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News Posts from 2013

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Holiday weather causes delay Posted 12/31/13
Dear AFF/HOT Customers,

Please be advised that the Matson vessel RJ Pfeiffer 387E encountered a major storm system in the central Pacific on its return voyage to Long Beach. The vessel has been unable to make up the time en route to Long Beach and as a result, its arrival has been delayed. As a result of this weather delay, as well as the normal port closure due to the New Year holiday, MV RJ Pfeiffer 388W sailing to Hawaii and Guam has been revised.

The vessel will now depart Long Beach on Thursday, January 2 and is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu the evening of Monday, January 6. MV RJ Pfeiffer 388W is scheduled to sail to Honolulu on Wednesday, January 8 and arrive in Guam, Wednesday, January 15. Hawaii and Guam will change their cargo delivery hours to accommodate this vessel schedule change to minimize any delay this may have on your cargo availability.

American Fast Freight/Hawaiian Ocean Transport regrets any inconvenience these delays may cause our valued customers. For further information please contact customer service or your sales representative at 800.642.6664.

Thank you for shipping with American Fast Freight.
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Christmas & New Year’s 2013 Closures – Sailing Schedules Revision and Final 12/3/13
As usual there will be some changes in the normal sailing schedules and cutoffs for receipt of cargo at the various American Fast Freight / Hawaiian Ocean Transport / AFF de Puerto Rico facilities and their subsidiaries during the Week of Christmas and New Year.

In general, all of our facilities will be completely closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, 2013 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Changes in sail days and cargo cut-offs detailed by market below:

Alaska
There will be only one northbound sailing to Port of Anchorage each of these weeks, those being on Friday, December 27, 2013 and Friday, January 3, 2014. There will be no Wednesday sailing either week.

Due to limited capacity on these sailings, cargo must be received at our Fife, WA dock by 4:00 PM Thursdays, 12-26-13 and 01-02-14 to make these departures. Additionally cargo received on Mondays and Tuesdays of those weeks will be scheduled for the Friday sailings.
Hawaii & Guam
Port of Long Beach: As normal, there will be two sailings during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. However the first sailing each week will be on Tuesday mornings not Wednesday mornings. Cargo scheduled for the sailings on each of these Tuesday departures must be received at our Carson, CA dock by noon on Monday (12-23-13 and 12-30-13). Cut-offs for receipt of cargo in Carson for the Saturday morning departures will be on Thursdays at 4:00 PM (12-26-13 and 01-02-14 respectively).

Port of Oakland: There will be two departures each week, the cut-off for receipt of cargo at our San Leandro, CA facility will be Mondays at noon, both (12-23 and 12-30) for the Tuesday departures and Thursday at Noon on (12-24-13 and 12-31-13) for the Saturday morning departures.

Port of Seattle: There will be no change in normal cut-offs for cargo receipt or sailing days.

Puerto Rico
There will one sailing each week from Port of Jacksonville, FL to Port of San Juan, that being on Fridays, 12-27-13 and 01-03-13. Cut-off for receipt of cargo at our Jacksonville, FL facility will be on Thursdays at noon each 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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Hawaii Carriers Announce Rate Increases, Ocean and AccessorialPosted 12/02/13
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 5.5%. Finally, the carriers have indicated that they will increase the wharfage charges in July 2014.

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 5, 2014.

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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Anchorage Area WeatherPosted 11/22/13
Some of the worst weather in recent memory has hit Anchorage and the surrounding communities causing multiple accidents and road closures. The moisture and freezing temperatures have caused the streets to become difficult to navigate and dangerous for our drivers to make their daily deliveries. With the inclement weather, AFF is taking every precaution to safeguard our drivers and delaying deliveries due to the dangerous conditions. We are doing all that we can to reduce the number of delays to our customers and are working extra hours to get freight delivered in a timely manner. We are committed to communicating as quickly and efficiently as possible and thank you for your patience.

