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Puerto Rico & USVI Posted 12/28/12

AFF de Puerto Rico Brings Andy Pacheco on Board Sales Team
AFF de Puerto Rico welcomes Raul “Andy” Pacheco as a transportation consultant for the company, which specializes in cargo freight forwarding to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Andy brings over 25 years of experience in Puerto Rico freight forwarding to AFF de Puerto Rico. View the full press release and photo here.

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Oakland Posted 12/27/12

The Oakland to Honolulu Direct Vessel Service Has Been Cancelled for Wednesday, January 2
Due to an unexpected need for a vessel rotation by the ocean carrier, there will no longer be a Wednesday, January 2, direct departure from the Port of Oakland to the Port of Honolulu. The Horizon Reliance will depart Oakland on Thursday, January 3, and will sail to Los Angeles. The result will be an additional three-day transit for Oakland cargo, which will arrive into Honolulu on Wednesday, January 9.

Any HOT customers who may be directly affected by this change in the schedule will be contacted directly by an HOT representative to determine if alternative arrangements need to be made for their cargo.

Feel free to direct immediate questions or concerns to our Customer Service Center at 800-642-6664.

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Southern California Posted 12/5/12

Tentative Deal Reached to End the Strike in Ports of LA and Long Beach
Last week we informed our customers of a strike affecting the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) Office Clerical Unit (OCU) Local #63. While the strike has not impacted the business operations of Hawaiian Ocean Transport, we have been concerned about the impacts of a long-term strike.

HOT is pleased to report that after eight days of mediation, a tentative agreement was reached between the negotiating parties last night and work resumed at both ports this morning. However, the deal will not become final until it is ratified by the full union membership.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Southern California and will keep our customers informed should there be any further strike activity in the ports.

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Hawaii Posted 12/3/12

Hawaii Carriers Announce Rate Increases, Ocean and Accessorial
The carriers serving Hawaii have announced rate increases on a number of ocean freight and accessorial fees affecting both westbound and eastbound shipments to and from Hawaii.

The major increases are on westbound ocean freight, which will go up $175.00 per container, regardless of size, and another increase in Terminal Handling Charge (THC) of $50.00 per container, regardless of size. Eastbound ocean freight will increase $85.00 per container, regardless of size, and another increase in Terminal Handling Charge (THC) of $25.00 per container, regardless of size. The carriers indicate that the combined increase will result in an overall increase averaging 5.60%. Finally, the carriers have indicated that they will increase the wharfage charges in July 2013.

American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will continue to do everything within our control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers. However, based on these recently announced increases, we will have to increase some of the rates we charge our customers. The adjusted rates will become effective on January 1, 2013.

Within the next couple of weeks, AFF/HOT will provide all customers with a detailed breakdown of the impact these most recent increases will have on their ocean rates for both full container and loose shipments, as well as any increases in accessorial fees.

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Southern California Posted 11/30/12

Labor Dispute Affecting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Since Tuesday, operations in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been impacted by a strike of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) Office Clerical Unit (OCU) Local #63.

Picketing clerical employees are from 10 of the 14 shipping piers in the LA/Long Beach port complex and longshoremen working at those piers are honoring the OCU strike by not crossing over the lines to go to work. As of late yesterday, talks resumed and they have continued today.

American Fast Freight/Hawaiian Ocean Transport does utilize one of the carriers, Matson Navigation, who has an independent contract with the OCU and is not affected by the strike.

Horizon Lines has secured TraPac, Inc., as the terminal operator for this week’s sailing of the Horizon Spirit, JB210S. Horizon Lines began offloading last night and expect to load and depart for Hawaii this weekend.

American Fast Freight/Hawaiian Ocean Transport does have terminals up and down the west coast. We service Hawaii/Guam from all three ports and have contingencies in place to move cargo to other ports if needed. We will continue to very closely monitor the strike situation. Our AFF/HOT transportation consultants will touch base personally with any of our customers who may experience any delay in their cargo shipments due to these port activities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our Customer Service Center at 800-642-6664 or speak to your sales representative.

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Christmas and New Year’s Posted 11/19/12Updated 12/6/12

Christmas and New Year’s 2012 Holiday Schedules are Posted
Alaska

Christmas: There will only be one northbound sailing in the week prior to the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 21. To ensure your freight makes it to Alaska before the Christmas holiday, we strongly suggest customers utilize the Friday, December 14, northbound sailing.

Due to limited capacity for the December 21 northbound sailing, all cargo must be received at American Fast Freight’s Fife facility no later than noon on Wednesday, December 19, to make this sailing.

There will be one northbound sailing during the week of Christmas on Thursday, December 27. Due to limited capacity, all cargo must be received at American Fast Freight’s Fife facility no later than noon on Thursday, December 27, to make this sailing. Alaska will be operating with a skeleton crew in receiving and dispatch on Monday, December 24. All locations will be back to full crews on Wednesday, December 26.

New Year’s: There will only be one northbound sailing during the week of New Year’s on Friday, January 4. Due to limited capacity, all cargo must be received at American Fast Freight’s Fife facility no later than noon on Friday, January 4, to make this sailing. Alaska will be operating with a skeleton crew in receiving and dispatch on Monday, December 31. All locations will be back to full crews on Wednesday, January 2.

Offices: All American Fast Freight offices and freight terminals will be closed on Tuesdays, December 25 and January 1, including the Fife, Renton, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai-Soldotna locations.

Hawaii & Guam

Port of Long Beach: There will be two sailings during the weeks prior to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from the Port of Long Beach to the Port of Honolulu and Guam. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2 departures will be noon on the Friday prior (12/21 and 12/28, respectively). Cargo cut-off for Saturday departures will remain the same as usual.

Port of Oakland: During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, there will not be a Tuesday vessel departure. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Wednesday vessel departures for these two weeks will be noon on Fridays, December 21 and 28.

Port of Seattle: Vessel departures and cargo cut-off to AFF’s Fife terminal will remain the same as usual.

Offices: The Carson, San Leandro and Honolulu offices and freight terminals of Hawaiian Ocean Transport will be closed on Tuesdays, December 25 and January 1.

Puerto Rico

Christmas: AFF de Puerto Rico’s Fife, Washington, office will have limited staffing on Monday, December 24. Both the Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, terminals will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25.

New Year’s: AFF de Puerto Rico’s Fife, Washington, office will have limited staffing on Monday, December 31. Both the Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, terminals will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1.

Other Puerto Rico January Holidays: San Juan’s terminal will also be closed on Monday, January 1, in observance of Epiphany Day; Monday, January 14, in observance of Eugenio Maria de Hostos’ Day; and on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our national Customer Service Call Center at 800-642-6664.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season and a happy new year!

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Alaska Posted 11/16/12

Alaska Carriers File for a General Rate Increase of Four Percent
The carriers serving the Alaska market recently announced a filing for a four percent (4.00%) General Rate Increase with the Surface Transportation Board, effective December 16, 2012.

American Fast Freight (AFF) will implement a four percent (4.00%) General Rate Increase to accommodate this filing, effective December 16, 2012.

Over the next few weeks customers will receive a revised proposal from their AFF transportation consultant.

AFF continues to take all reasonable steps to maintain its competitiveness in the market while continuing to offer our customers a broad spectrum of transportation services, state-of-the-art technology and superior customer service.

If you have any questions, please contact American Fast Freight at 800-642-6664.

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Thanksgiving Posted 10/26/12

Thanksgiving 2012 Holiday Schedules Announced
Alaska:
American Fast Freight’s offices and freight terminals in Fairbanks and Kenai-Soldotna, Alaska, and in Fife, Washington, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23. The Anchorage office and freight terminal will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22; however, it will operate with a skeleton crew on Friday, Nov. 23.

American Fast Freight’s affiliates, Alaska Archives and American Relocation Services, will be open with limited staff on Friday, Nov. 23; AFF Distribution Services will be closed both on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23.

Northbound: There will be only one sailing during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Tacoma northbound to the Port of Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 21th. Our normal cut-off for receiving cargo in Fife will remain in effect as 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday. There is no northbound sailing to Anchorage on Friday. As there is only the one sailing this week, we recommend that cargo be delivered to AFF prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Any hazardous materials shipments scheduled for this single voyage must be at AFF by 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to make this sailing.

Southbound: There will be two sailings leaving the Port of Anchorage southbound to the Port of Tacoma during the week of Thanksgiving — on Sunday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Sunday’s vessel will discharge cargo in Tacoma on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tuesday’s sailing will discharge cargo in Tacoma on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 28 (8-day transit).
There will only be one sailing leaving the Port of Anchorage southbound to the Port of Tacoma during the week following Thanksgiving, departing on Sunday, Nov. 25. Cargo discharge in Tacoma from that sailing will be on Friday, Nov. 30 (5-day transit).

Hawaii:
The Carson, San Leandro, Honolulu and Fife offices and freight terminals of Hawaiian Ocean Transport will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. There will be partial crews available on Friday, Nov. 23.

There will be two sailings during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Long Beach to Port of Honolulu. There will be no change in vessel departures and arrivals. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Wednesday departure will be 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Saturday vessel departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The port of Honolulu will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so any deliveries normally scheduled for Thursday will be made on Friday.

There will be two sailings during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Oakland to the Port of Honolulu. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Tuesday night departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, Nov. 19. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Thursday vessel departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

And there will be the normal weekend sailing out of Seattle. Cut-off for receipt of cargo in Fife will be 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Have a wonderful , warm Thanksgiving holiday!

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Alaska Posted 9/11/12

Keep From Freezing Protective Service for the Winter 2012-13 Will Begin on October 1
It seems like only yesterday that we in the north were experiencing ice storms and snow, but that time of year is nearly upon us once more. That means American Fast Freight will start offering Keep From Freezing (KFF) Protective Service, effective on all shipments received on or after October 1, 2012. This service typically remains in effect until approximately mid-April, depending on weather conditions. For all shippers who have products which are susceptible to damage from exposure to freezing temperatures, this service will offer the protection needed.

American Fast Freight, Inc., has taken rising costs into consideration and has decided NOT to increase the KFF charges above those of the past two years.

