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Free Port Of Houston Tour-See Cargo Up Close

Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2011

The Port of Houston offers an up close look at cargo shipping. Pack n send is posting the information  taken from the Port of Houston website as a service to our customers.

Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's free public tour boat!

Named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the M/V Sam Houston offers free leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.

Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Pavilion, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 90 passengers with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat's rear deck.

The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as the Port Authority's public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July. 30, 1958. By 1979, a total of 1 million passengers had taken the tour.

No food or beverages are allowed to be brought aboard the boat or into the pavilion. However, a free beverage is provided on the boat during the trip. We want all of our visitors to enjoy the tour experience in a clean and safe environment, therefore picnics in the pavilion are not allowed.

The tour is free; however reservations are required 24 hours in advance of the planned tour. Enhanced port security measures require government-issued photo identification for passengers ages 18 and older. Examples of acceptable identification are state-issued drivers license, state of Texas Identification card, or passport.

Register online anytime, or call 713-670-2416, Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please note: a maximum of 45 reservations is allowed for any one group. Also, a maximum ratio of one adult per four children under the age of 12 will be enforced.

SECURITY NOTICE

Because of heightened security measures, regularly scheduled tours aboard the M/V Sam Houston may be canceled without advance notice. Before making the trip to the Port of Houston for a tour aboard the Sam Houston, please consult this Web site for information on the status of your tour.

Security regulations also prohibit the carrying of any camera equipment aboard the M/V Sam Houston and the taking of photographs from aboard the ship is strictly prohibited.

Also, large baggage such as backpacks and oversized purses are not allowed on board. Passengers' personal belongings may be subject to searches in accordance with federal regulations. The PHA reserves the right to refuse passage to board the vessel to any person for any reason at any time.

 We advise that you arrive at least 15 minutes, preferably half hour, before your tour launches to assure that you have plenty of time to check in through security and to board the vessel.

Tour Times

Monday

Closed

Tuesday

10 am & 2:30 pm

Wednesday

10 am & 2:30 pm

Thursday

2:30 pm only

Friday

10 am & 2:30 pm

Saturday

10 am & 2:30 pm

Sunday

2:30 pm only

Holidays

Closed

 

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Houston Freight Company Notes Collision on Danube

Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2011

AP has reported that a cargo ship on the Danube River has collided with a cruise ship carrying tourists.

 The tourists are being picked up by another boat. The Cargo ship that was carrying corn did not sink, but is badly damaged.  It appears that no one was harmed in this occurrence.

 Pack n send tries to report both good and bad news in the shipping and cargo industry. Pack n send tries to track all incidents worldwide that have an impact either on shipping or on the environment.

 For information about shipping, moving or freight forwarding, please contact pack n send at  713 266 1450.

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Japan – Freight and Shipping Company Assistance

Posted on Mon, Mar 14, 2011

 JAPAN

At the request of the Japanese government, a subsidiary company, MOL Ferry has cooperated to transport members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) who were assigned to rescue operations in northeast Japan. This afternoon, four ‘Sunflower’ ferries, Sapporo, Furano, Shiretoko and Sunflower Daisetsu, started taking on the task of transporting vehicles and members of the JSDF from Tomakomai in Hokkaido to Aomori, which is close to the quake-stricken area.

Regarding the status of MOL vessels the company tell us the only vessel directly affected from their fleet was the MOL-chartered C.S. Victory (Flag: Panama, 20,212 Gross Tonnes),which was swept toward the breakwater by the tsunami and now rests on the bottom of the shallow harbour at Ishinomaki (Miyagi prefecture). All the crew members left the vessel on orders of the harbour master, and none were injured. None of the cargo of kaolin or fuel oil has spilled from the vessel so far.

MOL will announce further developments regarding the aid program as they unfold and we shall publish them as they happen. Together with MOL we at the Handy Shipping Guide of course express our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the earthquake.

 Pack n send has reprinted the portion of the article describing sea assistance from Handy Shipping News.

For further  updates on assistance offered by freight and cargo companies, pack n send in Houston will try and keep our blogs updated for our customers.

