July 2010

Ocean Freight

Air Cargo

Ocean Freight

Tight Space Situation - Worldwide

As expressed back in May, space on vessels is extremely tight and continues to be.
20’ containers in Hong Kong and many parts of China continue to be a particular problem. Many carriers continue to charge a 20’ reposition charge to help alleviate this situation.
This is a reminder to please have your suppliers book with our offices as far out in the future as possible. At least 2-3 weeks is very helpful out of Asia.
Europe continues to be a greater problem. Europe / U.S. still has a 3 – 4 week backlog for booking and equipment. Please keep in mind these challenges over the coming months when planning shipping. We will try to keep you updated as best as possible. The situation is changing daily.

Revised PSS

The ocean carriers have announced a revision in the Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) from Asia to the USA effective August 1, 2010 at the following amounts:
LCL $12.00 w/m (minimum $12.00)
$ 320 per 20’
$ 480 per 20’
$ 600 per 40’
$ 675 per 40’HC
$ 760 per 45’ container.

If there is a change to the PSS by carriers, we will continue to keep you informed

Ocean Carrier Chassis update

There is a trend developing worldwide of ocean carriers not providing a chassis for your incoming containers at port of discharge. Please note that so far some lines including OOCL, Evergreen, and CMA-CGM have implemented this policy. We are sure that other lines will follow due to costly repair and maintenance of the ocean carrier owned chassis pool. This means to you that the trucker picking up your loads will have to use their own chassis. There will be an additional charge for this.
In addition, please note that there is already a worldwide chassis shortage.

Air Cargo

Cargo Screening

Effective August 1, 2010, all cargo offered for transport aboard any Passenger Aircraft within or from the US must be screened. This upcoming date and its accompanying inspection mandate may create cargo backlogs in major US gateway airports. The Air Freight Industry and the Transportation Security Administration are working together to expand programs that allow cargo screening earlier in the supply chain, thereby avoiding screening delays at the airport. Please contact us for any additional information.
Please be aware that when shipping air cargo, there are many layers of security and regulations.
All cargo shipments are subject to inspection. International Freight Systems is not obligated to perform such inspection, except as may be required by law. Federal law requires air cargo shippers to give their written consent to cargo inspection, please contact us for further details.
The TSA regulates all aspects of air cargo security. Their website is www.tsa.gov

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