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News Posts from 2014

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Delayed departure from LA PortPosted 12/26/14
The Matson vessel Mokihana will have a delayed departure from the Long Beach port on Sunday, 12/28 and because of manning issues in LA, will cause further delay to the second vessel Manukai. Arrivals to the Honolulu port will be delayed and the containers going to Nawiliwili, Kauai will likely miss the Nawiliwili barge cutoff on Monday 12/29. The containers going to Nawiliwili will be put on the next available barge which will be 01/01/15 or 01/02/15. There will inevitably be delays in all of Hawaii with recovery and cargo deliveries.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your freight, please reach out to your transportation consultant or our customer service group.

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PMA Requests Federal Mediation in West Coast Longshore NegotiationsPosted 12/24/14
According to the PMA website at www.pmanet.org, after 7 months of talks & continuing ILWU slowdowns, PMA calls for outside help.

For further information, feel free to visit the PMA or ILWU websites or read this recent article- “PMA Requests Federal Mediation in West Coast Longshore Negotiations”

Click here to read the article at PMANET.ORG

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Delayed departure from LA PortPosted 12/23/14
Both Horizon and Matson vessels departed the Long Beach port Saturday 12/20, about 7pm. This will put the vessels in the Honolulu port about 8am Friday 12/26. These vessels normally arrive late in the evening on Wed and because of this delay, it will inevitably cause further delays in Hawaii with recovery and cargo deliveries.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your freight, please reach out to your transportation consultant or our customer service group.

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Hawaii & Alaska Ocean Carriers File for a 2.00% Fuel Surcharge Decrease Posted 12/19/14
Hawaii

The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of two percent (2%). This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 37.50% to 35.50% for the Hawaii service, effective December 21, 2014.

Hawaii: 35.50% of freight charges, effective December 21, 2014

Guam: 36.00% of freight charges, effective December 21, 2014

Alaska

The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of two percent. This decrease will take the fuel surcharge from 33.00% to 31.00% for the Alaska service, effective December 21, 2014.

Alaska: 31.00% of freight charges, effective December 21, 2014

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.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cargo, please reach out to your transportation consultant or our customer service group.

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Delayed departure from LA PortPosted 12/16/14
The Mahimahi 313 (Matson) did not leave on its scheduled departure time from LA Port on Saturday the 13th, but sailed out of LA today, Monday the 15th, at 0311 hrs and is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on Friday December 19th at 1000 hrs. This vessel normally arrives late in the evening on Wed and because of this delay, it will inevitably cause further delays in Hawaii with recovery and cargo deliveries.

The Horizon vessel left on time departing LA Port on Saturday December 13th at 0500 hrs and is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on Wednesday December 17th at 1930 hrs.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cargo, please reach out to your transportation consultant or our customer service group.

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Delayed departure from JacksonvillePosted 12/08/14
Due to dense fog in Jacksonville, Sea Star’s El Yunque Voyage 1113S will be delayed to San Juan, PR.

AFF de PR will be able to begin collecting cargo Tuesday morning, Dec. 9th instead of Monday as was scheduled.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cargo, please reach out to your transportation consultant or our customer service group.

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Oakland and Long Beach delayed departuresPosted 12/05/14
The Matson vessel (Tuesday normal) vessel departed at 03:44 This morning, ETA is 12/10 as 0700. The Horizon vessel (Wednesday normal) is scheduled to depart at 7pm tonight, ETA is 12/10 at 1200.

The Long Beach vessels normally depart at 0400 Saturday mornings. This weekend’s departures are as follows.

The Matson Mokihana/288 ETD is 12/6 at 1500, and the ETA is 12/11 at 0600. The Horizon Spirit/262 ETD is 12/06 at 1900 and ETA is 2/11 at 0800. Both vessels are about 12 hours later than normal. We will update you on Monday with actual departure times.

