1. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments:  1.45cbm    (CMDUGGZ0496933) (CC 201)
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1. ISF 10+2 (Importer Security Filing)  /  ISF  FAQ. 63 pages  /  (click here)

2. US Local Ports Contact  /  e-Allegations / Anonymous  tips (8663472423)

3. Air Forwarders by Air Forwarders Association  /  iata.org.

4. Ocean Freight Forwarder: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

5. Filing a Complaint Freight Forwarder/NVOCC/ etc  with FMC.gov.

6. US Government Agencies /  www.usa.gov.

7. For more links to import, export & etc.  Industry.

8. Basic Importing by  CBP.gov (Import  requirements 211 pages) &  for others.

9. All Shipment are  Incoterms  (PRE-Arranged,  BEFORE leaving foreign port)

10. Warning:  Also,  Be  aware  of  scam  hijack  emails  &  OTHER  scams.

11. Importers are  RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/fees. US Federal Court (click here)

All our website is Reference use only & our service are Arrangement only.
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Arrival Notice (AN) is ISSUED 5-7 days before shipment is US port:  
.  a. Export  Freight  Forwarder (EFF) =  ISSUER  Bill  of  Lading (BL) = PRE-ARRANGED  BEFORE leaving  FOREIGN Port, to warehouse//port//Issuer-of-Arrival Notice & Etc,
.  b. Import  Freight  Forwarder (IFF) =  ISSUER of  Arrival  Notice  (5-7 days BEFORE cargo is in US):  OVERSEER of cargo to  CFS  warehouse//port.  


Freight Released is issued by your Import  Freight  Forwarder / IFF (ISSUER of  Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL) / OBL, after you have SATISFY  your IFF  needs
Customs Released is issued by your Customs Broker//US Customs//Agencies, after your shipment is cleared & you have paid your Entry Filing fee, (click here) & look 1-11.
Bill-of-Lading (BL) (aka: Straight bill of lading (nonnegotiable)  with  Telex-Release /  Surrender /  Express-Release  or  Original-Bill-of-Lading (OBL).  wikipedia.org.
Bill-of-Lading (BL) is ISSUED Before leaving foreign port by Shipper/NVOCC/OFF/OTI (Glossary) (What is Bill-of-Lading (BL) (examples of BL) (click here) (Incoterms)


Here are some reference of  LCL ( Loose Cargo/Container Load / Less-than-Container Load /  NOT full container )
shipment with Arrival  Notice  Invoice from your  Import  Freight  Forwarder:  that could be COMPARE with your arrival notice / invoice.
(Also, to compare your
Freight Released (click here),  (LCL Sea Arrival Notice (click here),   Full Container Sea Arrival Notice (click here)  &  Air way Bill/ABW (click here)
NOTE: 1cbm  =  1 pallet  =  3ft X 3ft X 3ft  =  1000kg  =  2000lb Max per Pallet.  (Full Container Arrival Notice,
click here)  (Exam Notice with Arrival Notice, click here)
IF you shipment 15 cbm to 26 cbm, it may be cheaper & more convenient to use 20 feet container.   20 feet container is about $1300-$1600 from China to LA/Long Beach CA  
20ft container approximately 26-28 CBM  //  40ft container approximately 55-58 CBM   //  40ft HQ container approximately 60-68 CBM   //  45ft HQ container approximately 78 CBM


1. Arrival Notice  with  1.45 cbm  = $152.75
2. Arrival Notice with 10.23 cbm  = $212.53
3. (Two pages of) Arrival Notice  with  0.25cbm = $564.50   This is quarter of pallet, yet,  he is paying highest fees.  (14 different crazy fee)
4. Arrival Notice with 1.81 cbm  = $485.14 &  forwarder is including warehouse fee $258.60, i my view, warehouse fee should be about $50-$80.
5. Arrival Notice with 2.60 cbm  = $326.06,  BUT forwarder is including  ForkLift $75
6. Arrival Notice with 2.48 cbm  = $303.97, BUT Port Security Fee is $35, yet  10.23cbm is only $25compare to
7. Arrival Notice with 0.80 cbm  = $362,  This is not even one pallet


(8, 9 & 10 give you over-view of,
how your shipment is process from your supplier/factory to you)
8.  When shipment is, your (#2) Factory contacts  (#3)  shipping company   &   (#3) shipping company contacts   (#4) Vessel company  
9. (#3) Origin  shipping company contacts   (#5) US Logistic company    &   bills your (#6) Freight Forwarder $141.24   .
10. (#6) your Freight Forwarder email you Arrival Notice/Invoice  to  Importer/Consignee $231.21   


11. Arrival Notice with 1.5cbm = $57,  China to Long Beach  &  to Nashville TN  (Here the customer who has done his homework & got the best shipping fee)
12. Arrival Notice with OBL
13. Arrival Notice with DDU $175 Residential Surcharge Delivery / $4409.20 lbs / 2.09cbm   & $20.90 exam fee.  

14. Arrival Notice with 4.141cbm = $470.20, Customer over paying $217.06
- AFTER 3 month later, customer called-in,  arguing about our $25 service fee  &  asking for copy of warehouse invoice,
- told the importer to call  your freight forwarder & review the arrival notice that you have paid warehouse fee up-front $217.06.  
- But, he said, he pay other warehouse fee $87 to pick-up.
- i explain to importer, we have no way of knowing your arrangement with your vendors (Freight-Forwarder/Shipping-company/Supplier/Factory/etc),
- also, before you pay anyone, you should ask them "what are the fees for & what am i paying for",  Just as you asked us. (
All fees are clearly on our website  & we have email you)
NOTE:
a.
Your Responsibility  =  Your money,  Your profit / sells,  Your Vendors (supplier/forwarder & etc.),  Your Shipment,  Your Documents,  Your Arrangement,/negotiation  &  etc.
b. Terms of shipping from your vendors (supplier/factory/shipping-company & etc) =
Shipping  Terms = Bill-of-Lading (aka / ie / fyi; Bill-of-Sale) / Mnufacturer  Contract  Agreement.