Please note: Any AFF client who does not wish to have this service provided should contact the nearest American Fast Freight office and request a waiver form. If no waiver form is requested, the KFF protective service will automatically be provided as needed and invoiced for at the rates shown below.

Minimum
$/CWT
Maximum
Anchorage:
$25.00
$1.25
$300.00
Fairbanks:
$30.00
$1.50
$400.00
Kenai:
$30.00
$1.50
$400.00
The KFF Waiver Form can also be downloaded from our website at www.americanfast.com. Click on “Divisions,” then “American Fast Freight” and then click on “KFF Waiver Form” under “Related.”

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 9/7/12

Hawaii and Guam Ocean Carriers File for a 4.50% Fuel Surcharge Increase
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of four-and-one-half percent. This increase will take the fuel surcharge from 39.00% to 43.50% for the Hawaii service, and from 35.50% to 40.00% for the Guam service, effective October 7, 2012. The increase follows two consecutive decreases in June and July 2012, which totaled a decrease of 6.50%.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

43.50% of freight charges, effective October 7, 2012

Guam:

40.00% of freight charges, effective October 7, 2012

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 31.50% effective on August 24, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 22.00% effective on August 27, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

Alaska Posted 8/30/12

AFF Breaks Ground on a New Freight Facility in Anchorage
AFF proudly announces the groundbreaking of a new freight facility adjacent to its current facility off W. International Airport Road in Anchorage.

The design was completed by Gary Peterson of GPARCH Architects and the construction is being managed by Watterson Construction; both are Anchorage-based businesses.
The new warehouse space will be 50 percent bigger than the old facility at nearly 30,000 square feet. Included in that space is a high pile storage chill/freeze area with product receiving doors located directly in the coolers.

“This feature makes AFF the only freight forwarder in the Alaska market which receives temperature-sensitive product directly into its correct temperature environment on both sides of the water,” said AFF Vice President of Operations Joel Boyd.

The facility’s structure will be what is called “90-foot clear span,” meaning the building will be a completely open floor with no support poles creating obstacles for busy forklift traffic. There will also be 17 additional doors for a total of 49, as well as two drive-down ramps with doors and a covered back dock.

“With more doors, more space and no poles, we will have significant efficiency improvement,” Boyd said. “We are genuinely excited about expanding our capabilities to better support the needs of our customers.”

American Fast Freight expects to begin operations from the new facility in November 2012. They will continue to utilize the existing facility as extra storage and as a project freight staging area.

Artist’s rendering of American Fast Freight’s new Anchorage facility opening in late 2012.
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Puerto Rico, USVI Posted 8/22/12

Ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Close in Anticipation of Hurricane Isaac
In Puerto Rico, Governor Luis Fortuno has declared a state of emergency and schools and government agencies are closed today as Tropical Storm Isaac churns toward the region. With sustained winds currently reaching upwards of 45 miles per hour and gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, the U.S. Coast Guard has also closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to incoming commercial vessels larger than 200 gross tons.

The storm is expected to pass just south of Puerto Rico on Thursday and is expected to develop into a hurricane about that time. The U.S. National Hurricane Center expects Isaac to reach Florida by Monday.

Cargo vessel departures to Puerto Rico from the ports of Jacksonville, Houston, and Pennsauken and Elizabeth, N.J., will be suspended until it is safe to resume waterfront activities and the Port of San Juan reopens. Please check American Fast Freight’s website news page for updates as they are made available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Labor Day Posted 8/14/12

Labor Day Observance Will Affect Cargo Cut-Offs
The offices and terminals of American Fast Freight, Inc. and its divisions and affiliated companies – Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc., AFF de Puerto Rico, American Relocation Services, AFF Distribution Services, AFF Logistics, and Alaska Archives — will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observation of Labor Day. AFF’s Anchorage facility will be open and delivering freight that day; however, there will be a skeleton crew for office staff and will calls will not be performed.

There will be no changes in the various vessel departures that week to Hawaii, Guam or Alaska. However, due to the holiday closures, some cargo cut-off times and deliveries will be affected:

Cargo cut-off in San Leandro for the Sept. 4 sailing out of Oakland will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.
Cargo cut-off in Carson for the Sept. 5 sailing out of Long Beach will be noon (12 p.m.) on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Any deliveries at any location (except Anchorage) that is normally scheduled for Monday will be made on Tuesday, unless prior arrangements have been made.
In the Port of Anchorage, southbound cargo needs to be booked into the American Fast Freight facility by 2 p.m. on Friday (8/31) for the Sunday (9/2) departure, unless special arrangements have been made for the Tuesday departure.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Puerto Rico Posted 7/13/12

Upcoming July Puerto Rico Holidays will Affect Cargo Movement
Puerto Rico observes all federal holidays of the United States, as well as several holidays established by the Commonwealth government. Three of these public holidays in Puerto Rico are held in July. During these observances, the government of Puerto Rico will be closed, including the Departamento de Hacienda. These closures will prevent cargo coming into the Port of San Juan from being cleared and released.

Monday, July 16 — Birthday of Don Luis Muños Rivera. Operations will resume on Tuesday, July 17.
Wednesday, July 25 — Constitution Day.
Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27 — Birthday observance of Dr. José Celso Barbosa. Operations will resume on Monday, July 30.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Hawaii Posted 7/10/12

Maunawili Voyage 103W will be Delayed into Honolulu
As a result of mechanical problems to its turbo charger and weather delays experienced in June, Matson’s Maunawili voyage 103W will be delayed departing the Port of Long Beach. It is now scheduled to depart on Thursday morning, July 12 and will arrive in Honolulu on Monday morning, July 16. Honolulu operations will adjust the gate hours and the neighbor island barge schedule to minimize delays to cargo availability. The vessel’s arrival into Guam will not be delayed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 7/10/12

Another Fuel Surcharge Decrease Filed by Hawaii and Guam Ocean Carriers
For the second time within a month, the ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed for a fuel surcharge decrease with the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This time, the decrease is for three percent (3.00%). This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 42.00% to 39.00% for the Hawaii service, and from 38.50% to 35.50% for the Guam service, effective July 15, 2012.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

39.00% of freight charges, effective July 15, 2012

Guam:

35.50% of freight charges, effective July 15, 2012

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.50% effective on June 24, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 24.00% effective on June 13, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Puerto Rico Posted 6/26/12

Due to Storm, Customers Encouraged to Get Freight to Jacksonville Terminal Early
Tropical Storm Debby sloshed over the northwestern shores of Florida and has already dumped two feet of rain on parts of the state, causing flooding as far south as Tampa Bay. While local forecasters do expect the weather to improve over the next few days as the storm moves east over the Atlantic, until it does, the Jacksonville area will continue to battle rain and winds topping at 50 miles per hour. Standing water and overflowing creeks have also caused the closure of portions of Interstate 10 and dozens of surface streets across north Florida.

Customers should be aware this storm has the potential to disrupt drayage to and from the Port of Jacksonville and the Puerto Rico shipping lane. Customers are advised to transport their cargo to our terminal in Jacksonville earlier than normal to ensure it makes its designated sailing.

Our Puerto Rico Division General Manager, Joe Franza , continues to closely monitor all customer freight loads and so far none have missed their scheduled sailing date due to the weather.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our national Customer Service Call Center at 800-642-6664.

Alaska Posted 6/20/12

South Central Alaska Barge Carriers Decrease Fuel Surcharge
The barge carriers serving South Central Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of one-and-one-half percent (1.50%). This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 30.00% to 28.50%, effective June 24, 2012.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

42.00% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2012

Guam:

38.50% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2012

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.50% effective on June 24, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 24.00% effective on June 13, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 6/18/12

Alaska Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Decrease
The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of two-and-one-half percent (2.50%). This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 35.00% to 32.50%, effective June 24, 2012.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

42.00% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2012

Guam:

38.50% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 30.00% effective on March 4, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 24.00% effective on June 13, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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All Markets Posted 6/12/12

Important Industry Information Regarding New North American Emission Control Area (ECA)
Effective this August, vessels operating within 200 nautical miles of the coastline of the United States and Canada will be within an area designated as the North American Emission Control Area and will be required to use low-sulfer marine fuel. While this new regulation will yield significant health and welfare benefits for beast and man, it will likely have a financial impact on the shipping community, especially in the Alaska trade where the entire shipping route lies within 200 miles of the shoreline. Click for further information.

Hawaii, Guam Posted 6/12/12

Hawaii, Guam Carriers Lower Fuel Surcharge by 3.50 Percent
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a three-and-a-half percent (3.50%) fuel surcharge decrease. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 45.50% to 42.00% for the Hawaii service, and from 42.00 to 38.50% for the Guam service, effective June 17, 2012.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

42.00% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2012

Guam:

38.50% of freight charges, effective June 17, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 30.00% effective on March 4, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 24.00% effective on June 13, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Renton Posted 6/6/12

Stephen L. Day Named President and CEO of American Fast Freight
Stephen L. “Steve” Day was named by the board of directors for American Fast Freight, Inc. (AFF), to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. He brings an extensive background in transportation and logistics law to the company.
Mr. Day joined AFF as Vice President of Corporate Counsel in June 2005. He became Chief Operating Officer in August 2007 and President in June 2009.
Prior to joining AFF, Mr. Day was with the Seattle law firm of Betts, Patterson & Mines, where he was a director and founder of the firm’s transportation and logistics law practice group. He served as chair of that practice group throughout his career at that firm. He joined the firm in 1995 after retiring from a federal service career and served as the firm’s President and CEO from 2001 to June 2005.
The CEO position was previous held by company co-founder Tim Jacobson, who will continue to work for the company from Alaska as Executive Vice President, Business Development. Press release.

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Alaska Posted 6/4/12

Southeast Alaska Barge Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Decrease
The barge carriers serving Southeast Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a one percent (1.00%) fuel surcharge decrease. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 25.00% to 24.00%, effective June 13, 2012.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

45.50% of freight charges, effective February 26, 2012

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 30.00% effective on March 4, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 24.00% effective on June 13, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Honolulu Posted 6/4/2012

Vessel Horizon Spirit will be Delayed, Arriving into Honolulu Friday 6/8

The vessel Horizon Spirit (JB197S) will be delayed arriving into Honolulu, as a crewmember has taken seriously ill. The vessel is currently steaming back toward the closest West Coast port to achieve a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuation. Once the crewmember is safely evacuated, the vessel will turn back to continue its voyage to Honolulu.

