Winter Storm Grayson: Port Conditions

Dear All,

Please see the below notices regarding Charleston and Savannah Ports.

Charleston, SC: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (Source: SCPA.com)

SCPA Terminal Status Update #1
Based on the current weather forecasts, the SCPA terminals in Charleston will cease operations at
1300 today. All trucks must be in line by 1230, as terminal operations will end at 1300.
This is for WWT, NCT and CST. Inland Port Greer will remain open and operate under normal hours.
We will monitor the weather closely, but plan to reopen for operations at 1000 on Thursday January
4th.
We will post updates on the SCPA webpage as condition and status warrant updates.

Savannah, GA: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (Source: Savannahnow.com)
Georgia Ports to close operations ahead of wintry weather
With freezing temperatures and wintry precipitation predicted in Coastal Georgia, the Georgia Ports
Authority will close all terminal operations in Savannah and Brunswick starting at 4 a.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 3 until further notice.
An update on the reopening schedule will be announced no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Airfreight situation to the USA

Dear Valued Customer,

In regards to the current situation for airfreight to the USA, please find the below article by Air Cargo World for
your reference. If there are any questions feel free to contact your account representative.

Freightos pegs peak season airfreight rates at double normal levels
Caryn Livingston | December 27, 2017

As heavy seasonal shipping demand combined with flight cancellations and bad weather along certain routes, online
pricing platform Freightos estimated that airfreight rates for some routes have more than doubled during the most
recent peak season.
Early this month, Freightos already saw tight seasonal capacity pushing rates up to as high as US$13 per kilogram
for a trans-Atlantic route. Demand has remained consistently high through late December, as well, as bad weather in
Europe added to backlogs and pushed typical rates from Europe to New York’s JFK Airport from between $0.80 to
$1.30 per kilogram to between $5 and $10 per kilogram.
Shipments between Asia and Europe have also been higher during recent weeks, rising to a rate of between $7 and
$10 per kilogram, from only around $2 to $5 per kilogram seen during period with more typical demand.
These December rates, high as they are compared with normal figures, are still well below the highs seen so far this
peak season.
Against a background of IATA’s estimated 9.3 percent growth in world cargo volumes for 2017, airfreight rates
have been dramatically up this peak season. According to Freightos WebCargo CEO Manel Galindo, urgent
shipments between Hong Kong and Europe have shipped for as high as $21 per kilogram, while Europe-to-South
America airfreight rates have reached as high as $26 per kilogram.
Relief from high rates isn’t likely to emerge for some time, Galindo said – at least for rates between China and
Europe. “The current backlog probably won’t fully clear before the lead up to the Chinese New Year closedown
starts,” he added. The next Chinese New Year begins Feb. 16, 2018.

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ELD Mandate (Electronic Logging Rule) Notification – Update

December 2017

Update December 28, 2017: Further to the below notice, after meeting with many truckers please be advised that most
truckers will be reducing their free time allowance to one hour effective January 1st as a result of the new regulation.
The ELD Mandate will have an effect on rates in most markets but we are working diligently to mitigate any increase to
our customers.

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised of the following information in regards to the ELD Mandate (Electronic Logging Rule)
implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, effective December 18, 2017.

An electronic logging device (ELD) is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces
the paper logbook some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. ELD
is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track,
manage, and share records of duty status.

The impact of this mandate may lead to reduced truck capacity and reduced waiting time allowance, which may in turn
have an effect on trucking rates beginning in January, 2018. For additional details please see the attached ELD
Infographic provided by Journal of Commerce, and feel free to contact your account representative if there are any
questions.

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Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Due to Expire on December 31, 2017

December 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised of the following notice received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the
Generalized Systems of Preferences (GSP).

As per their announcement, GSP will expire on December 31, 2017 and all goods previously eligible for duty free
benefits under the program must be entered with the payment of duties and MPF. CBP has issued instructions
(CSMS 17-00789) indicating that otherwise GSP-eligible importations should be flagged with the appropriate Special
Programs Indicator (“A,” “A*,” or “A+”).
CBP is developing programing to provide for the batch processing of refunds on all importations made with SPI “A”
and duties paid in the event that GSP is renewed with retroactivity.