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Surge Charge Modification for Rail out of Southern CaliforniaPosted 12/05/14
Due to fluctuations in demand, a new Surge Charge is being implemented on all 53 foot equipment being serviced out of Southern California via the railroad. We regret having to add a Surge Charge to your transportation costs, but a Surge Charge by the railroad is inevitable at this time. All other equipment other than 53’ equipment will not incur this specific fee at this time. All rail/truck rates are subject to equipment availability. Please check with your Transportation Consultant or the AFF Pricing Department with any questions.

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Latest ILWU update regarding contract negotiationsPosted 12/04/14
According to the JOC.com, ILWU and PMA will convene for a caucus in San Francisco December 15 that could last up to a week. They will be continuing ongoing discussions regarding a labor contract for all west coast ports. The longshoreman have been operating without a contract since it expired July 1. If a tentative agreement is reached during the caucus, the vote will then be given to the local ports to decide on a tentative agreement.

For further information, feel free to visit the PMA or ILWU websites or read this recent article at JOC.com – “Caucus will determine whether ILWU signs tentative contract or not” – SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED

Click here to read the article at JOC.com

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Delayed Vessel UpdatePosted 12/03/14
The Horizon departure from the port of Long Beach on Saturday, 11/29 was delayed by 10 hours and has an expected ETA to Honolulu of Thursday, 12/4 at 9am. The Matson departure from Long Beach ports has a scheduled arrival of 12/5 at 5am. Because of the timing of these delays, this will inevitably cause further delays in Hawaii with recovery and cargo deliveries.

Please contact your Transportation Consultant or Hawaii Operations Department for specifics in regards to your shipments.

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2014 Holiday Schedules AnnouncedPosted 12/01/14
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 Years.

In general, all of our facilities will be completely closed on Christmas Day, 12/25 and New Year’s Day, 01/01.

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

Alaska
Port of Tacoma: There will be only one delayed northbound sailing to Port of Anchorage the weeks of Christmas and New Years. There will be no sailing on Christmas Day or New Year’s eve. There will be one sailing each week on Friday and will arrive in the Port of Anchorage on Tuesday Morning.

Due to limited capacity on these sailings, cargo must be received at our Fife, WA dock by 4:00 PM Wed, 12/24 and 12/31 to make these departures. Additionally cargo received on Mondays and Tuesdays of those weeks will be scheduled for the Friday sailings.

Hawaii
Port of Long Beach: As normal, there will be two sailings during the weeks of Christmas and New Years. However the second sailing each week will be delayed by 12 hours for the 12/27 sailing and 7 hours for the 1/03 sailing. Cut-offs on our Carson dock will be Wednesday 2:30pm, and the pickup cut-off should be called in by Tuesday at 4:30pm and ready by 10am Wednesday (for both Christmas and New Year’s weeks).

Port of Oakland: There will be two departures each week 12/24 and 12/30. One on Tuesday (Matson) and one on Wednesday (Horizon). The cut-off for receipt of cargo at our San Leandro, CA facility will be Tuesday at 4pm 12/23 and Monday at 4pm on 12/29.

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

Puerto Rico
Port of Jacksonville: There will one sailing each week from Port of Jacksonville, FL to Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Fridays, 12/23 and 12/30. Cut-off for receipt of cargo at our Jacksonville, FL facility will be on Tuesdays at noon each day. The Jacksonville and Puerto Rico Terminals will be closed 12/25 – 12/26 and 1/1 – 1/2. Puerto Rico will also be closed on 1/6 for Three Kings 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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Late Ship Notice – Oakland to Honolulu Posted 11/14/14
The Horizon departure on Wednesday 11/12 from Oakland, departed 12 hours later than scheduled, with and expected ETA to Honolulu of Monday 11/17 about 9am. Because of this ship delay, there will be a delay in recovery and cargo deliveries.

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

Please continue to check the news section of our website for continual up to date information on ship delays.

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ALASKA CARRIERS FILE FOR GENERAL RATE INCREASE Posted 11/13/14
The ocean carriers serving the Alaska market recently announced a filing for a General Rate Increase (GRI) effective 11/23/14 (Totem Ocean) and 12/14/14 (Horizon Lines) with the Surface Transportation Board. American Fast Freight will be implementing the 5.5% increase effective 12/10/14.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Transportation Consultant or Customer Service at 800-642-6664.

