Far East to USA and Canada – Peak Season Surcharge: September 15th and General Rate Increase: October 1st

Dear all,

Please be informed of the following notification by the carriers of Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) to be effective
September 15, 2016, and General Rate Increase (GRI) to be effective October 1, 2016.

Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: September 15th, 2016 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

PSS: USD 480 per 20′ (all types)
USD 600 per 40′ (all types)
USD 600 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 765 per 45′ (all types)

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

Effective Date: October 1st, 2016 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 1200 per 20′ (all types)
USD 1500 per 40′ (all types)
USD 1500 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1905 per 45′ (all types)

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

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Tropical Storm Hermine: Port Weather Conditions

Tropical Storm Hermine: Port Weather Conditions

Dear All,

Please see the below notices regarding Savannah and Charleston Ports.

Savannah, GA. – Sept. 1, 2016 – The Georgia Ports Authority continues to monitor Tropical Storm Hermine. As a result
of the severe weather, the GPA will close its facilities in both Savannah and Brunswick Friday, Sept. 2.

Charleston, SC – Sept. 2, 2016 – The South Carolina Ports Authority is closely monitoring tropical storm Hermine, which
is approaching the U.S. southeast coast.
As a result, we anticipate closing the EMPTY yards at Wando Welch Terminal and North Charleston Terminal on Friday at
12 noon. Normal vessel, reefer and loaded yard operations are expected on Friday, so long as conditions allow.

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Hanjin Shipping files for Bankruptcy Court Protection – Update: September 1st

Hanjin Shipping files for Bankruptcy Court Protection – Update: September 1st

Dear All,

Please see the following information, and the below update received today from Hanjin Shipping.
1. Hanjin vessels are not allowed to dock at ports because port operators are afraid that dock fees will not be paid
2. Hanjin containers are also not accepted at the ports because of the same fear of abandoned containers
3. There are certain Hanjin vessels which are being allowed to dock, but are immediately held under arrest at the port
4. There are at least 3 Hanjin ships from Korea, Japan and China stranded off the California coast
5. Shipping rates will go up due to the lower capacity and increasing demand before the holidays. General Rate
Increases are already planned for October/November.

9/1/2016
Dear Valued Customers.

We will be providing any information that comes our way to you during these times. What we have learned over night is
that most North American Ports, rail yards, and service providers have shut out Hanjin shipping due to the financial situation.
No Export Load nor empty containers are allowed to be in-gated to port or rail facilities. We are being advised that Import boxes
can be picked up, but additional fees to cover port charges, storage, or any other associated cost may be required in cash
payment by the customers.

To obtain these additional costs to retrieve boxes from the ports/ rails, please contact customer service for additional assistance
as they have taken the lead on this. For the east coast ecbook@us.hanjin.com/wcbook@us.hanjin.com phone 866.442.6546.

No other information has been provided at this time and we are still in a holding pattern as Korean Courts review our receivership.

Once additional information is available and further guidance is provided we will pass this along to you. Unfortunately at this time,
no further information has been provided.

We are very sorry this has happened and will continue to provide updates as they come in.

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Hanjin Shipping files for Bankruptcy Court Protection

Dear All,

Please be advised that Hanjin Shipping, the seventh largest steamship line by capacity, has filed for bankruptcy
court protection.

The impact on the shipping industry will be significant but please be assured that we are working on contingency plans
where O.T.S. Astracon and our customers could be affected. In light of this, we are working to get upcoming shipments
rebooked on new carriers to eliminate unnecessary risks. For cargo that is already enroute, we are taking whatever
steps are necessary to ensure timely release and delivery of shipments.

It is anticipated that this situation will cause capacity issues with other carriers as space becomes tight. We will monitor
this closely in order to reduce potential delay as much as possible.

Due to the impact this will have on the market, it could lead to increased rates through General Rate Increases (GRIs)
and a possible Peak Season Surcharge (PSS). As always, O.T. S. Astracon will work on mitigate these charges to the best
of our ability to keep your cargo moving at the most competitive rates possible.

This situation is very fluid but we will be monitoring it closely and keep you posted. If there are any questions in the
meantime please feel free to reach out to your account representative.

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California’s Blue Cut Fire Disrupts Transportation

Source: NCBFAA | August 22, 2016, 7:32AM EDT

Last week the San Bernardino, CA Blue Cut Fire severely hampered train and truck traffic out of the ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach. BNSF Railway provided the following statement:

BNSF resumed operations on our Cajon Subdivision, which runs between San Bernardino and Barstow, California. The
ongoing wildfire situation has limited service to two of our three main line tracks through this area with additional safety
measures, including speed restrictions, in place. BNSF crews continue to inspect and evaluate our third main line track,
and we hope to have all three main lines in full operation as soon as possible.

While trains are moving again through the Cajon Pass, the 30 hour service outage has created a substantial backlog of
traffic that will take time to clear. Customers may experience delays of 36 to 48 hours on shipments moving through this
corridor.

BNSF was made aware of the fire and immediately deployed water trucks to assist emergency personnel. The water
trucks were used to water down our infrastructure including our railroad ties and bridges. As a result of this effort and that
of fire personnel, our infrastructure had minimal damage.

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Wildfire causes rail delay in Southern California

Dear All,

As a result of the Blue Cut Fire in Southern California, please be aware that BNSF and UP Railroads have reported service
interruptions and operational delays between 36-72 hours for east and west bound traffic in Southern California.
The estimated time for reopening of the tracks is yet to be determined.

If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to your account representative.

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective September 1st, 2016

Dear all,

Please be informed of the following General Rate Increase notification, effective September 1st, 2016:

General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: September 1st, 2016 (cargo receipt date at origin)
Scope: From all origins in the Far East
To all USA and Canada destinations

GRI: USD 510 per 20′ (all types)
USD 600 per 40′ (all types)
USD 675 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 760 per 45′ (all types)

The General Rate Increase will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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PierPass Increase, effective August 8, 2016 (Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach)

Dear All,

Effective August 8, 2016 the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF), also known as PierPass, for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase as follows:
20ft: $70.49 (all types)
40ft/40ft HC: $140.98 (all types)

Quote from PierPass press release:

Beginning August 8, the TMF will be increased to $70.49 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) or $140.98 per forty-foot container.
The adjustment falls under Rule 7 of WCMTOA’s Marine Terminal Schedule No. 1, which states, “Beginning in mid-2012, the Fee shall be
adjusted annually to reflect increases in labor costs based on Pacific Maritime Association maritime labor cost figures.” The PMA negotiates
and administers maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to your account representative.

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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, effective August 1st, 2016

Dear all,

Please be informed of the following General Rate Increase notification from carrier, effective August 1st, 2016:

General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada

Effective Date: August 1st, 2016 (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 1125 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1266 per 45′ (all types)

The General Rate Increase will apply to Dry & Refrigerated cargo as well as to special cargo in Open Tops and Flat Racks.

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Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement, effective July 1st, 2016

Dear all,

Please be advised that effective July 1st, 2016 for any late, incorrect or incomplete ISF filing, USCBP will no longer be required to send requests to Headquarters for review. USCBP Ports may commence issuing liquidated damages against Importers that are not in compliance. The USCBP announcement is as follows:

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Current ISF penalties include:
• $5,000 per late ISF
• $5,000 per inaccurate ISF
• $5,000 for the first inaccurate ISF update
• A party can be fined up to two times (or $10,000) for each ISF/transaction
• Nii exams ordered at the port of discharge
• Do not load message issued at origin by carrier

If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to your account representative.

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