15. Arrival Notice with 3.3cbm =  Exam fee of $63.
- Importer want to find-out how his Freight Forwarder receives Exam Notice & invoice from US Customs Exam Site
- so, when called his Forwarder, Forwarder could NOT give / find the exam notice & invoice, that forwarder receive from US Customs Exam Site.
- importer thinks, Forwarder is adding BS fees.  ( Importer said, he called 7 or 8   &  hoping he could resolved it with his Forwarder, but ........ )
- he call us, asking how he could file complaint against his Forwarder / Shipping company  (
told him to google:  Filing a complaint FMC.gov   /  click here)

16. Arrival Notice with 8.62cbm = Exam fee of $60.34.  Look at #15, Sometime with all the BS fee, Nothing makes sense
17. Arrival Notice with 0.89cbm = Exam fee of $3. (cfs to cfs)  (WOW,  WOW,  WOW.  BEST NEGOTIATION I SEEN)

18. Arrival Notice with Origin Charge,  (Shipping Charge = Origin Charge) Importer said he pay shipping cost to supplier/factory,
- yet US forwarder adding OTHER $225 as Origin Charge.   (X-Ray exam = $9.80    / CET Exam = $42)

19. Arrival Notice with X-ray exam $94.50  &  Tailgate exam $94.50  +Demurrage  $203.55  +Other BS fees. = Total $680.70
a. This shipment came to
Long Beach Port on Nov 11 2014  &  was unload from Vessel Dec 1 2014,   and X-ray $94.50   with Tailgate/Back-Door Exam $94.50.
b. Importer should ask for Exam invoice that they received from Exam site
c. Shipment is been at Long Beach for 3 weeks, BUT Container could NOT be unload (port Strike). Importer had to pay
Extra $205.55 (you should ask for How you're getting charge)
d. Every year, Port-Union pick worse time to strike:  Beginning of Nov & Dec  (busiest holiday).
e. Importer should ask, where in there (Freight Forwarder) email/website that Forwarder has the right to charge all BS fees
f.
Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all fees/US Laws/Liability/exam/permit(s)retroactive(backdate) Document (BL,  Arrival Notice & etc.)  Case File: federal court US Attorney's.

20. Arrival Notice $288, BUT over pay $100 +Other BS fees.                  (file# COSU6049183370 / IB12152014)
a. 3th time, Consignee has imported
b. So knowing, there will be warehouse fees, But warehouse told him, your Forwarder paid.
c. Thinking importer need keep a records of all the invoice, Importer/consignee asked for invoice, then he notice invoice was only $25
d. Looking at the arrival notice, Freight Forwarder charge $100 for warehouse.
e. Freight Forwarder charge ISF Validation $25.  (Importer asked proof of validation & who authorize it)
f. By not look, what his was paying for arrival notice, he pay Extra $75 for warehouse  and  $25 for ISF Validation.
g. Also, importer ask Forwarder, where are all
h. Importer complain to FMC & Forwarder, where in there website, email, tariff filing or any other place, that forwarder could charge all BS fee.
i. (Importer did some digging & he found out, all arrival notice has disclaimer of:  by
FMC regulation)
.  IN CASE OF DAMAGE,CLAIM NOTICE MUST BE REPORTED TO US WITHIN  15 DAYS OF DELIVERY OR RECEIPT OF SHIPMENT AND FORMAL CLAIM WITH
.  FULL DETAILS MUST BE SENT O US WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER INITIAL   CLAIM NOTICE. OTHERWISE,CLAIM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
.  THE LIMIT OF LIABILITY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS$0.10 PER 10 LBS.  WITH THE MAXIMUM OF $500 PER REPORT, UNLESS A SET DECLARED VALUE
.  IS SUBMITTED TO US IN WRITING PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF GODS


21. Arrival Notice $291. (75% fee are all bs fees)             (file# ANLCZQZS807531 / IB02202015)
a. As you could see they are charging twice by changing Language/Terminology, BUT they are same (PSF: Port Security Fee $35  /  PSF: Port Security Charge $25)
b. Also, they are charging "Warehouse fee $126",  
c. Port Congestion fee $15.

22. IF you shipment 15 cbm to 26 cbm, it may be cheaper & more convent to use 20 feet container. 20 feet container is about $1300-$1600 from China to LA/Long Beach CA  
Page 1 & 2: Customer paid supplier $1,810 (to issuer of Bill-of-Lading)  & paid $1,225.74 (to issuer of Arrival Notice) for 25.32 cbm + $628 Warehouse = $3,663.74 (import as LCL)
Page 3 & 4: Customer paid supplier $1,300 (to issuer of Bill-of-Lading)  & paid $55 to forwarder agent (to issuer of Arrival Notice)  = $1355 (import as 20 feet container)
- Most are "Union" Labors for page 1 & 2.   (Feb 2015)
- LCL = someone unload from Vessel  &  has to truck the container to CFS warehouse (1-3 hours)  &  separate each importer shipment (4-8 hours)
- Average Union Labor in US Port:  full-time wages of $147,000 per year.    +  $88,800 per year Pension,”   
http://www.thecitywire.com/node/36442#.VWjQlc9VhBc   or  (click here)
( this is on also, showing as example #9  docnoticefeesforwarderfullcontainerarrivalnotice.html)


