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CANCELLATION OF VAL SHIPMENT EMBARGO  TO VENICE (VCE)


As of 30 October 2003, the VAL and VUN shipment embargo to VCE has been cancelled.


CHARGE FOR VALUABLE SHIPMENTS (VAL) TO/VIA HELSINKI (HEL)

As of 26 October 2003, a VAL charge to/via HEL has been introduced to cover the costs related to the handling of such shipments at HEL airport. The charge is EUR 92/AWB.

 

EQUATION AND EXPRESS SHIPMENTS

We would like to specify the differences between Equation and Express shipment handling:

Equation

  • an express CSA product (weight per  1 item/max.70kg), shipments are accepted for transport without booking up to 90 minutes before the regular departure of flights
  • priority loading on the requested flight
  • express handling at destination
  • no further charge for express handling which is a part of the express carriage charge
  • guaranteed return of the carriage charge if a shipment cannot be dispatched due to a carrier’s fault

Expres handling

  • express shipment handling submitted less than 180 minutes before departure of flights
  • express handling may be carried out only if operations situation allow, and the handling charge is double
  • express handling is not provided at the destination, nor is a guarantee for return of the carriage charge if the shipment is not dispatched as provided

USE OF IATA IMP CODES ON CARGO DOCUMENTS

Please note that CSA Cargo is now working according to newly introduced IATA codes for goods stated in TACT Rules 58th Edition, par. 1.3.3. We would appreciate if goods were always declared in accordance with these codes so that we can identify them unambiguously. We can send you a list of current codes upon request.

 

CHECKLIST FOR WEIGHTS AND DIMENSIONS OF SHIPMENTS

After the trial period and with regards to operational needs, we are adjusting the use of the checklist for shipments submitted to transport by forwarders. A box to mark dangerous goods and heavy (HEA) goods will be added. The box for dimensions will be cancelled.

IMPROPERLY FILLED-IN AWB

Unfortunately, there is an increasing number of improperly filled-in AWBs, especially the weights and tariffs of shipments are stated incorrectly. We would like to request you to pay maximum attention when filling in AWBs. CCA (Cargo Charges Correction  Advice) will be issued for all incorrectly filled AWBs and the respective fees will be charged. Thank you for understanding.

ACCEPTANCE OF GOODS AT THE TERMINAL AND HANDLING TIMES

We would like to remind all forwarders to observe the exact times for goods acceptance at the CSA warehouse. We request that forwarders instruct drivers to respect the times necessary for the smooth handling and loading of shipments on CSA flights. Acceptance of general cargo ends 3 hours before the regular departure of flights and 4 hours for truck services. For long-distance flights the acceptance of shipments ends 6 hours before the scheduled departure. We are also striving to improve the security processes in the area for shipment acceptance. For security and space reasons, goods without documents may not be kept longer than 3 hours. Only the shipper, always accompanied by a CSA staff member, can be in this area.

THE NEED TO STATE SHIPMENT DIMENSIONS IN AWBs

According to an IATA/FIATA decision, effective from 1 April 2004, the precise dimensions of individual items of shipments should be entered in Air Waybills (AWB), in the   “Nature and Quantity of Goods“ box. These data will help carriers and handling agents in the handling of shipments, shipment loading, and aircraft balancing:

  • The dimensions are: greatest length, width and height, measurement unit, and number of items
  • If it is a consolidated shipment which is handled as 1 item, only the total dimension of the consolidation is required
  • Dimensions are not required for cargo in original air containers or pallets
  • If the dimensions are not available or cannot be entered in the AWB in time, the total volume of the shipment should be entered
  • If the dimensions and complete volume of the shipment are not known and cannot be entered in the AWB at the time of completion, then “No Dimensions Available“ must be clearly stated in the AWB

CARGO FORWARDING TO BANSKÁ BYSTRICA / SLIAČ  (SLD)

From 1 October 2003 shipments may be sent to SLD. Due to the technology available at the SLD airport, transport is limited to general cargo (including Cash on Delivery shipments), in the PRG-SLD direction only. Prices are the same as those for PRG-KSC (Košice).

