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27 November 2013
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INDEX to The Cargo Letter:
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
**Back By Popular Demand**
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
***What Is Required To Ship Charity Goods To The
Schedule B Description
9802.10.0000 Food Products
9802.20.0000 Medicinal and pharmaceutical X no unit required
9802.30.0000 Wearing apparel (including X no unit required
9802.40.0000 Donated articles, not elsewhere X no unit required
Any commodity valued over US$2,500 per Schedule B number or that requires a license must be filed in the Automated Export System (AES). However, if the commodity is valued less than US$2,500 per Schedule B number and does not require a license, then the low value exemption (NOEEI 30.37 (a)) can be used. In this case, food, clothing and medicines do not require a license; however, medical equipment and tools may require an export license. The Export Information Code to be reported is "CH" or "CI" for shipments of goods donated for relief or charity. The value to be reported is the market value. If the value is not known, estimate how much you would receive if you sold the goods. The value should be consistent with the goods being exported, to avoid confusion and possible delays with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of export. There are different ways to file your export information. The most common is to report through the U.S. Census Bureau's free Internet based filing system called AESDirect at:
e-mail U.S. Census:
Philippines Sailors' Society Typhoon Haiyan Relief Appeal
The Salvation Army HaiyanRelief
Watch: Daring Rescue of Philippine Barge Crew
***Happy Thanksgiving -- Now Go Secure The Cargo ...... as he logistics security services provider, FreightWatch International, has issued a Thanksgiving Holiday Awareness bulletin about cargo thefts. It notes year after year the holiday shipping season shows an increase in cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers. "Over the past three Thanksgiving holiday weekends the industry has experienced 10.5 thefts per day, more than three times the annual average of 2.6 thefts per day throughout those years," said FreightWatch. It warns organized theft rings are active and they understand increased supply chain volume translates into more shipments. "Additionally, during this time, electronics and clothing/shoes rise up on the thieves' wish lists in a three way tie with the ever popular category of food/drinks for the most targeted product type." FreightWatch points to several notable cargo theft that took place during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday as reason for taking precautions:
* Nov. 21, full truckload of 3D televisions and Blu-ray players stolen in
* Nov. 22, over US$550,000 dollars worth of infant formula was stolen from an unsecured lot in
* Nov. 24, US$540,000 dollars in copper stolen in
* Nov. 25, full truckload theft of clothing in
* Nov. 25, full truckload theft of computer memory chips from
Learn More About Freightwatch Int'l
***U.S. Genetically Modified Corn Banned ...... as a shipment of 55,000 tons has been rejected by China on arrival at the Shenzhen-Shekou terminal near Hong Kong because it was not on Beijing's approved GM food list. The refusal of the shipment by Shenzhen's quarantine bureau has rattled corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade, which has registered a three-year low for December. The Swiss-based chemical company Syngenta AG production of Agrisure Viptera (known as MIR 612) corn, genetically engineered to protect against insect contamination, has been approved by several corn export markets including
***Record U.S. Ag Exports ....... as the USDA released its final tally for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2013, showing a record of US$140.9Bn. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on this news: "American agriculture achieved record exports once again in fiscal year 2013, and the period 2009-13 stands as the strongest five-year period for agricultural exports in our nation's history. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-08, U.S. agricultural exports from 2009-13 increased by a total of more than US$230Bn — and the average volume of bulk commodities exported increased by nearly 4 million tons per year during that same period.
***Japan Output Rise ...... as exports rose 18.6% in the year to October driven by a surge in car shipments, beating market expectations of 16.5% and representing the biggest annual increase in three years, according to data from the Ministry of Finance. Exports also rebounded in volume terms, up 4.4 per cent from a year earlier.
***Australia Rethinks Green Tax ....... as the process to repeal it's carbon tax formally began this month, when the country's new Parliament began its session. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected in a landslide election in September, has called the repeal of the controversial measure one of his top policy priorities, making it the first bill to be introduced in this legislative session.