23. Arrival Notice with  2.761cbm = Exam fee of $70.  
24. Arrival Notice with  4.21 cbm = $395.45.   11 different BS fee.  It Looks like they ran-out-of-lines  &/or  they couldn't thinking other BS's,  otherwise they could add 11 others
25. Arrival Notice with  10.637cbm = $223.   From China to LA, CA   &   to Houston TX.  (one of the best i seen)
26. Arrival Notice with  5.6cbm = $665.   9 different BS fee (This is only Company chargers for Congestion Surcharge $166 at Oct 15).  From China to LA, CA  

27. Most of importer pay's what ever Forwarder says, with-OUT any questions:
.      a) importer pay warehouse $213.60    b) BUT, Importer pay again, when he was pick-up the shipment $63.60     c) Not only, importer pay twice, he also over pay $150

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Below link will help you to understand  
Admiralty and Maritime Law Carriage of Goods by Sea Act ("COGSA")
http://www.admiraltylawguide.com/cccarriage.html
https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F3/022/22.F3d.523.93-5307.html
http://www.navlaw.com/articles/v5/cogsa-and-the-shipping-act-trump-carmack-in-regal---beloit.html
http://www.forwarderlaw.com/library/view.php?article_id=142
### About Month later, Importer called & said, he got $100 back + $500 = Total $600    &    he has other shipment that needs ISF & Customs Clearing (4th shipment) ###


Most of importer asked, out of Nowhere some US Freight Forwarder (Shipping company) is charging 10 different fees (Arrival Notice), when i pay my supplier/factory.   
I can't understand the Terminology, Language, Slang, Abbreviation & etc., fees,  so when i (importer) called, they could not even answer their own Terminology
When i(importer) google  "clean truck fee"  it has ended at Jan. 1, 2012 (
click here) &  if so, why are they charging me.  
No where in their website i see any their fees, that they will be charging this & that. I feel they are holding my shipment as hostage.  
Only thing, i (importer) receive is Arrival Notice, saying that i must pay or .............................
a. Negotiate with your vendors/supplier/factory/shipping-co. BEFORE the shipping:  Shipping Terms (
click here).  
b. Most of your shipping term could be view at your Bill-of-Lading from your supplier/factory/shipping-company.
c. Arrival Notice for LCL = unloading from the vessel, removing your shipment from 40-feet-container (devanning), separating all importer shipment & moving it to your warehouse.
d. Most of Arrival Notice from your Freight Forwarder (shipping-company) has
NO NO NO consistency of fees.
e. IF you're having problems with all BS fees & forwarder can NOT explain what fees are for:  To file complaint against your Freight Forwarder (Shipping company) (
click here)

(Few of the our Customer/Importer/Consignee makes Comments/Feedback after importing & understand the details process:
It's funny how  " i " (importer/consignee) want to argue about Customs Clearing Entry Filing Fee, even though your fees are clear post it on your website & on your emails,   
but i could not argue with my Frowarder/Shipping-company/ supplier/factory about Arrival Notice/Invoice fee, Warehouse fee, Shipping fee, Storage fees & etc.  
Maybe  because, Forwarder/Shipping-company & Warehouse does NOT post there fees and gives very little info by email??/website??,  
It was hard to argue when you have no info / very little info    or   maybe, i thinking, they were holding my shipment as Hostage with Storage fee & GO warehouse fee.


To understand why/who importer
MUST pay,  BEFORE/After/DURING  shipping,  Importer MUST review  Incoterms & contact  ISSUER of  Bill-of-Lading / Arrival Notice LCL / Full.
Incoterms published by  International Chamber of Commerce  &  recognized by  United Nations Commission on International Trade Law as Global Common Terms.
a. US Freight Forwarder issues Arrival Notice/(
LCL/Full), Six or Seven days BEFORE importer shipment is in US.   (Arrival Notice Glossary)   
b. Arrival Notice/(
LCL/Full) is US Freight Forwarder (Unload from vessel & moving it to warehouse)  is REFLECTION of Bill-of-Lading (instuction/permit to load onto vessel)
c. Arrival Notice/(
LCL/Full) is US Freight Forwarder terms-of-bill-of-lading,  agreement,  including the date of transfer,  timing of payment,  title to your shipment & other provisions.
d. All shipment are
PRE-Arrange by issuer (importer/supplier/factory/mover-shipper) of Bill-of-Lading   (aka / ie: Bill-of-Sale / Shipping  Terms (loader terms), BEFORE the shipping.
e. Most of PRE-Arrangement are
CIF Terms = Are done with-OUT paying all vendor, such as Arrival Notice (LCL/Full), Warehouse/Port,  ISF Filing,  Customs Clearing, Exam  & etc.
f. After you have pay your
Arrival Notice / invoice (Sea LCL/Full/AWB) to your US Freight Forwarder, they will be email a Freight Released  (Turnover / Freight-Release /
.  Carrier-Released / Released-Order / Steam-Ship-Release) to you, your warehouse, port, trucker, customs broker & etc.  


