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San Diego, CA – September 22, 2015 – Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), the leading-edge audio technology company and #1 in gaming audio, today announced the Company has entered into a strategic partnership with Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading integrated logistics providers.

"Partnering with Kuehne + Nagel is a key step in the globalization, standardization and simplification of our supply chain partner network,” said Robert Andris, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations, Turtle Beach Corporation. "Leveraging Kuehne + Nagel’s scale, operational prowess and visibility increases our agility as we revamp the cost, quality and delivery aspects of Turtle Beach’s operation. This is a significant advancement in our supply chain transformation as we continue the globalization of our operations and expand into new territories.”

“Finding a logistics provider that supports our strategic global direction was a critical factor in partnering with Kuehne + Nagel,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation.  “Kuehne + Nagel’s global reach is key to supporting our market expansion and financial objectives for both gaming headsets and hearing healthcare solutions.”

“We are excited to enter into this new partnership to support Turtle Beach’s continued growth,” said John Hextall, President and CEO, Kuehne + Nagel North America. “We are committed to deeply integrating our supply chain expertise and providing Turtle Beach a competitive edge through our global network and integrated logistics solutions, thereby facilitating the expansion of Turtle Beach’s gaming headset and HyperSound businesses.”

Celebrating 40 years of business this year, Turtle Beach continues to deliver its patented, innovative audio products to market. In July 2015 the Company launched its third 100% fully wireless Xbox One gaming headset – the Ear Force® Stealth 420X – one of Amazon’s highest consumer rated gaming headsets, and has plans to launch several more new products, including HyperSound Clear™ – the Company’s groundbreaking hearing healthcare device which has been shown to improve sound clarity and speech intelligibility for people with hearing loss for a crisp, clear home entertainment listening experience, by the end of the year.

About Kuehne + Nagel

With over 74,000 employees at more than 1,300 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at

About Turtle Beach Corporation

Turtle Beach Corporation ( designs leading-edge audio products for the consumer, commercial and healthcare markets. Under the Turtle Beach brand (, the Company markets a wide selection of quality gaming headsets catering to a variety of gamers' needs and budgets, for use with video game consoles, including officially-licensed headsets for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4, as well as for personal computers and mobile/tablet devices. Under the HyperSound brand (, the Company markets pioneering directed audio solutions that have applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and healthcare. The company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events. Forward looking statements are based on management's statements containing the words "may", "could", "would", "should", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "target", "project", "intend" and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

While the Company believes that its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that its goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the substantial uncertainties inherent in acceptance of existing and future products, the difficulty of commercializing and protecting new technology, the impact of competitive products and pricing, general business and economic conditions, risks associated with the expansion of our business including the implementation of any businesses we acquire, our indebtedness, and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's other periodic reports. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement after the date of this release whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.



Kuehne + Nagel to manage Ortho Clinical Diagnostics’ temperature-controlled supply chain


Jersey City, NJ, September 08, 2015 - Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, one of the world’s leading providers of in vitro diagnostic products and services, has awarded an exclusive six-year contract to Kuehne + Nagel to manage its complex cold and temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution requirements in the United States.

As part of an ongoing supply chain transformation, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics sought to align itself with a logistics provider to help support its significant growth in the in vitro diagnostics market.  

“Our decision to collaborate with Kuehne + Nagel is highly important as we need a partner with demonstrated capability managing high volume cold chain distribution operations and who understands the strict regulatory rules and logistics challenges of our industry”, said Robert Yates, Chief Operating Officer of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. Kuehne + Nagel’s Contract Logistics solutions for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics will include a GxP compliant infrastructure and IT capabilities to manage its inventory and distribution. The company also manages Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' cold chain transportation, both domestically and internationally.

Kuehne + Nagel added 125,000 square feet of warehousing space to its Memphis, TN, facility, which already had 200,000 sq. ft. of warehouse capacity mostly dedicated to life sciences. The new space includes 37,000 sq. ft. for 2-8°C service, 25,000 sq. ft. for -25°C cryogenic service, 43,000 for controlled-ambient warehousing conditions, and an additional 20,000 sq. ft. for packaging operations. The Kuehne + Nagel Memphis operation is considered to be one of the largest cold chain logistics premises ever designed by a third party logistics provider on behalf of a specific client. The facility is highly automated, fully licensed and accredited, maintaining GxP compliant and Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors (VAWD) standards to provide compliant cold-chain storage and handling.  