 

NEW SEOUL(SEL) – PRG – SEL FLIGHT

As of 31 March 2004, our alliance partner, Korean Air (KE) will introduce regular operations on a SEL-PRG-SEL route with a Boeing 777 airplane. The operation is planned for the summer timetable 2004, two flights per week. CSA is the KE General Sales Agent for the Czech and Slovak Republics and the offered capacity will be around 10 tons per flight.

 

NEW CARGO TERMINAL

We are pleased to inform you that the construction of the new CSA Cargo terminal is proceeding ahead of schedule. All information regarding the dates and process of moving to the new premises will be available in a special issue of Cargo News we are preparing to come out in the forthcoming weeks.

REGULAR PRAGUE – MINSK (MSQ) TRUCK SERVICE

As we mentioned in our last issue, as of 3 October 2003 a new regular CSA truck service – RFS (Road Feeder Service) OK 9092 to MSQ has been introduced. It departs from PRG on Fridays at 5 p.m. (booking of shipments ends on Friday at 8 a.m.) and arrives at MSQ on Wednesday mornings. To date, six successful service runs have been dispatched and will continue till 12 December 2003. The service will be discontinued for the Christmas and New Year period and re-introduced on 6 February 2004. It may be operated as a “per request” service on 23 and 30 January 2004. For your information, here are   the requirements for shipment documents in order to prevent customs delays, the holding up of shipments or the entire service at the border. Accompanying documents shall contain the following:

  • type and character of load
  • shipment price
  • weight (gross, net)
  • number of items and type of packaging, e.g., (cartons, pallets, etc.)
  • customs tariff specifications
  • certificate for the transported product and specifications in the Russian language
  • number of sets – 5 originals or 1 original + 4 copies
  • if personal belongings are transported, a list of them is required.

Before the operation of OK 9092 starts in 2004, we will inform you about the requirements regarding the transport of pharmaceuticals and medical products.

CSA WINTER TIMETABLE

From 26 October 2003 to 27 March 2004 the Winter timetable will apply. An updated timetable is available here. Or a printed version is available upon request from our commercial section  (tel.   220 115 333).  The CSA Cargo price-list has also been changed together with the timetable.  It was distributed only weeks ago.

MONTREAL CONVENTION

We would like to inform you about a major change in international air transport legislation. The Montreal Convention has fully replaced the older Warsaw Convention, including related protocols, and became effective as of 4 November 2003. The Czech Republic is a signatory to the Montreal Convention, and thus as of 4 November, CSA is liable for each 1 kg of destroyed, damaged, lost or delayed shipments up to the amount of 17 SDR (Special Drawing Rights). The value of one SDR is currently approximately 1.43 USD and is precisely defined by the bank rate for the SDR valid on the date of damage payment, or in case of legal proceedings on the date of deciding on a verdict (will be specified in an IATA regulation). The Montreal Convention favours customers and their needs, and generally, the carrier’s liability limit has been increased, as well as has the number of cases when customers may require compensation.
 

CSA CARGO FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

On 5 June, the 3rd annual football tournament – the CSA Cargo Director Cup took place in Dobroviz. Teams representing Ceska posta, Fritz Companies, Gebrüder Weiss, and CSA Cargo participated. The Fritz Companies team was the winner, with CSA Cargo taking 2nd place and Ceská posta 3rd. We would like to thank all the participants, congratulate the winner, and say that we are looking forward to the next tournament.

DANGEROUS GOODS TO DUBAI

VBased on the AEG-02 variation published in the IATA Dangerous Goods Manual, only goods from IATA agents, or agents where a minimum of two persons hold the IATA DGR diploma, will be accepted for carriage to Dubai.

MAXIMUM WEIGHT OF A SINGLE PIECE OF CONSIGNMENTS TO LED AND BHX

In Birmingham (BHX) and St. Petersburg (LED), due to technical reasons the agent has reduced the maximum weight of a piece of consignment – BHX to 149 kg, and LED to 200 kg.

WEIGHT AND DIMENSION CHECK-SHEET

As of 1 July 2003, a new form, the “Weight and Dimension Check Sheet” is being introduced for all export consignments sent by freight agents (see the specimen on this page).

