman.

Chinese officials were quick to complain about the ruling, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhang Qiyue, said, "We ask the United States to correct its wrong decision," and characterized the ruling as "entirely unjustifiable."

There are currently contracts in place between the US and China for China to launch 14 satellites for the US over the next five years, but each of those is reported to have been cleared by the proper authorities.

China's launch program has been struck with problems in the past. Probably the worst accident killed some 80 people in a small town in Sichuan Province just before Chinese New Year, on February 15, 1996, when a Long March 4 rocket carrying an American television satellite crashed into the village 30 seconds into its flight. The announcement of the fatal crash was delayed for a month by Beijing so as not to ruin the festive atmosphere on the eve of the New Year's celebration.

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is in China as of this writing to discuss many issues with the Chinese, including trade, human rights violations and the possibility of WTO membership for China.

Clinton administration officials stressed that the prohibition of the export did not indicate a fundamental change in US-China trade, however exporters are warned to ensure their total compliance with Export Administration regulations regarding the shipment of anything even remotely high-tech to the PRC or companies owned by entities in China.

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