Dear Valued Customers,

The following is provided for your information:

Holiday Schedule

The following offices will be closed in celebration of their local holiday:

Japan Vernal Equinox Day March 21
Hong Kong Good Friday March 30
Singapore Good Friday March 30
Australia Labour Day (Fremantle)

Labour Day (Melbourne)

March Public Holiday (Adelaide)

Good Friday

March 5

March 12

March 12

March 30

Philippines Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

March 29

March 30

Please remember that certain offices are across the International Dateline. The dates above are their dates, not the actual U.S. date.

Rate Changes

The following rate changes apply to origin/destination, respectfully:

RATE TYPE EFFECTIVE DATE DESCRIPTION AMOUNT OF INCREASE OR DECREASE
Alameda Corridor Surcharge (ACS) 2/1/2018 Export Containers transported via rail through LAX/LGB, CA FCL: 20′ / $25 and 40’/ $49

USA Trucking Industry Update

The US trucking industry is experiencing an increased driver shortage as well as other factors critically disrupting operations and ability to meet current demand. Truckers in several regions are requiring an average of two (2) weeks advance notice. Factors and areas affected:

Factors Affecting Service Affected Areas
  • New Electronic Log Device requirements
  • Decreasing availability of drivers
  • Winter weather in the Midwest, Ohio Valley, Southeast and Gulf
  • Record-breaking Import volumes
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Florida
  • Memphis, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Savannah, GA
  • Wisconsin

In an attempt to minimize delays in the supply chain, please consider taking proactive measures that include placing bookings as far in advance of the desired departure as possible and/or providing flexibility in scheduling of pickup and delivery appointment dates/times.

We will continue to monitor the situation and work on ensuring you obtain the levels of service you require and are accustomed to.

Marmorated Stink Bug Season Measures for FCL & Break Bulk Shipments ex USA to Australia

The Marmorated Stink Bug Season, which began September 1, 2017, will end on April 30, 2018. During this period, all high-risk commodities are required to be fumigated at origin to avoid delays and extra costs upon arrival in Australia.

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/season-measures?wasRedirectedByModule=true#containerised

Fuel Surcharge Increase – Hawaii, Guam, and CNMI

Matson Navigation Company (“Matson”) announced that due to a steady increase in fuel-related costs over the last three (3) months, the current fuel surcharges are changing. Accordingly, Matson will increase their ocean fuel surcharge by 1.5 percentage points. The fuel surcharge for Hawaii will be increased from 28.5% to 30%, for Guam from 29% to 30.5%, and for CNMI from 34% to 35.5%, all effective with sailings on or after Sunday, March 18, 2018.