The situation is still developing, however at present we anticipate an evening arrival on Friday, June 8. Hawaiian Ocean Transport will be attempting to contact all customers that have cargo on the delayed vessel to ensure they are aware of the delay. We will continue to provide updates to vessel transit times they become available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Fourth of July Posted 5/31/2012

Fourth of July Holiday Schedule Announced

In observance of Independence Day (Fourth of July), the American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport terminals, as well as AFF Logistics and American Relocation Services, will be closed at all locations on Wednesday, July 4, and will not be receiving cargo that day unless special arrangements have been made in advance. Because of the holiday, some sailing schedules and cargo cut-off times will be affected:

In the Port of Tacoma, cargo cut-off at AFF’s Fife facility will be 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, for the 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, sailing to Anchorage.
In the Port of Tacoma, cargo cut-off at AFF’s Fife facility will be noon on Tuesday, July 3, for the 1 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, sailing to Anchorage.
In the Port of Anchorage, AFF Anchorage’s will-call will be closed on Wednesday, July 4; however, dispatch and deliveries will proceed as usual.
Cargo cut-off at our Oakland and Long Beach area terminal facilities will remain as usual.
In the Port of Honolulu, deliveries normally scheduled for Wednesdays will be made on Thursday, July 5.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Rancho Dominguez Posted 5/25/2012

Hawaiian Ocean Transport Will Be Moving to a New Southern California Location June 25

Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc., (HOT) is thrilled to announce we will be relocating the Rancho Dominguez (Long Beach) freight terminal to a larger facility about three miles away in Carson. The new location features easier access to major freeways, more yard space, and expanded square footage and storage areas. Our new facility supports our company mission of continually improving our services for our valued customers.

Operations will begin out of our new facility on Monday, June 25, 2012. Please see below for our new address and phone numbers or click for driving directions to the new facility.

Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc.
1160 E. Watson Center Road
Carson, CA 90745

Phone: (310) 518-2020
Fax: (310) 518-2022
Toll Free: (800) 642-6664

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Hawaii Posted 05/14/2012

Mechanical Problems Delay Horizon Lines Vessel Pacific into Honolulu

The Horizon Lines vessel, Pacific, experienced some mechanical problems en route to Honolulu.

The normal arrival time is Sunday night. This delay means the Pacific will not arrive until late Monday night; hence, there will be a delay in recovery and cargo deliveries of about 24 hours.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664. We regret any inconvenience.

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Memorial Day Posted 5/9/2012

Terminals Closed for Memorial Day 2012

In observance of Memorial Day, the American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport terminals, as well as AFF Logistics and American Relocation Services, will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2012. While the offices will be partially staffed, the operations terminals will not be receiving cargo on that day, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

The Memorial Day closures include our facilities in: Rancho Dominguez and San Leandro, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fife and Renton, Washington; and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna, Alaska. Our Alaska dispatch will be open.

There will be no change in the various vessel departures that week to Hawaii, Guam or Alaska. However, due to the holiday closures, some cargo cut-off times and deliveries will be affected:

Cargo cut-off in San Leandro for the May 31 sailing out of Oakland will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25.
Cargo cut-off in Rancho Dominguez for the May 30 sailing out of Long Beach will be noon (12 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 29.
All Hawaii deliveries normally scheduled for Monday will be made on Tuesday.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Alaska Posted 05/1/2012

Automatic Keep From Freezing (KFF) Service Has Been Discontinued for the 2011-12 Season

The automatic Keep From Freezing (KFF) service for the winter 2011-2012 season has been discontinued. Any customer wishing to continue having KFF service provided for their shipments should contact our Customer Support Center at 800-642-6664. KFF service will be reinstated as weather conditions dictate on or about the end of September 2012.

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Alaska Posted 3/19/12

Zach Jacobson Promoted to Alaska Sales Manager for AFF
American Fast Freight (AFF) announces the promotion of Zach Jacobson to Sales Manager in Anchorage.
Zach grew up in Alaska and has worked for AFF for over 13 years, beginning in the warehouse back in 1998. For the past year, he worked as the Assistant Sales Manager. In his new position, Zach will lead the Alaska sales team located throughout the state and will spearhead the company’s strategic efforts to continue growing the business in Alaska.

View the entire press release with photo.

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Guam Posted 3/13/12

The Port Authority of Guam Announces Terminal Handling Charge Increase
The Port Authority of Guam recently announced they will be increasing their Terminal Handling Charge (THC) on shipments to and from the island of Guam. Although the increase went into effect on March 1, American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will temporarily absorb this increase until an effective date of April 8, 2012.

AFF/HOT will provide our Guam customers with a breakdown of how this increase will impact the ocean rates for both full container loads and loose shipments. We will continue to do everything within our control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers.

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Alaska Posted 2/28/12

Alaska Barge Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increases
The barge carriers serving both South Central Alaska and Southeast Alaska have filed for fuel surcharge increases, effective March 4, 2012. The South Central Alaska increase will be two percent (2.00%) and will take the fuel surcharge from 28.00% to 30.00%. The Southeast Alaska increase will be one-and-one-half percent (1.50%) and will take the fuel surcharge from 23.50% to 25.00%.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

45.50% of freight charges, effective February 26, 2012

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 30.00% effective on March 4, 2012
Southeast Alaska is 25.00% effective on March 4, 2012
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Puerto Rico Posted 2/27/12

Puerto Rico Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase, Minimum Charge is Raised
The ocean carriers serving Puerto Rico have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a seven percent (7.00%) fuel surcharge increase that will take the surcharge from $0.65 per cubic foot (or $2.64 per hundredweight, whichever is greater) to $0.70 per cubic foot (or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater), effective March 5, 2012. The minimum charge has also increased from $50.00 to $55.00.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

45.50% of freight charges, effective February 26, 2012

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum, $0.70 per cubic foot, or $2.80 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective March 5, 2012.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 2/1/12

Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase for Hawaii Shipments
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a five percent (5.00%) fuel surcharge increase. This increase takes the fuel surcharge from 40.50% to 45.50%, effective February 26, 2012.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

45.50% of freight charges, effective February 26, 2012

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 1/4/12

Poor Weather Causes Vessel Delays into Hawaii
Due to poor weather and unfavorable sea conditions, ocean carriers leaving California ports on December 31, 2011 bound for Hawaii are running 12-15 hours behind schedule. The voyages affected include Matsonia 522 and Horizon Spirit 186.

Vessel operations will begin Thursday morning, January 5, 2012. These delays may affect inter-island barge connections.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact your AFF/HOT representative or call our national Customer Service Call Center at 800-642-6664.

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Alaska Posted 1/4/12

Alaska Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase
The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a one percent (1.00%) fuel surcharge increase. This increase takes the fuel surcharge from 34.00% to 35.00%, effective January 1, 2012.

Alaska:

35.00% of freight charges, effective January 1, 2012

Hawaii:

40.50% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 1/3/12

Charlie Battiato Takes New Position as Hawaii Sales Manager in Honolulu
Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) is pleased to announce the addition of Charlie Battiato as Hawaii Sales Manager to the company’s sales team based in Honolulu.
Charlie comes to HOT from Horizon Lines, where he spent the past 11 years working out of the Honolulu and then Oakland offices as a Strategic Account Director/Neighbor Island Sales Manager and a Regional Sales Manager. Prior to his time at Horizon, Charlie worked for American President Lines in Oakland and Seattle.

Charlie has worked nearly 30 years in the transportation industry. View the entire press release with photo.

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California Posted 1/2/12

AFF Hires Tony Marques as New Director of Sales, Western Region
American Fast Freight (AFF) is pleased to announce that Tony Marques has been hired as the company’s new Director of Sales, Western Region.
Tony will be based in the Rancho Dominguez, Calif., office of AFF’s division, Hawaiian Ocean Transport. He will oversee sales in the western half of the United States to ensure the company’s continued growth and that customer service goals are exceeded.

Tony brings over 25 years of sales leadership experience to the company. View the entire press release with photo.

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Alaska Posted 12/6/11

Southcentral Alaska Experiences Wild Weather, May Cause Service Delays
Hurricane-force winds battered Southcentral Alaska over the past weekend. The warmer temperatures brought on by the winds melted previously-fallen snow and overnight temperatures dropped Sunday night, freezing the wet roads. The result was extremely hazardous driving conditions for the entire region.

Many residents chose to stay home from school and work; therefore, our customers may experience service delays in Alaska over the next few days. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our Anchorage office at (907) 248-5548 or (800) 478-7699.

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Hawaii Posted 12/2/11

Hawaii Carriers Announce Rate Increases, Ocean and Accessorial
The carriers serving Hawaii have announced rate increases on a number of ocean freight and accessorial fees affecting both westbound and eastbound shipments to and from Hawaii.

The major increases are on westbound ocean freight, which will go up $175.00 per container, regardless of size, and another increase in Terminal Handling Charge (THC) of $50.00 per container, regardless of size. Eastbound ocean freight will increase $85.00 per container, regardless of size, and another increase in Terminal Handling Charge (THC) of $25.00 per container, regardless of size. The combined increase will result in an overall increase averaging 5.60%. Finally, the carriers have indicated that they will increase the wharfage charges in July 2012.

Carriers cite a number of reasons justifying the increases, including increased security and port operation costs and their ongoing investment in equipment and vessels.
American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will continue to do everything within our control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers. However, based on these recently announced increases, we will have to increase some of the rates we charge our customers. The adjusted rates will become effective on January 2, 2012
Within the next two weeks, AFF/HOT will provide all customers with a detailed breakdown of the impact these most recent increases will have on their ocean rates for both full container and loose shipments, as well as any increases in accessorial fees.