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Alaska Carriers Announce Rate Increases, Ocean and AccessorialPosted 11/15/13
The ocean carriers serving Alaska recently announced General Rate Increase filings with
the Surface Transportation Board to take effect on December 15, 2013. The increases
filed will be a straight 4% across the board.
The ocean carriers cite the need for a 4% increase based on their on-going investments
including:
• Fleet upgrades to be in compliance with Emission Control Area (ECA) regulations
• The purchase of additional equipment
• Inflating business costs
• Retrofitting their ships to accommodate LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to meet the new
mandated emission requirements.
In recent months, numerous motor and rail carriers have been announcing rate increases
as well. Due to the cost increases we will incur, our inland rates will also increase by 4%.
Our Washington State pickup and delivery rates and our Alaska intrastate trucking rates
will also increase by 4% on December 15, 2013, the same effective date as the ocean
carrier rate increases.
American Fast Freight, Inc. appreciates your business and we will continue to take all
possible steps to maintain competitive and cost-effective freight rates for our customers.
Thank you again for your patronage.

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Thanksgiving 2013 Holiday Schedule Announced
Thursday, November 28th: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Fairbanks, AK: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Kenai-Soldotna, AK: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Anchorage, AK: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Fife, WA: Closed
AFF Affiliates: Closed
AFF Distribution: Closed
AFF Bypass: Closed
AFF American Relocation Services: Closed
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Office and Freight Terminal Carson, CA: Closed
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Office and Freight Terminal San Leandro, CA: Closed
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Office and Freight Terminal Honolulu, HI: Closed
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Office and Freight Terminal Fife, WA: Closed
Port of Honolulu: Closed

Thursday, November28th: Open
none

Friday, November 29th: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Fairbanks, AK: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Kenai-Soldotna, AK: Closed
AFF Office Anchorage, AK: Closed
AFF Bypass: Closed
AFF Office and Freight Terminal Fife, WA: Closed
AFF Distribution: Closed
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Freight Terminal Fife, WA: Closed

Friday, November 29th: Open with Skeleton Crew
AFF Affiliates: Open with skeleton crew
AFF American Relocation Services: Open with skeleton crew
AFF Freight Terminal Anchorage: Open with skeleton crew
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Freight Terminal Carson, CA: Open with skeleton crew
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Freight Terminal San Leandro, CA: Open with skeleton crew
AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport Freight Terminal Honolulu, HI: Open with skeleton crew

Northbound from Tacoma, WA to Anchorage, AK:
Sailing #1: Leaving Tacoma on Wed., Nov 27th before Thanksgiving. Our cut-off will be 12pm(noon) on Tuesday, November 26th.
Note: There will be no sailing to Anchorage on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

*With only one sailing this week, we recommend that cargo be delivered to AFF prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25th. Any hazardous materials shipments scheduled for this single voyage must be at AFF by 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Nov. 26th, to make this sailing.

Southbound from Anchorage, AK to Tacoma, WA:
Sailing #1: Leaving Anchorage on Sunday before Thanksgiving. Discharging cargo on Wed, Nov. 26th.
Sailing #2: Leaving Anchorage on Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Discharging cargo on Wed, Dec. 4th (8-day transit)
Sailing #3: Leaving Anchorage on Sunday after Thanksgiving. Discharging cargo on Friday, Dec. 6th (5-day transit)

Westbound from Port of Long Beach, CA to Port of Honolulu, HI:
Sailing #1: Sailing as normal. Cutoff for receipt of cargo is 5pm on Mon, Nov. 25th for Wednesday departure.
Sailing #2: Sailing as normal. Cutoff for receipt of cargo is 5pm on Wed, Nov. 27th for Saturday departure.
Note: The Port of Honolulu will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Westbound from Port of Oakland, CA to Port of Honolulu, HI:
Sailing #1: Sailing as normal. Cutoff for receipt of cargo is 12pm(noon) on Tue, Nov. 26th for Wednesday departure.
Sailing #2: Sailing as normal. Cutoff for receipt of cargo is 5pm on Wed, Nov. 27th for Saturday departure.
Note: The Port of Honolulu will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Westbound from Seattle, WA to Port of Honolulu, HI:
Sailing #1: Sailing as normal. Cutoff for receipt of cargo is 12pm(noon) on Wed, Nov. 27th.
Have a wonderful , warm Thanksgiving holiday!