“We are honored that Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has chosen us as the best fit logistics partner for their company” said John Hextall, President and CEO of Kuehne + Nagel North America. 
“Kuehne + Nagel continues to invest in its KN PharmaChain solution in order to guarantee the highest service and quality standards for the inventory control and transport of pharmaceutical products. “


About Kuehne + Nagel


With over 64,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at

About Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. delivers high-quality in vitro diagnostic products that give healthcare professionals around the world the knowledge they need to make better treatment decisions sooner. The company serves the global transfusion medicine community with donor screening and blood typing products to help ensure every patient receives blood that is safe, the right type and the right unit. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics also brings sophisticated information management, testing technologies and automation and interpretation tools to clinical laboratories worldwide to help them run more efficiently and improve patient care. For more information, visit



ReTrans acquisition closed

Jersey City, NJ, August 4, 2015 - The Kuehne + Nagel Group has completed the agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of ReTrans Inc., a U.S. based leading provider of multimodal transportation management solutions. The acquisition builds on Kuehne + Nagel’s growth strategy and commitment to offer tailored logistics solutions to its customers in North America.

The ReTrans business model is entirely complementary to that of Kuehne + Nagel with its range of domestic transportation solutions,including a proven Intermodal offering. As one of the leading nation wide Intermodal Marketing Companies (IMCs), ReTrans provides Kuehne +Nagel with direct access to the Railroads.

John Hextall, Kuehne + Nagel’s President & CEO, North America, states:“We are excited at the prospects of integrating ReTrans into our North America region (Canada, USA and Mexico). The capabilities and service offerings of ReTrans will complement our existing business portfolio in Seafreight, Airfreight, Contract Logistics and Overland. Our customers will enjoy a broader range of domestic services to enable end-to-end transportation and supply chain solutions. The excellent cultural fit between the two organizations will help to facilitate the growth we envisage.”

David Wedaman, Chief Executive Officer, ReTrans, Inc. added: “ReTrans will join a larger family at Kuehne + Nagel and its customers will definitely benefit from the strength and depth of the global network and forwarding and logistics capabilities. ReTrans is an organization that has built its exceptional reputation on tailoring solutions for our customers, and providing a very high level of service to them. We will now have many more solutions to offer our customers.”

About Kuehne + Nagel With over 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at

About ReTrans Founded in 2002, with headquarters in Memphis, TN, ReTrans ranks among the leading U.S. non-asset brokerage providers of intermodal transportation, as well as full and less-than-truckload (FTL and LTL) services in the United States and Canada. With more than 300 employees the company operates in 68 locations and generates annual revenues exceeding USD 500 million.

Duvel Moortgat USA selects Kuehne + Nagel to manage logistics

Jersey City, NJ, June 11, 2015 – One of the largest independent beer brewers, Duvel Moortgat USA, has chosen Kuehne + Nagel to manage its seafreight for transatlantic eastbound / westbound and transpacific westbound shipments, as well as its brokerage.

KN Drinks Logistics in Jersey City, NJ is operating as the logistics control tower for the Duvel Moortgat USA business. The company’s beer is shipped to Duvel’s warehouses as well as directly to distributors; therefore live and accurate visibility is vital to its supply chain. Duvel will leverage Kuehne + Nagel’s internet-based track & trace system KN Login for transportation visibility and forecast planning.

Duvel Moortgat USA, the American importing unit of Duvel Moortgat, owns Cooperstown based brewery Ommegang and Kansas City based brewery Boulevard Brewing. “We chose to partner with Kuehne + Nagel because of its global network, logistics capabilities, strong reputation, as well as its competitive pricing. With its excellent services, Kuehne + Nagel meets our logistics needs for our import and export operations,” said, Kim White, Duvel Moortgat USA, Supply Chain Manager.

KN Drinks Logistics has extensive capabilities to support the unique supply chain challenges of international drinks customers. This includes wineries, beer brewers and spirit distillers, global exporters and importers as well as multinational retailers. From storage to transportation whether in dry containers, reefer, or bulk Kuehne + Nagel offers significant value by providing visibility and control, plus customs handling and country compliance adherence to regulations governing drinks logistics.

