NEWS

US Coast Guard to Close Ports with Hurricane Olivia Approaching Hawaiian Islands

Posted: 9/10/2018

With Hurricane Olivia tracking toward the islands, the U.S. Coast Guard has announced they will be closing several ports in Hawaii. We have received an announcement from Pasha Hawaii detailing how the storm will affect ocean freight. Click the download link below to read the full bulletin:

Download the Full Announcement Here

Please take note of these 2 Important Points from the Bulletin:

Reliance RG580W (LHX): The Sunday vessel arrival into Honolulu was not impacted by the storm and operations will complete on Monday. We anticipate on an on-time Eastbound departure.

Pier 51 Gate (Containers): The Honolulu gate operations are open today, Monday 9/10 until 1645. The gate will not re-open until after the storm has passed and the U.S. Coast Guard has lifted the port closure. We strongly encourage Honolulu customers to pick up any full containers that discharged off the Reliance RG580W.

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We are working closely with our team in Hawaii to bring you timely updates

 

IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE – HURRICANE LANE & HAWAII SHIPPING

Posted: 8/22/2018

Please be advised there is a Hurricane Watch now in effect for the main Hawaiian Islands and we are monitoring the situation.

The Big Island of Hawaii is anticipating port closure at 11:00 am on Wednesday and the other islands are at the maximum readiness with potential closures beginning as soon as Thursday.

For a full announcement please visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for continued updates

Read Pasha Hawaii’s Bulletin on the Storm

The Approved Team is monitoring the storm closely and will work to keep all shippers up to date as we receive information

Mahalo & Be Safe

 

OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE – EFFECTIVE 9/16/2018

Both Matson and Pasha Hawaii have announced another increase to the Ocean Fuel Surcharge for all cargo shipped to and from Hawaii from the Mainland United States. The fuel for Hawaii service will be increased by 1.5%. This increase marks the second change in as many months.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of September 16, 2018
Hawaii36%37.5%

If you have any questions on how this will affect your Hawaii Shipments with Approved Freight, please contact our Account Management Center for help

APPROVED FREIGHT NAMED TOP 100 3PL BY INBOUND LOGISTICS

The Approved ‘Ohana is excited to announce we have been named a Top 100 3PL Provider by Inbound Logistics. This marks the third year consecutive year for Approved Freight. The list is full of the very best in the business, and we are honored to be included with so many amazing companies. Each day we work to solve your toughest logistics problems, and we owe a special thanks to you, for allowing us to do what we love most. To see the complete list of winners, visit Inbound Logistics here, and spread the word about the great news!

 

OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE – EFFECTIVE 7/15/2018

MATSON has announced another increase to the Ocean Fuel Surcharge for all Hawaii and Guam freight. The 3.5% increase is set to take effect on Sunday, July 15, 2018, and is said to mirror “continued increases” in fuel-related costs. Here is part of their announcement:

Due to a continued increase in fuel related costs, Matson will increase its fuel surcharge by 3.5 percentage points.  Effective Sunday, July 15, 2018, the fuel surcharge for Hawaii service will be increased from 32.5% to 36%; Guam/CNMI from 33% to 36.5%, and Micronesia from 38% to 41.5%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of July 15, 2018
Hawaii32.5%36%

HAWAII WHARFAGE INCREASE – EFFECTIVE 7/1/2018

The Steamship Lines servicing Hawaii have announced an increase to the Hawaii Wharfage levels. These changes are outlined in a notice from the Hawaii Department of Transportation/ Hawaii Harbors Division.  This increase will affect both Westbound and Eastbound shipments, to and from the Hawaiian Islands. All increased costs are a pass-through charge imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. The new Hawaii Wharfage levels will be:

Wharfage Rule 998
To or From Hawaii20′40′45′
Honolulu$137.99$275.99$275.99
Neighbor Islands$291.33$582.63$582.63

As a result of these new rates, all Approved shipments subject to Wharfage Charges will reflect the announced changes. The Approved ‘Ohana will work smarter and more efficiently to help reduce the impact on our clients.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll walk you through the new charges.