***Calculation of EU Customs Dutie ....... as the annually revised Combined Nomenclature (CN) will come into effect 1 January 2014. When declared to customs in the European Community, goods must generally be classified according to the CN. Imported and exported goods must be declared under the subheadings of the CN. This determines which rate of customs duty applies and how the goods are treated for statistical purposes. The European Commission states: "The CN is thus a vital working tool for business and the Member States' customs administrations." The Explanatory Notes to the CN are considered to be an important aid for interpreting the scope of the various tariff headings but do not have legally binding force.
Read About The Combined Nomenclature
***Cyber Monday Takes A Back Seat ...... as China State Post Bureau's latest statistics show that in the shopping spree on the Nov. 11 pop culture entertaining holiday "Singles' Day" (always on 11/11) the anti-Valentine's Day where bachelors and bachelorettes celebrate single life, couriers in the country handled more than 60 million parcels, marking a dramatic upswing of 170% compared to the peak of 35 million pieces handled on the same day in 2012, Xinhua reports. Eighty per cent of the 180 million parcels comes from transaction on e-tailers Taobao and Tmall, which surged 85% year on year. This year, online sales from the holiday are forecast to hit around US$5Bn, according to China Market Research Group, 20% higher than 2012. This compares to US$1.5Bn in
What Is Singles Day?
***Will Amazon.com Save The Mail? ....... as it has a new partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver online orders from the world's largest Internet retailer on Sunday for the first time.The service started this month in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas and Amazon plans to expand it to a large portion of the U.S. population in 2014, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix. Amazon is not charging extra for the new service, so members of the company's popular Prime service will be able to buy products on Friday and get them by Sunday for free. The service also applies to non-Prime members, who can get free five to eight-day shipping on orders of at least US$35 (up from US$25 previously).Amazon has been spending billions of dollars building new warehouses around the world so it can deliver products more quickly. The company hopes that adding Sunday as a delivery option will generate more sales.
Watch The Video
***UPS Joins ABF, DHL & YRC ...... as it will raise its rates on average 4.9% for package and airfreight delivery, effective Dec. 30. The rate increase covers ground services, UPS air and international services, UPS said in a statement. DHL Express announced a 3.9% average price increase for
***IANA Driver Vehicle Examination Report Service ...... as the Intermodal Assn. of North America has announced release of its new Driver Vehicle Examination Report (DVER) Notification Service. The new service provides an efficient method for Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) and Motor Carriers to be notified that a DVER has been issued on intermodal equipment, as well as e-mail delivery and ongoing web portal access to a "physical" copy of the Intermodal Equipment Provider Report, page 2 of the DVER. To accomplish this, an interface connection between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and IANA has been established in order for FMCSA to transmit copies of the DVER IEP Report electronically to IANA.
Driver Vehicle Examination Report
Auto Club Warning Not to Use E15 Gas in Your Car Or Truck
The Most Expensive U.S. Import In 2012
On a per kilo basis, it was over US$1.3M for a gold/silver plated wristwatch (HTS Code 9102113030)...That brings a whole new meaning to the phrase spending time.
***Thanking The U.S. Transportation Industry For World Time ...... as in this month in 1883, the ancestor of today's familiar
Splitting Two Volvo Cargo Carriers .......... the now viral video you must see. Volvo swears there has been no trick photography.
**Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. DOWN as Q3 profits are down 16.7% to US$28M.
**CMA CGM. DOWN with a 430% fall in third quarter net profit to US$70M year on year, drawn on revenues of US$4.1Bn, up 1.4%.
**Damco. DOWN with a 47% decline in third quarter operating profit to US$23M year on year.
**Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. UP with a 62.1% year-on-year third quarter net profit increase to US$86.5M.
**El Al Airlines. UP with US$643.29M in revenue, up 6% or US$37.52M from the corresponding quarter - the highest in 5 years
**Hanjin Shipping. DOWN with a 3rd quarter net loss of US$297.26M.
**Hapag-Lloyd. DOWN with a 15% decline in pre-tax third quarter profit to US$82M.
**JAL. DOWN as Q3 profit declines 17.8% to US$800M despite 4% revenue rise.
**LATAM Airlines. UP with 3rd quarter net profit of US$52M, compared to a loss of US$49M during the same period last year when hit by weakness in its Brazilian market.