Posted October 9, 2013.
Keep From Freezing Protective Service for the Winter 2013-14 Will Begin on October 2, 2013
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 2, 2013. 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 here or go to “Divisions,” then “American Fast Freight” and then click on “KFF Waiver Form” under “Related.”

Posted 9/19/13

Alaska Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase

The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a Fuel Surcharge increase of one and one-half percent.
This filing will increase the Fuel Surcharge to Alaska from 33.5% to 35.0% on September 22, 2013.

Alaska: 35.00% of freight charges, effective on 9/22/13
Hawaii: 34.50% of freight charges, effective on 7/7/13
Guam: 36.50% of freight charges, effective on 3/17/13
Puerto Rico: 34.50% / $55.00 minimum effective on 3/5/12

Fuel Surcharge for Barge Shipments:
Southeast Alaska Barge: 19.00% effective on 1/31/13
Southcentral Alaska Barge: 31.50% effective 8/24/12

These filings were made with the Surface Transportation Board of the United States. We will continue to closely monitor fuel costs and will inform you of any further adjustments to bunker surcharges. There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load line-haul 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. Please click the Latest Fuel Surchage button above for our Current FSC.

Posted 9/16/13

Labor Day Closures for AFF Facilities Sept. 2, 2013
In observance of Labor Day, the American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport terminals, as well as AFF Logistics, AFF de Puerto Rico, AFF Distribution Services and American Relocation Services, will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013. The operations terminals will not be receiving or delivering cargo on that day, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

The Labor Day closures include our facilities in: Carson and San Leandro, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fife and Renton, Washington; and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna, Alaska; Jacksonville, FL and San Juan, PR.
Our Alaska dispatch will be open.

There will be some changes in the various vessel departures that week to Hawaii, Guam or Alaska. Additionally, due to the holiday closures, some cargo cut-off times and deliveries will be affected as follows:
• AFF freight terminals will be operating on Labor day to deliver freight.
• HHGD terminals, AFFD and Bypass will be closed.
• Puerto Rico deliveries will be delayed between 24 & 48 hours.
• Offices of Hacienda, The Port Authority and other government agencies will be closed this day.
• The normal Friday sailing from Port of Tacoma to Anchorage will be as normal.
• The ship that normally arrives in Alaska on Tuesday will arrive as normal.

Our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable celebration.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.
Alaska Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge Increase
The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a Fuel Surcharge increase of one percent.
This filing will increase the Fuel Surcharge to Alaska from 32.5% to 33.5% on August 11, 2013.

Alaska: 33.50% of freight charges, effective on 8/11/13
Hawaii: 34.50% of freight charges, effective on 7/7/13
Guam: 36.50% of freight charges, effective on 3/17/13
Puerto Rico: 34.5% / $55.00 minimum effective on 3/5/12

Fuel Surcharge for Barge Shipments:
Southeast Alaska Barge: 19.00% effective on 1/31/13
Southcentral Alaska Barge: 31.5% effective 8/24/12

These filings were made with the Surface Transportation Board of the United States. We will continue to closely monitor fuel costs and will inform you of any further adjustments to bunker surcharges. There continue to be fuel surcharges assessed on motor carrier, intermodal and full trailer load line-haul 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. Please click the Latest Fuel Surchage button above for our Current FSC.

Posted 8/11/13

Hawaii Ocean Carriers File for a 2.00% Fuel Surcharge Decrease

The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB)
for a fuel surcharge decrease of two percent. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge
from 36.50% to 34.50% for the Hawaii service, effective July 7, 2013.

Alaska: 32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012
Hawaii: 34.50% of freight charges, effective July 7, 2013
Guam: 36.50% of freight charges, effective March 17, 2013
Puerto Rico: $55.00 minimum or 34.50%, 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 19.00% effective on January 31, 2013

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.

American Fast Freight Terminals Closed for Independence Day – Some Cut-off Times And Sail Dates Affected

In observance of Independence Day, the American Fast Freight and Hawaiian Ocean Transport terminals, as well as AFF Logistics, AFF de Puerto Rico, AFF Distribution Services and American Relocation Services, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013. While the offices will be partially staffed, the operations terminals will not be receiving or delivering cargo on that day, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

The Independence Day closures include our facilities in: Carson and San Leandro, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fife and Renton, Washington; and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna, Alaska. AFF Facilities in Jacksonville, FL and San Juan, PR will also be closed on both July 4 and 5.