 

OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE – INCREASE 6/3/2018

The Steamship lines servicing Hawaii & Guam have announced another ocean fuel surcharge increase. On June 3, 2018 fuel will increase from 30% to 32.5% for all cargo moving over the ocean to Hawaii, and from 30.5% to 33% for Guam.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of March 18, 2018
Hawaii30%32.5%
Guam30.5%33%

Want to know how the new fuel price will impact your costs? Download our free “Easy Freight Math Cheat Sheet” and start planning for the ocean fuel surcharge increase on June 3rd.

Download our Free Cheat Sheet Here

 

If you need any help understanding this announcement, please contact  support@approvedforwarders.com ,or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

 

OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE – INCREASE 3/18/2018

The second increase in the Ocean Fuel Surcharge has been announced for 2018. On February 16, 2018, Pasha Hawaii sent a Hawaii Service Announcement to their customers explaining the change:

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of March 18, 2018
Hawaii28.5%30%


 

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Please reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com with any questions, or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

 

OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE – INCREASE 1/21/2018

The steamship lines have announced an increase to the current Ocean Fuel Surcharge.  Effective Sunday, January 21, 2018 the cost of fuel for Hawaii and Guam ocean freight shipments will increase by 1.25%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of January 22nd
Hawaii27.25%28.5%
Guam32.75%34%

If you would like to stay ahead of future increases, and up to date on freight industry news, you can subscribe to our newsletter below by following the link below:

As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

Mahalo

-The Approved Team

PASHA HAWAII ANNOUNCES SIMILAR RATE INCREASE

Posted: 12/7/2017

 

As expected Pasha Hawaii has plans to implement an increase to their tariff starting January 7, 2018. Mirroring the same adjustments planned by Matson, Pasha’s announcement means this general rate increase will affect much of the cargo being transported to and from the Hawaiian Islands and Guam.

Approved is dedicated to assisting our clients and all shippers with easing the pain of these new, higher costs. If you have any questions, please reach out directly at (562) 296-9863 or you can email our Account Relations Manager, Tanielle Igros, here: tanielle@approvedforwarders.

 

HAWAII GENERAL RATE INCREASE – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 7, 2018

Posted: 11/29/2017

Matson Navigation has announced an increase to their Hawaii tariff. The increase, effective January 7, 2018, is similar to the rate increases taken in January of 2016 and 2017. Mirroring the changes implemented in recent years, the “rate adjustment is designed to help offset costs of operation and ongoing investments in [their] Hawaii service,” and will impact all containers moving Westbound and Eastbound to and from Hawaii. Here are the details:

  • Westbound containers will increase by $225
  • Eastbound containers will increase by $110
  • No adjustments will be made to the Terminal Handling Charge (THC)

The steamship line listed several key factors fueling these rate adjustments, including a “Hawaii Fleet Renewal Program,” which will see the construction of several new containerships for the Matson fleet. Approved anticipates a similar announcement from Pasha Hawaii soon, and will post it here as soon as it happens. If you have any questions on how these increases in costs will affect your shipping rates, please contact us here, and one of our experts will be in touch.

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WHARFAGE FEE INCREASE – EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2017

Posted: 9/30/2017

The steamship lines have announced a pass-through increase on costs for the Wharfage and Harbor DOT fees on all Westbound and Eastbound shipments for Hawaii. The changes will take effect on all sailings, beginning October 1, 2017.

In a news release to customers, Pasha Hawaii has provided the following, as an explanation of the new costs:

Pasha Hawaii will file the scheduled Hawaii Wharfage levels as outlined in a notice from the Hawaii Department of Transportation/ Hawaii Harbors Division. The filings will appear in tariff STB PHHD No. 006 which governs the movement of container cargo between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The 15% Wharfage increase will become effective on October 1, 2017 and filed under rule 998.
This increase is a pass-through charge from an increase imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. The December 26, 2016 notice provided:

“the final rules reflect the recommended effective date of the first increase as February 1, 2017 (of 17%), followed by an increase of 15% effective October 1, 2017, and a third increase of 15% effective July 1, 2018, to allow for both the schedule necessary to support the harbor modernization financing and for harbor users, carriers and customers to plan for the increases in fees. Incremental rate increases of 3% or the consumer price index (CPI) rate, whichever is higher, will be implemented annually starting on July 1, 2019.”