After the expiration of GSP, CBP will continue to allow post-importation GSP claims made via post summary correction
(PSC) and protest (19 USC 1514, 19 CFR 174) on importations made while GSP was still in effect. The CSMS further
provides that until further notice, CBP will not allow post-importation GSP claims on importations made after the
expiration of GSP. Members are advised that the phrase “will not allow” should be read as “will not approve” as
the importer has an absolute right to file a claim and, if the circumstances warrant, should do so to preserve their
rights to potential refunds.

For the full notice, please see the following weblink:
https://www.cbp.gov/trade/priority-issues/trade-agreements/special-trade-legislation/generalized-system-preferences

If we arrange your Customs entries, the broker will ensure that the applicable entries are marked in order to receive any
eligible refunds. For a list of GSP eligible countries, please see the following link:
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/gsp/Beneficiary%20countries%20March%202017.pdf

If there are any questions please feel free to contact Licensed Customs Broker, Tonya Linser: tonya@ibs-atl.com

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective January 15th, 2018

Dear all,

Please be advised of the following carrier notification of General Rate Increase (GRI) effective January 15th, 2018.

General Rate Increase (GRI) from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: January 15, 2018 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 1080 per 20′ (all types)
USD 1200 per 40′ (all types)
USD 1200 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1520 per 45′ (all types)

The GRI and PSS will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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ELD Mandate (Electronic Logging Rule) Notification

December 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised of the following information in regards to the ELD Mandate (Electronic Logging Rule)
implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, effective December 18, 2017.

An electronic logging device (ELD) is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces
the paper logbook some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. ELD
is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track,
manage, and share records of duty status.

The impact of this mandate may lead to reduced truck capacity and reduced waiting time allowance, which may in turn
have an effect on trucking rates beginning in January, 2018. For additional details please see the below picture ELD
Infographic provided by Journal of Commerce, and feel free to contact your account representative if there are any
questions.

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective January 1st, 2018

Dear all,

Please be advised of the following carrier notification of General Rate Increase (GRI) effective January 1st, 2018.

General Rate Increase (GRI) from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: January 1, 2018 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 1080 per 20′ (all types)
USD 1200 per 40′ (all types)
USD 1200 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1520 per 45′ (all types)

The GRI and PSS will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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Airfreight Delays to the USA

Dear Valued Customer,

In light of the recent challenges experienced with airfreight shipments imported into the USA, we wish to inform
you of the current situation.

As carriers have changed over from Summer to Winter schedules, available capacity has become severely limited
resulting in delays. This is compounded by the rising demand for space due to a booming economy and priority always
being given to postal mail, human remains, medical shipments, perishables, government shipments, and carrier
controlled cargo.

This has created a backlog of airfreight shipments that have been off-loaded at origin and re-planned for later flights.
Even with VIP status, dedicated space, and express service, air cargo shipments are experiencing delays as the carriers
work to accommodate the high volume of shipments.

Unfortunately, backlogs are expected to be prolonged into the New Year due to increased Holiday traffic and greater risk
of inclement weather delays.

Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely and diligently working to expedite shipments to the
fullest of our abilities while providing superior customer service. If there are any questions please feel free to reach out
to:

Cathrin Blandford / Director of Airfreight Import: CBlandford@otsusa.net
Lori Linser / Director of Operations: LLinser@otsusa.net

We greatly appreciate our customers and your understanding during this challenging season.

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective December 15th

Dear all,

Please be advised of the following carrier notification of General Rate Increase (GRI) effective December 15th.

General Rate Increase (GRI) from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: December 15th, 2017 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 800 per 20′ (all types)
USD 1000 per 40′ (all types)
USD 1000 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1265 per 45′ (all types)

The GRI and PSS will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective November 15th

Dear all,

Please be advised of the following carrier notification of General Rate Increase (GRI) effective November 15th.

General Rate Increase (GRI) from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: November 15th, 2017 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 810 per 20′ (all types)
USD 900 per 40′ (all types)
USD 900 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1140 per 45′ (all types)

The GRI and PSS will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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