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UASC: GRI Europe to USA (TA WB)







Rate Restoration Program From North Europe Continent, UK, Scandinavia, Baltic & Russia to USA East Coast



29 February, 2016

In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient services, UASC will implement a rate restoration program for all dry & reefer cargo moving from North Europe Continent, UK, Scandinavia, Baltic & Russian ports to USA East Coast as per below:


 Amount: USD 175 / 275 /275 / 275 per 20’/40’/40’HC/40’RF ( including corresponding Special Equipment )
 Scope: From North Europe Continent, UK, Scandinavia, Baltic & Russia to USA East Coast
 Cargo Type: Dry & Reefer
 Effective date: 1st April 2016 (applicability date is as per last container of BL received in carrier’s custody)


Please do not hesitate to contact your local sales or customer service representative if you require further information or have any queries.
Yours sincerely,
United Arab Shipping Company (S.A.G.)




Hanjin: New Asia Mediterranean Service







February 29th, 2016

Pre-Notice: Launching Asia Mediterranean Service (HPM)


Dear Valued Customer,


Hanjin Shipping expands its sales activities in Mediterranean market by launching a new service named HPM (Hanjin Pacific Mediterranean Pendulum Service). The service is solely operated by Hanjin Shipping, starting from 1st week of April 2016.


Launch of this new service is part of Hanjin Shipping’s rationalization of service lanes based on region’s high growth potential that has been steadily continued from last year.
The new HPM service is to provide very competitive transit time from Asia to Mediterranean area, calling in various ports:



such as La Spezia, Valencia and other ports in the Mediterranean area.



It will take 25 days from Shanghai to La Spezia and 28 days to Valencia.


Meanwhile, Hanjin Shipping is continuous to expand its sales to Adriatic, South Italy and North Africa market by forming a feeder network via Malta Port.
Especially, for Adriatic region, ADN service will be replaced by new feeder service.


The rotation will be:





Please do not hesitate to contact your local Hanjin sales office in case of any further questions.
Yours faithfully,
Hanjin Shipping




Evergreen: GRI Transatlantic westbound







February 2016

General Rate Increase (GRI) Transatlantic Trade: EGLV-615 Europe to USA & Puerto Rico


Dear valued customer,


as Agent of EVERGREEN LINE we would like to inform you that the carrier has decided to announce the following General Rate Increase (GRI) in the Transatlantic Export Trade:


Trade: Europe to USA & Puerto Rico (EGLV-615)
Effective date: April 01, 2016 (carrier’s custody)
GRI quantum for all commodities:
USD 225 per 20′ Container USD 325 per 40′ Container
USD 325 per 40′ High-Cube Container USD 325 per Reefer Container


The rate increase is valid for all existing Tariff Rates, Special Quotations, as well as Service Contracts. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you require further information.
With best regards







Hapag Lloyd: Enhanced West Africa Express Service







Enhanced West Africa Express Service (WAX)

February 24, 2016


Dear Customer,


In line with our objective to continuously improve our services as well as products and with our clear commitment to the West African Trade, we are pleased to inform you that Hapag-Lloyd will restructure and further enhance the dedicated West Africa Service Network.


Effective mid of March 2016, our existing weekly West Africa Express Service (WAX) will be upgraded by deploying an additional vessel, which will enable us to extend our port coverage in the existing product.


With the restructured service, we will have a direct Apapa call on the southbound leg, as well as a Tangier call on the northbound leg providing connectivity to the comprehensive, global service network of Hapag-Lloyd.


Following the upgraded service chart and rotation:
West Africa Express (WAX)
Antwerp • Hamburg • Algeciras • Dakar • Apapa* • Tema • Abidjan • Tangier* • Antwerp





* new port in the service


With these substantial upgrades of our WAX paired with our dedicated agents and office network worldwide, we continue to offer you and your cargo a reliable and sustainable product which will meet your and markets requirements.


 Weekly, fixed day and direct connection from Antwerp and Hamburg to West Africa, inclusive Apapa and vice versa
 Most competitive transittime ex West Africa to North West Continent
 Improved connectivity to our comprehensive liner network at major West Mediterranean as well as North European hubs


Our enhanced service will start in week 11 of 2016 with the following sailing:
 Durande 1611S, DP26673
ETA Antwerp – March 14, 2016
ETA Hamburg – March 16, 2016


For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.



Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG Chairman






UASC: Asia to Europe blank Sailings







Blank sailing program Asia – Europe Container service

25 February, 2016


Together with our partners, we have reviewed our Asia – Europe Container service 1 (AEC1) on which we have reached an agreement to engage in a blank sailing program for the following vessel:


 M.V. CSCL Arctic Ocean voyage 0009W on the Asia – Europe Container service (AEC1), expected arrival at Qingdao, China (CNTAO), on 4 March, 2016, and Shanghai, China (CNSHA), on 6 March, 2016. In line with the above blank sailing, M.V. CSCL Arctic Ocean voyage 0009W, expected arrival at Qingdao, China (CNTAO), on 11 March, 2016, and Shanghai, China (CNSHA), on 13 March, 2016.