The Wharfage and Security Charge apply on both Westbound and Eastbound shipments.

These changes will affect the overall costs for Approved and may be reflected in your rates beginning October 1, 2017. You can read the full announcement by the Department of Transportation, on the impact and benefits these changes will have on Hawaii, and the Hawaiian freight market here – DOT Harbors — Overview of Wharfage Fee Increases (Effective 2-1-2017).

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please reach out to our pricing team.


OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE – INCREASE 3/5/2017

The steamship lines have announced an increase to the current Ocean Fuel Surcharge.  Effective Sunday, March 5, 2017 the cost of fuel for Hawaii and Guam ocean freight shipments will increase by 2%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of January 22nd
Hawaii23%25%
Guam23.5%25.5%

 


If you would like to stay ahead of future increases, and up to date on freight industry news, you can subscribe to our newsletter below by following the link below:

As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

Mahalo

-The Approved Team


WHARFAGE AND HARBOR DOT FEES – INCREASE ANNOUNCED

Pasha Hawaii and Matson Navigation announced a pass-through increase on costs for the Wharfage and Harbor DOT fees on all Westbound and Eastbound shipments for Hawaii. The changes will take effect on all sailings, beginning February 1, 2017.

In a news release to customers, Pasha Hawaii has provided the following, as an explanation of the new costs:

Pasha Hawaii will file the scheduled Hawaii Wharfage levels as outlined in a notice from the Hawaii Department of Transportation/ Hawaii Harbors Division. The filings will appear in tariff STB PHHD No. 006 which governs the movement of container cargo between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The first Wharfage increase will become effective on February 1, 2017 and filed under rule 998.
This increase is a pass-through charge from an increase imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. The notice provided

“…the final rules reflect the recommended effective date of the first increase as February 1, 2017 (of 17%), followed by an increase of 15% effective October 1, 2017, and a third increase of 15% effective July 1, 2018, to allow for both the schedule necessary to support the harbor modernization financing and for harbor users, carriers and customers to plan for the increases in fees. Incremental rate increases of 3% or the consumer price index (CPI) rate, whichever is higher, will be implemented annually starting on July 1, 2019.”

The Hawaii Harbors notice also confirmed the Facilities Security Charge set to take effect on February 1, 2017. The Security Charge is $15 per container for Oahu, and $22.50 per container for Neighbor Island cargoes. The new fee will appear under Rule 340-K in our tariff STB PHHD No. 006.

The Wharfage and Security Charge apply on both Westbound and Eastbound shipments.

These changes will affect the overall costs for Approved and may be reflected in your rates beginning February 1, 2017. You can read the full announcement by the Department of Transportation, on the impact and benefits these changes will have on Hawaii, and the Hawaiian freight market here – DOT Harbors — Overview of Wharfage Fee Increases (Effective 2-1-2017).

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please reach out to our pricing team.

Mahalo

-The Approved Team


HAWAII OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE – 1/22/2017

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Pasha Hawaii has announced an increase for the Ocean Fuel Surcharge.  Effective Sunday, January 22, 2017 the cost of fuel for Hawaii ocean freight shipments will increase 3%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of January 22nd
Hawaii20%23%

The Approved Team is hard at work finding ways to offset this rise in costs. We are committed to providing the best service possible for all of our partners in the New Year.


If you would like to stay ahead of future obstacles, and up to date on how to offset the new cost of higher fuel —  subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates directly in your inbox!

As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

Mahalo

-The Approved Team


HAWAII CARGO GENERAL RATE INCREASE 2017

General Rate Increase on Hawaii Cargo 2017

Matson Navigation has announced the following changes, effective for Hawaii sailings on or after January 8, 2016:

Westbound Cargo: Will be increased by $225.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; No change will be implemented for Terminal Handling Charges.

Eastbound Cargo: Will be increased by $110.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; No change will be implemented for Terminal Handling Charges.

It is expected that Pasha will match this increase.  As a result of this general rate increase by the steamship lines, Approved Freight Forwarders will be forced to raise our rates as well.


Our Pricing Team will work with each of you to develop full-container and less-than-container rates for 2017.  As well, we will continue to work to save you money in all facets of the logistics process.

Thank you for your continued support.
We look forward to a prosperous New Year for all!

-The Approved Team


PACIFIC OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE INCREASE- 11/20

Ocean Fuel Surcharge Increase
Both Pasha Hawaii and Matson Navigation have announced an increase for the Ocean Fuel Surcharge.  Effective Sunday, November 20, 2016 the cost of fuel for Hawaii and Guam shipments will increase by 1.5%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of November 20
Hawaii18%20%
Guam18.5%20.5%

Although Approved does not have direct control over when and how the bunker fuel price is calculated – we are preparing creative strategies to help you maximize your bottom line.


 

If you would like to stay ahead of future obstacles, and up to date on how to offset the new cost of higher fuel —  subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates directly in your inbox!

As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.


INCREASE OF PACIFIC OCEAN FUEL SURCHARGE ANNOUNCED

Ocean Fuel Surcharge Increase 7/10/2016

On June 3rd, 2016 both Pasha Hawaii and Matson Navigation announced the first increase for the Ocean Fuel Surcharge in many months. Effective Sunday, July 10th, 2016 the cost of fuel for Hawaii and Guam shipments will increase by 1.5%.

LocationCurrent PricePrice as of July 10th
Hawaii16.5%18%
Guam17%18.5%

Although Approved does not have direct control over when and how the bunker fuel price is calculated – we are preparing creative strategies to help you maximize your bottom line.

Our new Transportation Management System (TMS) may be just what you need to alleviate this rise in cost. Lower pricing and expedient rate management will help diminish the effects of increasing ocean fuel prices.

If you would like to stay ahead of future obstacles, and up to date on how to offset the new cost of higher fuel — subscribe to our newsletter below, and receive updates directly in your inbox!

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As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to our staff at support@approvedforwarders.com or give us a call at (800) 533-4826.

Mahalo

-The Approved Team


 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – 2016

Aloha & Håfa Adai!

As we move forward in the New Year, please take into consideration the following schedule of planned holiday observances when arranging business with Approved Freight Forwarders:

  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 30 – Closed
  • Independence Day – Monday, July 4 – Closed
  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 10 – Open
  • Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 11 – Open
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25 – Closed
  • Christmas – Friday & Monday, December 23 & 26 – Closed

We look forward to another year of continued and committed service to all of your freight forwarding needs.

Please check back soon for more updates

If you have any questions please contact our customer support staff at – support@approvedforwarders.com

          or

You may e-mail and/or call your Approved Freight Forwarders sales rep.

Mahalo

-Approved Team


HAWAII & GUAM GENERAL RATE INCREASE 2016

Hawaii Cargo General Rate Increase: Effective January 3rd, 2016:

Both Matson Navigation and Pasha Hawaii have announced the following changes, effective for Hawaii sailings on or after January 3rd, 2016:

Westbound Cargo: Will be increased by $225.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; No change will be implemented for Terminal Handling Charges.

Eastbound Cargo:  Will be increased by $110.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; No change will be implemented for Terminal Handling Charges.

Guam Cargo General Rate Increase: Effective January 24th, 2016:

Matson announced the following changes, effective for Guam sailings on or after January 24th, 2016:

Westbound Cargo: Will be increased by $175.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; Terminal Handling Charge (THC) for Guam/Micronesia will also be increased by amounts ranging from $43 to $56 based on the container size/type for westbound containers.

Eastbound Cargo: Will be increased by $175.00 on Ocean Charges for all container sizes; Terminal Handling Charge (THC) for Guam/Micronesia will also be increased by amounts ranging from $16 to $34 for eastbound containers.

As a result of these increases by the steamship lines, Approved Freight Forwarders will need to increase rates for the upcoming year.
Please contact your Approved sales representative in order to discuss how these increases will affect your 2016 rate structure.
The Approved Team will continue its dedication to striking a balance between low costs, and the superior service you all deserve.

Thank you all for your continued support.
We look forward to a prosperous New Year for all!

-Approved Forwarders Team


HOLIDAY HOURS 2015

Posted 11/13/2014

Happy Holidays! Here are our holiday hours for 2015.

Thanksgiving: Closed November 26th & 27th

Christmas: Closed December 24th & 25th

New Years: Closed January 1st