**Lufthansa Cargo. DOWN with a 55.8% year-on-year decline in net profit in the 1st nine months of 2013 to US$47.1M
**Maersk Group. UP as it came out of 3 quarter with a profit of US$6.7Bn , up from US$5.6Bn in the same period last year.
**YRC Worldwide. DOWN as operating income fell from US$27.3M to US$5.8M year-over-year.
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***Now The World's Largest Airline ...... as American Airlines and US Airways Group have settled the litigation brought by the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), the States of Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee, the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the District of Columbia challenging the merger of American and US Airways. The companies also announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) related to small community service from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). Under the terms of the settlement, the airlines will divest 52 slot pairs at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as certain gates and related facilities to support service at those airports.[i] The airlines also will divest two gates and related support facilities at each of Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles Int'l Airport and Miami Int'l Airport. The divestitures will occur through a DOJ approved process following the completion of the merger. Despite the divestitures, the new American is still expected to generate more than US$1Bn in annual net synergies beginning in 2015, as was estimated when the merger was announced in February. In the settlement agreement with the state Attorneys General, the new American has agreed to maintain its hubs in Charlotte, New York (Kennedy), Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago (O'Hare), Philadelphia and Phoenix, consistent with historical operations for a period of three years.
***Significant Changes To IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations ....... as IATA has released a summary of the main changes to the 55th edition of their Dangerous Goods Regulations, effective 1 January 2014, replacing last year's edition. The 55th edition incorporates all amendments made by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board and includes corrigenda and addenda issued after the 54th edition was published. The list is not exhaustive and is merely a tool to assist users to identify the main changes introduced in the new edition. Beside changes to various requirements for lithium batteries and radioactive material, etc., a new Appendix has been added, Appendix H, to provide details of changes coming into effect 1 January 2015 based on the adoption of changes arising from the 18th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations, as well as the changes that have been agreed to date by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for inclusion in the 2015/2016 Technical Instructions.
Main Changes To IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
***As Electronics Minaturize -- So Do Freighter Lines ...... as Taiwan's Eva Airways will reduce its freighter fleet by more than a third as electronic products become smaller as handheld devices diminish demand for PCs and laptops, says Eva president Austin Cheng. "I think this will be a trend for everybody because it's very difficult to find cargo to fill a freighter," Mr Cheng said. The carrier plans to cut the number of cargo planes, including all six of its MD-11s, to fewer than 10 from 15 by 2017, he said. As consumers desert desktops for smartphones from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific said peak cargo demand kicked in later than usual this season and wasn't as strong as expected. "Apple not only changed consumers' pattern, but also changed air cargo transportation," Mr. Cheng said. "Electronic products are becoming smaller, while we charge by weight. The whole pattern for cargo transportation has changed." Eva Air plans to boost the number of passenger planes it operates to 70 in five years, from 61 now, he said. Bloomberg reported that Weekly cargo revenue was 25% lower than it was three years ago.
***December 2 Approaches ........ as the U.S. second largest package shipping giant FedEx is predicting an increase of 13% year on year to 22 million shipments on December 2, doubling its busiest day 6 years ago, which will be predominately online retailer shipments.
