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26 June 2014

Good Thursday 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."

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OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________                            
The Cargo Letter Financial Page ______________                               
OUR "B" Section:  FF World Air News***
Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________                         
OUR "C" Section:  FF World Ocean News***
 FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________                                            
The Cargo Letter Cargo Damage Dispatches _____        
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OUR "D" Section:  FF in Cyberspace***
The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________                        

OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________  

    ***Preparing For The Worst ...... as imports are expected to total 1.46 million TEU in June, up 7.5% from June 2013, at major U.S. container ports as retailers bring "unusually high" volumes into the country early to avoid any potential labor disruptions when the West Coast dockworkers contract expires at the end of June, according to the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Negotiators from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have been meeting regularly since May 12 to reach a new contract. "We don't want to see disruptions at the ports, but retailers are making sure they are prepared in case that happens," NRF said. NRF has urged both sides to avoid any disruptions that could affect the flow of back-to-school or holiday merchandise. West Coast ports handle more than two-thirds of
U.S. retail container cargo, including the bulk of cargo from Asia. A lockout of ILWU members in the fall of 2002 closed ports for 10 days and created a months-long backlog to be cleared. In its monthly "Global Port Tracker" report, the groups said domestic ports handled 1.43 million TEU in April, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. The number was up 9.9% from March and 10.3% from April 2013. Port Tracker also estimated that 1.47 million TEU were imported in May, up 5.8% from May 2013. Port Tracker said volumes for May and June are results not normally seen until later in the summer or fall. July is forecast at 1.51 million TEU, up 4.4% from last year. The groups expect August to bring 1.52 million TEU, up 1.9%. Sept. will come in at 1.45 million TEU, up 0.8%, with Oct. at 1.48 million TEU, up 3.4%. Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Miami & Houston.
The Word From Port Tracker

China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Is Here ........ as enforcement of China 24-hour Advance Manifest Rule in Shanghai as a pilot will be in effect starting June 28 2014. Though the China 24 hour rule was first introduced and the official trial run period started in 2009, its compliance was not mandatory until now. These regulations require carriers to submit vessel manifests for China bound cargo 24 hours before loading at ports outside China. It has been reported that the enforcement date is vessel arriving Chinese ports on or after June 28 2014. Taking into account average transit times, the rules are already valid.
Regulation Details

U.S. Economy Shrinkage ..... as gross domestic product (GDP) declined 1% in the first quarter - the first time since the first quarter of 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Dept. Analysts attributed the fall to the unusually harsh winter that slowed retail traffic and other commercial activity, as well as a slowdown in inventory buildup. A consensus of economists' opinions was for a 4% GDP rebound in the 2nd quarter, as pent-up demand makes up for the first quarter stall, said American Shipper. The Commerce Dept. also cited a 6% decline in first quarter exports, compared to a 9.5% rise in the 4th quarter of 2013. Imports of goods and services increased 0.7%, compared with an increase of 1.5 % in the 4th quarter. But imports count against GDP growth because they represent spending on goods and services not produced domestically.

    ***U.S. Logistics Brighter ...... as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) releases the annual "State of
Logistics Report" presented by Penske Logistics each June. Delivered by author Rosalyn Wilson, with additional commentary by a panel of industry leaders, representing various areas within the supply chain, the annual "State of Logistics Report" is widely used by supply chain management and logistics professionals and organizations as the premier benchmark for U.S. logistics activity. The 25th Annual report was released on June 17, 2014, but the picture appears much brighter for this year, with Wilson predicting 2014 to be the best year in the past eight. So far in the first 5 months this year, freight shipments are up 13.1% year-over-year with payments up 13% and higher rates and capacity problems looming, she said. U.S. business logistics costs rose 2.3% in 2013, a significant drop from the 3.4 % rise in 2012, the report says. Business logistics costs increased to US$1.39 trillion, up US$31Bn from 2012. In 2013, logistics costs as a percent of the nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 8.2%. This means the freight logistics sector was growing at a slightly slower rate than GDP, Wilson said. Inventory carrying costs and transportation costs rose slightly last year. Inventory carrying costs increased 2.8%.Transportation costs were up only 2% in 2013 because of weaker shipment volumes and a lack of growth in rates.

    ***Iran Unchanged ...... as sanctions relief has not resulted in any increase in shipping activity after 5 months, Reuters reports.
Iran and Western governments reached an agreement last November over Tehran's nuclear work in exchange for limited sanctions relief for six months - from Jan. to July - under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). But the usual pattern of relying more on land routes to Iran and use its own commercial fleet is little changed, as insurance problems have left shipments into the country stuck in transit. An Iranian official told Reuters: "Shipping volumes have dropped as there are difficulties at customs; insurance companies are hesitant to cover ships en route to Iran; as well as letters of credit problems."