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Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico Posted 11/17/11 – Updated 11/29/11

2011 Christmas and New Year’s Office and Sailing Schedules

Alaska
Christmas: There will only be one northbound sailing this week on Friday, December 23. Due to limited capacity, all cargo must be received at American Fast Freight’s Fife facility no later than noon on Thursday, December 22, to make this sailing. We ask that all dispatch requests be called in no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. Alaska deliveries for this week will begin on Wednesday, December 28.
New Year’s: There will only be one northbound sailing this week on Friday, December 30. All cargo must be received at American Fast Freight’s Fife facility no later than noon on Thursday, December 29, to make this sailing. We ask that all dispatch requests be called in no later than 5 p.m. on Wedenesday, December 28. Alaska deliveries for this week will begin on Wednesday, January 4.

Northbound cutoff for hazardous materials is noon on Thursdays, December 22 and 29.

Offices: All American Fast Freight offices and freight terminals will be closed on Mondays, December 26 and January 2, including the Fife, Renton, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai-Soldotna locations.
AFF’s affiliates, American Relocation Services and AFF Distribution Services, will also be closed on Mondays, December 26 and January 2.

Hawaii
Port of Long Beach: There will be two sailings during the weeks prior to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from the Port of Long Beach to Port of Honolulu. There will be no change in vessel departures and arrivals. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Tuesday night departures will be 5 p.m. on Fridays, December 23 and 30.

Port of Oakland: There will be two sailings during the week prior to the New Year’s holiday from the Port of Oakland to the Port of Honolulu. There will be no change in vessel departures and arrivals. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Tuesday night departures will be at the close of business on Fridays, December 23 and 30.
Port of Seattle: The weekend sailing out of Seattle will be on Saturdays, December 24 and 31. Cut-off for receipt of cargo in Fife will be noon on Fridays, December 23 and 30.
Offices: The Rancho Dominguez, San Leandro and Honolulu offices and freight terminals of Hawaiian Ocean Transport will be closed on Mondays, December 26 and January 2.

Puerto Rico
Cargo cut-off for the week of Christmas will be noon on Wednesday, December 21. The following week, cargo cut-off will be noon on Thursday, December 29.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our national Customer Service Call Center at 800-642-6664.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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Alaska Posted 11/11/11

Alaska Carriers Announce General Rate Increases
The carriers serving Alaska recently announced General Rate Increase filings with the Surface Transportation Board to take effect on December 11, 2011. The increases will be basically across the board on all filed tariffs at 4.00%.

The carriers cite the need for these increases based on their on-going investments to upgrade their fleets and to purchase additional containers, trailers and associated handling equipment.

American Fast Freight will continue to take all reasonable steps to maintain competitive, cost-effective freight rates for our customers; however, a significant portion of these new cost increases will have to be shared with the shipping community. Once we have determined the impact of these freight rate increases, we will individually notify our customers of how this may affect their current freight rates.

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Thanksgiving Posted 11/3/11

Thanksgiving 2011 Holiday Schedules Announced
Alaska:

American Fast Freight’s offices and freight terminals in Fairbanks and Kenai-Soldotna, Alaska, and in Fife, Washington, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25. The Anchorage office and freight terminal will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24; however, it will be open on Friday, Nov. 25.

There will be only one sailing during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Tacoma northbound to the Port of Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 23th. Our normal cut-off for receiving cargo in Fife will remain in effect as 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday. There is no northbound sailing to Anchorage on Friday. As there is only the one sailing this week, we recommend that cargo be delivered to AFF prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Any hazardous materials shipments scheduled for this single voyage need to be at AFF by 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to make this sailing.

American Fast Freight’s affiliates, Alaska Archives and American Relocation Services, will be open with limited staff on Friday, Nov. 25; AFF Distribution Services will be closed both on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25. The Alcan Highway Express Service will continue its regular schedule, leaving Tacoma on Tuesday and arriving in Anchorage on Friday.

Hawaii:

The Rancho Dominguez, San Leandro, Honolulu and Fife offices and freight terminals of Hawaiian Ocean Transport will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. There will be partial crews available on Friday, Nov. 25.

There will be two sailings during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Long Beach to Port of Honolulu. There will be no change in vessel departures and arrivals. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Tuesday night departure will be 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Friday night vessel departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The port of Honolulu will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so any deliveries normally scheduled for Thursday will be made on Friday.
There will be two sailings during Thanksgiving week from the Port of Oakland to the Port of Honolulu. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Tuesday night departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, Nov. 21. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Thursday vessel departure will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
And there will be the normal weekend sailing out of Seattle. Cut-off for receipt of cargo in Fife will be 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Our national Customer Service Call Center (800-642-6664) will be staffed to route calls to on-call personnel on Friday, Nov. 25. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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Puerto Rico Posted 10/20/11

New Puerto Rico Invoice Line Item Will Reflect All Port-Implemented Fees
Last month, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority announced the adoption of Resolution 2011-026 which implements an “Enhanced Scanning Fee” on all cargo containers arriving at any port in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

To simplify customer invoices, American Fast Freight will combine the new Enhanced Security Fee with the existing Port Security Charge and Port Authority Fee under the single line item called “Port Authority Surcharges.” Effective October 31, 2011, the new combined charge will show as follows:

Southbound shipments – $30.00 per bill of lading or $220.00 for full container loads. This covers all port-implemented fees. Effective 10/31/11.
Northbound shipments – $20.00 per bill of lading or $125.00 for full container loads. This covers all port-implemented fees. Effective 10/31/11.
According to the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, the Enhanced Scanning Fee “seeks to accommodate the interest of the Department of Treasury to inspect up to 100 percent of all inbound cargo containers, in order to identify unreported taxable goods, by a non-intrusive scanning (imaging) system that preserves a free and efficient flow of commercial traffic at the ports.” The non-intrusive scanning also acts as an additional Homeland Security check-point.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 10/6/11

Hawaii, Guam Carriers File for Another Downward Fuel Surcharge Adjustment
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to decrease the fuel surcharge for a third time since late August. This decrease reduces the fuel surcharge by two percent (2.00%) from 42.50% to 40.50%for Hawaii and from 44.00% to 42.00% for Guam, effective October 9, 2011.

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

40.50% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Guam:

42.00% of freight charges, effective October 9, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.
$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 9/22/11

Hawaii, Guam Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Decrease
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to decrease the fuel surcharge by three percent (3.00%). This decrease takes the surcharge from 45.50% to 42.5% for Hawaii and from 47.00% to 44.00% for Guam, effective September 25, 2011.

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

42.50% of freight charges, effective September 25, 2011

Guam:

44.00% of freight charges, effective September 25, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.
$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.

Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 9/14/11

Keep From Freezing Protective Service for the Winter 2011-12 Will Begin on September 26
It is just about that time of year again where weather conditions in the state of Alaska get progressively colder and turn into freezing conditions. That means American Fast Freight will start offering Keep From Freezing (KFF) Protective Service, effective on all shipments received on or after September 26, 2011. This service typically remains in effect until approximately mid-April, depending on weather conditions. For all shippers who have products which are susceptible to damage from exposure to freezing temperatures, this service will offer the protection needed.

American Fast Freight, Inc., has taken rising costs into consideration and has decided NOT to increase the KFF charges above those of last year.

Please note: Any AFF client who does not wish to have this service provided should contact the nearest American Fast Freight office and request a waiver form. If no waiver form is requested, the KFF protective service will automatically be provided as needed and invoiced for at the rates shown below.

Minimum
$/CWT
Maximum
Anchorage:
$25.00
$1.25
$300.00
Fairbanks:
$30.00
$1.50
$400.00
Kenai:
$30.00
$1.50
$400.00
The KFF Waiver Form can also be downloaded from our website at www.americanfast.com. Click on “Divisions,” then “American Fast Freight” and then click on “KFF Waiver Form” under “Related.”

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Fife Posted 9/9/11

Paul Johnston Promoted to Transportation Consultant
American Fast Freight (AFF) announces that Paul Johnston has been promoted from assistant terminal manager to transportation consultant in Fife.

Paul began his tenure at AFF in 2004. Since then, he has increased his level of responsibility and knowledge and has progressed through numerous positions in operations. He plans to utilize his unique operations experience and perspective in his role with the AFF sales team. His territory will cover Western Washington.

A participant in the AFF Leadership Pool, Mr. Johnston is enthusiastic about taking on this stronger leadership role. He looks forward to delivering outstanding customer service. View the press release with photo.

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Fife Posted 8/29/11

Jeff LePage Promoted to Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
American Fast Freight (AFF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff LePage to Vice President, Chief Technology Officer.

Jeff has been the Director of MIS for AFF for over 18 years. As vice president, he will continue to oversee maintenance of the company’s databases and network systems while focusing more on advising senior management on strategic deployment of new technology.

Recently, Jeff spearheaded the creation of an industry-leading suite of technologies found in the recent release of FastTrax℠. View the entire press release with photo.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 8/19/11

Hawaii, Guam Carriers Lower Fuel Surcharge
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to decrease the fuel surcharge by two percent (2.00%). This decrease takes the surcharge from 47.50% to 45.50% for Hawaii and from 49.00% to 47.00% for Guam, effective August 28, 2011.

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

45.50% of freight charges, effective August 28, 2011

Guam:

47.00% of freight charges, effective August 28, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.
$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011
There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 7/6/11

Southeast Alaska Barge Carriers Lower Fuel Surcharge
The barge lines serving Southeast Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to decrease the fuel surcharge by one-and-a-half percent (1.50%). This decrease takes the surcharge from 25.00% to 23.50%, effective July 3, 2011.
Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

47.50% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Guam:

49.00% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.

$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on July 3, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 7/5/11

Ocean Carriers Will Not Implement New Hawaii Tax Exemption Law Fee
After a number of announcements regarding the new General Excise Tax Exemption fee passed last month by Hawaii’s state legislature (SB 754), the carriers serving Hawaii have now decided not to implement a new surcharge for ocean shipments until they further study the impact of the law on the overall cost of shipping goods to Hawaii.

Accordingly, American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport customers will not see a General Excise Tax Exemption fee at this time on their invoices. However, there is the possibility that this fee will be implemented in the future. As always, we will try our best to give our customers as much advance notice as possible.