Why  
CAN'T   Supplier / Factory / ShippER / Shipping-company  arrange US Domestic Trucking,  ISF Filing  & Customs Entry.
a. Most of Foreign supplier / shippER (ISSUER of Bill-of-Lading) vary
LIMITED contact with Domestic Trucker & Customs Broker
b. Your supplier in business of MFG & Your Shipping-Company in business of shipping,  they are NOT in business of knowing
US Customs rule & regulations, we are.
NOTE:
a. To arrange Sea shipping, arranger must be your supplier or Licenses by  
FMC.gov (NVOCC / OFF / OTI)  = ISSUER of  Bill-of-Lading / LCL Arrival Notice / Full Arrival Notice.
b. To arrange Air shipping, arranger must be your supplier or Licenses by  
International Air Transport Association (IATA) = ISSUER of  Bill-of-Lading /  Air-Way-Bill (AWB)
c. To arrange Domestic Trucking, arranger must be Licenses by
FMCSA.gov (MC# / DOT#)  / must have "Filer-Code" from US Customs  =  ISSUER of  Pick-Up-bill-of-Lading.
d. To file ISF & Customs Entry (Customs Agent / Customs Broker), filer must have "
Filer-Code" from US Customs = ISSUER of  Customs Release Documents.


IF you think, it's not cost-effective to pay all the fees (duty/tax, forwarder, trucker, warehouse, isf filing, customs entry filing, exam & etc.)  you could  
ABANDON  your shipment.
There are three choices, shipment that was REFUSED by
US Customs/agencies.     Sample of Abandon letter (click here)
1.  RE-Exporting back to vendor / Exporting to Other-country:
.     a. To export, your MUST contact your Freight Forwarder,  company that has done your transportation to US Port.
.     b. Your current Freight Forwarder will be helping you with 7512  (IE / Immediate Exportation) form.     
.     c. Local  US Customs officer must sign & if any, Agencies officer must sign a 7512 (IE / Immediate Exportation) form.   
.     d. Local = City, County, State that you are in.
.     e. Who is liable:  Case File: federal court US Attorney's (click here),  Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/Liable/fees/retroactive.
2.  
ABANDON  your shipment.  Please notify your Supplier/US Forwarder/Carrier & Warehouse & us by email ONLY.   
.     a. For Abandoning,  you may be  Penalize / Fines / demurrage / Per-diem / Destroy / trash / add-DPL  & etc .
.     b. Examples of OTHER shipment that was Abandon, Refused by  US Customs/agencies  &  was NOT cost-effictive  (click here) (click here) (click here) (click here),  
.     c. Who is liable:  Case File: federal court US Attorney's (click here),  Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/Liable/fees/retroactive.  For more: (here) (here) (here) (here)
3.  
Destroy / trash email Customs Officer, warehouse & us by email ONLY.   
.     a. If shipment is import with-OUT permit / permission  Hazard,  Patent,  Trademark  &  Etc.  
.     b. You may be  Penalize / Fines / demurrage / Per-diem / Destroy / trash / add-DPL  &  Etc.
.     c. Who is liable:  Case File: federal court US Attorney's (click here),  Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all Laws/Liable/fees/retroactive.
2. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments:  10.23cbm     (PABV00426054) (IB 924)
3. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments (page 1-2):  0.25cbm           (COSU6093168970) (IB 926)
3. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments (page 2-2):  0.25cbm      (COSU6093168970) (IB 926)
4th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  1.81 CBM = $485.14,  
BUT forwarder is including warehouse fee $258.60, i my view, warehouse fee should be about $50-$80.   (from: ANLCALY0158306) (IB1013)
5th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  2.6 CBM = $326.06,    
BUT forwarder is including  ForkLift $75   (from: OOLU2550939305)) (CC1009)
6th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  2.48CBM = $303.97,    
BUT forwarder Port Security Fee is $35 & look at other fees   (from: COSU609320640)) (IB1009)
7th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  0.80CBM = $362
(from: MOLU11028421615) (IB1020)
8th When shipment is Ready,  your (#2) Factory contacts  (#3)  shipping company   &   (#3) shipping company contacts   (#4) Vessel company    (COSU6093228680)
(IM10242014)
9th (#3) Origin  shipping company contacts   (#5) US Logistic company    &   bills your (#6) Freight Forwarder $141.24   .(COSU6093228680) (IM10242014)
10th:  (#6) your Freight Forwarder email you Arrival Notice/Invoice  to  Importer/Consignee $231.21   (COSU6093228680) (IM10242014)
11th:  China to Long Beach & to Nashville TN / 462kg / 1.5cbm / Arrival Notice to Importer/Consignee $57   UASUCNNBO617717 (IT # 692 878 863) (IB10312014)
12th:  What is OBL &  ......................
13th: Arrival Notice with DDU $175 Residential Surcharge Delivery / $4409.20 lbs / 2.09cbm   & $20.90 exam fee.  
14th: Arrival Notice with 4.141cbm = $470.20, Customer over paying $217.06
- AFTER 3 month later, customer called-in,  arguing about our $25 service fee  &  asking for copy of warehouse invoice,
- told him to call the freight forwarder & review the arrival notice that you have paid warehouse fee up-front $217.06.  
- But, he said, he pay other warehouse fee $87 to pick-up.
NOTE:  your money, your shipment, your invoice, your vendors (Freight-Forwarder/Shipping-company/Supplier/Factory/etc),  your responsibility
.             Terms of shipping from your supplier/factory/shipping-company  =  Your  Mnufacturer  Contract  Agreement &  Bill-of-Lading   &  etc..
15th: Arrival Notice with 3.3cbm = $176.20  with Exam fee of $63
- Importer want to find-out how his Freight Forwarder receives Exam Notice & invoice from US Customs Exam Site
- so, when called his Forwarder, Forwarder could NOT give / find the exam notice & invoice, that forwarder receive from US Customs Exam Site.
- importer thinks, Forwarder is adding BS fees.  ( Importer said, he called 7 or 8   &  hoping he could resolved it with his Forwarder, but ........ )
- he call us, asking how he could file complaint against his Forwarder / Shipping company  (
told him to google:  Filing a complaint FMC.gov   /  click here)
16th: Arrival Notice with 8.62cbm = Exam fee of $60.34)  (DDC 242.22, THC 129.30 = $567.72 )  
- one over this (#15) is
3.3cbm =  Exam fee of $63.  
- Sometime with all the BS fee, Nothing makes sense
Every year ILWU  Strike  (Longshoremen / Dockworkers /  International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU.org).
The ILWU Longshore Division represents 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/political-diary-the-union-that-stole-christmas-1418941737    May US GDP cost $2 billion per day.  (Dec. 18, 2014)  
Full-time dockworkers earn $147,000 annually on  
PLUS  average on top of $82,000 in employer-paid benefits = $229,000