    ***Cargo Crime Situation Grim ..... as the Transported Asset Protection Assn. (TAPA) launched what it calls the most comprehensive supply chain security standards in TAPA's 17-year history to combat increasingly sophisticated thefts. The new 2014 versions of TAPA's Facility Security Requirements and Trucking Security Requirements are the result of a year-long review process involving TAPA members worldwide. "Organized gangs of criminals around the world are becoming more sophisticated and daring in their attempts to steal products during the logistics process, and that's why we regularly review and often upgrade the standards," Paul Linders, who leads TAPA's global standards committee, said. The association says cargo crime is no longer petty, opportunist theft carried out by individuals. Today, it is coordinated by organized international gangs whose attacks often involve violent and armed hijackings of vehicles, facilities and employees as well as fraudulent pick-ups, fake police stops, bogus personnel, slashing open trailer curtains and attacks on moving vehicles. "Cargo crime as a whole is increasing, and one of the biggest challenges we face is getting businesses and law enforcement agencies to report loss data to help us understand the true scale of the problem and to provide intelligence that helps companies plan their supply chains using the latest market information," Linders said. "At TAPA, our analysis tells us that losses suffered by our members are three times lower than the industry average, although that leaves absolutely no room for complacency. The cost of a single loss can be between 4-11 times its original value, hence the TAPA standards can significantly contribute to measurable supply chain risk management." In the first quarter of 2014, TAPA
Americas' Incident Information Service recorded a total of 196 thefts in the U.S., with 76 thefts in January, 43 in February and 77 in March. The average loss value per incident during the quarter was US$216,208 . According to TAPA the largest single crime was the theft of a truckload of cowboy boots stolen from Carrolton, Texas, which had a declared value of US$2,261,495, but sadly we have seen larger.
Read More About The Threat

    ***Canada's Anti-Spam Law (
CASL) Begins ......as this new legislation will begin 1 July for any business that promotes their products/services electronically via email, social media or instant messaging. CASL targets any electronic communication that could be considered to "encourage participation in a commercial activity." Any email, text message, instant message (IM) and messages sent through social networks that have a commercial aspect will be considered to be a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM), and will require express or implied consent. Your business needs to obtain express or implied consent from your electronic mailing lists in order to continue to send electronic messages.
Regulatory Details

    ***Goodbye New Century Transportation Inc.  .......as it has filed for bankruptcy, and the less-than-truckload and truckload carrier intends to sell its assets after closing its doors on 12 June. New Century, of
Westampton, N.J., made its filing in federal bankruptcy court in its home state, two days after telling nearly 1,600 employees that it was shutting down because of funding problems. The filing was made under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code. New Century listed revenue of US$266.7M in revenue last year, including US$154.2M from LTL. New Century represents the largest U.S, failure in more than a year.

  ***The Future Road Today ......... as a system designed to platoon or connect trucks wirelessly to each other to reduce fuel consumption was tested in Nevada in front of state transportation officials, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The system developed by Peloton Technology controls braking and acceleration but drivers remain fully engaged and retain steering control. The reduction in aerodynamic drag in the two-truck platoon provides fuel savings for both the front and rear truck, according to the company. "We connect forward collision avoidance technology on a pair of trucks, mitigating the most common truck accidents.  Our platooning network operations center ensures that the trucks and drivers operate in the safest mode for the road and conditions," Peloton CEO Josh Switkes said in a statement. "The pairing of the trucks links their safety systems, increases driver awareness and saves fuel for both trucks. The leading truck saves fuel as well." The test, conducted by Peloton Technology, took place on Interstate 80, May 7, and was viewed by officials from Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Nevada DM The system was previously tested in
Utah with C.R. England in 2013.
Background & Videos

    ***"Undercover" Dermo-Smuggling ...... as a Florida man who weighs about 450 pounds faces multiple smuggling charges after sheriff's deputies say he hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his "stomach fat." According to a 16 June new release, a
Volusia County sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle after noticing that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Officials say 42-year-old Christopher Mitchell told the deputy that he's too big to wear a seatbelt. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because Mitchell and the driver appeared nervous. The dog detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle. In addition to the drugs on Mitchell, deputies say they also found a handgun and US$7,000 in cash in the vehicle.

   ***Badges? We Don't Have To Show You Stinking Badges ........ as It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from
Mexico into the U.S. Agents spotted the white truck with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals along a boundary fence in Douglas, Arizona, on 2 June, while responding to reports of possible drug smuggling. When agents tried to contact those inside, the vehicle suddenly stopped and two people fled into Mexico. Agents say they found 3,200 pounds of marijuana stashed in the truck worth an estimated US$1.6M. Smugglers have used catapults, tunnels and panga boats to get drugs across the U.S. border.
The Cargo Letter Financial Page ____________   

  **FedEx Corp. 
UP as 4th-quarter net income rose to US$730M, or US$2.46 per share, from US$679M, or US$2.13, a year ago.                             

OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________ 

   ***Screening Level Reports Dropped ..... as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has notified air carriers, freight forwarders and shippers that they no longer will be required to report screening levels for air cargo loaded on passenger aircraft, according to the Int'l Air Cargo Assn. The decision relieves the private sector of a regulatory burden that cost companies money, it said. "The 9/11 Implementation Act in 2007 mandated that 100% of cargo on commercial passenger aircraft operating through
U.S. airports to be screened. The TSA and industry reached the 100% threshold in August 2010 for domestic traffic. The deadline went into effect for international flights in December 2012. At Congress' direction, the TSA required air carriers, as well as forwarders and shippers participating in the voluntary Certified Cargo Screening Program, to report the amount of cargo uplifted and the percentage screened for each airport. A subsequent appropriations bill included language allowing the TSA administrator to make a determination when 100% screening compliance had been achieved and lift the requirement for continued reporting.' TIACA last fall called for an end what it considers a redundant reporting requirement because the industry has achieved the law's goal. The TSA is also expected to realize some savings from not having to analyze all the industry data, verify it and package it in reports to Congress. The TSA will ensure ongoing compliance with the screening requirements through regular and ongoing inspections of screening facilities, said the report.