***Airbus Hits Superjumbo Setback ....... as Air France-KLM Group said it's exploring plans to drop orders for A380 superjumbos, in a possible blow for it's flagship model that's losing favour with customers from
Read More About The A380
***Dreamliner Has More Nightmares ...... as in its latest series of mishaps, the windshield of a Air India Boeing 787 cracked as the plane landed at Melbourne airport on Nov. 4, though there was no threat to about 100 people on board, airline officials said. Air
***Boeing Ramps Up The 737 .....as it announced that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50% since 2010. Boeing now produces 38 airplanes per month from its
***Boeing's New 777X Getting A Lot of Attention ...... as its composite wing with folding tips and its super-efficient engines are forward looking. However, one of the airliner's most innovative features are the tiny holes in its tail that smooth airflow and improve fuel efficiency. The holes help smooth airflow around the tail by improving something called laminar flow, basically making the airplane more aerodynamic, which reduces fuel consumption. "Aerodynamic advances such as a hybrid laminar flow control vertical tail," are the few words Boeing used to describe it in a press release announcing the 777X, Boeing's impressive updating of its long-range twin-engine airliner. Boeing is working with NASA to further develop the idea to nclude "sweeping jet actuators" embedded in the tail of future models. Such advancements in airflow manipulation could bring significant fuel savings.
Learn More About The Boeing &&&X
***Lufthansa Cargo's second Boeing 777F........ as Air Cargo News FlyingTypers reports the big hangar at Frankfurt was packed with about 1,800 people on Nov. 20, including staff, customers, press, and guests .Then slowly, slowly, the giant doors opened to reveal the big, beautiful, newly created airplane, which Lufthansa Cargo has named "Good Day,
***Global Aviation Holdings Falters ........ as the largest commercial provider of charter air transportation for the
Glogal Aviation Holdings
***TNT Express Builds It's Own Road ....... as the delivery giant has begun construction of its new road and air hub at Dammam's King Fahd Int'l Airport (KFIA) in Saudi Arabia that will quintuple the size of its space when it opens in January 2015. When complete, the US$12.9M Dammam site will become TNT Express' flagship clearance gateway in the country, providing 4,800 square meters of sorting and customs clearance space within a 10,000-square meter building.
***Volumes >>> AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) carried 92,000 tons of cargo in the 3rd quarter of 2013 across its network linking Europe, Asia, Russia and North America, up 3% compared to the same period last year.>>> Air China's latest announced operating figures show that the carrier recorded a freight transport volume of 127,300 tons in Oct., which remained at the same level as in the same month in the prior year.>>> Berlin Airports reported a 23.7% year-on-year increase in cargo in Oct. to 3,657 tons, despite a 2.5% decrease in aircraft movcements. >>> Cathay Pacific Airways and sister airline Dragonair combined carried 137,300 tons of cargo and mail in October, a decrease of 0.9% compared to the same month last year. >>>Dubai Int'l Airport has reported a Sept. cargo volume increase of 1.8% to 196,823 tons while aircraft movements increased 10.2% to 30,746.
***The Gator In Terminal Three ......as a small alligator found under an escalator at
***Landing At The Wrong Airport ......as the National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into a Dreamlifter custom freighter landing at a wrong airport. The Boeing 747 landed at
See Video of The Incident
The Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter
***British Airways' Digital Billboard Identifies Planes As They Pass Overhead ........cool video
***Golden Load ...... as cleaners found a stash of 24 gold bars worth more than US$1.1M hidden in an airplane lavatory after a flight from Bangkok arrived in eastern India, officials said Nov. 20. The Jet Airways plane had landed in Kolkata and was being cleaned before a scheduled flight to
OUR "C" Section: FF
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Nigerian Pirates Up Their Rates ..... as they have escalated average ransom sums of US$50,000-US$100,000 to US$2M for the release of two
Maritime TV: Piracy In The Gulf of
Read More About Drewry Maritime Research
What Are Cabotage Laws?
***China Cabotage Loosens, But Not Really ...... as formal liberalization of regulations for cargo moving to and from Shanghai is expected to have a limited effect for the port's transshipment activity, according to London's Drewry Maritime Research. While the new law allows foreign flagged vessels to join in the coastal trade, only those foreign-registered vessels that have to have Chinese owners enjoy such rights. This, said Drewry, is less a "relaxation" than bringing cabotage rules into line to what is happening in practice. Nor does the
***ECNA Container Volume Up ...... as traffic from
***P3 Draws More Critics ....... as the Asian Shippers Council (ASC) says the mega alliance of Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM is too big and will bring with it greater market volatility. The ASC said P3 would be far bigger than any other alliance in terms of the number of ships, size of ships' sailing frequency and port coverage, and could accelerate the demise of smaller players, which would increase market volatility. "Such a concentration of capacity is untenable," said ASC chairman John Lu. "We fear the worst should the regulatory authorities give its approval. With fewer service providers, we can only imagine what effect this will have on freight rates and service levels." The ASC said the problem could be exacerbated if competitors tried to match the P3 Network by ordering larger ships and expanding fleet sizes. That would worsen the supply-demand imbalance and "bring about price wars and rate volatility".
