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Customer Advisory 12-010 – Port Congestion Surcharge

Issue Date: November 30, 2012

Dear Valued Customer,

As you know, the East and Gulf coasts risk significantly increased port congestion owing to a labor union dispute that threatens work stoppages after December 31, 2012.  As a precaution, CaroTrans International, Inc. is filing a Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) applicable to all shipments to and from ports in the United States and Canada starting January 1, 2013.

In the event of a labor strike and subsequent congestion, all contract and LCL tariff rates will be subject to the PCS as filed:

$20.00 w/m

Please note that this is a forward filing. Without work stoppage and subsequent congestion impairing operations, this surcharge and related tariff filings are null and void.

Please contact your local sales representative if you have any questions.

Thank you for using CaroTrans International, Inc.  We appreciate your business.

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Customer Advisory 12 IMP 11.6.12-B

Issue Date: November 16, 2012

Please be advised that Carotrans’ previously announced GRI for the Transpacific Eastbound Trade Lane to North America has been Mitigated to the following.

 Origin(s): China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Destination(s):  U.S.  West Coast

Type: GRI

Increase: $6.00 w/m;  Minimum $6.00

Effective date: Sailing December 15th, 2012

Origin(s): China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Destination(s):  U.S. East Coast and IPI

Type: GRI

Increase: $8.00 w/m;  Minimum $8.00

Effective date: Sailing December 15th, 2012


If any mitigation and/or delay of the GRI is confirmed, we will pass this along as applicable.

We appreciate your support. Please do not hesitate to contact your local CTI representative,

If you have any questions or need additional information.



Thank you for your continued support of CaroTrans

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CaroTrans Launches Four Direct China LCL Services to Chile

CaroTrans Launches Four, Direct China LCL Services to Chile to Support Growing Asia – South America Volumes

– Santiago hub is platform for global and South America trade growth –

Santiago, Chile, November 13, 2012 – CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announced four new LCL (less than container load), direct services from China including Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong to Valparaiso, Chile. Reliable, secure consolidation and deconsolidation services are provided by CaroTrans’ dedicated local offices. CaroTrans established a wholly owned and operated office in Santiago, Chile in 2011 to strengthen its global infrastructure and support significant trade growth in South America. In China, CaroTrans delivers dependable, customer-focused service and support from seven, local CaroTrans offices in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Xiamen.

In addition to the four new China import services, CaroTrans delivers a broad range of LCL and FCL (full container load) import and export services to and from Chile and CaroTrans’ extensive U.S. service network. Over the last year, CaroTrans’ Chile – U.S. import and export transactions grew by 10%. CaroTrans’ West Coast South America service portfolio links Chile with Callao, Guayaquil, and Buenaventura.

“We are committed to investing in consistent, high value services to support the growing South America – China trade lane. Increasingly, global freight forwarders are moving smaller shipments that require reliable, secure consolidation and deconsolidation services. CaroTrans is positioned in South America to serve their needs and provide the highest level of service and support,” said, Greg Howard, Global CEO, CaroTrans.

Raul Katz, CaroTrans Latin America Manager, commented, “In Chile, over the last year, we have developed a team of highly trained, exceptional professionals dedicated to personal service. We understand how important it is to go that extra mile for our customers. That’s why all of our team members are bilingual and are committed to building strong relationships with clients. Our Chile gateway is positioned to effectively serve regional and global growth. These four new import services are the first stage in our development of direct China services to South America.”

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, Europe, 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, 732-540-8121, gregh@carotrans.com
CKL Communications, Carol Lerner, 973.635.6923, ckl.communications@gmail.com

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Hurricane Sandy Update 11/1

Hurricane Sandy Update, Thursday, November 1, 2012

Carotrans Branch Offices and Container Freight Stations (CFS) in Baltimore, Boston, New Jersey, Norfolk and Philadelphia are open and fully operational. And we can report that all of the facilities made it through the storm without sustaining damage to the structures or freight in our possession.

With the exception of NY/NJ, all ports in the region are open and operational. However, according to report on 10/31 at 17:30 from the Port Authority of NY/NJ; surveys of damage to Ship Channels, Berths, and Terminals should be completed by this weekend. Power had not been restored at the Terminals at the time of the report and operating capabilities of their equipment could not be determined.      

Given the uncertainty of the situation at the NY/NJ port, CaroTrans will be rerouting all cargo currently held in our Northeast facilities to the best suited USA export gateways to maintain schedule integrity for our clients. Our customer service team will contact clients impacted by the storm with the options available.

Considering the gravity and changing nature of this event  we’ve enacted contingency plans designed to offer alternative routing options to maintain the full scope of services for our customers.

For further information please contact the CaroTrans customer service team.


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