The left part of the form is filled in by the agent, the warehouse staff checks the dimensions and weight and confirms the data in the right part of the Check-sheet.

The form verifies and documents the correctness and completeness of the data provided by the agent in the AWB and the carried-out check by warehouse staff of all shipments exported from Prague. The form may be picked up at the Cargo/Tariffs section.

Goods for export must not be stored in the warehouse for more than 3 hours without documentation, then it has to be “ready for carriage” cargo or it must be removed by the sender for security reasons.

E-MAIL INFORMATION ON SENT SHIPMENTS

We would like to inform all our agents about the possibility of receiving regular information by e-mail regarding shipments sent from PRG airport. E-mails are sent twice a day on working days and once a day on Saturdays. If you wish to receive the information, send your request, with e-mail addresses, to: petra.lenska@csa.cz.

ADDITIONAL TRUCKS TO BRNO

In connection with the termination of flights to Brno, CSA will add connections to its truck operations and from 1 July three weekly connections to Brno will be operated. OK 9070 will leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.

APPEAL FOR PAYMENT DISCIPLINE

We would like to request our customers to keep to the time limits regarding payments as stated in the cooperation agreement which is an inseparable part of agent contracts. If not observed, we cannot prevent the automatic issue of penal invoices.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

From 1 June, the number of operations supervisors has been increased from two to four. Our supervisors, Zdenek Duchacek, Pavel Kaczkowski, Libuse Budinska, and Marcela Salamounova are at your service Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and at weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Telephone connections: 602 171 369, 220 114 339, or 220 114 388. In case of any problem or reminder, you can also contact our Operations Manager, Ms. Libuse Kralova at 220 113 346.
 

CONSIGNMENTS STORED IN REFRIGERATORS

Considering the fact that during the summer season more consignments have to be stored in refrigerators, and that the capacity is limited, we would like to request all our customers to collect their consignments upon receiving notice and in this way allow us to provide the service for more consignments.

ACCEPTING DANGEROUS GOODS CONSIGNMENTS

Should any discrepancy be found in documents accompanying dangerous goods, or if packaging is insufficient, the consignment will be returned to the shipper. We would like to remind you of a new rule regarding a handling charge for each acceptance and check.
 

A NEW PRAGUE-MINSK (MSQ) TRUCK ROUTE

As of 1 August 2003, regular truck operations between PRG-MSQ, under the OK 9092 code will be operated. It will depart from Prague on Friday afternoons and reach Minsk on Wednesday mornings. For more detailed information contact: tel. 220 113 698 – Ms. Petra Lenska.
 

NEW CSA DESTINATIONS – YEREVAN, NEWARK, KUWAIT, SLIAČ, MINSK

Yerevan (EVN) is a new destination in the CSA network as of 11 June 2003. Flight OK 930 departs from Prague on Wednesdays and Sundays at 21:20 and is operated by Boeing 737-400’s. From 16 June, CSA reopened flights to Newark (EWR) three times a week, on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flight is operated by Airbus A310’s. Seasonal flights to Kuwait (KWI) by Airbus A310’s were also renewed for Wednesdays and Fridays from 19 June to 29 September. The first flight to Sliac (SLD), Slovakia, will depart on 28 July. The flight will be operated by ATR 42’s, daily, except for weekends.

NON-RESTRICTED ARTICLES TRANSPORTATION

In cases where materials cannot be identified as dangerous goods according to IATA DGR (nor in the Excepted quantity category) but fall within the category of Chemicals, Medicals, etc, their nature must be stated in the AWB box - "Nature and Quantity of Goods". The NRA (Not restricted article) abbreviation must also be filled into the Handling information box.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL TRANSPORTATION LICENSE - BRUSSELS

We are glad to announce that CSA Cargo has taken all necessary steps in order to obtain this license and to resume radioactive material transportation (excluding fission material) on CSA flights to/from/via Brussels.
We would also like to remind you that the radioactive freight insurance calculated on the CSA airway bills covers the transportation of radio pharmaceuticals only. Other radioactive materials cannot be insured on CSA flights.

