Ocean Fuel Surcharge Decrease 12/21/14

Please be advised our primary steamship line partner, Matson Navigation, has advised that effective Sunday, December 21, 2014, the ocean fuel surcharge will decrease from current 37.5% down to 35.5%. Matson makes a practice of providing 30 day notice for upward rate adjustments, but passes on downward adjustments as soon as possible. Shipments received/processed by…

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Delayed Vessel – Mahimahi 313W

Please be advised that due to weather conditions in Oakland, California, Matson is currently showing that the Mahimahi-313W which would normally depart Long Beach this Saturday, December 13, 2014, will now be departing a day later on Sunday, December 14, with an ETA into Honolulu Friday morning, December 19, 2014. This will delay deliveries. We…

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Steamship Lines Announce Price Increase

Matson Lines and Horizon Lines both announced rate increases recently on their Hawaii service. Matson Navigation Company, Aloha Freight Forwarder’s primary steamship line partner, announced on November 25, 2014 that they will raise their rates by an average of 5.4% effective January 04, 2015. Aloha Freight Forwarders will pass this steamship line increase through to…

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Delayed Vessels

Please be advised that due to labor shortages in Oakland as well as a Port of Oakland closure due to a longshoreman fatality in Benicia affecting the MV Mokihana, there will be schedule revisions to arrival time in Honolulu. The MV Manukai will arrive Honolulu Mon 0600 Nov 24, and the MV Mokihana will arrive…

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Port Contract Negotiations

Negotiations between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have not resulted in a new contract as of yet. The 6 year collective agreement which covered nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 01, 2014. Labor shortages and low productivity are still an issue throughout the…

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Port Labor Contract & Port Congestion

There are two issues that are combining to impact operations at the West Coast ports. The expired labor contract with the Longshoremen and the high volume of containers in preparation for the holiday season have resulted in severe delays at the terminals. The ports have been heavily impacted with terminal congestion, chassis dislocations, late and…

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