   ***New EU Cargo Screening Rules Start Now ........as European Union regulations requiring all air cargo or mail handled by carriers operating from third country airports (ACC3s) must be physically screened by EU-approved aviation security start July 1. Failing that, such mail and cargo must come from a secure supply chain that is EU aviation security validated. Only air carriers that comply with this programme will be allowed to carry cargo or mail into the EU and verification must be undertaken by an independent validator, certified by an EU regulator. Individual ACC3 designation is required for every non-EU airport from which an air carrier imports goods to the EU, according to the UAE's Arabian Supply Chain. The EU regulations provide two different ACC3 designation options for air carriers and their business partners. For air carriers, on-site verification at each non-EU airport is required before designation is given for that specific airport. Air carriers that operate multiple cargo or mail operations and have a security quality assurance programme that is equivalent to EU aviation security validation, may request onsite validations at a representative sample of airports.

    ***Karachi Too Dangerous ...... as Cathay Pacific has stopped flights at the end of June owing to concerns over the stability and safety of the nation's economy and security. At the same time, Cargolux's cargo flights to
Karachi remain frozen, further squeezing capacity available to forwarders and shippers. The move follows a warning by Taliban guerillas for international companies and airlines to end their business in Pakistan or face attacks. It follows the ambush at Karachi airport by guerillas, claiming 30 lives and damaging the main cargo terminal. Flights to and from Karachi airport operated by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways and Pakistan International Airlines are believed to be continuing. But it is unclear whether Qatar Airways & Turkish Airlines will continue to operate freighter flights to and from Karachi. British Airways pulled out of Pakistan in 2008 following an attack on a hotel in Islamabad.

    ***Other Players For DHL, FedEx, TNT &
UPS? ..... as they continue to lead in the express and small parcel market, but competition is picking up, says a new study entitled "Global Express and Small Parcels 2014" from the UK's Transport Intelligence (Ti). Challengers are coming from regional providers and post offices within domestic markets as time requirements, technology enhancements as e-commerce changes the face of the industry, the study says. "Added to this changing scenario are improving economies and the rising needs of emerging markets. For 2013, the global express and small parcel market grew 6.8% from 2012," the Ti statement said. "This growth, not surprisingly, was led by emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, South America and the Middle East. At the same time, improving economic conditions in the US also resulted in improving demand," Ti said. "For Europe, innovative delivery solutions such as lockers and other alternative parcel pick up points have created an interesting market as well," said the report.
Read More About Transport Intelligence

    ***E-air Waybill Step Ahead ..... as e-AWB penetration increased in April to 14.3%, used in 205,000 shipments in April, and 0.9% more than in March, according to the International Air Transport Association. As the number of e-AWB shipments increased, customs across a number of countries are updated their requirements on the AWB and embraced the automated process in their procedures, reported
Atlanta area Air Cargo World. In the United Arab Emirates, the customs authorities formalised the acceptance of e-AWB for both imports and exports at Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Maktoum international airports. The sector is engaging customs worldwide to encourage the e-AWB regulatory acceptance with pilot projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and China with Lebanese and Jordanian authorities are reviewing AWB regulations.

   ***Windy City Blows From The East ...... as O'Hare International Airport ships more of
China's goods than any other by a wide margin, followed by Germany and Japan, airport officials say. Most recent data available, shows cargo from China accounted for 24% of the airport's total trade, measured by value. And Chinese cargo bound for O'Hare has surged by at least 250% over the past decade. But Chicago faces two threats, according to Crain's Chicago Business portal. Other cities, notably nearby Indianapolis, are ready to take more air freight from China and elsewhere. The lagging economic recovery, meantime, means consumption of imports is growing faster in other markets, which could lure cargo services to fly to other drop-off airports. Overall, O'Hare ranks seventh among U.S. airports for its cargo, handling 1.4 million tons, though still behind Memphis, Anchorage and Louisville, Miami, Los Angeles and JFK, New York. When it comes to air shipments, Chicago is still trying to come back from the Great Recession. International tonnage remains 16 % below 2004's level of 1.7 million tons of air cargo. With China's help, however, things may be looking up. A 2012 study by Chicago-based Boeing Co. shows air freight between Asia and North America, of which China takes the largest share with 41%.

    ***New Indian Star ..... as Lufthansa is keenly looking for Air India’s entry into Star Alliance in July as a check to the growing dominance of Gulf Carriers in the Indian skies. The dominance of gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways into the Indian market has completely changed the scenario in the Indian long haul markets.  Wolfgang Will, director, South Asia of Lufthansa says, “Air India’s entry will be beneficial for both airlines, as we will be able to reach out to much more customers as before.  For us, we will be able to tap the Indian market beyond big cities and Air India will have larger access to the European region and beyond.” He further said, that it is also beneficial for the customers as they can earn miles in one and redeem in another. Air India also stands to benefit by joining the alliance as it would help them improve their performance. 

   ***Cargo Is Mars, Passenger Is Venus?..... as FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith praised regulators for being sensible about passenger versus cargo pilot fatigue by allowing less rigid standards for all-cargo planes. Speaking at the Aviation Club in
Washington, Mr Smith said "all-cargo and passengers flights operate in different ways that makes identical regulation unwise and less safe." Cargo pilots, he said, fly about 30 hours per month, half as many as passenger pilots, have half as many landings, have longer rest periods and better rest opportunities while on duty. Mr Smith said forcing cargo pilots to adhere to the same flight-duty rules as passenger pilots would "make Fed-Ex less safe and not more because of how it would affect schedules". Mr Smith said the FAA had the right approach in differentiating between the two. The new anti-fatigue rules require both passenger and cargo operators to create plans that would result in a data-driven approach to understanding pilot alertness in each operating environment, he said.