VUN GOODS FEE IN FRANKFURT

We would like to announce that a "vulnerable" goods fee in Frankfurt is being charged - 100 EUR per consignment. This fee will be charged when sending the cargo from Prague and becomes effective as of March 1, 2003.

UNIQUE OFFER - MEXICO AND SOUTH AFRICA

In cooperation with Cargolux (CV) we can offer cargo transportation at unbeatable prices. This offer covers MEX, JNB, DUR, GDL. Further information is available from the Sales-Acquisition Department, phone: +420 220 115 333.

   


CSA CARGO STORE INVENTORY DATES

CSA Cargo will be taking inventory on the dates as follows: March 26, May 28, July 30, September 24 and November 26, 2003. Import consignments will be delivered up to 12 o'clock only, due to operational reasons.

 

AGE OF TRANSPORTED KITTENS AND PUPPIES

On the basis of detailed analysis and the agreements with the State Veterinary Inspection of the Czech Republic, CSA Cargo has lowered the age requirement for kittens and puppies being transported on CSA flights - from 12 weeks to 10 weeks provided that the animals are able to independently eat themselves and do not need to be attended by their mothers.

 

LIVE ANIMALS SHIPPER´S CERTIFICATE - AVI

We would like to announce that all shippers of live animals must use the valid "Shipper's Certificate for Live Animals" in compliance with the current IATA Live Animals Regulations (Issue 29, Page 143). We also remind you that this document must be completed separately and personally by the shipper as required by IATA LAR.

 

X-RAYING OF CONSIGNMENTS

This is to notify shippers that all consignments which cannot be X-rayed for any reason, will be stored for 24 hours due to safety reasons. This precaution especially concerns consignments with a size exceeding 110 x 130 cm or if their nature does not allow them to be X-rayed.

 

PARTNER AGENCIES IN 2002

1 Schenker Logistic
2. Danzas
3. Cechofracht
4. Expeditors
5. ATS
6 DM Cargo
7. Maurice Ward
8. Top Air Cargo
9. Cargo Partner
10. Roth Cargo

A CSA banquet will be held in the Diplomat Hotel in Prague on March 27, 2003 where the best agencies in the field of passenger, charter and cargo transportation will be announced.

 

CSA RESULTS IN 2002

CSA carried 15 500 tons of cargo on its flights last year (a growth of 10%). 25 100 tons of cargo were handled, which represents a 10% drop when compared to 2001.

 

NEW CSA CARGO TERMINAL

Construction of the new Cargo Terminal building is moving forward and the ceremony of foundation was held on February 28, 2003. The terminal building is set to be used in December 2003.

  

"FLOWN AS BOOKED" STATISTICS

The Flown As Booked indicator (which tracks the number of consignments forwarded on CSA flights in accordance with booking requirements - as compared to the total of booked consignments) has grown to 94.8% since this indicator was last published in August 2002 (92.6%), while consignments originating in Prague rose to 97% (August 2002 - 96%).

 


NEW DESTINATIONS - NEW AIRCRAFT: EDINBURGH, TALLINN, AND CORK

As of the Summer 2003 CSA flight timetable (beginning in April) will have three new destinations in its network - Cork (ORK) in Ireland, Edinburgh (EDI) in Scotland and Tallinn (TLL; from April 24) in Estonia. All these flights will be operated to with Boeing 737-500 aircraft as follows: EDI - Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun; ORK - Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun; TLL - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat.
CSA's newly approved fleet extension will allow us to operate our flights to Sri Lanka (Colombo) all year round (once a week - on Tuesdays) and to resume our flights to Newark Airport (as of 16 June) - as our second New York vicinity airport, with a frequency of three flights a week (Mon, Fri, Sun).

 

CSA'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY

This year, CSA is celebrating its 80th anniversary and it will be a year remembered for its large fleet expansion - one Airbus A310-300 and three Boeing 737 aircraft.

 

LONGER BUSINESS HOURS

Since February 1, 2003 the business hours in the CSA Cargo terminal have been extended. Consignments will be accepted and collected from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The business hours during weekends remain unchanged.
We will continue to provide our 24-hour emergency service delivery of consignments outside these business hours. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please note the phone numbers where you can contact supervisors: +420 220 114 339 or +420 602 171 369.

 
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