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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US Customs Issuance of Wood Packaging Material Penalty

Dear Valued Customer,

As you are aware, all wood packaging used to ship products internationally are subject to ISPM 15 regulations which
were developed to prevent the transportation and spread of disease and insects into new ecosystems. All wood
packaging must be stamped or branded with the IPPC mark of compliance. Penalties for failure to comply with this
regulation include but are not limited to Examination costs, return of goods to Country of Origin at Shipper’s expense,
fumigation costs, and/or costs for destruction of improper wood packaging.

US Customs has now informed the industry that effective November 1, 2017, they are taking an additional step to
ensure compliance and Importers may be assessed liquidated damages for failure to comply. The official memo is
below. We urge you to educate your suppliers and ensure compliance with this regulation as US Customs will hold you,
the Importer of Record, responsible for any violations.

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Hurricane Irma: Charleston and Savannah Port Conditions – Update Tuesday, Sept. 12

Dear All,

Please see the below updated notices regarding Charleston and Savannah Ports.

Charleston, SC:

Adverse weather conditions associated with tropical storm Irma departed the Charleston area on Monday evening,
September 11. Cargo and facilities at the South Carolina Ports Authority avoided any significant impacts, and we hope
the same for you and yours.

Gates and container marshalling yards opened at 06:00 this morning (Tuesday, September 12) and are fully operational
for the receipt and delivery of loads, empties and refrigerated cargo. Other terminals and offices are also observing
normal operational hours.

The US Coast guard completed a survey of the navigational channels this morning, and the Port of Charleston is open
without restriction.

Savannah, GA:

At approximately 2:45 on Monday afternoon the Savannah River crested below our docks at the Garden City Terminal,
and we are happy to report no water damage as a result of the storm.

In addition, hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or
other infrastructure damage.

Assessment of our other facilities including Brunswick are currently under way.

GPA’s critical workforce has returned on Tuesday morning to prepare the terminal for cargo operations.

Throughout this evening and tomorrow morning we will be working with our many logistics partners to determine re-
opening of the port and river channel. As of now, we expect truck gates to resume operation Wednesday morning.

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Hurricane Irma: Charleston and Savannah Port Conditions – Update Monday, Sept. 11

Dear All,

Please see the below updated notices regarding Charleston and Savannah Ports.

Charleston, SC:

The South Carolina Ports Authority continues to monitor conditions associated with tropical storm Irma.

The SCPA will cease all Charleston operations – breakbulk and container – at 2pm on Monday, September 11.

Normal operations will resume on Tuesday morning, September 12.

Savannah, GA:

The port remains closed through Tuesday, September 12.

Port operations are currently expected to resume on Wednesday, September 13.

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

Dear all,

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

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

Effective Date: October 1st, 2017 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 720 per 20′ (all types)
USD 800 per 40′ (all types)
USD 800 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1015 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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Hurricane Irma: Charleston and Savannah Port Conditions – Update

Hurricane Irma: Port Conditions – Update

Dear All,

Please see the below updated notices regarding Charleston and Savannah Ports.

Charleston, SC: Friday, September 8

The South Carolina Ports Authority continues to very closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma and anticipated
weather conditions.

Based on current projections, the conditions in Charleston are expected to allow safe operations. Normal gate hours
and vessel operations will continue, and all SCSPA facilities will remain open until further notice.

The safety of workers, facilities and cargo are primary considerations. Any changes to our operational posture will be
communicated as soon as they are known.

Savannah, GA: Friday, September 8

Garden City Terminal
Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.
Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017
Effective 0600 Friday Sept 8, 2017
• Export Receiving will be managed closely. All 9 day windows will continue, but only 1 vessel in each service will
• be open for receiving at a time. This will remain in effect until further notice.
• Empty Receiving and delivering will cease.
• Gate 8 will be closed Friday Sept 8, 2017, due to no empty operations at terminal
Ocean Terminal
Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.
Vessel Operations will cease at 2400 Friday Sept 8, 2017
Brunswick Terminal(s)
Gate Operations will continue until close of normal business Friday Sept 8, 2017.
Vessel Operations will cease at 1300 Friday Sept 8, 2017
Re-Opening of Terminals
The opening of the GPA terminals is dependent on Hurricane path and post facilities assessment. We will keep you all
posted about storm actions and reopening plans. Please stay safe.

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Hurricane Irma: Charleston and Savannah Port Conditions

Hurricane Irma: Port Conditions

Dear All,

Please see the below notices regarding Charleston and Savannah Ports.

Charleston, SC: Thursday, September 7

The South Carolina Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma as it approaches the United States and
will remain in close container with stakeholders and the U.S. Coast Guard on changes to port conditions.

Currently, normal gate hours are planned through and including Saturday, September 9.

Storm preparations will be made as necessary to secure facilities, equipment and cargo based on the expected arrival of
severe weather.

Future updates or charges to operation conditions will be provided as available.

Savannah, GA: Thursday, September 7

In response to Hurricane Irma, the Georgia Ports Authority will cease operations at the Ports of Savannah and
Brunswick, effective Saturday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Truck gates will close at 6 p.m. Friday in Savannah, while vessel operations will end at midnight. The Port of Savannah
will not be accepting empty container returns Friday.

At Colonel’s Island and Mayor’s Point terminals in Brunswick, gates will close at 5 p.m. Friday.

“The safety of our employees and partners in the maritime community is our highest concern,” said GPA Executive
Director Griff Lynch. “We encourage GPA staff and our neighbors to heed Governor Deal’s warning and evacuate ahead
of the storm. Our terminals in Savannah and Brunswick play a vital role in customer supply lines. After the hurricane
passes, we are committed to assessing any damage and getting our ports back up and running as quickly as possible.”

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