Exactly What Is The P3
***Port of Lazaro Cardenas Under Arms ...... as the Mexican armed forces have taken charge of security in the major cargo hub on the Pacific in a part of the country struggling to contain violent drug gangs. The government said on Monday that units of the army, navy and federal police were moving in to oversee access to and around Lazaro Cardenas, one of
Read More About The Port Situation
***Panama Canal Behind Schedule ......as its completion date of the locks on the Pacific side of the canal has been postponed until June 2015, said the Panama Canal Authority, having previously said all would be done in April 2015. The delay was caused by a re-evaluation and modification of the logistics and duration of the locks' electromechanical works, the Panama Canal Authority said, reports
Panama Canal -- Video Flyover of The New Locks
***Miami Gets Deeper ...... as the long-awaited dredge of the port began laat week as it and other cities up and down the east coast scramble to prepare for the massive ships that will pass through the Panama Canal when expansion work there is completed in 2015. "The investment in the deep dredge will pay dividends in years to come," Port Director Bill Johnson said in a news release on Nov. 21, announcing the commencement of the 18-month project, "making
***Larger Vessels Impact Port Productivity & Output ....... as terminal productivity is never more important than the current climate of bigger vessels, slow steaming and higher bunker costs, said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer, stressing the need for speed and efficiency in carriers' networks. "If you have to offload 4,000 TEU rather than 2,000 TEU then obviously the port stay will be longer," said Mr Fejfer, forcing terminals to improve performance whether through technological advancements, increased equipment and/or labour costs. APMT reported a strong third quarter due in part to investment in yard improvements like its new container GPS system to trace containers position within a stack. But costs do arise from improvements and carriers need to share the burden with port operators, said Mr Fejfer. The supply chain as a whole is suffering from the pressure of larger containerships on intermodal services of road, rail and barge dealing with increasing box volumes. For ports, the number of vessels physically able to berth has been reduced, with one mega ship taking up two 300-metre berths. While crane can cope with increased volumes, the number of vessels at a terminal at any one time is down. The advent of the P3 alliance of three major carriers, APMT sister company Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM, will present a major network to handle 255 vessels and around 2.6 million TEU. APMT said the impact of the P3 network on its terminals is unknown with more than 50% of its volumes generated by non-Maersk carriers. APM Terminals (APMT) Rotterdam Maasvlakte will retrofit five of the terminal's postpanamax cranes to span 23 container rows - rather than 22 - to accommodate 18,000-TEUers. Retrofitting involves engineering and software adjustments expected to be completed in time for the arrival of the 18,000-TEU M/V Marie Maersk, which is to arrive in
Read More About APM Terminals
***Bounty Hunters ....... as shipping lines that bring additional containers to the Port of Los Angeles will be rewarded under a first-of-its-kind incentive programme being launched by the Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners in 2014. Under the program, a carrier will be paid US$5 per TEU for each additional container it ships through the port in 2014 over its volumes this year. If a carrier's container volume grows by 100,000 TEU or more compared to the previous 12-month period, it will receive US$15 per TEU for every extra container. The payments will be awarded in a lump-sum form in early 2015, reported Washington-based DC Velocity. Port staff will monitor the programme each month to assess its effectiveness and to determine if it should be extended beyond the first year. The plan is to counteract adverse shipping patterns, such as the greater deployment of mega-ships, which will call on fewer ports per voyage and the opening of the expanded Panama Canal that may divert cargo from
***Qingdao Explosion ......as all vessels in the harbor were ordered out to sea after a pipeline explosion killed 35 and injured 166 people on Nov. 24. Incoming ships were diverted to outer anchorages while vessel calls cancelled. The explosion occurred after a leaking oil pipeline caught fire, reported GAC Hot Port News. Workers were repairing the pipeline at the time of the explosion.