Japan Airlines Lightens Up ..... as JAL has begun to use 480 new light-weight cargo containers on its international routes. The new cargo container weighs 58 kg, which weighs 41 kg less than the current aluminum container. The new container is made of synthetic resin in honeycomb structure*1 to realize higher intensity and durability than the aluminum one. The maximum 44 containers in same size can be loaded on Boeing 777-300ER results to weighing 1,804 kg less compared to the current cargo contains loaded onboard. The fuel consumption can be reduced 800 liters for one-way trip if these new containers are used on Narita-New York route. Additionally, using high-intensity materials can also reduce the frequency of its repairs which is expected to further improve cost efficiency.
Read More From The Manufactuer

UPS Taiwan Plan..... as it has relocated its transpacific hub in Taoyuan Int'l Airport in line with plans to build an integrated air network across Asia, connecting Taiwan to markets in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The hub operates 28 weekly cargo flights connecting Taiwan to key global markets. UPS said customers can expect a one to two day delivery commitment to major cities in the US and Europe. Situated at the airport's air cargo terminal logistics warehouse, the hub occupies 7,618 square metres, reported Atlanta area Air Cargo World.

   ***So How Much Could It Possibley Cost Just For Landing Rights? .......as Cyprus Airways said it will sell American Airlines its landing slot at
London Heathrow Airport on 16 June. The airline will receive US$31M for the slot, which will "enhance the company's liquidity for 2015," according to a Cyprus news release. Cyprus currently operates non-stop flights from Lanarca International Airport to London and said it will transfer this route to London Stansted Airport, with a change in both frequency and flight times. The sale is effective Sept. 13, 2014 and Cyprus will begin flights to Stansted on the 14th.

    ***Airbus Looks To The Future ......as it is challenging the next generation of students to stretch their imagination and to re-invent the norms associated with air travel today by launching the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas Challenge. Fly Your Ideas is a biennial, global competition granted UNESCO patronage in 2012. The challenge offers students a unique opportunity to put their classroom learning and research to the test, by working with a team of aviation professionals on real-world challenges, going beyond the aircraft itself. It offers students a chance to apply their creativity in an exceptional learning environment that will equip them in a highly competitive job market. The competition is open to students of all nationalities and all disciplines – from engineering to marketing; science to design. Registration for Fly Your Ideas 2015 opens in June 2014 and ideas can be submitted from this September. Students must register as a team of 3 to 5 members. The participants will have the chance to work with Airbus innovators to develop their ideas further all along the competition and the winners will receive US$40,000.

   ***Delta Air Lines Makes History ...... as it has celebrated the grand opening of the new Delta Flight Museum, a 68,000 square-foot facility located at the airline's world headquarters in Atlanta. The museum traces Delta's history and the development of commercial aviation. The grand opening event marked Delta's 85th anniversary of passenger service, dating back to its first passenger flight from
Dallas to Jackson, Miss., on June 17, 1929. The museum contains displays and exhibits filled with hundreds of artifacts, many of which have never been on public display. They chronicle more than eight decades of Delta history and the growth and development of commercial aviation. The museum houses a permanent collection of five historic aircraft, including a Travel Air 6B Sedan similar to the one that operated Delta's first passenger flight in 1929, and The Spirit of Delta, a Boeing 767 purchased for the company by employees in 1982. Also on display is a DC-3, Ship 41, that flew for Delta and was restored by Delta employees and volunteers. The museum features a 117-seat theater and a 30-seat conference room located inside the fuselage of an L-1011 TriStar aircraft. Also on display is the cockpit of a Convair 880 jet. Additionally, visitors can have the ultimate aviation experience and pilot a Boeing 737-200 full-motion simulator, the only one open to the public in the U.S., formerly used to train Delta pilots. A tour of the museum starts with Delta's beginnings as a crop-dusting operation in the rural South and takes visitors through the early propeller era of passenger service and into the jet age.
Tour The Museum Now

    ***They Usually Don't Make It ..... as Dutch border police say they have found a body in the wheel well of a KLM airplane at
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Spokesman Richard Haarman said the plane landed June 3 morning, and the incident was under investigation. He declined further immediate comment. Local broadcaster AT5 reported the plane had arrived from Norway on a small commercial flight. In April, a 15-year-old Somali immigrant survived a 5 hour flight from San Jose, California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767.

>>> Air Serbia has posted a 46% year-on-year first quarter increase in air cargo to 175 tons, attributing the rise to an expanded network, improved reliability and effective marketing. >>> American Airlines Group's system cargo ton miles (CTMs) for May were 204.9 million, up 6.4% versus May 2013. Year-to-date CTMs were 961.6 million, up 10.8% over the same period in 2013. >>> Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair posted a 13.9% increase in cargo volume during the month of May to 138,448 tons year on year. >>> Fraport Frankfurt Airport (FRA) handled in May 185,626 tons of air freight and mail, up 6.9% on-year. >>> Finland's Helsinki airport handled 14,710 tons in May, a decrease of 4.6 % compared to the previous year. Total freight handled in May was 13,624 tons. >>> Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) handled in May a total of 157,103 tons of cargo, representing a decrease of 32% compared to the same month a year earlier.  

   ***What's The Hot Buzz? ...... as China Southern Airlines has flown five shipments loaded in New Zealand to Vancouver via Los Angeles of live bees, 60,000 bees in total, including 18 queen bees, weighing 8.2 tons. Honeybee death rates have become a huge concern across the world. Last year in
Canada, the winter mortality rate rose to 29% of colonies. Temperature control was the biggest challenge in the handling process as the bees created a considerable amount of heat during carriage owing to the large number of bees in a limited space.

