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Customer Advisory 12-001 – Monday, February 13, 2012

Due to the increases imposed on the market by the Carriers, Carotrans will be implementing a General Rate Increase (GRI) into the West Coast South America trade lane. Details of this increase as follows:

Transship cargo will also be subject to this increase. In the event any further information is required, please contact your International Account Manager or local Customer Service Team.

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CaroTrans Launches New Desktop Gadgets for Booking, Schedules, Rates, and Tracking

Union, NJ, October 11, 2011 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (Non vessel operating common
carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announces the first desktop gadgets for CaroTrans’ LCL (less
than container load) customers. These innovative tools allow users to quickly and conveniently
access critical LCL shipment data. CaroTrans now offers gadgets for bookings, sailing schedules,
rates, tracking, and inland rates. A gadget is a mini application that resides on a computer desktop
or personal home page.
Consistent monitoring of customer feedback enables CaroTrans to determine the critical tools
customers need to make the processing of ocean freight cargo easier, faster and more convenient.
CaroTrans will continue to evaluate every application to determine which should be made available
as a gadget in the future.
“We are pleased to be offering our customers innovative technology solutions that help them
streamline ocean freight processing, increase efficiencies, and better serve their clients. CaroTrans’
gadgets are a first in the NVO community and they represent a new, faster way for customers to
retrieve shipment data,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO.
Gadget features:
– Rate gadget: Is customized for each customer. Rates are pulled from the customer’s current
contract rates. A password and login is required for this gadget.
– Easily accessed from CaroTrans’ homepage.
– Users may send the gadget link to their desktop as a shortcut for quick access.
– Windows 7 and Vista operating system users are able to download the gadgets to their desktop.
– Results from the Sailing Schedules and Rates gadgets can be viewed, emailed or printed.
– Track and Trace: Users can search by container, booking, arrival notice, or their own reference
numbers from the Bill of Lading.
About CaroTrans
Established in 1979, Carotrans International is one of the world’s leading NVOCCs providing global
LCL, less than container load, and FCL, full container load services. Through our network of offices
in Asia, South America, Oceania, and the United States, along with our strong local partners, we
offer a global reach that is truly unique.
Carotrans is a people driven company with dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable team
members who engage customers with passion and experience on a local level.
For additional information, visit www.carotrans.com
CaroTrans, Greg Howard, 908.206.1067, gregh@carotrans.com
CKL Communications, Carol Lerner, 973.635.6923, ckl.communications@gmail.com

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CaroTrans Starts Direct Charleston to South Africa LCL Service

— Service features fast transits, competitive pricing, and superior support —

CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announces expansion of their global LCL (less-than-containerload) services with a new Charleston to South Africa LCL export service. This new weekly, fixed day service began the week of February 20th and features competitive rates, fast transits, and reliable CaroTrans consolidation services. The transit time from Charleston to Durban – 25 days, Johannesburg – 30 days, and Capetown – 32 days. CaroTrans’ weekly LCL service to Cape Town is an exclusive offering in the marketplace today.

This service features broad coverage to all South African ports and neighboring countries. CaroTrans’ longstanding partnership of almost twenty years with World Cargo Services, the first NVOCC in South Africa to service the U.S. – South Africa trade lane, ensures reliable and stable service for export cargo handling in South Africa. “By teaming up with World Cargo Services in South Africa, we are able to deliver the quality service our customers expect at origin and destination,” said Greg Howard, CaroTrans, Global CEO. World Cargo Services offers expedited and secure destination unpack services at their CFS (container freight station) facilities at all major South African ports.

Export cargo to South Africa will move from CaroTrans’ CFS receiving stations in Dallas, Houston, Miami, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, and Savannah to the Charleston gateway for consolidation. Forwarders benefit from CaroTrans’ extensive network of local North America CFS receiving stations that provide reduced transportation costs, improved transit times and the ease of working with a local, professional staff.

“With this new Charleston to South Africa LCL service, we eliminate the long inland trip to New York providing a faster overall transit for our customers in the U.S. Southeast and Southwest,” said Mark Stowell, CaroTrans, Charleston Branch Manager.

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New Argentine Custom requirement-Res.3252/12

As of February 1, 2012, Argentinian Government has mandated that all cargo shipped to Argentina must comply with the requirements of a new mechanism called DJAI (Import Affidavit (“IA”).

Although it will be compulsory for all importations from that date, authorities have not yet informed how it will be implemented. For that reason, it is assumed that any importation could not be made after this date and for some period.

Consignee will only be able to Customs release the cargo if they have the DJAI accepted. The reference number of the document will be requested at the moment they produce the import custom clearance “Despacho de Importacion” in the SIM (System Custom). This regulation will be enforced February 1st. All on board cargo shipped before February will not be subject to comply with the regulation. It will be important for shippers to be very careful with cargo loading onto vessels sailing from POL at the end of January, because if the vessel is delayed and finally departures in February, will have to comply with this regulation. These conditions can be maintained in the event of a transit, but not in the case of transshipment (change of documents and/or means of transport). Regarding the date of the transport document (Bill of lading) issued upon the receipt of the cargo by the carrier, the date that will be taken into account by the authorities to apply the exceptions will be the one in the Master transport document.

 Please note that if the shipment doesn’t have the DJAI and arrives to Argentina, two things can happen:

  1. The government can accept the shipment and the goods can be imported.
  2. The government can reject the shipment. In this case the Shipper and Consignee are fully responsible for all the extra cost this operation implies.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your International Account Manager.

 Thank you for your attention. www.carotrans.com

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