***Avoidable Loss ........ as cargo handling accidents at south
***Stack Collapse ...... as a stevedore was killed when he was crushed and another man was severely injured by three falling containers at Hongkong Int'l Terminal at Kwai Chung last week. The dead man was sitting in the back of a light goods van when three of the six stacked containers fell onto the vehicle after being accidentally hit by a mobile yard crane. One man was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver suffered head injuries and was rushed to hospital, said a report. The yard crane that caused the accident mistakenly moved towards the container stack, the circumstances of which are now under investigation.
***Throughput >>> Port of Hamburg, handled two million TEU in the 3rd quarter up to the end of Sept., a rise of 6.3% year on year attributed to increasing Baltic feeder traffic. >>>
***This Month In U.S. Navy History
1776 - Captain John Paul Jones in Alfred with brig Providence captures British transport Mellish, carrying winter uniforms later used by Washington's troops.
1942 - Although
1942 - Loss of USS Juneau (CL 52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in loss of the five Sullivan Brothers.
1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarks on USS Iowa (BB 61) to go to the Allied conferences at
1960 - First Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS George Washington (SSBN-598), leaves
***November 11 ...... as the date marked the 38th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes freighter that sank in a strong gale on eastern
***China Finally Acts ...... as the PRC is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the
Read More About "Peace Ark" - A Type 920 Hospital Ship
***Singapore Floats Away ....... as an iceberg which is almost one and a half times the size of Singapore has broken away from the west coast of Antarctica. It is currently drifting north. If the giant iceberg continues in the same direction , it will be a major threat to international shipping in the area. The giant iceberg broke off Pine Island Glacier 4 months ago, but is only now beginning to move into the open waters. Initially the winter weather in the area prevented the iceberg from coming out into the open waters , but this week it was clear. The iceberg measures according to NASA, about 35 times 20 kilometers. It happens on average only about every two years, that such large icebergs break off. An iceberg this size is so slow to melt, it can be a threat to shipping in a year or maybe even more. British researchers will try to follow its course to warn ships in the waters if they are in danger of colliding with the giant iceberg
***USS Zumwalt Is Stealthy & Futuristic ........ as it's the first U.S.surface warship to use electric propulsion, and its power plant is capable of producing enough electricity to light up a small city and to power future weapons like the electromagnetic rail gun. The Navy's largest destroyer will feature a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that minimizes its radar signature. Its unusual wave-piercing hull will reduce the ship's wake. So futuristic is the design that many refer to the vessel as something right out of "Star Trek." Inside, it's just as unique. The number of sailors needed to stand watch will be reduced through the use of cameras and video monitors which show what's going on outside. The bridge will indeed look like something from "Star Trek" with two chairs surrounded by nearly 360 degrees of video monitors. The 610-foot-long ship has the highest level of automation on a
See More of USS Zumwalt
**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 new feature for July 2009: "Big Bunch 'O Black Barges - Beached"
See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A Single Photo!
Daily Vessel Casualties ...... as we don't want you to miss the excitement of our 24 hour reports of the dramatic events at sea each day -- stories of casualties & pirates --- almost none of which are carried on your local news. Edited daily by Christoph Wahner, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel.
NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. It's dangerous out there.
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
Here are our suggested world wide web sites of the week for your business, your information and your amusement..............
Cargo & Trade>>>>>>
Chamber of Shipping of America
Foreign Trade Regulations: Mandatory Automated Export System Final Rule
Freightwatch Route Analysis Tool .......determine the level of risk for your high-value cargo on a designated route
Maritime TV: Piracy In The Gulf of Guinea
New System For Entry To Switzerland – Do I Require A Visa?
Podcast: U.S. Supreme Court ....... addressing the importance of being a vessel under maritime law.