For more information on this General Excise Tax Exemption fee, read the below posting (dated 6/15/11) or feel free to call our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

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Hawaii Posted 6/15/11

Hawaii Announces Wharfage Fee Increase, Suspends Excise Tax Exemptions
As we announced late last year, the state of Hawaii saw the need for a wharfage fee increase in 2011. We recently got notice that the carriers have filed for an increase to the wharfage fee on the movement of cargo between the Continental United States and Hawaii, effective July 1, 2011. This increase is a pass-through charge from an increase imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division.

Furthermore, in order to increase tax revenues during this period of fiscal crisis, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law (SB 754) on June 14, 2011 for the temporary suspension of many general excise tax exemptions. Among many business areas, the suspension affects certain transportation and maritime support services and the state will tax carriers for a portion of the cargo costs that had previously been exempted. This suspension will become effective by the state of Hawaii on July 1, 2011; however, we will not make it effective for our customers until July 10, 2011.

Our valued customers will notice the two above changes as separate line items on their invoices following the respective effective dates.

Unless the state of Hawaii legislature further extends the tax exemption suspension, it is projected the exemption suspension will end at the close of business on June 30, 2013 and this charge will be removed from invoices.

American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will continue to do everything within our control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers. If you have any questions, please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives at 800-642-6664.

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Puerto Rico Posted 6/1/11

Puerto Rico Ocean Carriers Implement a General Rate Increase Due to Rising Costs
The ocean carriers serving Puerto Rico have announced that higher costs in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean have made it necessary for them to file with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a six percent (6.00%) General Rate Increase, effective June 19, 2011.

Over the past three years, the ocean carriers have “held the line” on these charges, even lowering them at one point. They feel this increase is out of “sheer necessity” due to increased labor, maintenance, and port and terminal charges.

American Fast Freight will continue to take all reasonable steps to maintain competitive, cost-effective freight rates for our valued customers; however, a significant portion of this increase will have to be shared with the shipping community.

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Alaska and Puerto Rico Posted 5/31/11

Southeast Alaska and Puerto Rico Carriers Have Filed for Fuel Surcharge Increases
The barge lines serving Southeast Alaska filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a one-and-a-half percent (1.50%) fuel surcharge increase. This increase takes the surcharge from 23.50% to 25.00%, effective May 22, 2011.

The ocean carriers serving Puerto Rico have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase that will take the surcharge from $0.62 per cubic foot (or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater) to $0.65 per cubic foot (or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater), effective June 19, 2011. There is a minimum charge of $50.00.
Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

47.50% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Guam:

49.00% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.

$50.00 minimum, $0.65 per cubic foot, or $2.62 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective June 19, 2011.
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 25.00% effective on May 22, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 5/12/11

Hawaii-Guam Carriers Raise Fuel Surcharge
As a result of sustained near-record high fuel prices over the past month, the steamship lines serving Hawaii and Guam filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of four percentage points (4.00%). This increase takes the surcharge from 43.50% to 47.50% for the Hawaii service and from 45% to 49% for the Guam service, effective June 12, 2011.
Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

47.50% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Guam:

49.00% of freight charges, effective June 12, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.58 per cubic foot, or $2.32 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 15, 2011.

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on April 24, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Puerto Rico Posted 5/10/11

Puerto Rico Carriers Raise Fuel Surcharge
The ocean carriers serving Puerto Rico filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for two fuel surcharge increases in May. This increase will take the surcharge from $0.55 per cubic foot (or $2.18 per hundredweight, whichever is greater) to $0.58 per cubic foot (or $2.32 per hundredweight, whichever is greater), effective May 15, 2011. The second increase will take the surcharge to $0.62 per cubic foot (or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater), effective May 29, 2011. In all cases, there is a minimum charge of $50.00.

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

43.50% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Guam:

45.00% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.58 per cubic foot, or $2.32 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 15, 2011.

$50.00 minimum, $0.62 per cubic foot, or $2.48 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective May 29, 2011.
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on April 24, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 5/9/11

State of Hawaii Increases Invasive Species Inspection Fee
The Hawaiian State Legislature signed a bill into law last week that increases the fee of the Hawaii Invasive Species Inspection Tax and Fee from $0.50 to $0.75 for every 1,000 pounds of freight brought into the state.

“Although the State of Hawaii instituted this charge effective immediately, we are not going to make it effective for our customers until June 9,” said Kevin Kelly, President of Hawaiian Ocean Transport. “This gives our customers 30 days advance notice of this increase.”

According to a news report in The Hawaii Independent, the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) reports there were 663 pest interceptions of infested commodities at Honolulu International Airport before the last fee adjustment from July to December 2009. With furloughs and the loss of 23 inspectors, pest interceptions dropped to 87 from July to December 2010. Through this fee increase, the funding will go toward improving inspections at airports and harbors.

For more information, read the entire Hawaii Independent article.

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Alaska Posted 4/21/11

Southeast Alaska Barge Carriers Raise Fuel Surcharge
The barge lines serving Southeast Alaska filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a two-and-a-half percent (2.50%) fuel surcharge increase. This increase takes the surcharge from 21.50% to 23.50%, effective April 24, 2011.

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

43.50% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Guam:

45.00% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Puerto Rico:

$50.00 minimum, $0.55 per cubic foot, or $2.18 per hundredweight, whichever is greater, effective April 24, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 23.50% effective on April 24, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 4/4/11

Hawaii-Guam Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase
Due to the continuous unrest in the Middle East and its impact on global fuel prices, the steamship lines serving Hawaii and Guam filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a second 2011 fuel surcharge increase of eight and a half percentage points (8.50%). This increase takes the surcharge from 35.00% to 43.50% for the Hawaii service and from 36.50% to 45% for the Guam service, effective May 1, 2011.

Hawaii:

43.50% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Guam:

45.00% of freight charges, effective May 1, 2011

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 21.50% effective on March 27, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 3/16/11

Alaska Carriers Raise Fuel Surcharge
The steamship lines serving Alaska filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of six percent (6.00%). This substantial increase is largely due to the rapid rise in fuel prices since the start of 2011. The increase takes the surcharge from 28.00% to 34.00%, effective April 3, 2011

Hawaii:

35.00% of freight charges, effective March 27, 2011

Guam:

36.50% of freight charges, effective March 27, 2011

Alaska:

34.00% of freight charges, effective April 3, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 28.00% effective on March 27, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 21.50% effective on March 27, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Hawaii Posted 3/11/11 — Updated 3/15/11

Honolulu Open, Neighbor Island Ports Still Closed Due to Recent Tsunami
Update: As of Monday, March 14, 2011 all ports in Hawaii have reopened and are performing operations as usual.

Due to yesterday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Hawaii and the western coast of the United States were issued an early-morning tsunami warning, sparking precautionary evacuations extending through the late morning hours today (3/11/11).

Although the Port of Honolulu did not suffer any significant damage from the passing tsunami surges, vessels were not allowed to dock until the U.S. Coast Guard finished inspecting the port facilities this afternoon. Many port freight businesses will work extended gate hours tonight, as well as some weekend hours.

There has been some flood damage in the neighbor islands, especially Hawaii (the “Big Island”) and Maui, where swells of up to 6 feet were reported. As the Coast Guard inspects and approves those facilities for use, operations will commence. We will provide you with more information on operation delays to the neighbor islands as we receive it.
Our hearts and thoughts are with those in Japan who have been affected by yesterday’s tragedy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Support Center at 800-642-6664.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 2/28/11

Hawaii-Guam Carriers Raise Fuel Surcharge
As a result of recent dramatic increases in fuel costs, caused in large part by the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, the steamship lines serving Hawaii and Guam filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of eight and a half percentage points (8.50%). This increase takes the surcharge from 26.50% to 35.00% for the Hawaii service and from 28.00% to 36.50% for the Guam service, effective March 27, 2011.

Hawaii:

35.00% of freight charges, effective March 27, 2011

Guam:

36.50% of freight charges, effective March 27, 2011

Alaska:

28.00% of freight charges, effective March 6, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 26.00% effective on February 4, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 19.50% effective on February 20, 2011

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 2/17/11

Alaska Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase
The steamship lines serving Alaska filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of two percent (2.00%). This increase takes the surcharge from 26.00% to 28.00%, effective March 6, 2011

Hawaii:

26.50% of freight charges, effective February 27, 2011

Guam:

28.00% of freight charges, effective February 27, 2011

Alaska:

28.00% of freight charges, effective March 6, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 26.00% effective on February 4, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 17.50% effective on October 31, 2010

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Fife Posted 2/16/11

Joel Boyd, Craig Forbes Promoted to Vice President Positions
American Fast Freight announces the promotions of Joel Boyd from Alaska Director to Vice President, Operations; and of Craig Forbes from Director of Transportation to Vice President, Sales.

Joel will relocate from AFF’s Anchorage warehouse facility to Fife, Washington. He will lead AFF’s efforts to fine-tune company-wide customer service through enhanced technology. Craig will remain at the Fife facility. His leadership will nurture sales performance and service, as well as foster company growth. Click Joel Boyd or Craig Forbes to view the entire press releases.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 2/3/11

Hawaii-Guam Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase
The steamship lines serving Hawaii and Guam filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of four and three-quarters percent (4.75%). This increase takes the surcharge from 21.75% to 26.50% for the Hawaii service and from 23.25% to 28.00% for the Guam service, effective February 27, 2011.

Hawaii:

26.50% of freight charges, effective February 27, 2011

Guam:

28.00% of freight charges, effective February 27, 2011

Alaska:

26.00% of freight charges, effective January 30, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 26.00% effective on February 4, 2011
Southeast Alaska is 17.50% effective on October 31, 2010

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Alaska Posted 1/11/11

Alaska Carriers Increase Fuel Surcharge
The steamship lines serving Alaska filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of two and a half percent (2.50%). This increase takes the surcharge from 23.50% to 26.00%, effective January 30, 2011.

Hawaii:

21.75% of freight charges, effective September 12, 2010

Guam:

23.25% of freight charges, effective September 12, 2010

Alaska:

26.00% of freight charges, effective January 30, 2011
Fuel surcharge for barge shipments to:
South Central Alaska is 22.50% effective on January 14, 2010
Southeast Alaska is 17.50% effective on October 31, 2010

There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load linehaul transportation as well. In some cases these are flat charges per container, in others, they are stated as a percentage of freight charges. Every attempt will be made to update the rates on this site, based on receipt of filings from carriers. Each of our invoices will detail the fuel surcharge as a separate item, based on rates in effect at the time of the shipment.