Our Alaska dispatch will be open.

There will be some changes in the various vessel departures that week to Hawaii, Guam or Alaska. Additionally, due to the holiday closures, some cargo cut-off times and deliveries will be affected as follows:

The normal Friday sailing from Port of Tacoma to Anchorage will be delayed by 24 hours
The ship that normally arrives in Alaska on Tuesday will arrive on Wednesday, 7/10. Subsequent deliveries will follow the Wednesday port arrival.
The cargo cut-off in Carson for the Saturday morning sail from Long Beach, July 7 will be 4:30 PM Wednesday, July 3
The cargo cut-off in San Leandro for the sailing from Oakland on Wednesday July 3 and Thursday sailing, July 4 will be noon Tuesday, July 2
Hawaii deliveries normally scheduled for Thursday will move to Friday
The cargo cut-off in Jacksonville for the weekend sailings to San Juan, Puerto Rico will be at noon on Wednesday, July 3
Our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664.

Alaska Posted 5/20/2013

Current Fuel Surcharges
Effective Tuesday 5/21/13 through Monday 5/27/13

Ocean Fuel Surcharge

Southcentral Alaska steamship:

32.50%

Southcentral Alaska barge:

31.50%

Southeast Alaska barge:

19.00%

Hawaii:

36.50%

Guam:

36.50%

Puerto Rico:

34.50% / $55 minimum
Whichever is greater
Truck Fuel Surcharge

Alcan Highway:

39.40%

Alaska intrastate:

34.60%

Continental U.S.:

34.00%

Puerto Rico Intermodal Fuel Surcharge
http://www.americanfast.com/LocalAssets/PuertoRicoIFS.pdf

Memorial Day Posted 5/10/2013

Terminals Closed for Memorial Day 2013, Some Cut-off Times Affected

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 27, 2013. 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: Carson 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 28 sailing out of Oakland will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24.
Cargo cut-off in Carson for the May 29 sailing out of Long Beach will be noon (12 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 28.
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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Hawaii Posted 4/24/13

Hawaii Carriers Decrease Fuel Surcharge by 3.5 Percent
As a result of recent moderation in bunker fuel prices, the ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of three-and-one-half percent. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 40.00% to 36.50% for Hawaii service, effective April 28, 2013.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

36.50% of freight charges, effective April 28, 2013

Guam:

36.50% of freight charges, effective March 17, 2013

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum or 34.50%, 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 19.00% effective on January 31, 2013
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 3/13/13

Hawaii and Guam Ocean Carriers File for a 3.50 Percent Fuel Surcharge Decrease
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii and Guam have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of three-and-one-half percent. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 43.50% to 40.00% for the Hawaii service, and from 40.00% to 36.5% for the Guam service, effective March 17, 2013.

Alaska:

32.50% of freight charges, effective June 24, 2012

Hawaii:

40.00% of freight charges, effective March 17, 2013

Guam:

36.50% of freight charges, effective March 17, 2013

Puerto Rico:

$55.00 minimum or 34.50%, 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 19.00% effective on January 31, 2013
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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Southern California Posted 2/28/13

Update: Los Angeles, Long Beach Office Clerical Workers Ratify Contract
As an update to our web posting dated 12/5/12, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) which serves the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved a contract late in the day on Wednesday, Feb. 20, according to a joint statement released by John Fageaux, lead negotiator on behalf of the OCU, and Stephen Berry, lead negotiator on behalf of the employers/ports.

The agreement comes after more than two years of negotiations which began in April 2010 in anticipation of the contract expiration in June 2010. Last week’s approval affects roughly 600 office clerical workers and 14 employers at the ports. The new contract runs through June 30, 2016.

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Puerto Rico Posted 2/4/13

Update: Tentative Contract Agreement Reached Between ILA and USMX
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) have reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year master contract.