http://news.yahoo.com/west-coast-port-employers-lockout-could-just-5-232539709.html  (Feb 5 2015)
Longshoreman = $147k  = $26-$36/hr is the starting salary, and you get 15% raise every year until you reach $76/hr (Click on
Comments from dockworkers / Longshoremen)

http://port.thinkport.org/workingattheport/explore/longshoreman.asp  or  click here   (after clicking, look below)
Longshoremen / Dockworkers position does
NOT require a high school diploma   or   a college degree.

http://port.thinkport.org/workingattheport/explore/accounting.asp   or  click here   (after clicking, look below)
Port Accounting  position
Usually requires at least a high school diploma.  A college degree is helpful but NOT required


2009 port strike long beach.
2010 port strike long beach.
2011 port strike.
2012 International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) strike.
2012 - 2013  Clerk strike:   Salaries from $165,000  to  $195,000  + 11 weeks' paid vacation   +  a generous pension increase  (Office Clerical Unit Workers local 63 of the ILWU).
2013 strike port long beach.        
2014 Striking port truck drivers.
2014 longshoremen strike.
2014 Warehouse strike  (ILWU — International Longshore and Warehouse Union).
West Coast Port Labor Talks Intensify After Worker Slowdowns.  Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,
representing terminal operators and shipping lines at
29 ports from San Diego to the Canadian border,
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-13/l-a-port-truck-drivers-agree-to-lull-garcetti-says-correct-.html


$7 billion in 2015, impact meat sector
The U.S. meat and poultry industries estimate they are losing $40 million a week
The North American Meat Institute reported this week that lost hides and skins export sales total $42 million per week.
National Retail Federation warns that a shut down over the any prolonged,  hit the economy by $2.1 billion a day
Average full-time wages of $147,000 per year. It would maintain fully employer-paid health care $35,000 per year,   & increase the ILWU pension to as much as $88,800 per year,”
http://www.thecitywire.com/node/36442#.VWjQlc9VhBc   or  (
click here)



Email FROM Carrier / Vessel / Ship-Owner: (Nov 14 2014)
Subject:
Implementation of Port Congestion Charge.
Dear Valued Customers,
As you know well, there is ongoing port congestion along the major US west coast ports. The situation has impacted terminal and vessel operations to the point where normal
business is simply not possible to continue, and extraordinary costs are being incurred at every step of cargo movement.
Without foreseeable relief in sight, the carriers will charge a Port Congestion Charge for all cargoes discharged at US West Coast ports and Canadian Ports on or after Nov. 17,
2014. The quantum of charge is listed hereunder,

Size    Type Level      (USD)
20'       (all types)       $800
40'       (all types)       $1000
45'       (all types)       $1266
53'       (all types)       $1600


Above fee are from http://mohawkglobal.com/global-news/port-congestion-surcharges-coming-to-u-s-west-coast/
Google  yourself  an  
Implementation of Port Congestion Charge   (aka Congestion Surcharge Destination / CGD)&  see what vessel company are trying to charge you.  
LCL – Less Than Container Load / Loose Cargo Load:
The shipping term (LCL) is commonly used to describe an international ocean freight service that was designed for shipping boxed, crated or palletized cargo from or to the USA
that can’t fill an entire 20′ or 40′ foot container. When you are shipping LCL cargo you are paying for the space that you use in the container, and LCL cargo ocean freight rates are
calculated by the volume (per cubic meter/cubic foot) but not by the weight.


There are many advantages in using LCL service for your international shipments:
- It will decreases the shipping cost, you are paying for the portion of the space you are using.
- For inland, you can either drop or pick up the cargo from the CFS/bonded warehouse where they load or unload the container.
- Transit time will be the same as if you would have ship a full ocean freight container.
- International moving company can also palletize smaller boxes to eliminate shipping cost extra volume charges.


There is a downside to shipping LCL. Here are some disadvantages of shipping LCL rather than FCL:
-
If one of the consignee cargo in the container get exam,   the whole container will get exam.  You need to share the exam charges with everyone else.
- Delay, once the container get to the final port the container needs to transfer to the CFS warehouse for stripping.
- It will take about 7 days from terminal to the CFS before your cargo is available for pick up.