 For other assistance in shipping, freight and cargo preparation in Houston, please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Shipping and Imports -Visible Houston Improvements

Posted on Mon, Feb 21, 2011

 

Ships are full, containers are picked over and truck drivers are in demand.

 Houston's trading community is moving more cargo these days as higher oil prices and a rebounding economy have driven up  exports  and  imports.

We're definitely seeing the wheels of the economic engine starting to turn," said Jeff Joachim, president of World Trade Distribution, a Houston company that provides warehousing, trucking and container storage, among other services. "You're starting to see people stock inventory again."

Houston's trade with the world rebounded by 26 percent last year compared with the doldrums of 2009, according to a recent report by WorldCity, which tracks trade data.

But it still hasn't reached the levels of 2008, a banner year for many in the local shipping business.

Last year, Houston traded $211.5 billion in goods with the rest of the world, up from $167.5 billion in 2009, WorldCity reported. That's still less than the record $240.8 billionthe Bayou City traded with world markets in 2008.

Nationwide, trade increased to $3.2 trillion in 2010 from $2.6 trillion in 2009. Last year's numbers were still below the $3.4 trillion in trade during 2008.

Like much of the rest of the U. S..Houston imports more than it exports and had a trade deficit of about $22  billion in 2010.

Pack n send has republished portions of this article written by Houston Chronicle journalist Jenalia Moreno.  We look for positive upswings in the Houston and US economy for both freight and cargo.

 For more information about packing, crating, cargo and freight shipping from Houston, Texas please contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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International Container Shipping-Houston

Posted on Wed, Feb 16, 2011

Container Loading for Household goods requires using a knowledgeable company that has experience with both packing as well as shipping international goods. Each country has a separate list for goods that are not allowed into the country. A company that can accumulate your items as well as pack and load them is a good way to start the process.

  Look for a company that has experience with container loading. Certain items will need to have cardboard wrapping for protection. Other items will need to be bubble wrapped and put inside boxes for protection.  High value or delicate items may need to have special crates built.

 Blocking and bracing will need to be done inside the container. A complete list of items  will need to be kept to be presented to customs.

 Customs documentation will need to be filled in.

 Ask if the company can provide you with a commercial bill of lading. They will also need to provide you with contact numbers when your shipment is delivered to your destination port.

Ask them for a quote up front for the pick up, packing and shipping charges.


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Postal Service Consolidation-Shipping Effected

Posted on Tue, Jan 25, 2011

 This article from the Wall Street Journal has peaked our interest. While freight and cargo carrriers are consolidating operations and making green choices, the USPS is now taking huge steps for more efficeint and cost effective operations. 

HOLMES MILL, Ky.—The U.S. Postal Service plays two roles in America: an agency that keeps rural areas linked to the rest of the nation, and one that loses a lot of money.

Now, with the red ink showing no sign of stopping, the postal service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that is already eliciting yelps of pain around the country. Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing another 16,000—half of the nation's existing post offices—that are operating at a deficit, and lobbying Congress to allow it to change the law so it can close the most unprofitable among them. The law currently allows the postal service to close post offices only for maintenance problems, lease expirations or other reasons that don't include profitability.

The news is crushing in many remote communities where the post office is often the heart of the town and the closest link to the rest of the country. Shuttering them, critics say, also puts an enormous burden on people, particularly on the elderly, who find it difficult to travel out of town.

The postal service argues that its network of some 32,000 brick-and-mortar post offices, many built in the horse-and-buggy days, is outmoded in an era when people are more mobile, often pay bills online and text or email rather than put pen to paper. It also wants post offices to be profitable to help it overcome record $8.5 billion in losses in fiscal year 2010.

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Freight Shipping From Houston and US to Increase

Posted on Mon, Dec 20, 2010

 Free photo - industry warehouse machine available in our free stock photosPack n send is reprinting portions of this article  from mfrtech.com as a service to our customers. With manufacturing expected to increase during 2011, both freight and export cargo shipping should also increase.

U.S. manufacturing sector will grow in 2011, with manufacturing revenue increasing by 5.6% according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual,  forecast released.

