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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SOLAS Update

Dear all,

As per the Journal of Commerce, “With just days before the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) container weight rule takes effect, ports, marine terminals and container lines are coming closer to creating a system that will use pre-existing weighing processes to alleviate the burden on U.S. exporters.”

The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the stance that the existing U.S. laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the new requirements for SOLAS which goes into effect on July 1, 2016. The guidance from operation ports, carriers, terminals, and nations have been varied and prone to change. They are trying to rectify this and as further details become available we will share them with you.

In the meantime, please be aware that additional fees may be assessed for VGM Submission and Weighing Services, but these fees are still being negotiated and may vary by country, port, and terminal.

As more details become known we will share them with you.

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

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Panama Canal Draft Restriction: Suspended

Dear All,

Please find the below updated information from carrier in regards to the Panama Canal draft restriction, which has now been suspended:

With immediate effect the Port of Panama Canal Authority has suspended draft restrictions at Panama Canal. The maximum authorized
draft for vessels transiting the Panamax locks reverts to 12.04 m (39.5 ft) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Panama Canal transits will
therefore not experience delays related to draft restrictions.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your account representative.

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SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) effective July 1, 2016

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) container weight verification rule, issued pursuant to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) goes into effect on July 1, 2016. The U.S. is a party to the SOLAS treaty. The VGM (Verified Gross Mass) rule is intended to provide a reliable, verified container weight to reduce risk of injuries and loss of life to workers involved in ocean transport operations and to ensure that ships are loaded safely and operate within their structural and stability safety limitations.

OTS Astracon is committed to helping our shippers to prepare for the implementation of the new global safety standards.

The amendment to the IMO enforcing the SOLAS, require a packed container to have shipper-verified gross weight as a condition for loading onto a ship for export. Because the shipper is uniquely situated to know and report the weight of the container, the shipper determines the VGM for the loaded container using one of the two methods provided under SOLAS regulations:

1. Weighing the packed container using a calibrated and certified equipment OR
2. Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the weights of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare weight of the container to the sum of the single weights, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.

A person duly authorized by the shipper must certify the VGM by signing the shipping document (first and last name) and providing it to the Ocean Carrier by the VGM cut off time. It is determined that the VGM cut off time is at noon of the VGM cutoff date. If the carrier does not receive the VGM prior to the cut off time, the container cannot be loaded aboard the vessel – “No VGM, No Load” policy. Under the IMO’s International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), containers with weight higher than the maximum payload will be prohibited from being loaded on board vessels.

The mandatory information required for VGM submission are:

1. Booking Number
2. Container Number
3. Verified Gross Mass
4. Unit of Measure (Kg or Lb)
5. Authorized Person’s Signatory (First and Last Name in Capital letters)

As we get further updates, we will continue to keep you informed on this new regulation.

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Panama Canal Draft Restriction Update

Dear All,

Please find the below updated information from carrier in regards to the Panama Canal draft restriction:

The Port of Panama Canal Authority has advised that increased rainfall in the region has enabled deferment of the third draft restriction
of 11.59m (38.0ft) which was to have been effective on 9th May 2016. The revised date for this restriction is 26th May 2016.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your account representative.

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

Dear all,

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

General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada

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

GRI: USD 480 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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Panama Canal to set draft restrictions

Dear All,

Please find the below information in regards to the Panama Canal draft restrictions:

Panama Canal to set draft restrictions
Source: JOC | Greg Knowler, Senior Asia Editor | Mar 22, 2016 5:40AM EDT
The Panama Canal Authority will set draft restrictions on shipping using the vital east-west waterway as the El Nino weather phenomenon causes water levels to fall well below average for this time of year.

In an advisory to shipping, the authority set the maximum draft at 11.89 meters (39 feet) Tropical Fresh Water, effective April 18, 2016. The maximum authorized transit draft was defined as the deepest point of TFW immersion for each specific vessel in Gatun Lake.

The ACP said the measure would be taken to ensure the continuous and safe operation of the canal, it would be temporary and preventive, and the draft restrictions were a response to changing rainfall patterns associated with El Niño, which warms the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

“When this occurs, El Niño changes the pattern of rainfall in many regions of the planet,” the advisory said. “In this case, it has triggered a drought in the Canal Watershed, causing the water levels of Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes to fall substantially below their average for this time of year.”

Vessels loaded to drafts over 11.89 meters prior to, or on March 21, will have their draft restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations. Vessels loaded after March 21 shall comply with the new draft limitation, the advisory said.

Draft restrictions will be implemented in 15-centimeter (six-inch) decrements at a time, with each restriction announced at least four weeks in advance. The Panama Canal will continue to monitor and manage the water levels, and should further draft restrictions be confirmed, notice will be given at least four weeks in advance to give customers time for proper planning.

This is not the first time the Panama Canal has been forced to issue draft restrictions. Restrictions were announced last year, but rains lifted water levels and they were not necessary. El Niño brings drought to Panama and draft restrictions were imposed during the 1997-1998 season.

The Panama Canal is expected to open its new and expanded locks to commercial traffic in the third quarter, and draft restrictions will lay out a very unwelcome mat to world shipping should they still be in place. With the expanded waterway and locks, the canal will be able to handle ships that can carry up to 13,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, or more than two-and-a-half times the capacity of the current Panamax vessels.

However, carriers are not expected to immediately start deploying the largest capacity ships the new locks can handle. “At the very beginning I expect 9,000 to 10,000-TEU ships will be the workhorses for the first, say, half a year to a year, and then we will see them going to the next level, which could be anywhere from a 12,000-TEU to a 13,000-TEU vessel,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano told JOC.com.

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

Dear all,

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

General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada

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

GRI: USD 1020 per 20′ (all types)
USD 1200 per 40′ (all types)
USD 1350 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 1520 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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General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada, Postponed to April 1st, 2016

Dear all,

UPDATE: The below GRI has been postponed to April 1st, 2016. Final amounts are still pending.

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

General Rate Increase from Far East to USA and Canada

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

GRI:
USD 540 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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