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Washington, Alaska Posted 12/21/10

AFF Warehouse Facilities Reap “Superior” Food Audit Ratings
American Fast Freight’s new Fife, Washington warehouse facility and the Anchorage, Alaska facility each earned the highest possible score classification given by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International in 2010. Both facilities earned a “Superior” rating against the AIB Consolidated Standards for Food Distribution Centers. Read the full news release.

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Hawaii, Guam Posted 11/29/10

Carriers Announce Rate Increases for Hawaii and Guam
The carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have announced rate increases on a number of ocean freight and accessorial fees affecting both westbound and eastbound shipments to and from Hawaii and Guam. The major increases are on ocean freight, which will go up $120.00 per container, regardless of size, and another increase in Terminal Handling Charge (THC) of $175.00 per container, regardless of size.

Carriers cite a number of reasons justifying the increases, including increased security and port operation costs and their ongoing investment in equipment and vessels.

American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will continue to do everything within our control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers. However, based on these recently announced increases, we will have to increase some of the rates we charge our customers. The adjusted rates will become effective on January 2, 2011 for Hawaii shipments and on January 30, 2011for Guam shipments.

Within the next two weeks, AFF/HOT will provide all customers with a detailed breakdown of the impact these most recent increases will have on their ocean rates for both full container and loose shipments, as well as any increases in accessorial fees.

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Alaska Posted 11/19/10

Alaska Carriers Announce General Rate Increases – Ocean Freight and Accessorial Charges
The carriers serving Alaska recently announced their General Rate Increase filings with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to take effect on December 12, 2010. The increases were not uniform between the carriers, with one being at 4.00% and the other being at 5.00% based on their respective tariffs. That means the actual dollar increases will be situational and highly variable and will in almost all instances be higher than the four or five percent stated by the carriers.

They have also filed for increases on a number of accessorial fees, in some instances combining charges for more than one item and renaming it. Specifically the item “port security” will increase by over $160.00 per forty foot equivalent shipping unit in addition to the percentage increase on the freight charges.

The carriers cite the need for these increases based on their on-going investments to upgrade their fleets and for purchases of additional containers, trailers and associated handling equipment. In addition one carrier justifies the increases due to “… unusually steep cost increases emanating from the underfunded defined benefits pertaining to Alaska labor Agreements.”

American Fast Freight will continue to take all reasonable steps to maintain competitive, cost-effective freight rates for our customers; however, a significant portion of these new increases will have to be shared with the shipping community.

Once we have determined the impacts of these freight increases and other new charges, we will individually notify our customers of how these increases will impact their current freight rates.

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Hawaii Posted 05/27/2010

Update: Second-Phase — Hawaii Increased Wharfage Charges

As we announced on Feb. 23, 2010, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation-Harbors Division increased the wharfage fees for port use in the state. The first phase went into effect on March 14, 2010 and the second phase will go into effect on July 1, 2010. The upcoming second phase will increase the base freight rate on Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipments by two cents per cubic foot ($.02/CFT) on both westbound and eastbound shipments.

The second phase will increase Full Container Load (FCL) rates by $20.00 per container, regardless of size for shipments going to ports in Oahu and $33.00 per container for all other Hawaii ports. These increases are on westbound shipments to Hawaii. FCL eastbound shipments will be subject to an increase of $20.00 per container, regardless of size of Hawaii port of origin.

If you have any questions about the increases, contact your local Hawaiian Ocean Transport/American Fast Freight office or call our toll free Customer Service Center at 800-642-6664 and ask for Hawaii pricing. You can find more detailed information regarding the reasons for these increases at http://hawaii.gov/dot/harbors/library/admin-rules-2.

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Guam Posted 04/15/2010

New Surcharge Implemented for Guam Shipments

As reported earlier, the Port Authority of Guam (PAG) has added a number of surcharges in an effort to upgrade and modernize its aging facilities, including purchasing three gantry cranes to increase capacity at the port.

The carriers serving Guam recently announced that a new PAG facility maintenance fee has been approved by the Guam Public Utilities Commission.

Effective May 16, 2010, shipments of full container loads going to or from the PAG facility will have a $25.00 surcharge called a “Port of Guam Facility Maintenance Fee.”

Because American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport are domestic ocean freight forwarders who consolidate multiple shippers’ cargo into single ocean containers for transport, the new Port of Guam Facility Maintenance Fee will have to be prorated to the individual shipment levels for all customers shipping less-than-container load (LCL) cargo. To show this surcharge, a seperate line item will display on our invoices. The charge to our customers for this will be $1.00 minimum per shipment, or two cents ($.02) per cubic foot, whichever is greater.

As always, American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport will do everything in their control to minimize the impact these rate increases and additional surcharges have on our valued customers.

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Hawaii Posted 2/23/10

Update: Hawaii Increased Wharfage Charges
As we announced earlier, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation-Harbors Division has increased the wharfage fees for port use in the state. This will be a two phased increase with the first round effective on March 14, 2010 and the second increase coming on July 1, 2010.

Therefore effective on March 14, 2010, all LCL customers will see an increase in their base freight rate of two cents per cubic foot ($.02/CFT). The second increase on July 1, 2010 will also be an increase in their base freight rate of another two cents per cubic foot ($.02/CFT). These increases are for westbound shipments.
Eastbound rates will go up by four cents per cubic foot ($.04/CFT)on March 14, 2010 and another two cents per cubic foot ($.02/CFT) on July 1, 2010.

ALL FCL clients will see an Increase of $22.00 per container regardless of size on March 14, 2010 for shipments to Oahu and an additional increase of $20.00 per container effective on July 1, 2010. The increases for the other Hawaii Island ports will be $36.00 per container on March 14, 2010 and additional $33.00 on July 1, 2010.

Customers with Eastbound Full Container Load shipments will see an increase of $47.00 per container (regardless of island origin) on March 14, 2010 and an additional $20.00 per container on July 1, 2010.

If you have any questions about the increases, contact your local Hawaiian Ocean Transport / American Fast Freight office or call our toll free Customer Service Center, 800-642-6664 and ask for “Hawaii pricing”. You can find more detailed information regarding the reasons for these increases at: http://hawaii.gov/dot/harbors/library/admin-rules-2

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Hawaii Posted 2/17/10

Hawaii Implements Increases on Harbor Fees
In a previous announcement we gave notice about some possible increases in Hawaii wharfage fees and other port improvement related surcharges. Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division is now implementing the first of several planned wharfage increases effective on March 1, 2010.
The increase in user fees statewide is needed to finance over $600 million in repairs and improvement at harbors throughout Hawaii. This is the first increase in Hawaii wharfage fees since 1997. American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport are looking at these increases now and will determine the impact of these increases on our customers who ship in less than full container loads. We will let you know via this NEWS page what those increases will be as soon as they have been determined.

The increases will vary by island and equipment size. For example Honolulu wharfage will increase by $22.00 on a forty foot container. Some outer island fees will increase by almost $40.00 per container. Our full container load customers will have the increased charges passed through as these changes are implemented.

The new rates will apply on all shipments on or after March 14, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact your Account Executive or our Customer Support Center at 800-642-6664. As an additional resource, the new wharfage and storage charges can be found at the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division website: http://hawaii.gov/dot/harbors/library/admin-rules-2

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Washington Posted 12/31/09

New Facility Opens January 18, 2010
American Fast Freight and its affiliated companies will begin receiving cargo at their new facility in Fife, WA as of 7:00 AM PST on Monday, January 18, 2010. There will be personnel stationed at the old receiving facility to re-route any drivers who had not gotten the notice of the new location. As of 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, January 15, 2010, no additional cargo will be received at the 901 Alexander Avenue facility.

The new facility will house the operations for American Fast Freight, Hawaiian Ocean Transport, AFF Logistics and American Relocation Services. It will also be the new location for northwest sales, sales administration, marketing, national dispatch, customer service center, billing, credit-collections, claims management and the information technology group. They currently are at the 3502 Lincoln Avenue address in Tacoma, WA but will all relocate to the new facility on the same date. American Fast Freight’s corporate office will remain at their current location in Renton, WA.

Click on the links below to get a map and directions from the old terminal to the new location as well as directions from the major highways to the new terminal.
Thanks for the continuing business and Happy New Year to all.

Old Terminal to New Terminal
Directions to New Terminal

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ALASKA, HAWAIIPosted 10/27/09

American Fast Freight – New Terminal Nears Completion
The new terminal which will house the Northwest operations, sales, marketing, and customer service as well as accounting and administrative functions for American Fast Freight (AFF) is nearing completion.

The eco friendly terminal is on 21 acres of land in Fife, which is about ten minutes outside the Port of Tacoma. In addition to American Fast Freight, the other AFF divisions; Hawaiian Ocean Transport, American Relocation Services and AFF Logistics will also be located there. The building will feature state-of-the art electrical systems which will dramatically reduce energy consumption as will the installation of energy efficient HVAC systems.

It will have a white roof which dramatically reduces the “heat island” effect. The refrigerated sections will have dock shelters with strip doors to reduce cooler temperature loss. Operations will be conducted using only electric forklifts. Over 95% of the steel used in the construction is recycled as are the majority of the flooring materials.

View the ongoing project by clicking on this link: Watch the Progress. Watch this NEWS page for more about the opening and other environmental and energy considerations used in the construction.

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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 8/11/09

Storm Causes Some Hawaiian Barges Transfer Delays
The storm remnants from Hurricane Felicia have caused some minor disruptions in transferring cargo from the port of Honolulu via barge service to some of the neighbor islands. Below are listed the delays and/or changes in schedules.

Young Brothers barges departing from Honolulu into Kawaihae and Kahului are projected to arrive late due to tropical storm Felicia.

Monday’s Young Brothers barge bound for Kawaihae was delayed and sailed late. Cargo is expected to be available in Kawaihae on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009.

Monday’s Young Brothers barge bound for Kahului did NOT sail on Monday, August 10th. This barge is expected to sail today at 1200 hours, with cargo availability in Kahului on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009.