    ***Water Salute To B787 Dreamliner Goes Awry, 2 June Video

    ***The Dangers of Airline Food ..... as a cross-country flight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor. US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the May 28 US Airways flight from
Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled stop in Kansas City, Christie called the episode a "rare and unfortunate situation." The flight continued after the mess was cleaned up on the ground. The passenger and service dog were rebooked on another flight. Jim Kutsch, president at The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Morristown, New Jersey, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that such incidents are rare, but dogs occasionally get sick on planes too.

   ***Those White Pellets Are Not Chips ....... as officials at
Newark Liberty International Airport have confiscated a batch of cookies with a street value of more than US$50,000. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that's because the cookies had 118 pellets of cocaine baked into them. A spokesman for the agency said on 19 June customs officers made the discovery June 5 during an examination of luggage from passengers arriving at the New Jersey airport on a flight from Guatemala City.
Watch The Cookies

OUR "C" Section:  FF World Ocean News***
FF World Ocean Briefs   

    ***P3: Great Expectations Dashed ......as Maersk, MSC and
CMA-CGM have abandoned their plans for the world's largest shipping alliance after it was rejected by China's Ministry of Commerce. Though European and US authorities had already approved the P3 Alliance, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has advised the three carriers that it will not be approving their plans. MOFCOM has not released a formal report, but Maersk issued the following brief statement: "On 18 June 2013 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S (Maersk Line) announced that the company together with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM S.A. (jointly the "Partners") had agreed in principle to establish an alliance named the P3 Network. The establishment was subject to approvals from relevant regulatory authorities. On 17 June 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People's Republic of China announced that they have not approved the P3 Network. The MOFCOM's decision follows a review under China's merger control rules. The Partners take note of and respect MOFCOM's decision. Subsequently, the Partners have agreed to stop the preparatory work on the P3 Network and the P3 Network as initially planned will not come into existence. The lack of implementation of the P3 Network will have no material impact on the Maersk Group's expected result for 2014." CMA-CGM added that "MOFCOM's decision follows a review under China's merger control rules and is different from the positions of the FMC and the European Commission". The decision does not affect its current operations and "Current maritime services offered by CMA CGM and existing cooperations are maintained in full, offering an excellent quality of service to customers, ahead of the peak season" the line added. While China was initially tipped to approve P3, MOFCOM seems to have been influenced by a backlash from Asian shippers in particular. Asian cargo interests rejected the P3 carriers' assertion that the alliance was "operational" only and would have only a limited impact on competition. What ended the P3 mega alliance's chances to proceed was it was just too big on the Asia-Europe route, taking up 47% market share against the Chinese Ministry of Commerce limit of 30%. "The Ministry of Commerce held fast to a 30% market share. China found that P3 would control up to 47% of the business on the Asia-Europe route," said U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle. 

    ***Rising Tide Lifts All Boats ........ as container throughput at the world's top 30 container ports increased 4.7% in the first quarter as trade volumes continued to recover from the low growth since 2012, according to an Alphaliner survey.mMainland
China ports, which account for 10 of the top 30 ports, achieved mixed results. The aggregate growth of the 10 biggest Chinese ports reached 5.1% in the first quarter, compared to the 7% increase a year earlier. Container volume through China's ports was up 5.5% at 45.6 million TEU from January to March, with coastal ports growing 6.6%, while river ports declined 3.8%, said the Ministry of Transport. Contraction at river ports reflects lower domestic demand in China, while export growth at the main coastal ports remains relatively strong, said Alphaliner. European ports also showed mixed results, with North Europe's Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Bremerhaven posting an aggregate growth of 2.3 % compared to a contraction of 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013. The two main U.S. ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey posted a combined growth rate of 2.9%, a slight improvement from the 2.4% growth recorded last year. The total throughput of 16 main North American ports grew by 1.7% during the first quarter, with east coast ports up 3.1%, out performing the west coast ports that were up 0.6%.

   ***Loosing Business To The Suez ....... as the US$5.25Bn Panama Canal expansion, now to be six months late, has resulted in a shift of traffic to the Suez Canal, which can take large vessels the Panama Canal cannot. The result is that
Panama Canal market share of Asian cargo to the U.S. east coast has dropped from 90% in 2009 to 60% today, reports the British Int'l Freight Assn. (BIFA) newsletter. Panama Canal transits have declined from 14,685 in 2011, 14,544 in 2012 to 13,660 transits in 2013. Notably, even panamax vessels are being displaced from Panama Canal with Maersk dumping Panama for U.S. east coast services from Asia. East coast ports have spent billions of dollars to dredge channels deep enough to accommodate the big new ships that will transit the Panama Canal when the new locks open. 

   ***The Biggest Gates ....... as a second shipment of 4 rolling gates for the third and final set of the locks to expand the
Panama Canal has arrived from Trieste. The locks, arriving aboard a semi-submersible, are 58 metres long, eight meters thick and 22 metres high and weigh 2,300 tons each. "This is another milestone as it completes half of the 16 gates that will be used," said Panama Canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano. Following a month at sea, the ship completed its second trip which began in mid-May in Trieste, passing Gibraltar and crossed the Atlantic. The 4 rolling gates will be disembarked in the dock especially built for this purpose on the Atlantic side. The two gates will remain in the staging area until they are installed. The other two will be transferred to the Pacific site once the installation of the concrete supports is completed in the dock built for their unloading. Gate fabrication, which started in October 2011, is being conducted by Italian subcontractor Cimolai SpA. The new locks will operate with a redundant rolling gate system, with a total of 16 gates. The first shipment of rolling gates arrived in Panama last August. The third shipment of rolling gates is scheduled to arrive in October.