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Fuel Surcharge DecreasePosted 10/28/14
ALASKA
The ocean carriers serving Alaska have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of 2 percentage points. The filing will decrease the fuel surcharge to Alaska from 35% to 33% on November 9, 2014. These filings were made with the STB 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 Surcharge button on our homepage for our Current FSC.

HAWAII
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge decrease of 5 percentage points. The filing will decrease the fuel surcharge to Hawaii from 42.5% to 37.5% on November 2, 2014. Guam will reduce from 43% to 38% effective November 2, 2014. These filings were made with the STB 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. Please click the Latest Fuel Surcharge button on our homepage for our Current FSC.

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Thanksgiving 2014 Holiday Schedules AnnouncedPosted 10/24/14
Alaska:
American Fast Freight’s offices and freight terminals in Fairbanks, Kodiak and Kenai-Soldotna, Alaska, and in Fife, Washington, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28. The Anchorage office and freight terminal will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27; however, it will operate with a skeleton crew on Friday, Nov. 28.

AFF American Relocation Services will be open with limited staff on Friday, Nov. 28; AFF Distribution Services will be closed both on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.

· Northbound: There will be one sailing by Horizon and one sailing by Tote the week of Thanksgiving from the Port of Tacoma to the Port of Anchorage. To ensure that your cargo moves Northbound the week of Thanksgiving, we recommend that cargo be delivered to AFF Fife, WA by 12PM (Noon), Wed November 26th. We will make every effort to move cargo after this cut-off, but we cannot ensure that it will move if the cargo arrives after that time. We will be utilizing a first come first served process for cargo arriving after the cut off. Any hazardous materials shipments scheduled for this single voyage must be at AFF by 12 p.m. (noon) on Wed, Nov. 26th, 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 Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 30. Tuesday’s vessel will discharge cargo in Tacoma on the evening of Wed, Dec 3. Sunday’s sailing will discharge cargo in Tacoma on the evening of Friday, Dec. 5 (5-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 Sun, Dec. 7. Cargo discharge in Tacoma from that sailing will be on Wed, Dec. 10 (3-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. 27. There will be partial crews available on Friday, Nov. 28.

· Westbound from Long Beach: 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. 25. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the Saturday vessel departure will be 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The port of Honolulu will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so any deliveries normally scheduled for Thursday will be made on Friday.

· Westbound from Oakland: 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 Tues, Nov. 25. The cut-off for receipt of cargo for the weekend vessel departure will be 5 p.m. on Wed, Nov. 26.

· Westbound from Seattle: 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), Wed, Nov. 26.

Puerto Rico:
The Jacksonville offices and freight terminals of AFF de Puerto Rico will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

· Southbound from Jacksonville: There will be a normal sailing out of Jacksonville. Cut-off for receipt of cargo in Jacksonville will be 12 p.m. (noon), Wed, Nov. 26.

Have a wonderful, warm Thanksgiving holiday!

Per Horizon Lines, please be advised that the Horizon Spirit JB257S will be arriving late into Honolulu, HI due to a labor shortage following the Port closure caused by the fire last week in the Port of Los Angeles.Posted 10/1/14
Keep From Freezing Protective Service for the Winter 2014-15 Will Begin on October 6, 2014Posted 9/23/14
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 6, 2014. 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 three 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

Kodiak:

$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.”

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Labor Day Closures for AFF Facilities Sept. 1, 2014Posted 8/13/14
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, AFF Bypass and American Relocation Services, will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014. 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, Washington; Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak and Soldotna, Alaska; and Jacksonville, FL. Our Alaska dispatch will be open. 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 ONLY to deliver freight.
Puerto Rico Terminal will be operating as normal on Labor Day.
Sailing schedules for all vessels will not be affected.
Our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable celebration.