CFS warehouse charges (breakdown, stripping, AMS, handing fee, in and out fee, etc)
17th: Arrival Notice with 0.89cbm = Exam fee of $3.
18th: Arrival Notice with Origin Charge,  (Shipping Charge = Origin Charge) Importer pay shipping cost to supplier/factory.   (X-Ray exam = $9.80    / CET Exam = $42)
19. Arrival Notice with X-ray exam $94.50  &  Tailgate exam $94.50  +Demurrage  $203.55  +Other BS fees.
a. This shipment came to
Long Beach Port on Nov 11 2014  &  was unload from Vessel Dec 1 2014,   and X-ray $94.50   with Tailgate/Back-Door Exam $94.50.
b. Importer should ask for Exam invoice that they received from Exam site
getting charge)
Extra
d. Every year, Port-Union pick worse time to strike:  Beginning of Nov & Dec  (busiest holiday).
e. Importer should ask, where in there (Freight Forwarder) email/website that Forwarder has the right to charge all BS fees
f.
Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all US Laws/Liability/exam/permit(s)retroactive(backdate) Document (BL,  Arrival Notice & etc.)  Case File: federal court US Attorney's.
20. Arrival Notice $288, BUT over pay $100 +Other BS fees.                  (file# COSU6049183370 / IB12152014)
a. 3th time, Consignee has imported
b. So knowing, there will be warehouse fees, But warehouse told him, your Forwarder paid.
c. Thinking importer need keep a records of all the invoice, Importer/consignee asked for invoice, then he notice invoice was only $25
d. Looking at the arrival notice, Freight Forwarder charge $100 for warehouse.
e. Freight Forwarder charge ISF Validation $25.  (Importer asked proof of validation & who authorize it)
f. By not look, what his was paying for arrival notice, he pay Extra $75 for warehouse  and  $25 for ISF Validation.
g. Also, importer ask Forwarder, where are all
h. Importer complain to FMC & Forwarder, where in there website, email, tariff filing or any other place, that forwarder could charge all BS fee.
i. (Importer did some digging & he found out, all arrival notice has disclaimer of:  by
FMC regulation)
.  IN CASE OF DAMAGE,CLAIM NOTICE MUST BE REPORTED TO US WITHIN  15 DAYS OF DELIVERY OR RECEIPT OF SHIPMENT AND FORMAL CLAIM WITH
.  FULL DETAILS MUST BE SENT O US WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER INITIAL   CLAIM NOTICE. OTHERWISE,CLAIM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
.  THE LIMIT OF LIABILITY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS$0.10 PER 10 LBS.  WITH THE MAXIMUM OF $500 PER REPORT, UNLESS A SET DECLARED VALUE
.  IS SUBMITTED TO US IN WRITING PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF GODS