    ***Preparing For The Giants ....... as the ports of
Los Angeles and Long Beach are to invest US$1M to US$2.5M a day on infrastructure to accommodate the mega ships, reckoned at 13,000 TEU - that will transit the expanded Panama Canal. "Ships got bigger and a whole lot faster than anybody anticipated," said LA port development director Mike Christensen, reported the Long Beach Press Telegram. Big-ship capability continues to redefine the term 'big ship ready', he added. The story is much the same for neighbouring Port of Long Beach which handles 14,000 containerships and at least three to four vessels of 10,000 TEU weekly since first welcoming a 12,500 TEUer back in 2012. The economies of scale in a bigger vessel mean that the newer engines of megaships save on fuel costs while more containers on board drive down cost per TEU further. LA has spent US$140M on dredging its main channels to at least 53 feet and in supporting these bigger ships acquired suitable handling equipment in taller dockside cranes. Investment in the US$510M TraPac Container Terminal, with its US$1 Bn projected expansion over a five years, will extend its wharves 4,600 feet, deepen water berths and lay in new rail facilities in 2016. The completion of US$155M rail yard at Berth 200 by end of the year will help to eliminate 2,300 daily truck trips from the roads. Port of Long Beach has made a long-term US$1Bn in a new US$400M rail facility in El Paso, Texas to support cargo flow in rail capacity increases of 55 to 90 trains per day. 

   ***Poor Practices Threaten Port Throughput ...... as landside port inefficiency, red tape and mismatching technologies combine to threaten to divert cargo to other ports say angry southern California truckers, reports American Shipper. And if the "downward spiral" continues,
San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will lose its competitive edge, according to the Harbour Trucking Association (HTA). Wait times limit drivers to one or two round trips in a working day instead of the three to five trips typical in the past. "If we don't do something concrete about fixing these gates now, we will lose cargo to other ports," said HTA executive director Alex Charin, whose 100 member companies control 60 per cent of southern California harbor trucking. Said HTA chairman Fred Johring, owner of Golden State Express: "Our ability to deliver loads has been reduced 35% of what our normal operation has been in the past." Fifteen years ago, terminals were wheeled operations with boxes stored on chassis in the yard waiting for a truck to hook up and go. Today, boxes are stacked four or five high and require "live lift" by cargo handling equipment. Truckers must wait for the box to be "dug out", with 30 minutes more lost when required to go to an off-dock leasing company to get a chassis and another half hour to return it. Terminals have different chassis procedures and standards, meaning fresh delays when inspections and repairs are made before the chassis can leave the terminal. In the U.S., harbor trucking delays cost US$348M a year in 14 million hours lost and nine million gallons of fuel burned, according to a study by Tioga Group, Philadelphia transport consultancy.

    ***Going To The Big Box Store ..... as shipper demand for 40ft high-cube containers is still increasing, creating stowage problems for ocean carriers and analytical difficulties for trade forecasters using TEU measurements. The proportion of 40ft high-cube (9ft 6in high) containers in the global maritime container fleet is predicted to exceed 50% by the end of this year for the first time. According to Drewry's 2013 Container Census, the equipment's market share reached 49% in 2012, and is expected to grow by at least another 1% this year. The number of high cube containers in the fleet grew by another 8% growth last year, up to 15.4 million teu, taking the rise in demand between 2007 and 2012 up to a remarkable 49%. It meant that 40ft HC's share of the total maritime equipment market increased from 41% up to 49%, or just over 1% per annum, almost entirely at the expense of normal 40ft 8ft 6in high boxes. On the other hand, the proportion of 20ft containers remained constant at around 33%. The popularity of 40ft HCs is easy to understand. Being around 13% larger than ordinary 40ft boxes, shippers can load that amount of extra cargo at little to no extra freight cost. Inland transport is usually charged on a per container basis for light cargo, so there are also no extra haulage costs 
Drewry Maritime Research's Latest Container Census Report

   ***Around The World In 80 Days .....as 420 bottles of Burgandy are being transported on board a 2,200-TEU containership, departing from the French
port of Le Havre for an 80-day-around-the-world sea voyage through the Panama Canal to Sydney. The consignment will return to France on September 18 aboard M/V CMA CGM Azure via the Suez Canal, after calling at New York, Papeete, Noumea, Singapore, Malta, Genoa, Rotterdam or Hamburg, a statement from the French shipping line said. The impressive collection of fine Burgund wines include Cremant de Bourgogne Rose tastevine, Saint-Aubin 2010 tastevine, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru les Saint-Georges Hospices de Nuits 2007, and Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2007 tastevine. The shipment celebrates the 80th anniversary of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in cooperation with partners CMA CGM and JF Hillebrand.
See The Photos & Equipment

   ***Pirated Vessel Freed ...... as an oil tanker missing for a week off the coast of West Africa was attacked by pirates who stole its cargo, the company that managed the ship said on 12 June after speaking with its captain. The Liberia-flagged 
M/T Fair Artemis had last made contact with its manager, Fairdeal Group SA, on June 4 when it was off the coast of Ghana.