“We are very pleased that Duvel USA has chosen to work with our team”, said John Hextall, President of Kuehne + Nagel North America. “Our KN Drinks Logistics solutions for Duvel will focus on delivering overall service enhancements and we look forward to building a long-term relationship. We manage several Belgian and German craft beers now in our portfolio and are committed to further developing and investing in our integrated solutions for the beer industry.“

About Duvel Moortgat USA Duvel Moortgat USA is the American importing unit of Duvel Moortgat, an independent brewer of specialty beers headquartered in Puurs, Belgium. The Duvel family of fine Belgian beers includes offerings from Duvel Moortgat, Maredsous, Brewery Ommegang, Brasserie D' Achouffe, Liefmans, and De Koninck.

About Kuehne + Nagel With over 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at

Kuehne + Nagel provides global seafreight solution for Beam Suntory

Jersey City, NJ / USA, July 08, 2014 - Beam Suntory Inc., a leading global premium spirits company, has chosen Kuehne + Nagel as one of its key partners to manage logistics for global imports and exports of the company’s distilled spirits from the U.S., Scotland, Ireland and France to countries all over the world.

In January 2014, Suntory Holdings Limited bought Beam Inc. and the deal created the world's third-largest premium spirits company. As a result, Beam Suntory has created a stronger global business with an even better premium portfolio. With aggressive shipping lead times to meet, it is imperative for Beam Suntory to select a global logistics provider who could match the right service level and the right rate. The new contract will run for three years. The customer will leverage Kuehne + Nagel’s internet-based track & trace system, KN Login, to assist in managing its supply chain and forecast planning of shipments.

“Kuehne + Nagel has been chosen as one of the preferred logistics providers because of its worldwide network, logistics capabilities, level of service, as well as its competitive pricing. With its excellent services, Kuehne + Nagel meets our logistic needs for our import and export operations,” said Jim Devine, Supply Chain Development Director, 
Beam Suntory. 

John Hextall, President Kuehne + Nagel North America, adds, "We are very pleased that major players in the drinks industry, such as Beam Suntory, are continuing to place their trust in Kuehne + Nagel for drinks logistics. We look forward to continue building a long-term relationship that delivers value to Beam Suntory’s supply chain.”

About Beam Suntory
As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renown premium brands including Maker's Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit

Kuehne + Nagel receives Royal Caribbean’s 2014 Royal Contribution Award


Jersey City, NJ / USA, May 22, 2014 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. recognized Kuehne + Nagel with the company’s highest award for vendor quality and outstanding supplier performance, with its Royal Contribution Award for 2014. The award was presented to Kuehne + Nagel at Royal Caribbean’s Supplier Conference recently held in Miami, FL.

Royal Caribbean invited their top global supply chain suppliers to participate in the supplier conference and Kuehne + Nagel was proudly Royal Caribbean’s only logistics provider in 2014 to receive this distinguished award.  

The Kuehne + Nagel branch in Miami, Florida, manages seafreight activity, including coordination of on-time alongside-ship deliveries for three of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.‘s cruise brands - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In addition overseas customs-clearance services are provided.

“We are honored to be chosen by Royal Caribbean to receive this award,” said John Hextall, President and CEO of Kuehne + Nagel North America. “This award is the result of the cumulative efforts of the Kuehne + Nagel global organization to implement, manage and exceed Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.‘s international transportation requirements.”



Kuehne + Nagel and Commodity Forwarders Inc. align to offer superior perishables logistics solutions

Jersey City, NJ / USA, January 31, 2014 - Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers and Commodity Forwarders Inc., a premier perishables forwarder based in Los Angeles, CA, announced the signing of an Agency Agreement between the two organizations. The Agreement will allow the companies to jointly develop and offer state-of-the-art transportation solutions to the perishables marketplace.

The two companies have committed to work collaboratively, leveraging their respective market-leading capabilities, perishables expertise and advanced information systems, to deliver custom-tailored logistics solutions to and from the United States via all modes of transport.  Currently both organizations serve all facets of the perishables industry including: fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, meat and poultry. 

Greg Martin, Senior Vice President of Air Logistics for Kuehne + Nagel North America stated, "Aligning with Commodity Forwarders will allow us to further to stay in front of our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations, especially global perishables customers requiring services on the U.S. West Coast.”

Alfred Kuehlewind, CEO of Commodity Forwarders Inc. said, “By partnering with Kuehne + Nagel, our relationship will provide a stronger, more competitive logistics offering to the marketplace.”