Retracing the Trails of the Iron Horse
U.S. Customs Rulings Online Search System (CROSS) ........ a searchable database of CBP rulings that can be retrieved based on simple or complex search characteristics using keywords and Boolean operators. CROSS has the added functionality of CROSS referencing rulings from the initial search result set with their modified, revoked or referenced counterparts.
U.S. - Morocco Trade Facilitation Agreement of 21 Nov. 2013
Video: Chamber of Shipping of America Environmental Achievement Awards
Video: Introducing the Boeing 777X
IATA and Stanford University's Center for Professional Development Advanced Executive Education For The Aviation Industry
The Reluctant Pirate ........fast-paced thriller follows Abdi, a Somali boy brought up in the UK, as he is sucked into a pirate gang in Somalia.
World Wall Maps for Logistics Companies
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
6th Optimising Port Development Conference .......... 4-5 Dec. 2013, London
Battleship USS Iowa -- 51st Annual Boat Parade .......... 7 Dec. 2013, Los Angeles Harbor
Asia Pacific Rail 2014 .....18-20 March 2014, Hong Kong
Battleship USS Iowa Veteran's Day ............ 9 Nov. 2013, Port of Los Angeles
Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference .......... 29-30 Jan. 2014, Vanouver, Canada
CNS Partnership Conference 2014 .........4-6 May 2014, San Antonio, Texas
IATA Legal Symposium 2014....... 23 - 25, Feb. 2014, San Francisco
IATA Passenger Terminal Expo 2014 .........25-27 March 2014, Barcelona
Intermodal Asia 2014 ........1-3 April 2014, Shanghai World Expo Center, Shanghai
MODEX 2014 .....17-20 March 2014, Atlanta
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) East Coast Trade Symposium ........March 6-7, 2014, Washington, DC
World Cargo Symposium 2014 ........11-13 March, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles
Apps For That - iPhones & Droids>>>>>>>>>
Roadify - Train, Subway, Bus, Ferry & Parking In A Strange City
Affordable Care Act Website Finally Fixed .........simply click on the "Apply Now" button to get started.
Amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72 -- The Space Blackbird
Epic Video of New Zealand Fishermen Battling A Flood On The Grey River
Excellent A380 vs. Boeing 738 Size Comparison.
Exclusive Images: Skydivers' Terrifying Collision And Chaotic Plunge
Extreme Small Plane Lands On Freighter M/V Oceanic At Sea
GBU-57A/B Penetrator ...... now there's nowhere to hide
Hitler finds Out Obamacare Will Not Let Him Keep His Doctor
How Fast Can You Evacuate An A380 Superjumbo?
New 139.072 ton M/V MSC Divina
NY Waterway Ferries Fit Video Surveillance System
See European Cargo Spacecraft Burn Up In Spectacular Fashion
Spitfire 944 -- Every Pilot Should Fly A Spitfire
Supersonic Travel: Would You Like To Get to Sydney, Australia in 4 Hours?
The Home of All Homes: 12 Bay Island, Newport Beach, CA ....... wath the video
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Qbe Ins. v. EVA Airways Corp.
19 April 2013, U.S. District Court Northern California
LEXIS 67129, N.D.C.A. cv 13-0279
Cargo underwriters' subrogation rights in jeapordy for air cargo...as the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held earlier this year that a subrogating cargo insurance company has no standing under the Montreal Convention to bring legal action. The Court ruled that pursuant to Convention language, only parties appearing on the air waybill as consignor or consignee have standing to bring action. The Court ruled that a cargo underwriter does not have standing to sue on behalf of the consignor by virtue of assignment or subrogation. The decision emphasizes the importance of well drafted policy provisions allowing the underwriter to sue in the name of the insured and requiring the insured's cooperation in subrogation. The attorneys ofCountryman & McDaniel specialize in reviewing, enhancing and drafting first and third party insurance policy forms to avoid unintended or unanticipated coverage and subrogation exposures.
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
Michael S. McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) Daily Vessel Casualties
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