The Nawiliwili and Hilo barges remain on schedule. Young Brothers expects all barges to be back on schedule by Thursday, August 13th, 2009.
If you need to determine the status of a particular shipment, contact American Fast Freight / Hawaiian Ocean Transport Customer Service desk at 800-642-6664.

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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 8/10/09

Hurricane Felecia Now Tropical Depression
Residents and businesses in Hawaii are breathing a sigh of relief as the once category 4 hurricane has continued to be down graded. As to today Felicia is classified as a tropical depression with sustained winds speeds at a maximum of 45 MPH. The islands will get wet however and some flooding is anticipated.

Upper-level wind shear has taken a toll on this system the last 24 hours, weakening it significantly from when it peaked as a category 4 hurricane late last week. Much of the shower and thunderstorm activity is displaced well to the northeast of the circulation center and this is the most likely area of tropical-storm force winds.

Over the next 48 hours expect gusty winds, especially in the higher elevations, along the coast, and in the channels between islands. Rainfall could be locally heavy resulting in localized flooding issues. A high surf warning is posted for eastern facing beaches where waves will peak in the 10 to 15 foot range.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for The Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, and Oahu. A flash flood watch is also posted for these islands.

American Fast Freight / Hawaiian Ocean Transport do not expect to experience any significant delays in delivering cargo on schedule. If you want immediate information on the status of any particular shipment you may have in transit to Hawaii, contact our customer service center at (800) 642-6664.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 8/07/09

Hurricane Felicia Headed to Hawaii
The storm was downgraded to Category 2 as it moved west-northwest toward Hilo, Hawaii, at 10 mph. Felicia had maximum sustained winds approaching 115 miles per hour as of 2 a.m. PT, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

But Felicia is expected to become less intense as it moves over cooler waters, according to the hurricane center.
Felicia could reach Hawaii by Monday, but by that time it may have weakened to a tropical depression or tropical storm, said meteorologist Derek Wroe at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Even if the storm does not hit Hawaii as a hurricane, it can still cause flooding damage, Wroe said.
“Storms and depressions bring a lot of moisture with them and the wind may not be as strong when it comes in with a depression, but a depression is sometimes just as capable as bringing in flooding as a tropical storm,” Wroe said.

Felicia is about 1,350 miles east of the Big Island, according to the weather service.

Contingency plans that are in place range from holding product on the mainland, the water carriers slowing vessels, navigating around or behind the Hurricane or in a worst case scenario holding departures. American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport will post any updates as needed on this site.

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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted7/29/09

Horizon Lines Schedule Change – September 2009
One of the carriers serving Hawaii and Guam, Horizon Lines has announced a schedule change that may affect some cargo shipments from the ports of Tacoma and Oakland to Hawaii and Guam.
The normal Sunday departure from Tacoma will be one day later on Monday, September 14TH.

No Guam destined cargo will be accepted on this sailing.

And there will be an earlier departure from Port of Oakland to Honolulu on Tuesday, September 15th.
There will be no changes in the receiving cutoffs at the American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport terminals in Tacoma, WA and San Leandro, CA due to these changes.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 6/09/09

Kelly Promoted to President – Hawaiian Ocean Transport
Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. (HOT) recently announced the appointment of Kevin Kelly to the position of President. Matt LePage, Chairman of the Board for Hawaiian Ocean Transport made the announcement. Hawaiian Ocean Transport is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Fast Freight. Prior to the promotion Kelly served as the General Manager for HOT.

Kelly has been with HOT from its formative year in 1990 and has been an integral part in their growth to over $50 million in revenue in 2008. In addition to his new duties as President, Kelly will continue to manage the sales departments in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu and Maui. Hawaiian Ocean Transport currently has receiving and distribution centers in Tacoma, WA, San Leandro and Rancho Dominguez, CA and in Honolulu Hawaii.

Hawaiian Ocean Transport engages primarily in ocean transport of virtually any type of cargo to Hawaii and Guam, including refrigerated and project cargo. In addition they operate a cold storage center in both Rancho Dominguez and Honolulu and handle airfreight and intra island shipments.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 2/3/09

Update: Clean Truck Surcharge
After much debate and numerous delays, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have finally announced an effective date for fee collections. That will be February 18, 2009.The long debated “Clean Truck” initiative became effective on October 1, 2008 but actual collection of fees has been postponed numerous times until now. One aspect of this initiative which is designed to reduce carbon pollution in the port areno just yuo a hole
as is to phase out older polluting trucks. The ports are going to subsidize the truck replacement program through revenues generated by imposing this surcharge on all containers moving in or out of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

For shipments of full container loads, the surcharge will be $35.00 per TEU (twenty foot equivalent container), and $70.00 per 40 or 45 foot containers. As American Fast Freight / Hawaii Ocean Freight are domestic ocean freight forwarders, who consolidate multiple shippers’ cargo into ocean containers for transport, these new charges will have to be prorated to the individual shipment level for all customers’ less- than-container load (LCL) cargo. We believe the most equitable basis with the most transparency will be to show that container surcharge as a separate line item on our invoices as cents per cubic foot, based on the cubic displacement of each shipment. Our charge to our customers to process and pay these fees will be $.06 per cubic foot.

American Fast Freight supports the primary objective of this initiative – to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. However we still take issue with some of the restrictive licensing requirements which would seek to eliminate independent owner operators from the market.

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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 3/30/09

Guam Crane Surcharge Start Date Changed
The carriers serving Guam have recently announced that the Guam Crane Surcharge, which was to become effective on March 29, 2009, has been changed. The new effective date for implementation of this surcharge will be April 12, 2009.
The surcharge will be $125.00 for every container (regardless of size) being handled in the port. For less-than-container load shipments (LCL), the surcharge will be $.10 per cubic foot with a minimum of $1.00 per shipment. These charges will be shown as a separate line item on our invoices.

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HAWAII Posted 12/09/08

Steamship Lines Announce Rate Increases
For Hawaii & Guam

The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have announced their General Rate Increase (GRI) filings with the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The increase on various handling fees and basic freight rates will be effective January 4, 2009 for Hawaii shipments and on February 1, 2009 for Guam shipments.

There are numerous inclusions in the GRI filing. The Terminal Handling Charge (THC) will be increased by $175.00 Westbound and $90.00 eastbound for both Hawaii and Guam. Base ocean rates will go up by a low of $125.00 per container to a high of about $225.00 per container for certain commodities. Carriers also intimate there may be increase in the wharfage charges later in the year.

Additionally the Port Authorities of Long Beach and Los Angeles will soon implement a Clean Truck Container Tax that will be a separate item in their rate filings with the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This “tax” will be $35.00 for every twenty foot container and $70.00 for every forty foot or larger containers. This equates to a charge of $.06 per cubic foot for less-than-container load (LCL) shipments.

An additional “infrastructure improvements” surcharge for Guam shipments will be effective sometime after March, 2009. This new fee is to subsidize the purchase of three gantry cranes to increase capacity at the port.

While rate increases are never popular, the dramatic decrease in the cost of fuel has more than offset these increases when viewed on a per container basis. Fuel surcharges in Hawaii are 15.00% at the time of this notice. That is down from a high of 42.25% just months ago, which lowers the cost by $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 per container based on commodity shipped.

As always Hawaiian Ocean Transport and American Fast Freight will do everything in their control to minimize the impact on our valued customers of these rate increases and additional surcharges.

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Guam Posted 3/30/09

Guam Crane Surcharge Start Date Changed
The carriers serving Guam have recently announced that the Guam Crane Surcharge, which was to become effective on March 29, 2009, has been changed. The new effective date for implementation of this surcharge will be April 12, 2009.
The surcharge will be $125.00 for every container (regardless of size) being handled in the port. For less-than-container load shipments (LCL), the surcharge will be $.10 per cubic foot with a minimum of $1.00 per shipment. These charges will be shown as a separate line item on our invoices.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 11/13/08

Carriers Serving Alaska Announce GRI
The carriers serving Alaska recently announced their intentions to file a General Rate Increase (GRI) with the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The filing calls for an across the board increase in freight rates of a minimum of 5.5%, with few exceptions. The base rate increase will become effective on all shipments sailing after December 7, 2008. In addition there will be increases in the cost for intrastate trucking, inbound trucking and local pickup & delivery services.

Carriers cite additional capital investments in equipment and software as well as increased costs of security as the main justification for these increases. Initiatives from Customs Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) geared toward improving security in our supply chains all have created additional costs. These include off-hour use of highways in and out of ports and the additional requirement for all port workers or those who have access to ports to have Transportation Workers Identification Cards (TWIC). Other initiatives such as reducing carbon emissions are also stated as contributors supporting the need to increase freight rates.

Fuel surcharges have continued to decrease from historic highs to just a couple of percentage points above what they were in early 2007. In addition to the GRI, carriers have intimated that they may “adjust” their fuel surcharges by “rolling” a portion of the fuel surcharge back into the increased rates. Details of how and how much would be rolled in have yet to be released. As soon as carriers have decided whether or not they will take this second step, we will announce it to our customers and post it on this website.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 10/10/08

Clean Truck Initiative Means Surcharges on Containers
The long debated “Clean Truck” initiative became effective on October 1, 2008. One aspect of this initiative designed to reduce carbon pollution in the port areas is to phase out older polluting trucks. The ports are going to subsidize the truck replacement program through revenues generated by imposing a surcharge on all containers moving in or out of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The surcharge to be levied is $35.00 per TEU (twenty foot equivalent container), and $70.00 per 40 or 45 foot containers. It will go into effect on November 12, 2008. This is not to be confused with the Lowenthal Bill, which would have also levied a per container “use tax”. That bill was vetoed by the Governor of California for the third time.

As American Fast Freight / Hawaii Ocean Freight are domestic ocean freight forwarders, who consolidate multiple shippers’ cargo into ocean containers for transport, these new charges will have to be prorated to the individual shipment level for all customers’ cargo loaded into any one container. We believe the most equitable basis with the most transparency will be to show that container surcharge as a separate line item on our invoices as cents per cubic foot, based on the cubic displacement of each shipment. Our charge to our customers to process and pay these fees will be $.06 per cubic foot.

American Fast Freight supports the primary objective of this initiative – to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. However we take issue with some of the restrictive licensing requirements which would seek to eliminate independent owner operators from the market.
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ALASKA, HAWAII Posted 10/03/08

AFF’s Alcan Highway Express Rolls
American Fast Freight recently announced their expanded over-the-road services by introducing Alcan Highway Express. This is a regularly scheduled service with two round trips every week, year round from their terminal in Tacoma, WA to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai.

Alcan Highway Express is a unique over-the-road service utilizing two driver teams, pulling multi-temp, triple axle trailers. It is targeted primarily to perishable customers who want to extend the shelf life on their products; produce, dairy, meats, cheeses and ice cream products. The service is faster than ocean transport by a full two days at significantly lower costs than airfreight. Although designed for the LCL shipper of refrigerated cargo, it is also ideal for other time sensitive types of cargo.

The service has been in trial mode for over two months to adjust schedules and ensure correct transit turn-around for the southbound trip. It has gone without delays on every trip. Customers can call a special toll free number, 24/7 to reserve space on any upcoming trip. To learn more click on this link

ALCAN Highway Express.

Service is available for full trailer loads and flatbed trailer loads as well on a pre-scheduled basis.

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NATIONWIDE Posted 08/03/07

Traffic Bulletin:
Major Highway Construction = Gridlock
There will be a series of lane closures along Interstate 5 in the Puget Sound region, predominantly on the portion of the freeway through Seattle. The Washington Department of Transportation expects significant traffic congestion and delays on this major North-South corridor from August 10 – 29th.

Highway patrol and public transportation agencies are advising commuters and businesses of a number of alternative routes. However they warn, if all of the alternatives are used effectively, there will still be major backups on the freeway that could stretch southbound for over 45 miles!

American Fast Freight will make every effort to accommodate shippers’ needs during this time frame. However we ask that requests for pickup be planned at least one-two days in advance of normal lead times during the time the construction is in process. Once our drivers have left the metropolitan areas each day, they will not be able to get back into that area in the late afternoon.

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NATIONWIDE Posted 11/26/2006

TSA Implements New Airfreight Security Rules
With little advance notice, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced their new security rules and procedures for cargo being shipped via airfreight. The new rules take affect immediately.

You can read the entire set of security procedures by downloading the following document: TSA_06-4800.pdf (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

In short the new TSA rules mean that on every airfreight shipment, photo identification, issued by a U.S. Governmental agency must be provided to the air carrier or indirect air carrier handling the shipment at the time of tender. If no photo identification is provided then two other forms of identification, at least one of which is issued by a U.S. Governmental agency must be provided. Also all shippers’ must consent to having their cargo examined.

Finally if a shipper is not listed in the TSA known shipper database, then the shipper must provide a Shipper’s Security Endorsement (SSE) in addition to the identification listed above. Shipments from unknown shippers cannot be tendered to a passenger airline. They will move only via all cargo operators.

American Fast Freight supports the initiatives to create a safer environment for airports and aircraft operators hauling cargo. Unfortunately these additional security measures require that we charge a TSA Handling Fee of $10.00 on each airfreight shipment processed.
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HAWAII Posted 11/28/2006

Steamship Lines Serving Hawaii Increase Rates
The expected rate increases for ocean freight services between Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland were recently announced by both steamship lines. The General Rate Increases (GRI) cover a number of items, mainly an increase in the basic ocean freight charges, another large increase in Terminal Handling Charges (THC) and other increases in various miscellaneous accessorial fees.

Carriers cite a number of reasons justifying the increases, including high fuel costs, increased security costs and increases related to handling hazardous materials. The increases will take effect on all cargo shipped after January 1, 2007. The recently signed Port Security Act will continue to drive additional costs related to containers being handled through U.S. Ports.

American Fast Freight (AFF) and Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) will continue to do everything within their control to provide reasonable and cost-effective ocean freight rates for our valued customers. However some of these most recent increases will be passed on to the shipping community. We are still reviewing the impact of these increases on our customers’ current shipping program and we will apprise them as soon as we have finished our evaluation. In the interim if you have any questions, contact your nearest AFF/HOT office or your local sales representative.
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TACOMA, WA Posted 11/20/2006

Alaska Carriers Announce General Rate Increase
The two steamship lines serving Alaska recently announced their intentions to file a General Rate Increase (GRI) of between 5.5% and 6.5% with the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The proposed effective date for this increase will be November 27, 2006.It will affect ocean freight rates on all shipments between Alaska and the continental United States.

Although there have been a number of recent decreases in fuel surcharges, carriers still point to the overall negative impact of the spiraling costs of fuel over the year as being one of the contributing forces necessitating rate increases. They further detail a number of increased overhead costs directly related to the recently signed legislation regarding port security in U.S. Ports. Finally they cite the need for additional investments in upgrading their fleets and purchases of additional containers, trailers and associated handling equipment.

American Fast Freight supports the initiatives being taken to protect our ports and will continue to do everything within reason to maintain reasonable, cost-effective freight rates for our clients; however a significant portion of these new increases will have to be shared with the shipping community.

Contact your nearest American Fast Freight office or your AFF sales contact for detailed specifics regarding the impact of these increases on you current rate structure.
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NATIONWIDE Posted 04/16/2006

New AFF Data Center
American Fast Freight has published a revised Web Data Center with a creative look offering many new features and easier access to tracking information.

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NATIONWIDE Posted 04/02/2006

Increased Security Precautions Implemented at All U.S. Ports
Security precautions at all U.S. ports, both airport and seaports are continuing to get more stringent. The implementation of U. S. Customs’ “24 hour” rule regarding cargo being loaded and manifested on vessels bound for U.S. Ports was only the beginning.

There is legislation before Congress now that would further tighten security in and around our ports. One of the main areas being affected is the transportation of hazardous materials. The legislation will require that all ports and barge or steamship lines using those ports receive advance notice of any hazardous materials to be shipped. It also will require all containers or trailers that contain hazardous materials be received at departure port a full twenty-four hours prior to sailing.

American Fast Freight wants to get a jump start on this pending policy now, beginning with shipments to Alaska. We want to ensure that our valued customers, who have hazardous materials shipments, will not face burdensome delays in transporting their water-borne cargoes. For that reason, we are requesting that all shipments containing Hazardous Materials be delivered to our Tacoma receiving yard, or are dispatched for pickup in time to be in our receiving yard the day before the vessel departs.

As that stands now, any hazardous materials shipments for the Wednesday sailing must be received in Tacoma by 5:00 PM on Tuesday. And shipments for the Friday sailing must be received in our Tacoma terminal by 5:00 PM on Thursday.

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NATIONWIDE Posted 03/04/2005

Expect Service Disruptions Due to Hurricane Frances
Assembly will be asked to approve increase in tariff charged on freight.

Mayor Mark Begich joined officials from the Port of Anchorage announcing today that the Assembly will be asked to approve implementation of a security surcharge on all cargo passing over the port’s docks to help pay for new security provisions mandated by the federal government. The additional tariff will amount to 40 cents per ton of freight.

New U.S. Coast Guard regulations governing port security will require the Port to implement a host of new procedures under a Facility Security Plan it has filed with the federal government, including providing additional security staffing and facilities. According to Port Director Bill Sheffield the measures will increase the Port’s security costs by a factor of four.

“Since September 11, 2001, our costs for contract security services have been approximately $400,000 per year. Under the new regulations and plan, we expect costs to exceed $1.7 million per year,” said Sheffield. “We could no longer afford to provide this security solely out of Port earnings.”

Sheffield gave credit to businesses operating at the Port for implementing the new plan and proposing a way to pay for it. “Port customers like Horizon Lines, TOTE and Flint Hills spent countless hours working to make sure the Port and its facilities were ready to meet the July 1 deadline for having these new procedures in place,” said Sheffield. “We are indebted to Steve Saunders of Inlet Petroleum and his committee for getting this accomplished.”

Mayor Mark Begich also praised the shipping community for its willingness to partner with the Port on meeting the federal requirements. “It was Port stakeholders that put the plan together calling for an additional tariff to pay for these costs – even when they knew it would increase their cost of doing business. That shows dedication to the community they serve,” said Begich.

The proposed tariff has already been approved by the Anchorage Port Commission and will be introduced to the Assembly Tuesday. A public hearing on the proposal is expected on June 22. The Assembly will also be asked to approve a contract with Doyon Universal Services to provide the new security services.

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NATIONWIDE Posted 03/04/2005

Access Road to TOTE Pier in Port of Tacoma Closes
Effective on November 1, 2004 there will be a change in the route to be used by delivering truckers to reach either American Fast Freight (AFF) or the TOTE pier, both of which are located on Alexander Avenue in the Port of Tacoma. On or shortly after this date, a large section of Alexander Avenue will be permanently closed between Highway 509 and Lincoln Avenue.

Prior to this road closure, one of the main routes from areas south of the Port of Tacoma on Interstate 5 (via Interstate 705) and Pacific Highway (99) or Highway 509 was to turn left onto Alexander Avenue and follow it to the terminals. This route did not require any additional turns to access both AFF and TOTE terminals.

After the road closure, all this traffic will have to turn onto 54th Avenue East (from Pacific Highway) or onto Taylor Way from Highway 509. Continue on Taylor Way to either Lincoln Avenue or E 11TH Street. A left turn can be made on either street, then an immediate right turn onto the open section of Alexander Avenue.

This change will have no effect on traffic driving south on Interstate 5 taking Exit 137 or coming south on Pacific Highway (99) or Highway 509. The only change in the route taken will be for traffic going to the TOTE and AFF terminals that previously used Alexander Avenue coming from the south of the Port of Tacoma on these main highways.

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CALIFORNIA Posted 03/04/2005

Hawaiian Ocean Transport Moves To Larger Facility
Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) announced recently that after three years of rapid growth, they have outgrown their receiving terminal in Hayward. They will move to a larger facility located in San Leandro and will start receiving cargo at that new facility on Monday, April 11, 2005.The new location is 2968 Alvarado Street, Suite A, San Leandro, California 94577. The new phone number will be (510) 352-8066 and the new fax number will be (510) 352-8077.

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