About Commodity Forwarders Inc.
Commodity Forwarders specializes in the transportation & distribution of perishable products since 1974.  CFI’s 13 offices, shipping from 10 regions via truck, rail, air and ocean, puts them in a particularly strong position to handle perishable products not just into and within, but also exiting the USA.

Kuehne + Nagel awarded contract by Terex Aerial Work Platforms for global transportation management solution

Jersey City, NJ /USA, December 09, 2013 - Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading global logistics providers, has been contracted by Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business segment of Terex Corporation, to provide global transportation management and supporting services for its North American Genie® aerial work platform equipment and Terex® light towers.

Kuehne + Nagel will provide integrated management of global transportation operations for one of the largest business segments of Terex Corporation. Kuehne + Nagel will serve as the single point of contact to Terex AWP in North America for a wide variety of management functions including: transportation planning and management, global performance measurement of logistics service providers, freight settlement, and continuous improvement projects.
“Our relationship with Kuehne + Nagel will provide Terex AWP with improved customer service and responsiveness to support continued growth of our North American business, meet our evolving customer and business requirements, and have a more flexible, cost effective logistics infrastructure,” said Howard Wilkinson, Vice President Global Logistics, Distribution & Trade, Terex AWP.
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, utility and manufacturing industries. The company's business segments include: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling and Port Solutions; and Materials Processing.
Kuehne + Nagel’s integrated transportation management solution will help Terex AWP to achieve its objectives of increased operational control, process standardization and cost reduction through shipment optimization and process improvements.

“Today, equipment manufacturers are under intense cost pressure and global competition to increase product and service solutions while reducing costs,” said Peter Haver, Senior Vice President Kuehne + Nagel Integrated Logistics North America. “We are pleased to work with Terex AWP in North America to provide a global transportation management solution that will allow expanded and cost effective services to global customers and support its future growth objectives.”

Kuehne + Nagel Expands Atlanta (USA) Operations

Jersey City , NJ / USA, November 21, 2013 - Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading global logistics providers, hosted a grand opening ceremony yesterday for its new logistics center in Atlanta. Numerous customers and carrier partners were in attendance for the celebration at its new location. The event included guided tours of the operation, highlighting the advantages of the new expanded space and features.

Due to its extensive intermodal network and international connectivity, the Atlanta location serves as an integrated global logistics gateway for Kuehne + Nagel. From the Atlanta facility, Kuehne + Nagel can reach 80 per cent of U.S. consumers in two flight hours or two truckload delivery days. 

“For over 25 years, Atlanta has been Kuehne + Nagel’s regional headquarters for the southeast and we are extremely proud of our new operation,” said John Hextall, President and CEO, Kuehne + Nagel North America.  “The purpose-built 236,000-square-foot office and logistics center is part of our commitment to provide top-class service and most advanced logistics solutions. The facility enables us to better support our clients’ distribution of goods in the U.S. and across the world.”

The new building allows Kuehne + Nagel to enhance its air, sea, road & rail logistics, and warehousing/distribution services.  Activities include cross docking, picking/packing, quality checking, bonded warehousing, import / export (de)consolidation services, customs brokerage, trade compliance and TSA security screening. 

Kuehne + Nagel delivers supply chain solutions across various industry sectors.  In particular, the Atlanta facility has a secure cage area for storage of high value cargo and special equipment to handle oversized products like vehicles and airplane engines. These investments demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to exceeding the needs of customers.  For the aerospace industry, Kuehne + Nagel developed KN EngineChain, an end-to-end solution for reliable transportation and storage of airplane engines by both certified processes and certified staff.  In addition, KN SparesChain, provides order management of aerospace spare parts logistics, supporting clients with critical AOG (aircraft on ground) shipments. 

Kuehne + Nagel’s Atlanta facility is TAPA A certified for security and includes a robust access-control system, closed-circuit TV and on-site security personnel. The building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Engineering Design) certified, meeting high-performance green operations criteria.  It incorporates many of latest environmentally sustainable elements, including LED sensor-operated lighting, sensor-operated water fixtures, ENERGY STAR equipment, and dedicated recycling points.

Kuehne + Nagel provides logistics solutions for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Jersey City, N.J./USA, April 09, 2013 - Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading global logistics companies, has been selected by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. as a freight forwarder and supply chain provider to help Royal Caribbean manage international sea consignments.