    ***Pirates Release Crew, But Earlier Many Shot Dead .....as 11 crewmen held hostage by Somali pirates for more than three years of horror have won their freedom, say regional government and United Nations officials, Reuters reports. Some were beaten with gun butts, locked in containers, and had the skin of their palms torn with pliers, said
London's Daily Telegraph. The men served on the Malaysian-owned, 1,066-TEU M/V Albedo, hijacked 900 miles (1,500 kilometres) off Somalia in November 2010 while sailing from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya. "They are all healthy," said Abdi Yusuf Hassan, the interior minister of Galmudug region of Somalia. He said no ransom was paid. Seven of the ship's crew were released in 2012 while four others drowned when the ship sank last year. The number of attacks by Somali pirates has fallen over the last two years due to increased naval patrols and the widespread use of shipboard armed guards. The surviving 11 from an original crew of 23, there were seven from Bangladesh, two from Sri Lanka, one from India and another from Iran. Among the crewmen who did not survive, one was shot while four others drowned. According to the Daily Telegraph the seamen were held ashore under poor conditions after the ship sank in a storm in July 2013. Few had shoes, some had only their underclothes, but they managed to escape through a window to reach safety. They were collected and accommodated in a hotel.The Pakistani crewmen were freed after a Pakistani businessman raised a US$1.2M ransom.
Meet ISO 28000

    ***New Standards Boost Shipper Confidence ......as companies providing shipboard armed guards have received accreditation for compliance with the new maritime security standard, reports Lloyd's List. The International Organization for Standardization ISO/PAS 28007 standard, which also requires compliance with ISO 28000, was developed in response to a demand for armed protection in pirate-infested waters. RTI Forensics, which bills itself as a "forensic engineer", was one of the first to be accredited to provide certification. It recently certified Alphard Maritime, Bowline Defence, Control Risks and Securewest International attesting that they meet ISO standards. It said companies that comply with the new standard demonstrate they can provide appropriate security services onboard ships, meeting legal rules of force and human rights requirements. RTI maritime director Steve Cameron said that there are various standards, but this is the first time maritime security has been brought under one ISO standard, which links to the B
IMCO maritime security contract.

   ***Nigerian Army Doesn't Like Already Solved Problems ....... as it has started to arrest vessels with armed guards on board even if they have been provided by the Nigerian marine police, reports
London's Tanker operator. That's because the Nigerian army regards the territorial sea and EEZ (exclusive economic zone) as under its jurisdiction, said Norwegian insurance and P&I service provider Skuld. The army is not allowing armed guards on board vessels while it only provides patrol boats/escorts and not out to sea. The Int'l Group of P&I Clubs is aware of the problem and has been informed the IMO is in contact with the Nigerian Maritime Authority to have the situation clarified.

   ***Policing Containers ......as
France has warned Denmark's Maersk Line that the shipping line has until the end of the summer to find 517 containers that fell from the 7,226-TEU M/V Svendborg Maersk during a storm in the Bay of Biscay in February. Eighty per cent of the boxes lost were empty and the remainder contained dry, non-hazardous goods, including cigarettes, many of which were found washed-up along the coastline of south-west England. "It's perhaps an exceptional request on our part, but one which follows an exceptional maritime shipping incident," a spokesman for France's State Office for Maritime Affairs in Brittany said. So far 13 containers floating on the surface have been recovered by French support ships. The carrier has been billed US$340,063 for damages resulting from the incident, reported Lloyd's List. French authorities have ordered the company to draw up a detailed map indicating the exact location of the containers which sank, using a chartered ship to carry out a sonar survey of the ocean floor. "The aim of the survey is to produce cartographic data which will help fishermen avoid zones where containers lie and prevent the entanglement of nets."

    ***HKG Milestone ...... as
Hong Kong's Modern Terminals Ltd, opened the first purpose-built container terminal in Hong Kong in 1972 and now has welcomed the arrival of its 100 millionth TEU, the company announced. "One hundred million TEU, if placed end-to-end, would stretch over 600,000 kilometers or 15 times around the Earth," said a company statement. "We reached the 30 million TEU milestone in 1999, 27 years after we began handling containers in Hong Kong. Now, only 15 years later, we have achieved another landmark as we top the 100 million TEU mark," said Modern Terminals CEO Sean Kelly.

    ***No Duty For Sensors ...... as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued ruling  H251366 stating that monitoring devices placed in reefer containers to track temperature can be considered accessories of an Instrument of International Traffic (
ITT) and are exempt from duty if the container is of foreign production, and the accessory is imported separately from the ITT.   

   ***Food Scrutiny At SHA........ as Asian Tigers Mobility has advised of a significant tightening of inbound quarantine inspections this month for shipments into
Shanghai and warns shippers not to include food in HHG consignments. Asian Tigers said that quarantine and physical inspections are being done together and all inbound shipments are being x-rayed. The focus during the inspection is clearly on wooden crates and on foodstuff.If a customer insists on including food in a HHG shipment, at least  have a thorough list of permitted foodstuffs/alcohol prepared at origin to ensure a correct declaration to the quarantine inspection department in Shanghai. Any wooden crates should be clearly labelled with ISSP markings.

    ***20% of
Port of Seattle Shuts Down ......as it is to close one of its five container terminals for 5 years to upgrade the facility, according to London's Clarkson on Research Services. But the port has experienced a container throughput decline over the last few years and at present its facilities run at an estimate 40% of capacity.

>>> China's Fujian province posted a 10% year-on-year increase in provincial port container volume to 4.93 million TEU in the first 5 months of the year. >>> Hong Kong port handled 1.94 million TEU in May, representing a year-on-year increase of 4.5% from 1.87 million TEU in May last year. >>> Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported higher containerized cargo volumes in the month of May. Los Angeles handled 689,141 TEU, an 8.2% increase over May 2013. Import containers amounted to 351,402 TEU, a 7.75% increase; exports were up 2.3% to 158,473 TEU. Empty container volumes were up 15%. For the first 5 months of 2014, overall volumes are 3,315,788 TEU, an 8.2% increase over 2013. >>> Eastern China's port of Ningbo posted a 16.1% year-on-year increase in container throughput in May to 1.79 million TEU >>> Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority reported a 6.2% increase in container movement in May, having handled 2.94 million TEU compared to 2.83 million TEU in May last year. >>> Port of Virginia posted a 6.7% year on year increase in cargo volumes in May 12,865 TEU, driven by export growth of 8.7% to 8,964 TEU.