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

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Latest Hurricane Weather Update for HawaiiPosted 8/11/14
Weather in the Hawaiian Islands is working its way back toward normal and neighbors on the Big Island, which sustained the most damage, are working to restore all of the damage from the 2 tropical storms. Both vessels that would have arrived to port of Honolulu on Sunday night were diverted by the US coast guard around Hurricane Julio and were waiting at sea for the ports to reopen. As of Saturday, all ports in Hawaii have been reopened and are operating on their normal schedules. The vessels are now due into Honolulu about 6pm today or earlier, Hawaii time (HAST). Freight deliveries will probably be 24 – 36 hours behind normal. We thank you for your patience in this matter. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to your Transportation Consultant or our Customer Service Team.

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Hurricane Weather Warning for Hawaii **UPDATE**Posted 8/8/14
According to weather reports, Hurricane Iselle reached the Big Island of Hawaii last night, but was downgraded to a tropical storm. According to live weather maps, Iselle is now south of Oahu and west of Hilo, Hawaii. Heavy winds and rain are still expected throughout the day today.

To follow Iselle will be Hurricane Julio, which appears to be headed just a bit north of the Hawaiian Islands. It is still expected to reach Hawaii on Sunday morning. At this time, the shipping vessels and barges are ensuring the safety of their vessels and seafarers and are at sea, waiting for the ports to reopen. The ports were open for about 3 hours this morning, but all ports were again closed by 11am. Vessels were not allowed into the port at that time.

To reopen the ports, the US Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and State of Hawaii will jointly conduct surveys to determine if the ports are safe and will ultimately begin allowing vessel traffic again when they deem it so. Deliveries will ultimately be delayed because of this. We expect limited cargo to connect with barges for the neighbor islands as well. Deliveries will be resumed as conditions permit. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Hurricane Weather Warning for HawaiiRevised 8/6/14
According to weather reports, Hurricane Iselle will reach Hilo, Hawaii Thursday evening. The prediction is that Iselle may weaken to a category 1 hurricane or tropical storm by the time it reaches land in Hawaii. To follow that storm will be Hurricane Julio, which should make landfall this weekend. Julio appears to be a tropical storm as well. At this time, the shipping vessels will be ensuring the safety of their vessels and seafarers by taking all measures necessary. In addition, the Port of Honolulu will be closed at 6:00pm on Thursday night. Shipments will ultimately be delayed because of this. Deliveries will be resumed as conditions permit. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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ILWU/PMA Labor Agreement Negotiations UpdatePosted 7/8/14
July 8, 2014 – The ILWU and PMA have agreed to take a 72-hour break from their negotiations and have stated that they will continue to extend the previous six-year contract during this break. While no agreement has been made, both PMA and ILWU have stated via a joined press release, that cargo will continue to move according to schedule until an agreement can be reached. AFF, Inc. and our family of companies including American Fast Freight, AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport, AFF de Puerto Rico and AFF Interlink felt it was right to remind you again of the status of these agreements.

Please visit ILWU at http://www.ilwu.org/ or PMA at http://www.pmanet.org/ for further information.

We will continue to provide updates as new developments happen and as we know more detailed information.

In addition, the news media has reported that truck drivers in the Los Angeles/Long Beach port have launched a strike, but this strike includes only 3 transportation firms and doesn’t affect any operations of AFF or our family of companies.

If you would like to discuss your specific business approach, please contact us at 800-642-6664 and let us know how we can help.

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ILWU/PMA Labor Agreement Negotiations UpdatePosted 7/2/14
While no agreement has been made, both PMA and ILWU have stated, via a joined press release, that cargo will continue to move according to schedule until an agreement can be reached. AFF, Inc. and our family of companies including American Fast Freight, AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport, AFF de Puerto Rico and AFF Interlink felt it was right to remind you again of the status of these agreements.

Please visit ILWU at http://www.ilwu.org/ or PMA at http://www.pmanet.org/ for further information.

We will continue to provide updates as new developments happen and as we know more detailed information.

