April 2014
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We are excited to announce
we're moving

Future Forwarding Company's
New Address

Please send any mail or remittances to the new address beginning April 28th.
4380 International Parkway
Atlanta, GA  30354

Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
404-608-0060    404-608-0094 fax

We will begin moving at 3pm on Friday, April 25th so that we can be fully operational 8am Monday April 28th.  Our online service, will remain active should you need to check shipment or order status.  We respectfully request any urgent orders be advised by noon, Thursday, April 24th or before to guarantee shipment before the weekend.

Thank you for your kind cooperation during our transition.

Holiday Closures:

All Future Forwarding offices will be closed on Friday, April 18th, in honor of Good Friday.

April 18:  Offices throughout India and the EU will also be closed on Good Friday.
May 1:   Offices throughout most of the world other than the U.S. will close on May 1 for International Labor Day.   In Asia, offices will close May 1-3 for traditional spring festival.
May 26:  U.S. will be closed for Memorial Day.

Steamship lines announce May GRI's
Ocean carriers have announced new general rate increases (GRIs) for eastbound cargo from Far East and Indian sub-continent origins to the US and Canada.  As a result of increases imposed by the steamship lines, previously quoted rates will be subject to the below GRIs.  Proposed GRIs are expected to take effect May 1, 2014 at the following rate levels:
For containers discharging at West Coast Ports and trucked to final destination:
•          $240 USD per 20’
•          $300 USD per 40’
•          $338 USD per 40’ HC
•          $380 USD per 45’
•          $6 USD w/m, min $6
All Other Destinations, including containers discharged at East Coast and U.S. Gulf ports and shipments via inland MLB intermodal service to any inland point in the U.S.:
•          $320 USD per 20’
•          $400 USD per 40’
•          $450 USD per 40’ HC
•          $506 USD per 45’
•          $8 USD w/m, min $8

Some ocean carriers have announced they will no longer provide chassis on door moves effective May 1, and we expect other steamship lines to follow suit.  Carriers no longer want to accept responsibility for lack of chassis and importers/consignees are now accountable for demurrage in case a suitable chassis cannot be located before free time expires.  Shippers who previously booked as steamship line door delivery to save cost should expect to pay an additional $75 per container in the future.
Port Update:
Vancouver:  Strike has ended and operations are back to normal.
Long Beach/Los Angeles The ILWU contract is set to expire on June 30th and negotiations will not begin until mid-May.
New York/New Jersey:  Severe winter weather revealed weaknesses in the existing port chassis model in which chassis operators, ocean carriers, and truckers all compete in the same chassis pool.  The average turn time increased from 5 to 10 days, due to weather, long wait times at the port, equipment availability, and warehouses fighting backlogs for delivery.
Southeastern US and Gulf ports Business as usual!  Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta, Memphis (as well as Kansas City and Chicago) adopted trucker-owned and “gray pool” chassis concepts a few years ago, and most will agree that the change has been effective.
Employee Spotlight - Danny Dixon

Danny Dixon was hired as Warehouse Supervisor the first day Future Forwarding Company opened its doors in Los Angeles in 2007, and continues to be a vital part of FFLAX operations.  Danny is responsible for shipping and receiving including unloading/loading trucks and containers, and special warehouse projects such as relabeling or repackaging.  He is always willing to go the extra mile to meet critical supply chain deadlines.  Danny enjoys spare time with friends and family, and loves to hunt and fish.  He married his high school sweetheart last year and is a devoted family man.  They have lots of pets including dogs, cats, snakes and turtles.  We guess he’s practicing his nurturing skills since he is looking forward to becoming a father in June.

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