The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011. The manufacturing sector, overall, is positive about prospects in 2011 with revenues expected to increase in 16 of 18 industries. ISM also predicts that business investment, a major driver in the U.S. economy, will increase substantially in the manufacturing sector.

The 16 manufacturing industries expecting improvement over 2010 — listed in order — are: Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Furniture & Related Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Textile Mills; Wood Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Chemical Products; and Paper Products.

"Manufacturing purchasing and supply executives have expectations for continued growth and are optimistic about their organizations' prospects as they consider the first half of 2011, and they are even more positive about the second half," said Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "While 2010 has been a year of recovery in manufacturing, our forecast sees improvements in both investment and employment in 2011. Respondents expect cost pressures in 2011 to be somewhat greater than in 2010. Manufacturing growth is now in its 16th consecutive month as measured by and reported in the monthly Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®."

In the manufacturing sector, respondents report operating at 80.2% of their normal capacity, up from 72.8% reported in April 2010. Purchasing and supply executives predict that capital expenditures will increase by 14.5% in 2011, compared to a 5.9% increase reported for 2010. Survey respondents also forecast that they will reduce inventories in an effort to improve their purchased inventory-to-sales ratio in 2011. Manufacturers have an expectation that employment in the sector will increase by 1.8%, while labor and benefits costs are expected to increase an average of 1.9% in 2011. Manufacturing purchasers are predicting strength in exports and imports in 2011. They also expect the U.S. dollar to weaken on average against the currencies of major trading partners.

The panel also predicts the prices they pay will increase 2.7% during the first four months of 2011, and will increase an additional 1.3% during the balance of the year, with an overall increase of 4% for 2011. Survey respondents expect to realize supply chain improvements through improved inventory/asset management; cost reduction; supplier development/better metrics; supplier consolidation; and better risk management.

 

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Marble Shipping Houston-Ask Questions

Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010

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When shipping marble furniture, there are a few important things to consider.  First and foremost if it the marble can be removed from the piece of furniture.  You need to look for a company that has the capability to remove the marble. They also must have the ability to custom build a crate to place the marble in for shipping. Below we have listed some standard guidelines for crating the marble.

Depending on the size and fragility of the piece the crater should use up to 3 inches of Styrofoam on the bottom of the crate and 1-2 inches of Styrofoam on the sides and top. Before putting the piece into the crate, make sure that the marble has double or triple bubble surrounding it.

The crate should be closed with staples on the bottom and screws should be put on the top for easy opening.

Metal banding should be secured  around the crate.

 The company that you choose to crate your marble should offer both on site crating as well as crating at their facility.  The company should have a preferred list of shipping companies, as well as preferred movers for your delicate marble.  The company needs to offer valuation protection for your marble piece.

 For more information on marble shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Freight Not in Houston- on the Other Side of the World

Posted on Tue, Sep 28, 2010

 Pack n send is publishing this article taken from the Handy   Shipping News to show that weather and natural delays in freight do not only occur in the Untied States.

NEW ZEALAND – After our story  earlier this month  on the hardships endured in South Island in the wake of the earthquakes there were immediate disruptions the following day (15th September) when landslips on North Island in the Manawatu Gorge closed State Highway 3 to all traffic, including freight trucks. At that time the road was swiftly cleared and reopened within a few hours.

NEW ZEALAND – After our story earlier this month on the hardships endured in South Island in the wake of the earthquakes there were immediate disruptions the following day (15th September) when landslips on North Island in the Manawatu Gorge closed State Highway 3 to all traffic, including freight trucks. At that time the road was swiftly cleared and reopened within a few hours.

Now however the Gorge is closed to rail freight for the next two days at least after a further slip caused a train carrying a cargo of 400,000 litres of milk to derail yesterday (Saturday). The freight train was heading for Palmerston North from Hawkes Bay when upon rounding a bend the driver saw the blocked track. Despite efforts to stop in time the KiwiRail train ran into the earth slip, fortunately with no injuries to the crew. Another train also hit a slip at Taumarunui on Saturday morning, fortunately again with no injuries and no reports of major delays.