Yours sincerely,
Eric B. Williams
Vice President
Global Head of Sales & Marketing
United Arab Shipping Company (S.A.G.)




Safmarine: Cancelation of Congestion Surcharge Port Sudan







Congestion Surcharge – Port Sudan


To our Valued Client,



As per last update receive, situation in Port Sudan port is getting better and is expected to recover normal situation shortly.


We hereby withdraw Congestion Surcharge (CFD) for imports in Port Sudan with effective date 1st April 2016.


We thank you for your continuous supports.
For questions, please contact your local sales or customer service reprensentative. You will find contact details of our local offices on
Yours sincerely,
Safmarine Container Lines




Hapag Lloyd: Asia to Europe blank sailings





Far East Trade – Europe – Asia

  • Loop 6 Voiding of Sailings
    § Loop 4 Ad hoc Xiamen, Shekou, Hong Kong and Colombo westbound call, ad hoc Antwerp call, ad hoc Jebel Ali eastbound call, omission of the Port Said call
    § Loop 5 Ad hoc Kaohsiung westbound and Shekou eastbound call
    February 23, 2016
    Dear Customer,
    Further to the press release dated February 19, 2016 we would like to inform you about further details.



First affected voyages of the Loop 6 void sailings:
§ Westbound voyage W08, ETS Fuzhou February 25, 2016
§ Eastbound voyage E13, ETS Southampton March 31, 2016

Port rotation of these voided voyages:

Fuzhou • Kaohsiung • Xiamen • Nansha • Shekou • Hong Kong • Singapore • Colombo • Southampton • Antwerp • Hamburg • Rotterdam • Jebel Ali • Shekou • Fuzhou



It has been agreed by the G6 Alliance to include the following ad hoc ports to Loop 4 and Loop 5 for initially two consecutive voyages:
LP4: NYK Blue Jay 001W08 / 001E13 & NYK Hermes 013W09 / 013E14
Revised port rotation:
Ningbo • Shanghai (Yangshan) • Xiamen (new) • Shekou (new) • Hong Kong (new) • Yantian • Singapore • Colombo (new) • Port Said • Le Havre • Southampton • Antwerp (new) • Hamburg • Rotterdam • Port Said • Jeddah • Jebel Ali (new) • Singapore • Hong Kong • Ningbo



LP5: Hyundai Smart 019W07 / 019E12 & APL Changi 003W08 / 003E13
Revised port rotation:
Kwangyang • Pusan • Shanghai (Yangshan) • Ningbo • Kaohsiung (new) • Yantian • Singapore • Rotterdam • Hamburg • Southampton • Singapore • Shekou (new) • Kwangyang

Please also find below the schedule details for these two voyages which are subject to the confirmation of the berthing windows.



We will advise the port coverage of the added ports after the above two Loop 4 and Loop 5 voyages as soon as possible.
For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG





Panama Canal possible draft restrictions










Hapag Lloyd Oakland Terminal Gates



Oakland International Container Terminal Night Gates & Saturday Gates Port of Oakland, USA

February 22, 2016
Dear Customer,
Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has announced that it will operate night gates Monday through Thursday and Saturday gates. Details of OICT’s plan are included below:


Refrigerated Night Gate effective February 29, 2016:
 Monday through Thursday
 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
 Refrigerated Export In, Refrigerated Import Out, Refrigerated Empty In, Refrigerated Empty Out
 East Gate Entrance
 U. S. Customs available
 Participation requests required by noon the previous day of posted gate
 No appointments required
Saturday Gates effective: Currently running
 Next Saturday Gate: February 20, 2016
 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 East Gate Entrance
 U.S. Customs available
 Transactions: export in, empty in, one stop full out, wheeled loads, empty out (refrigerated welcome)
 No import delivery lanes 2, 6, B & K at this time
 Participation requests required by noon Friday
 No appointments required


Those customers that do not send notification to may be turned away at the gate. Please make sure your trucker effectively coordinates his planned use of the Saturday extended hours if you are able to use them.
For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG


Hapag Lloyd: New Black Sea Med Express service







New Black Sea – Mediterranean Express Service (BMX)

Connections from and to North America
February 17, 2016


Dear Customer,


We are pleased to inform you that Hapag-Lloyd is introducing the Black Sea Mediterranean Express Service which will also offer a weekly connection between ports in Egypt, Israel, Turkey and major Black Sea Ports to/from ports in North America.


The port rotation of the BMX will be:


Port Said · Damietta · Ashdod · Istanbul · Novorossiysk · Odessa · Constanta · Izmit · Izmir



Via our AZX and TPI services a weekly connection to major ports in North America is offered.






For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG