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International Freight Forwarder, Supply Chain Solutions and Logistics Provider
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Here are some days for your diary

1) Horizon are attending “Turn Up Network – Your Business Woodley”, 17 Feb. Please contact us with any supply chain challenges.

2) Horizon are attending “J6 Slough Business Breakfast”, 26FEB. Please contact us with any supply chain challenges.

3) Horizon are attending “TV SME 100 business breakfast Expo”, 06MAR. Please contact us with any supply chain challenges.

4) Horizon will be attending Medtec UK 2015 Excel on 4th March.   Visitors seeking advice on supply chain challenges, please contact us

5) Horizon will be attending Ecobuild 2015 Excel on 4th March.   Visitors seeking advice on supply chain challenges, please contact us

6) Horizon will be attending Wearable Technology 2015 Excel 11th March.   Visitors seeking advice on supply chain challenges, please contact us
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Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year approaching, we urge any of our customers who have goods that need to be shipped before the holiday, to notify us as soon as possible.

Beginning on the first day of the lunar calendar, for 2015 Chinese New Year (CNY) falls on February 19th, with many factories in China closing up to two weeks prior to this with some not reopening fully until two weeks afterwards.  

With a surge in orders prior to this, shipping by both air and sea is in huge demand and availability does become an issue.  Carriers are also now operating winter schedules which has already reduced capacity.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (January 12, 2015)

Eight months since contract talks began, and after more
than two months of ILWU
staged slowdowns that have methodically reduced terminal productivity at the five largest ports on the West Coast, operations are app roaching complete gridlock.
Since late October 2014, the ILWU has crippled what were fully productive terminals in the Pacific Northwest and Oakland, and exacerbated a difficult congestion issue at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by intentionally withholding dozens of essential skilled workers each shift for the past 10 weeks.

The ILWU’s action in Southern California goes against 15 years of precedent and targets precisely the skilled workers who are most essential to clearing congested terminals. By withholding an average of 75 yard crane drivers each day, the ILWU has stalled
the movement of tens of thousands of containers, PMA estimates. Since November 3, the Union has reduced these yard crane operator positions in Southern California by 67 percent.

Last week, after repeated calls by PMA for the involvement of a federal mediator, the ILWU agreed to outside intervention. Since the mediator joined the talks, no further agreements have been reached and ILWU work slowdowns have continued to the point where many terminals are in peril of complete gridlock.

ILWU members, among the highest paid union workers in America, are receiving full wages and benefits while stifling productivity and putting West Coast port terminals at the brink of full shutdown. To date, the ILWU and PMA have reached tentative agreements on health care and in creases to pay guarantees.

That tentative agreement provides fully employer - paid health care benefits valued at $35,000 per worker annually. PMA also has proposed pay increases and pension enhancements. There are no
takeaways in the PMA proposal.

“The PM A has a sense of urgency to resolve these contract talks and get our ports moving again,” said PMA spokesperson Steve Getzug. “Unfortunately, it appears the Union’s motivation is to continue slowdowns in an attempt to gain leverage in the bargaining. The ILWU slowdowns and the resulting operational environment are no longer sustainable.”

The PMA has alerted the local port authorities to the deteriorating situation on the docks
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London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, air traffic controllers have said

The news was announced in a brief message on flight safety body Eurocontrol's website.

UK air traffic controllers Nats confirmed a "technical problem" at its Swanwick control centre in Hampshire.

It said in a statement "every possible action" was being taken to resolve the problem.

London's airports reported:

at Heathrow Airport flights were "currently experiencing delays" and planes could be turned away
Incoming flights to Gatwick are continuing to land and all departing flights grounded
Stansted say it is currently working with Nats to find out how it will affect the airport

Eurocontrol said: "There has been a failure of the flight data computer server at London ACC [area control centre].

"Engineers are working on the problem and more information will be given when available."
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News just in from our UK Ocean Product Manager

Please see below planned cut and sailing details for the consols coming out of the US
Los Angeles
Last Cut off         16.12.2014
Loading                17.12.2014
Sailing                  28.12.2014
Arrival                  04.01.2015
First consol in the New Year will be 07.01.2015 Loading
Last Cut off         16.12.2014
Loading                17.12.2014
Sailing                  21.12.2014
Arrival                  28.12.2014
First consol in the New Year will be 07.01.2015 Loading
New York
Last Cut off         18.12.2014
Loading                19.12.2014
Sailing                  20.12.2014
Arrival                  30.12.2014
First consol in the New Year will be 09.01.2015 Loading
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News Story from Reuters

A shortage of transportation equipment and possible labor disruptions at the Los Angles/Long Beach port, is delaying shipping containers for up to three weeks, threatening timely delivery to retailers for the holiday season.