Further interruptions to cargo have occurred due to the persistent bad weather which closed State Highway 73 to high sided lorries and caravans when high winds threatened to overbalance tall vehicles and heavy snowfalls occurred in some mountain areas. The outlook however is good for the next few days with dire weather warnings lifted. Meanwhile the stricken milk locomotive remains stranded after the wagons were removed and towed via an alternative line to their destination and efforts to clear the earth fall using other trains continue whilst the main line at Kaikoura is due to open later today after almost two weeks following the massive landslip there.

Now however the Gorge is closed to rail freight for the next two days at least after a further slip caused a train carrying a cargo of 400,000 liters of milk to derail yesterday (Saturday). The freight train was heading for Palmerston North from Hawkes Bay when upon rounding a bend the driver saw the blocked track. Despite efforts to stop in time the KiwiRail train ran into the earth slip, fortunately with no injuries to the crew. Another train also hit a slip at Taumarunui on Saturday morning, fortunately again with no injuries and no reports of major delays.

Further interruptions to cargo have occurred due to the persistent bad weather which closed State Highway 73 to high sided lorries and caravans when high winds threatened to overbalance tall vehicles and heavy snowfalls occurred in some mountain areas. The out look however is good for the next few days with dire weather warnings lifted. Meanwhile the stricken milk locomotive remains stranded after the wagons were removed and towed via an alternative line to their destination and efforts to clear the earth fall using other trains continue whilst the main line at Kaikoura is due to open later today after almost two weeks following the massive landslip there.

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Cargo Shipping-Port of Houston Appointment

Posted on Mon, Sep 27, 2010

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 Good news for the Port of Houston.  The Port is reporting that Kase Lawal will serve along side President Obama.  Having someone from the Houston area working within the administration can only help the Houston economy. Pack n send monitors news and happenings at the Port of Houston, and tries to provide our customers with updated information.

 We have reprinted this press release from the Port of Houston as a service to our customers.

 Port Commissioner Lawal Receives Presidential Appointment

 Port of Houston Commissioner Kase Lawal has been tapped to serve as a member of the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that Commissioner Lawal would be appointed to this important post.

Administered by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the ACTPN provides information and advice with respect to U.S. trade agreement negotiation objectives and bargaining positions, the operation of trade agreements, and other matters related to the development, implementation and administration of U.S. trade policy.

“It is an honor to serve President Obama as a member of this advisory committee,” Commissioner Lawal said. “I remain a dedicated steward to opening markets throughout the world and lending my expertise to shape policies and strengthen opportunities.”

Houston Mayor Annise Parker remarked, “As an international city that is home to a port that is ranked first in foreign tonnage, we are, naturally, very interested in matters that impact trade with other countries. Mr. Lawal’s strong knowledge of these areas will make him a productive asset to the ACTPN. President Obama could not have made a better choice.”

 Lawal has served on the port commission since June 1999 as an appointee of Houston’s mayor and city council. He has served as the commission’s vice chairman and is a member of the board of pilot commissioners. He was instrumental in organizing and serves on the board of the Port of Houston Authority International Corporation (POHAIC), which provides management consulting and technical assistance to foreign ports. Commissioner Lawal also helped establish the port authority’s Small Business Development Program, which has an aggressive goal of awarding at least 35 percent of all eligible contracts to certified small businesses.

Port Commission Chairman James T. Edmonds applauded Lawal’s appointment. “Kase Lawal relies upon his international business acumen to help lead the port authority, and our port is all the stronger because of his leadership. He works diligently with his colleagues to accomplish our objectives, and I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.”

Professionally, Lawal is chairman and CEO of CAMAC International Corporation, a global energy corporation with interests in oil and gas exploration and production, engineering services and crude oil and refined products trading. He is also the chairman of Allied Energy Corporation, vice chairman of Unity National Bank and vice chairman of the Houston Airport System Development Corporation. Active in developing international trade relations, Lawal has been an appointee to the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and has served on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. Additionally, he has participated in several trade missions to Africa.

Lawal earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Southern University and a master’s degree in business -Freight Shipping & Receiving administration, finance and marketing from Prairie View A&M University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Fort Valley State University and a doctorate of humane letters honoris causa from Texas Southern University.

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