Unitrans Newsletter | Edition 15 | March 06, 2015
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In Edition 15:
Chassis Pool of Pools
DHS Shutdown Averted
Indian Labor Strike Update
TPEB Fuel Surcharges Q2 2015
> Port of Virginia Export Containers
Samsung to Build 20,150 TEU Containerships
Port Metro Vancouver Fire
> Links of the Week

Links of the Week

Air Freight Makes Slow Start in 2015

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services - January 2015

Port of Oakland Update


Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Set your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Chassis Pool of Pools

On Sunday, March 1, three chassis leasing companies, Direct ChassisLink, Flexi-Van Leasing and TRAC Intermodal, began operations of their chassis "pool of pools" at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The three chassis leasing companies control over 81% of the approximately 100,000 chassis in use at the port complex and nearby rail yards. The chassis pool will enable truckers to pick up and deliver chassis at any of the eleven container terminals regardless of which company owns the equipment. Read more about the pool of pools here.

DHS Shutdown Averted

On Friday, February 27, Congress passed a one week funding extension to delay the previously reported possible DHS shutdown. On Tuesday, March 3, Congress successfully passed the "clean" funding bill for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The bill will provide $10.7 billion for CBP through the end of fiscal year 2015, funding 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. The legislation also grants CBP nearly $150 million for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

Indian Labor Strike Update

Indian dockworker labor unions have announced a tentative agreement to postpone the previously announced March 9 strike at 12 major Indian cargo hubs. A union leader said, "On March 9, a meeting is scheduled with officials of the Indian Ports' Association; on March 12 with the Shipping Secretary; and on March 13 with the chief labor commissioner." Union workers are concerned that the Modi government goal of attracting private investment and enhancing port efficiency could lead to total privatization of the major Indian ports. Currently, about 50,000 workers are employed by the ports. Additionally, the 12 major state-owned ports account for roughly 75 percent of the nation's total container cargo volume.


Please be advised that most carriers have delayed the March 9 Trans-Pacific Eastbound (TPEB) trade general rate increase. Carriers have stated the GRI in the amount of $12/CBM, $24/MT, $480/20', $600/40', $675/40'HQ and $760/45' will now be effective March 16.

Additionally, carriers have announced a TPEB GRI in the amount of $12/CBM, $24/MT, $480/20', $600/40', $675/40'HQ and $760/45', effective April 9. Marisol International will continue to mitigate these charges to support our customers in every way possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Unitrans International account representative.

IPEB Fuel Surcharges Q2 2015

The Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement announced its 2nd quarter 2015 fuel surcharge amounts for the Trans-Pacific Eastbound trade, effective April 1. The amounts are as follows:

BAF (USWC) - $8/8/347/385/433/487 ($-3/-3/-101/-112/-126/-142 from Q1)
BAF (IPI) - $13/13/574/638/718/808 ($-5/-5/-172/-191/-215/-242 from Q1)
BAF (USEC) - $14/14/600/667/750/844 ($-6/-6/-235/-261/-294/-331 from Q1)
IFS - $253 per container ($-79 from Q1)
Local IFS - $100 per container ($-1 from Q1)

Please note that the new Low Sulfur Fuel amounts are included in the numbers above. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Unitrans International account manager.

Port of Virginia Export Containers

Due to winter weather and strong volumes, Virginia's Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) has temporarily banned NIT destined export rail containers. The Virginia Port Authority announced it is working with Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to re-open the railroad's Midwest and Ohio Valley intermodal gates to NIT traffic "as quickly and prudently as possible." Yesterday, March 5, the port authority stated that gates at NS Chicago Landers terminal would temporarily re-open to NIT-bound traffic for 12 hours on Thursday and Friday night. NS stated it will announce additional gate status information this morning, March 6. Monitor the port's operations alerts here.

Samsung to Build 20,150 TEU Containerships

Samsung Heavy Industries has signed a deal with Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines to build four new record size containerships. The new vessels will have a capacity of 20,150 TEUs, surpassing the current mega-ship TEU capacity. For comparison, the deck of the new containerships will stretch the length of four football fields. The four vessels reportedly cost just over $600 million and will be delivered in 2017.

Port Metro Vancouver Fire

On Wednesday, March 4, a four-alarm chemical fire began in an ocean container carrying trichloroisocyanuric acid, an industrial disinfectant, at Port Metro Vancouver. The port's operations on the south shore of Burrad Inlet were shut down, including railway and truck access. Crews battled the fire through Wednesday night and Centerm Terminal remained closed on Thursday. Read more about the fire in Port Metro Vancouver's media release here.


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