As for a vessel sailing update, all vessels from west coast ports departed on-time yesterday and on schedule.

If you would like to discuss your specific business approach, please contact us directly and let us know how we can help.

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General Advisory Update for AFF Customers Regarding ILWU/PMA Ongoing Negotiations Posted 7/1/14
The current contract between both ILWU and PMA has now gone past its expiration date after being in place for the past 6 years.
PMA and ILWU are still currently in ongoing negotiations regarding many different topics. AFF, Inc. and our family of companies including American Fast Freight, AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport, AFF de Puerto Rico and AFF Interlink felt it was right to remind you again of this passing of this deadline.
Please visit ILWU at http://www.ilwu.org/ or PMA at http://www.pmanet.org/ for further information.
We will continue to provide updates as new developments happen and as we know more detailed information. If you would like to discuss your specific business approach, please contact us directly and let us know how we can help.

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4th of July Sailing SchedulePosted 6/8/14
To ensure a timely return to the west coast ports, the following changes will be in effect the week before and during the holiday. Please plan accordingly.

All AFF Terminals will be closed July 4th.

Alaska Sailings:
Fife
Horizon Lines & Tote northbound sailings will be on Friday, June 27th, but the sailing will be in the middle of the day. The Fife Terminal cutoff for receiving freight is 5pm on Thursday, June 26th.
Horizon Lines will bypass Kodiak going southbound from Anchorage on Monday, June 30th. Please plan accordingly.
Horizon Lines & Tote will sail late in the evening on July 3rd. No sailing on July 4th. Our cutoff at our Fife Terminal for receiving freight is Noon on Thursday, July 3rd. The Fife Terminal will be closed July 4th.
Alaska The Anchorage, Fairbanks, Soldotna and Kodiak Terminals will be closed July 4th.

Hawaii Sailings:
Fife The PNW ports will be closed on Friday 7/4 and Saturday 7/5. Revised cut off will be Thursday 7/3 by noon. The Fife facility will be closed on Friday 7/4.
San Leandro There are “no” changes in the cuts or sailing departures from San Leandro. The San Leandro facility will be closed on Friday 7/4.
Carson The Wednesday 7/2 departure is unchanged. The end of week cut offs will be Thursday 7/3 by 10am on our Carson dock. All local pickups must be done by end of business Wednesday 7/2. To insure all containers make the weekend departure we will be loading and in-gating containers Thursday night. The Carson facility will be closed on Friday 7/4.
Honolulu The Honolulu facility will be closed on Friday 7/4. If you have any questions please call Customer Service at 800-642-6664

Puerto Rico Sailings:
Jacksonville
The Jacksonville facility will be closed Friday 7/4. Revised cutoff for receiving freight at our Jacksonville Terminal will be Wednesday 7/2 at 5pm. There will be a mid-day sailing on July 3 from Jacksonville.

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Memorial Day ClosuresPosted 5/14/14
Terminals Closed for Memorial Day 2014, 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 26, 2014. 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; Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak and Soldotna, Alaska; and Jacksonville, FL. Our Anchorage dispatch and Puerto Rico facility 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 27 sailing out of Oakland will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23.

Cargo cut-off in Carson for the May 28 sailing out of Long Beach will be noon (12 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 27.

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 Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge IncreasePosted 5/8/14
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of 3 percentage points.

The filing will increase the fuel surcharge to Hawaii from 39.5% to 42.5% on June 8, 2014.

These filings were made with the STB 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 Surcharge button on our homepage for our Current FSC.

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General Advisory for AFF Customers regarding ILWU/PMA ongoing negotiations Posted 4/15/14
The following is a general advisory regarding the ongoing negotiations between ILWU and PMA representing 29 west coast ports. The current contract between both organizations is set to expire on July 1st, 2014 at 5:00pm after being in place for the past 6 years.

PMA and ILWU are reported to be currently in ongoing negotiations regarding healthcare and welfare costs and coverage. AFF, Inc. and our family of companies including American Fast Freight, AFF Hawaiian Ocean Transport, AFF de Puerto Rico and AFF Interlink felt it was right to remind you of this pending deadline.