The tentative agreement was reached in time to avert a proposed Feb. 7 strike which may have interrupted services along the East Coast, Gulf Coast and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

According to a press release issued late last Friday by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen, who assisted both parties during the months-long negotiation process, the contract agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. The local negotiations are ongoing and will continue without interruption to any port.

American Fast Freight and AFF de Puerto Rico will continue to monitor the contract situation between the two organizations until the contract is ratified and business continues as usual.

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Puerto Rico Posted 2/1/13

Lack of Contract Agreement Between ILA and USMX May Disrupt Puerto Rico Shipments
American Fast Freight and AFF de Puerto Rico would like to ensure our customers are aware of ongoing labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX). The ILA provides services at port terminals along the East Coast, the Gulf Coast and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

If a labor agreement between the two parties is not reached before the twice-extended contract end date of Feb. 6, 2013, it is possible that the ILA will organize a work stoppage at all terminals. If a work stoppage does occur, it may affect incoming and outgoing cargo at any of these terminals and could mean that any cargo already received at the terminal for over-the-water transport may not be loaded onto its scheduled vessel.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing contract negotiations. If we expect any service interruptions, we will keep our customers promptly informed through our website, e-mail blasts, and direct customer contact. We also encourage our perishables customers to review Section 1 of our Uniform Bill of Lading Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website at http://www.americanfast.com/LocalAssets/AFF-USBL.pdf (page 2) that addresses liability for lost or damaged shipments.

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.

Company Posted 1/15/13

The Jordan Company is AFF’s New Financial Partner
New York, NY: January 7, 2013 – The Resolute Fund II, L.P., an affiliate of The Jordan Company, today announced that it has acquired American Fast Freight (“AFF” or the “Company”). AFF specializes in providing less-than-container load domestic ocean freight forwarding services. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Renton, Washington, AFF is a leading, asset-light logistics provider that utilizes a network of Company assets and personnel located in select strategic markets, Jones Act-compliant ocean carriers and barges and third-party agents and surface transportation companies. Employing best-in-class IT systems and custom-designed processes, AFF performs or coordinates all of the consolidation and deconsolidation activities and transportation movements it provides to customers.

“The AFF team has built a premium asset-light freight forwarding business differentiated by its scale, expertise and long-standing customer relationships. By consistently providing its customers with the value-added services they demand, AFF has earned its reputation as a leader in its marketplace,” said Brian Higgins, Principal, The Jordan Company. “We look forward to partnering with the AFF leadership team in continuing to build its business, both organically and through acquisition.”

“We are excited to be partnering with The Jordan Company,” said Stephen L. Day, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Fast Freight. “They have an impressive team which understands our unique business and shares our vision for the future of the Company.”

Mayer Brown LLP acted as legal advisor to The Jordan Company. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as a financial advisor to AFF, and Perkins Coie LLP acted as its legal advisor.

About The Jordan Company

The Jordan Company, founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm with over $5 billion of committed capital under management and a 30-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries. The managing principals have been investing together for over 20 years. Headquartered in New York, The Jordan Company also has offices in Chicago and Shanghai. For additional information, please refer to The Jordan Company website: www.thejordancompany.com.

Hawaii & Guam Posted 1/9/13

Matson and Horizon Vessel Arrivals into Honolulu Delayed Next Week
Due to adverse weather conditions in the Pacific Ocean and other unforeseen issues for both Matson and Horizon, there will be some vessel delays in an out of the Port of Long Beach, CA next week for the Hawaii service.

The Matson vessel Maunalei (V068E) will be delayed arriving in Long Beach and, consequently, will now depart Long Beach on Thursday afternoon, January 10. The Maunalei will arrive in the Port of Honolulu on Monday evening, January 14. Guam arrival will be Wednesday morning, January 23.

The Horizon Spirit (JB213S) will arrive into Long Beach and conduct stevedoring operations on Saturday, January 12. A vessel mechanical issue also needs to be address and it is estimated the Horizon Spirit will depart for Honolulu late Sunday evening, January 13. We will provide updates on the expected Honolulu arrival and neighbor island service as soon as that information becomes available.

Hawaiian Ocean Transport regrets any inconvenience these delays may cause our valued customers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Support Center at 800-642-6664.