The Kuehne + Nagel branch in Miami, Florida, manages sea transports and provides customs-clearance overseas, including coordination of on-time alongside-ship deliveries for three of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.‘s cruise brands - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.
As part of the agreement, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. leverages KN Login, a state-of-the-art web-based visibility, monitoring and reporting tool, which gives the company access to real time data across its supply chain.

Kuehne + Nagel performs a multitude of tasks and is responsible for the handling and shipping of about 5’000 TEUs and some 65’000 products per year. The range of articles is huge and includes hotel supply, hotel equipment, food & beverages, provisions, stores and marine spare parts. To add complexity, commodities are expedited in three different temperature zones - frozen, chilled and dry.
Royal Caribbean operates cruises all over the world and therefore a dedicated team of Kuehne + Nagel experts - supported by colleagues in strategically located control towers - ensures the reliable supply of ships in Europe, Asia, Oceania, Northern and Latin America.
"We're proud to team with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and look forward to building a long-term relationship, delivering logistics solutions that add value to the supply chain,” said John Hextall, President of Kuehne + Nagel North America. “Our logistics experts understand the importance of reliable cruise line delivery and of managing essential freight arriving in a foreign port to meet a tight loading window.”

Holger Altvater, Global Head of Hotel Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, adds: “We are very pleased to have been selected by Royal Caribbean to be their global logistics provider. With our worldwide network, special industry expertise and local market know-how in all countries involved we are perfectly positioned to establish a successful and long-lasting business relationship with the customer.”

DIRECTV signs 4-year contract renewal with Kuehne + Nagel to manage logistics operations in the U.S.

New Jersey / USA, November 15, 2012 - DIRECTV has awarded a new 4-year contract to Kuehne + Nagel to manage its U.S. warehousing operations and inbound international transportation. This contract is both a renewal and expansion of the existing 6-year strategic relationship. Two additional distribution centers will be opened in Illinois and Texas to further improve customer service to DIRECTV customers and to lower transportation costs.

Since 2006, Kuehne + Nagel has provided DIRECTV a strong contract logistics solution with dedicated facilities, equipment, warehousing management system and people to meet DIRECTV’s demanding supply-chain schedules faster and more cost-effective. Kuehne + Nagel manages distribution operations for DIRECTV in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania and soon in Illinois and Texas.

DIRECTV, Inc. is one of the world’s leading digital television service providers with more than 32 million customers in the United States and Latin America. Its customer base has more than doubled since 2006 when Kuehne + Nagel started managing the company’s supply chain operations.
“We are honored that DIRECTV sees us as the best fit logistics partner for their company,” said James Wroath, Senior Vice President Contract Logistics for Kuehne + Nagel North America. “We attribute our success to the Kuehne + Nagel team members who work diligently to improve service and reduce operational costs to help DIRECTV maintain a competitive edge.”

DIRECTV is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, and industry leading customer service to more than 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. 
For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit

KN Focus e-Newsletter

KN Focus e-Newsletter | 18 December, 2013

KNFocus US eNewsletter | 08 April, 2013

KN Advisory

KN Advisory: Revised Low Sulfur Surcharges for shipments to/from the U.S.

Per our previous KN Advisory, carriers are imposing additional charges based on higher bunker costs due to mandated use of more expensive low sulfur fuel.  Please find attached our revised Low Sulfur Surcharge (LLS) chart for all shipments that have a bill of lading date of January 1, 2015 or later.  Kuehne + Nagel LLS Chart>>
The following changes have been made to our previously distributed tariff chart:

  • Defined Low Sulfur Surcharge for exports to Asia and Indian Sub-Continent (ISC) from all U.S. port ranges
  • Addition of Low Sulfur Surcharge levels to/from South Africa

Also, please note that Gulf ports are covered under surcharge levels reflected for the U.S. East Coast
Kuehne + Nagel is committed to compliance measures that reduce impact on the environment. We thank you for your understanding, and should you have any questions, please contact your local Kuehne + Nagel representative or email:

KN Advisory: PMA Calls for Federal Mediation in Negotiations with ILWU

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents terminal operators and shipping lines at 29 West Coast ports, has requested federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU). 
Both sides have to agree to federal mediation before the government will consider entering the talks.  A spokesman for the ILWU said the union is taking more time to study the call for a mediator.  ILWU website>>

