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Air & Ocean Freight Forwarder - Customs Broker News
25 November 1996

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INDEX to The Cargo Letter:

  1. OUR Top Story
  2. U.S.-CHINA TALKS MOVING FORWARD SLOWLY OUR "A" Section: FF World Trade, Financial & Inland News
  3. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs
    OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News
  4. FF World Air Briefs
    OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News
  5. Problems Loom For Panama Canal (PART 2)
  6. FF World Ocean Briefs
    OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace
  7. Int'l Air Cargo Shipment Tracking Via The Internet
  8. The Cargo Letter Web Sites Of The Week


OUR Top Story


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

Nov. 22 --- Many differences were aired at this week's meetings in Beijing between US Secretary of State Warren Christopher and top Chinese officials, but progress is being made to heal the rift which has been growing between the two powers since China's military exercises in the Taiwan Strait last March.

Christopher has already announced his resignation as Secretary of State, but that will have no effect on US policy towards China, according to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Winston Lord, who has also announced his resignation.

"The Chinese know that our policy is determined by the President, although Secretary Christopher has played a crucial role in that, and that therefore there will be a continuity in our policy, no matter whom the successor to Secretary Christopher is," Lord said in a briefing last week.

Setting the stage for Sunday's meeting of Chinese President Jiang Zemin and US President Clinton at the APEC conference in Manila, Christopher stated that "useful progress" had been made in his talks with Jiang, Premier Li Peng and Foreign Minister Qian Qichen.

Major differences still remain between the two, including the Taiwan issue, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights and other areas of conflict. While Christopher accused the Chinese of blatant human rights violations, Qian issued a heated reply that this is "an internal matter."

In a news conference in Beijing, Qian announced, "The question of Taiwan is the core issue of Sino-American relations. If (the issue) is well-handled, then the relationship can grow smoothly. If mishandled, then our relationship will be subject to disruptions."

One of the topics of discussion, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune, was to be the issue of Hong Kong's reversion to Mainland control. However, a spokesman for the Chinese delegation said, "There is no need to talk about this issue with any foreign power."

A positive product of the meetings in Beijing was the reported setting of summit meetings next year between Clinton and Jiang in both Washington and Beijing. The timing of the meetings was not announced, however a preliminary announcement is expected sometime after the APEC meetings in Manila.

Editor Note: 5,700 Chinese troops, along with warplanes & naval vessels, will enter Hong Kong immediately after the territory returns to Chinese rule on 1 July, 1997. People's Liberation Army troops will enter Hong Kong via the Huanggang border checkpoint from neighboring Guangdong province at the stroke of midnight, and air force jets will simultaneously land at the Sek Kong air base, while PRC warships travel through Victoria Harbor. This according to sources. Good night, Your Majesty. McD


OUR "A" Section: FF World Trade, Financial & Inland News

2. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs


OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News

3. FF World Air Briefs


OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News

4. Problems Loom For Panama Canal (PART 2)

Editors Note: Today The Cargo Letter presents the second editorial installment from a highly placed, career employee of the Panama Canal Commission. Due to the controversial content, our source must currently remain anonymous. Reader comments are welcomed.

The Canal Zone - 20 Nov--The proposed 17% toll increase for the Panama Canal is only the beginning of the future escalating costs shippers will have to bear to use this historic waterway. There is a simple strategy now being considered by the Canal that will increase costs to everyone through higher insurance premiums.

All vessel accidents in the Canal are investigated at the local level by the Board of Local Inspectors. It is an opportunity for the Canal to determine who is at fault - the vessel or the Canal. Naturally, if the Canal is at fault, they will pay the damages to the vessel owner. Part of every toll paid is supposedly set aside for this purpose, but only for minor damages. Larger costs cannot be borne by the Canal, and end up being paid by the U. S. Government. Few taxpayers know they subsidize the Canal in this fashion.

In an effort to relieve the Republic of Panama from this future burden, the Canal Commission has determined that the transit pilots must be changed from having control of the navigation of the vessel to merely "advisor" pilots. Since the pilot will only be in an advisory capacity, the vessel's Master will have control, and accidents to his vessel will have to be borne by the vessel. Not only will the price of insurance premiums rise, but the shipping companies will be forced, in some instances, to look for more expert (costlier) crews.

Finally, the future toll increase is requested in order to enhance the efficiency of the Panama Canal - ostensibly to increase the number of ships transiting per day. This will be difficult, if not impossible, when the Canal removes control from the pilots. It only takes one recalcitrant, less than efficient shipmaster to destroy the sought after improved efficiency.

5. FF World Ocean Briefs


OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace

6. Int'l Air Cargo Shipment Tracking Via The Internet

Washington D.C. - 9 Nov. -- Logistics Management Systems and Trade Compass have announced an Internet-based int'l air cargo shipment tracking system. The Air Cargo Tracking System enables international shippers to instantaneously verify freight location using the airway bill number and returns data including departure & flight info and confirmation of delivery. The service will eventually expand to 60 carriers, but currently tracks a few, including American, British Airlines, Canadian, Emirates and Quantas. Pr esently available for free, a future pay service will emerge as new carriers are added. (E

7. The Cargo Letter Web Sites Of The Week

1997 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the U.S. (on the Internet for downloading......BUT NOT YET READY IN PRINT)

Air Forwarders Association

CF Motor Freight (New tracking & pick up for Int'l freight)

International Shipping Exchange (This paid site can save time & money, with several tasks automated online, including 1.) Prompt Vessel Schedules, 2.) Automated Bookings, 3.) Automated Rolls. No more wasting time looking up schedules or waiting on hold in while making bookings/rolls.)

Transportation 2000 (a very interesting site)

Up To Date U.S. Customs Rulings

U.S. Xpress (Customer freight tracking, EDI)

TWA Flight 800
Memorial @ NYSTATE.COM
Comprehensive Technical Analysis

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