   ***This Month In U.S. Navy History
1777 - Continental Congress adopts design of present U.S. Flag
1830 - Sloop-of-war 
Vincennes becomes first U.S. warship to circle the globe
1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry arrives at Uraga, Japan to begin negotiations for a treaty with Japan
1881 - 
USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack
1934 - 
USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, VA
1944 - D-Day, in Operation Overlord, Allied invasion fleet (over 2700 ships and craft) land troops on Normandy beaches, the largest amphibious landing in history
1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.
1959 - Twenty-eight Naval vessels sail from
Atlantic to Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to seagoing ships.

    ***World's Largest Rubber Duck ...... as this unlikely vessel will sailing into the Port of Los Angeles Harbor leading the Tall Ships Grand Parade of Sail on 20 Aug. 2014 for Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles
See The Duck

    ***Meet A New Queen ...... as world travelers will not need to trek out to New York City to catch 
M/V Quantum of the Seas, the most anticipated cruise ship to-date. The ship will come to them. Royal Caribbean International has announced the details of the Quantum Global Odyssey, a 53-night epic journey, departing May 2, 2015, from the New York-metropolitan area to its new home in Shanghai (Baoshan), China. 
Tour The Vessel
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We're sorry, but there were so many sinkings, explosions, pirate attacks, fires, cargo mishaps, battles on the water & other disasters at sea that we do not have room to print even the highlights this month. Many people lost their lives at sea this month!! 

But you can read all this month's disaster news at our special Internet web feature which provides full details of each event -- our Vessel Casualties & Pirate Activity Database.  Bookmark the site and visit every day! Updated twice daily.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Please view the dramatic new pictures at our special "Gallery of Cargo Loss" website feature. 

See our feature for Nov. 2003: "Stepping In It"

See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A 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.

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2013 Top 50 Global & Domestic Third-Party Logistics Providers

2014 Guide to In-Flight Slumber - How to Get Enough Sleep

Airforwarders Assn Regulatory Compliance Committee Conference Call Minutes......10 June 2014


U.S. Merchant Marine National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) Guidelines and Maritime TV 

Remote Tower -- ONe Controller, Multiple Airports

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Which Are The Most Corrupt Nations?

Why Trucks Will Drive Themselves Before Cars Do


Buckhorn's Maximizer Collapsable Container .......video shows work can be done by one person

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Sky-Trax Optical Solutions Video ........ tracking in real time for inventory managemen with accuracy to the square inch. 


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Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide

World Trade Organization Events

11th Annual Freight Forwarders Conference .........4-7 Nov., Guangzhou, China

33th Annual Western Cargo Conference -- WESCCON......16-19 Oct. 2014, San Diego

2014 IANA Intermodal
EXPO ....... 21-23 Sept. 2014, Long Beach, CA

Africa Ports and Harbours 2014 .........1-2 July 2014, Johannesburg

Africa Rail 2014 .........1-2 July 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

Air Cargo Africa 2015 ...... 25-27 Feb. 2015, Emperors Palace. Johannesburg

E-Navigation Revolution 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition.......11-12 Nov., 2014 –London, UK


FIATA World Congress 2014 ........13-18 Oct. 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

Intermodal Europe 2014 ........11-13 November 2014, Rotterdam

EXPO -- Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) .........21-23 Sept., Long Beach, California

Maritime Innovation and Technology ........ 16-17 Oct. 2014, Malta

Middle East Rail 2015 .......17-18 March 2015, Dabai

Tall Ships Festival 2014 ........20-24 Auug. 2014, Port of Los Angeles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trade Fair in Seattle ...........9 July 2014, Seattle

USS Iowa, Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration - Hosted By Gary Sinise ............24 July 2014, Port of Los Angeles

Apps For That - iPhones & Droids>>>>>>>>>

CargoSmart Next Generation Sailing Schedules Mobile App ....... as for the first time, shippers and logistics service providers can view schedule reliability rankings in the sailing schedule search results screen so that users can quickly compare services and select the schedules that are the best fit for their supply chain planning. powerful multiple-carrier sailing schedules and schedule reliability on the go. Compiles schedules from multiple sources to ensure high quality schedule data and reliability results. The rich sailing schedule functionality and schedule reliability analysis covers over 20 ocean carriers and the top 30 ports. Free.

GoodReader ....... go-
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Google Wallet .......a fast, secure way for customers to make payments online.

WebEx .......schedule attend and host virtual meetings in HD video anywhere in the world. It's also useful for webinars and file-sharing

General Interest>>>>>>>>>

10 Of The Most Dangerous Railways In The World

Aerial Profile of the C-17 Globemaster III 

Air Bus Electric Aircraft Flies

Baby Elephant

C-47 D-Day Normandy Flyover (Video)

Color Photographs of the Hindenburg

Commercial Pilot Who Allegedly Swallowed 62 Small Bags of Cocaine Lunges at TV Photographer

The First Air Force One

Giant XC-99 Plane Was Almost The Post-WWII Airbus A380

NASA Early Experimental Planes

The Number One Vegitable Threat To Astronauts

Police Video Shows Truck Crashing Rail Gate

Suspected WWII Sea Mine Found Off Island of Kiribati

What Private Does A Billionaire Fly? B-747 Or A-380
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
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Michael S. 
McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) 
Daily Vessel Casualties
Bruce Lindsay, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel)
Maria Jackson (Countryman & McDaniel)

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