We’re glad to work with you in planning alternative contingencies.

Here are a few helpful tips to remember as the deadline approaches.

Stay informed about the negotiations. Visit http://www.cargobusinessnews.com/ or http://www.joc.com/ for information and discussions regarding the topic.
Visit ILWU at http://www.ilwu.org/ or PMA at http://www.pmanet.org/
Ship early. Discuss with your transportation consultant about how we can help with this option.
Be prepared for all possible outcomes including slowdowns and stoppages.
We will continue to provide updates as this deadline approaches.

If you would like to discuss your specific business approach, or have any questions beyond these recommendations, please contact us directly and let us know how we can help.
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Hawaii Ocean Carriers File for Fuel Surcharge IncreasePosted 2/18/14
The ocean carriers serving Hawaii have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a fuel surcharge increase of 5 percentage points.

The filing will increase the fuel surcharge to Hawaii from 34.5% to 39.5% on March 23, 2014.

These filings were made with the STB 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 Surcharge button on our homepage for our Current FSC.
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Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. to receive cargo at new facility beginning February 24th, 2014.Posted 2/18/14
Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. will begin receiving cargo at the new International Express facility as of 7:00 AM HAST on Monday, February 24th, 2014. The new facility is located at 1081 Makepono Street, Honolulu, HI, 96819. As of the 24th of February, 2014, no cargo will be received at the 5 Sand Island Access Rd facility. The refrigerated facility located at 2613 Waiwai Loop will not change at this time.

Thank you for the continued business and please make arrangement accordingly. Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. Staff
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Freezing rain in Fairbanks causes delayPosted 1/23/14
Freezing rain has hit the city of Fairbanks and the surrounding communities causing multiple accidents and road closures. The moisture and freezing temperatures has 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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Matson delay leaving Long BeachPosted 1/22/14, Updated 1/23/14
Dear Valued Customer: Matson notified us that their vessel, Maunawili, is coming into Long Beach Port late due to a delay in China and bad weather in the Pacific. Because of this delay, Matson anticipates a late departure out of Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, January 22nd at approximately 16:00 (an estimated delay of 12 hours). **UPDATE** 19:13 hours. Schedule posted for 0900 hrs arrival Monday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local transportation consultant or our customer service at 800.642.6664

We will update you should the circumstances change. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
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Maintenance delays for Alaska bound ships Posted 1/21/14
TOTE, one of the two carriers providing vessel service to Alaska, is dry docking one of their vessels for necessary maintenance / repairs.

That means they will have only one sailing on Wednesday, 2/12/14 and Wednesday, 02/19-14. TOTE will not sail on Friday,02-14 and Friday, 02-21.

This means that overall capacity to / from Alaska will be dramatically reduced during this time frame. American Fast freight will do everything possible to move clients’ cargo but are highly recommending concentrating on getting cargo shipped on the two Wednesday departures.

Some cargo cut-off times and deliveries will be affected as follows:

Hard noon cut-off time on both Friday the 14th of February and Friday the 21st at the AFF Fife Washington facility.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer service group at 800-642-6664 or call your Transportation Consultant directly. Thanks for your understanding and patience during this time period.
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Horizon Lines Tacoma delayed to Honolulu Posted 1/02/14
HAWAII OCEAN TRANSPORT SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT HORIZON LINES TACOMA TW907S DELAYED ARRIVING INTO HONOLULU, HI
Update #1: Thursday 01/02/14

Please be advised the Horizon Lines vessel Tacoma TW907S has been delayed departing out of Oakland due to labor impacts resulting from the holidays. Horizon Lines announced “All haste will be made on the route from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, HI and at present we anticipate a Tuesday morning, January 7th arrival. Vessel operations are slated to begin at 07:00 on Tuesday, January 7th. We are currently evaluating Honolulu operations schedules and expect to have details on Honolulu gate hours and targeted Neighbor Island barge connections outlined in upcoming updates.”

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.
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