The delays are affecting retailers including JC Penney Co, Macy's Inc,  Kohl's Corp, Nordstrom Inc, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren and Carter's, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation. Retail giant Wal-mart Stores Inc, recently diverted 300 shipment containers to Oakland to avoid the congestion, one person said. Wal-Mart declined comment. 

The problem stems from a shortage of trucking equipment, called chassis, but the National Retail Federation in a statement said protracted labor negotiations were an issue, too. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union declined comment on whether talks were having an effect.

Most retailers acknowledged the delays at the key ports for shipments from Asia, but said they did not anticipate product shortages during the holidays. Even so, any delay can derail a finely calibrated just-in-time inventory control system, making it costlier for retailers to put merchandise on the shelves. 

"It's a domino effect," said Nate Herman, vice president of international trade at the American Apparel and Footwear Association. "When there is an interruption, things degenerate quickly."

With major port contracts up for renewal this year, retailers including Wal-Mart ordered early and prompted a surge of deliveries in June and July, port statistics show. But significant volume still arrived during the traditional August-October period that precedes the November-January holiday shopping season.

"There will be a scramble to restock shelves this holiday season," said Mark Hirzel, president of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association. "The delays are running into two to three weeks."

Cargo containers typically take two to three days to move out of the port.


A freight forwarder who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said holiday merchandise for retailers like JC Penney, Macy's, Kohl's and Nordstrom that landed at the Los Angeles port two weeks ago still has not cleared the port.
An apparel importer who declined to be named said American Eagle, Ralph Lauren and Carter's shipments from Bangladesh have been stuck for over two weeks. "We simply don't know when these shipments will move out," the source said. 

An American Eagle spokeswoman declined comment on the delays.
JC Penney and Macy's both said they did not anticipate significant delay-related issues. A Nordstrom spokeswoman said the company was contacting vendors for information.
Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Ralph Lauren and Carter's did not respond to requests seeking comment.


Geoffrey Hanna, vice president of textile importer Henry W. Peabody &; Co., said some truckers have refused to go to the ports because of long wait times. It took his firm more than two weeks to get a recent shipment out, Hanna said. 

The disruptions stem from the move by shipping lines, which struggled during the recession, to sell container trailers and other non-core assets to equipment leasing companies, port sources and outside experts said. The change sent roughly 8,000 truckers that serve the port each day scrambling to find chassis. 

The backlog of containers is creating extra work. Statistics from the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents 29 ports along the West Coast, show hours paid to terminal workers jumped 24 percent this September over the same month last year. Last month, 750,850 inbound containers arrived at the Los Angeles/Long Beach complex, up almost 11 percent from a year ago, the port statistics show. 

Several retailers and importers are considering alternatives such as Houston or East Coast ports, Hirzel of Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association said.

"It will cost more and take longer but they want certainty," he said. "In this situation, there is value in certainty."
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The recent launch of our New York office and warehousing facilities, combined with expanding logistics operations at our base in Chicago, has allowed us to run and manage our own LCL groupage services from both offices to the UK on a weekly basis.
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Our Chicago office has moved into larger premesis
Our new address is

Horizon International Cargo, Inc
1000 Tower Lane
Bensenville, IL 60106
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+The Telegraph do you have a #googleplus  page for your Business Reporter supplement? 
We would love to know because we are delighted to have been mentioned in an article in Business Reporter today and obviously we would like to shout about it. As we are sticklers for making sure everyone gets the credit they deserve, we would like to mention the supplement by name to say thank you. When we say 'mention' we mean in the social media sense :-)

Here is a link to the article and once again, thank you for including us.
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〒289-1608千葉県山武郡芝山町岩山2313-4 丸全昭和運輸㈱成田物流センター内 C棟2階

電話:0479-75-4107  FAX:0479-75-4108

Our Tokyo office has moved into a new, larger office and warehouse space.

Our new address is :
Horizon International Cargo Japan Ltd.
Unit C 2F, 2313-4 Iwayama, Shibayama-machi, Sanbu-gun, Chiba-ken 289-1608 Japan
TEL: +81 (479) 75 4107       Fax: +81 (479) 75 4108
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