According to the PMA's released statement, the two sides remain far apart on many issues and are not close to a new contract nearly six months after their old contract expired.  ILWU slowdown actions and walk-offs have reduced productivity and caused severe congestion over the last several months, worsening already difficult conditions tied to chassis and trucker shortage, bigger ships and larger volumes. The situation is impacting shippers and truck drivers, plus creating long-term damage to the West Coast with continued loss in market share to ports on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.  PMA statement>>

Kuehne + Nagel is following the situation very closely and we will continue to keep you informed of further developments as they occur.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic, please contact your local Kuehne + Nagel representative or email:

KN Advisory: Importer Security Filing for LCL

On January 26, 2009, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began enforcing the Importer Security Filing (ISF) requirements for cargo arriving into the U.S. by ocean vessel.  The importer of record is responsible for filing the ISF through their designated agent or customs broker. If the ISF is not filed, fines may be up to $10,000 for each violation. 
CBP flags more and more containers for customs hold or inspection in case ISF filing is not done properly or not done at all.  Import containers incurring detention result in additional cost for the container handling in general, not including the fines.   For LCL imports handled via Kuehne + Nagel’s own consolidation containers, any additional charges incurred for non-compliance of the ISF rules will be charged to the offending importer of record and not distributed equally to the multiple customers moving freight in the particular consolidation container.

If you have any questions in regards to ISF filing, please contact your local Kuehne + Nagel representative or email:

The Kuehne + Nagel Management Team


ISF is composed of 10 data elements that are required to be sent to US Customs on all import shipments arriving via sea-freight into the United States:

  1. Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
  2. Seller (or owner) name and address
  3. Buyer (or owner) name and address
  4. Ship-to name and address
  5. Container stuffing location
  6. Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
  7. Importer of record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number
  8. Consignee number(s)
  9. Country of origin
  10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number

From the carrier, two data elements are required:

  1. Vessel stow plan
  2. Container status messages

The above information is required for the Department of Homeland Security to “push out” U.S. borders. Collecting information on foreign importers 48 hours prior to the goods leaving the port of loading allows CBP to further secure U.S. ports of entry against acts of terrorism.

For more detailed information about the Importer Security Filing, please visit the CBP website; click here>>.

KN Advisory: Low Sulfur Charge Effective January 1, 2015

Due to the MARPOL regulation on the use of low sulfur fuel impacting costs, effective from January 1, 2015, carriers will implement a low sulfur charge on all shipments passing to/from/via the coastal areas deemed Emissions Control Areas (ECA).

The MARPOL (The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Pollution Convention) regulation legally mandates that ships crossing the ECA in the North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, English Channel and North Sea are required to use fuel with no more than 0.1% sulfur content (down from 1%). This requires ocean carriers to switch to more refined but significantly more expensive marine gas oil.

Kuehne + Nagel will apply the low sulfur charge in accordance with the attached tariff charge chart for all shipments that have a bill of lading date of January 1, 2015 or later. The charge will be trade specific and apply equally to dry/reefer cargo and headhaul/backhaul (except for transpacific trades, where we differentiate per trade direction).  Low sulfur charge levels will be reviewed frequently and adjusted with or without notice to reflect significant fluctuations in the price of low sulfur fuel. 

Kuehne + Nagel is committed to compliance measures that reduce impact on the environment. Our Global Facility Carbon Calculator (GFCC), available on our website, allows customers to quickly calculate and see the total CO2 emission for container and LCL movements from door to door.  

We thank you for your understanding, and should you have any questions, please contact your local Kuehne + Nagel representative or email:

KN Advisory: Carriers Postpone West Coast Congestion Surcharge (Again)

Please note that all carriers have once again suspended the previously announced port congestion surcharges for any cargo moving via U.S. West Coast ports. This applies to all trades and not just to cargo originating from Asia.   The Federal Maritime Commission is currently reviewing a number of concerns into surcharge validity. 

We suspect this will not be the last we hear on this issue, as congestion continues to trouble all terminals in Los Angeles, Long Beach and other West Coast ports.  Kuehne + Nagel will continue to monitor this very fluid situation and will issue further advisories as the situation warrants.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Kuehne + Nagel representative or email:

The Kuehne + Nagel Management Team

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