Below link will help you to understand  
Admiralty and Maritime Law Carriage of Goods by Sea Act ("COGSA")
http://www.admiraltylawguide.com/cccarriage.html
https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F3/022/22.F3d.523.93-5307.html
http://www.navlaw.com/articles/v5/cogsa-and-the-shipping-act-trump-carmack-in-regal---beloit.html
http://www.forwarderlaw.com/library/view.php?article_id=142
### About Month later, Importer called & said, he got $100 back + $500 = Total $600    &    he has other shipment that needs ISF & Customs Clearing (4th shipment) ###
21. Arrival Notice $291. (75% fee are all bs fees)             (file# ANLCZQZS807531 / IB02202015)
a. As you could see they are charging twice by changing Language/Terminology, BUT they are same (PSF: Port Security Fee $35  /  PSF: Port Security Charge $25)
b. Also, they are charging "Warehouse fee $126",  
c. Port Congestion fee $15.
NOTE:  Final Ruling  by US Customs/agencies  for ISF Filing (part 1-2) is  6 years   AND   for Customs Entry filing (part 2-2)  is  5 years.
1. Customs Broker = Messenger between US Customs & Importer:  To transmits importer info/documents, way it was received from you &
your-vendors, to US customs
2. Customs Broker = is
NOT a Messenger between you & your-vendors (Factory/ Supplier/ Forwarder/ Warehouse/ Shipping-company/ CET-Exam-Site, US Agencies & etc.)
3. All importer are
BOUND to Incoterms (PRE-Arranged  BEFORE leaving foreign port,  Such as: Bill-of-Lading /BL (Sale) / MFG  Contract  Agreement  / OBL /  Arrival Notice)
4. To understand why/who importer
MUST pay,  BEFORE/After/DURING  shipping,  you MUST review Incoterms  &  contact  ISSUER of  Bill-of-Lading (TITLE  to shipment)
5. Please review
Import process,  Incoterms &  etc  Import  requirements  by  US Customs.  After viewing, If you required a personal assistant: $250 hr / $2000 day +Retainer
6. Importer is
RESPONSIBLE for all fees/US Laws/Liability/exam/permit(s)retroactive(backdate) Document (BL,  Arrival Notice & etc.) Case File: federal court US Attorney's.
7.
Your Responsibility  =  Your shipment / money / profit / sales / Documents / Permit,  your-vendors (factory/supplier/forwarder & etc.),  Your Arrangement/Negotiation & etc.
8.
EXAM Notice  BY Freight Forwarder:  LCL  arrival notice,  Full Container  arrival notice.     For ADD/CVD,  Fumigation,  Emergency Action Notifications can be  $1,000's.
9.
Fumigating your shipment can be $7,205,   Vacuum Cleaning can be $1,900  &  A-TCET Exam / Intensive Exam/Stop Sign / CET Exam can be  $1,843.60 / $2,059.90.
10.
IF Exam (VACIS, NII, X-Ray, IBET, MET, CET  & ETC,), your Freight Forwarder will be Notifying with arrival notice & invoice (pay your Freight Forwarder) (99% of the time).
11.
IF Exam (CET Exam, A-TCET Exam, Intensive Exam/Stop Sign, IPR, Tailgate,  Emergency Action Notifications &  ETC,) Importer MUST pay DIRECTLY to exam site. (100%)
12. IF
Importer / id=(SSN# or Tax-id/EIN/IRS# or CAN#)  or  ANY info is   off-by-one-digit/letter, US Customs can/will Confiscate/Seize your shipment &  Penalize/Fines  you.
13. And
USCustoms/Agencies can  Release with Detention(Hold)/Hold/Confiscate/Penalize/Fines/Recall/Exam/Penalty/Re-ISF-Filing/issue Destroy/re-export/add-DPL & etc.
14. Please pay all
your-vendors directly (ASAP), to AVOID Our $50 (click here). IF Amending/up-dating your Entry Filing (click here $). IF Entry must be RE-FILE (click here $)
15. You /Importer/
Consignee is fully responsible for all actions of payment (Be  aware  of  scam  hijack  emails  &  OTHER  scams).
16. Before paying us,
consignee MUST verify payment method & amount of payment,  & such as our bank account#, western-union account#, check payable to & etc,.
17. ONLY valid communication is, if You/Importer/
Consignee/your-vendors  is communicating by phone# & email lists from our uscustomsclearing.com/contactus.html.
1. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments:  1.45cbm    (CMDUGGZ0496933) (CC 201)
2. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments:  10.23cbm     (PABV00426054) (IB 924)
3. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments (page 1-2):  0.25cbm           (COSU6093168970) (IB 926)
3. Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipments (page 2-2):  0.25cbm      (COSU6093168970) (IB 926)
4th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  1.81 CBM = $485.14,  
BUT forwarder is including warehouse fee $258.60, i my view, warehouse fee should be about $50-$80.   (from: ANLCALY0158306) (IB1013)
5th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  2.6 CBM = $326.06,    
BUT forwarder is including  ForkLift $75   (from: OOLU2550939305)) (CC1009)
6th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  2.48CBM = $303.97,    
BUT forwarder Port Security Fee is $35 & look at other fees   (from: COSU609320640)) (IB1009)
7th Freight Forwarder Invoice / Arrival Notice for LCL shipment:  0.80CBM = $362
(from: MOLU11028421615) (IB1020)
8th When shipment is Ready,  your (#2) Factory contacts  (#3)  shipping company   &   (#3) shipping company contacts   (#4) Vessel company    (COSU6093228680)
(IM10242014)
9th (#3) Origin  shipping company contacts   (#5) US Logistic company    &   bills your (#6) Freight Forwarder $141.24   .(COSU6093228680) (IM10242014)
10th:  (#6) your Freight Forwarder email you Arrival Notice/Invoice  to  Importer/Consignee $231.21   (COSU6093228680) (IM10242014)
11th:  China to Long Beach & to Nashville TN / 462kg / 1.5cbm / Arrival Notice to Importer/Consignee $57   UASUCNNBO617717 (IT # 692 878 863) (IB10312014)
12th:  What is OBL &  ......................
13th: Arrival Notice with DDU $175 Residential Surcharge Delivery / $4409.20 lbs / 2.09cbm   & $20.90 exam fee.  
14th: Arrival Notice with 4.141cbm = $470.20, Customer over paying $217.06
- AFTER 3 month later, customer called-in,  arguing about our $25 service fee  &  asking for copy of warehouse invoice,
- told him to call the freight forwarder & review the arrival notice that you have paid warehouse fee up-front $217.06.  
- But, he said, he pay other warehouse fee $87 to pick-up.
NOTE:  your money, your shipment, your invoice, your vendors (Freight-Forwarder/Shipping-company/Supplier/Factory/etc),  your responsibility
.             Terms of shipping from your supplier/factory/shipping-company  =  Your  Mnufacturer  Contract  Agreement &  Bill-of-Lading   &  etc..
15th: Arrival Notice with 3.3cbm = $176.20  with Exam fee of $63
- Importer want to find-out how his Freight Forwarder receives Exam Notice & invoice from US Customs Exam Site
- so, when called his Forwarder, Forwarder could NOT give / find the exam notice & invoice, that forwarder receive from US Customs Exam Site.
- importer thinks, Forwarder is adding BS fees.  ( Importer said, he called 7 or 8   &  hoping he could resolved it with his Forwarder, but ........ )
- he call us, asking how he could file complaint against his Forwarder / Shipping company  (
told him to google:  Filing a complaint FMC.gov   /  click here)
16th: Arrival Notice with 8.62cbm = Exam fee of $60.34)  (DDC 242.22, THC 129.30 = $567.72 )  
- one over this (#15) is
3.3cbm =  Exam fee of $63.  
- Sometime with all the BS fee, Nothing makes sense
17th: Arrival Notice with 0.89cbm = Exam fee of $3.
18th: Arrival Notice with Origin Charge,  (Shipping Charge = Origin Charge) Importer pay shipping cost to supplier/factory.   (X-Ray exam = $9.80    / CET Exam = $42)
19. Arrival Notice with X-ray exam $94.50  &  Tailgate exam $94.50  +Demurrage  $203.55  +Other BS fees.
a. This shipment came to
Long Beach Port on Nov 11 2014  &  was unload from Vessel Dec 1 2014,   and X-ray $94.50   with Tailgate/Back-Door Exam $94.50.
b. Importer should ask for Exam invoice that they received from Exam site
getting charge)
Extra
d. Every year, Port-Union pick worse time to strike:  Beginning of Nov & Dec  (busiest holiday).
e. Importer should ask, where in there (Freight Forwarder) email/website that Forwarder has the right to charge all BS fees
f.
Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all US Laws/Liability/exam/permit(s)retroactive(backdate) Document (BL,  Arrival Notice & etc.)  Case File: federal court US Attorney's.
20. Arrival Notice $288, BUT over pay $100 +Other BS fees.                  (file# COSU6049183370 / IB12152014)
a. 3th time, Consignee has imported
b. So knowing, there will be warehouse fees, But warehouse told him, your Forwarder paid.
c. Thinking importer need keep a records of all the invoice, Importer/consignee asked for invoice, then he notice invoice was only $25
d. Looking at the arrival notice, Freight Forwarder charge $100 for warehouse.
e. Freight Forwarder charge ISF Validation $25.  (Importer asked proof of validation & who authorize it)
f. By not look, what his was paying for arrival notice, he pay Extra $75 for warehouse  and  $25 for ISF Validation.
g. Also, importer ask Forwarder, where are all
h. Importer complain to FMC & Forwarder, where in there website, email, tariff filing or any other place, that forwarder could charge all BS fee.
i. (Importer did some digging & he found out, all arrival notice has disclaimer of:  by
FMC regulation)
.  IN CASE OF DAMAGE,CLAIM NOTICE MUST BE REPORTED TO US WITHIN  15 DAYS OF DELIVERY OR RECEIPT OF SHIPMENT AND FORMAL CLAIM WITH
.  FULL DETAILS MUST BE SENT O US WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER INITIAL   CLAIM NOTICE. OTHERWISE,CLAIM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
.  THE LIMIT OF LIABILITY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS$0.10 PER 10 LBS.  WITH THE MAXIMUM OF $500 PER REPORT, UNLESS A SET DECLARED VALUE
.  IS SUBMITTED TO US IN WRITING PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF GODS

Below link will help you to understand  
Admiralty and Maritime Law Carriage of Goods by Sea Act ("COGSA")
http://www.admiraltylawguide.com/cccarriage.html
https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F3/022/22.F3d.523.93-5307.html
http://www.navlaw.com/articles/v5/cogsa-and-the-shipping-act-trump-carmack-in-regal---beloit.html
http://www.forwarderlaw.com/library/view.php?article_id=142
### About Month later, Importer called & said, he got $100 back + $500 = Total $600    &    he has other shipment that needs ISF & Customs Clearing (4th shipment) ###
21. Arrival Notice $291. (75% fee are all bs fees)             (file# ANLCZQZS807531 / IB02202015)
a. As you could see they are charging twice by changing Language/Terminology, BUT they are same (PSF: Port Security Fee $35  /  PSF: Port Security Charge $25)
b. Also, they are charging "Warehouse fee $126",  
c. Port Congestion fee $15.
21. Arrival Notice $291. (75% fee are all bs fees)             (file# ANLCZQZS807531 / IB02202015)
a. As you could see they are charging twice by changing Language/Terminology, BUT they are same (PSF: Port Security Fee $35  /  PSF: Port Security Charge $25)
b. Also, they are charging "Warehouse fee $126",  
c. Port Congestion fee $15.
22. IF you shipment 15 cbm to 26 cbm, it may be cheaper & more convent to use 20 feet container. 20 feet container is about $1300-$1600 from China to LA/Long Beach CA  
Page 1 & 2: Customer paid supplier $1,810 (to issuer of Bill-of-Lading)  & paid $1,225.74 (to issuer of Arrival Notice) for 25.32 cbm + $628 Warehouse = $3,663.74 (import as LCL)
Page 3 & 4: Customer paid supplier $1,300 (to issuer of Bill-of-Lading)  & paid $55 to forwarder agent (to issuer of Arrival Notice)  = $1355 (import as 20 feet container)

Most are "Union" Labors.  
LCL = someone unload from Vessel  &  has to truck the container to CFS warehouse (1-3 hours)  &  separate each importer shipment (4-8 hours)
Average Union Labor in US Port:  full-time wages of $147,000 per year.    +  $88,800 per year Pension,”
http://www.thecitywire.com/node/36442#.VWjQlc9VhBc   or  (click here)


Container CBM's
20ft container approximately 26-28 CBM
40ft container approximately 55-58 CBM
40ft HQ container approximately 60-68 CBM
45ft HQ container approximately 78 CBM
page 2 Arrival Notice Invoice of $1,225.74
page 3:  20 feet container pay to supplier $1300
page 4:  20 feet Container Arrival Notice Invoice $55
23. Arrival Notice with  2.761cbm = Exam fee of $70.  
24. Arrival Notice with  4.21 cbm = $395.45.   11 different BS fee.  It Looks like they ran-out-of-lines  &/or  they couldn't thinking other BS's,  otherwise they could add 11 others
25. Arrival Notice with  10.637cbm = $223.   From China to LA, CA   &   to Houston TX.  (one of the best i seen)
26. Arrival Notice with  5.6cbm = $665.   9 different BS fee (This is only Company chargers for Congestion Surcharge $166 at Oct 15).  From China to LA, CA  
27. Most of importer pay's what ever Forwarder says, with-OUT any questions:
a) importer pay warehouse $213.60
b) BUT, Importer pay again, when he was pick-up the shipment $63.60
c) Not only, importer pay twice, he also over pay $150