NASA NEWS​​​​​​​​​​

Argentina: Road to Chile Closed 
May 18, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports is currently closed due to bad weather conditions.  


Argentina Update: Road to Chile Open  
May 11, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports is fully operational today, but there are further bad weather alerts forecasted for this week.  Effective tomorrow May 16th, transit will be allowed from 8AM to 8PM only as part of the usual winter restrictions.  These limited hours of operation will be in force until the end of August. 



Spain: Port Strike Dates Announced 
May 15, 2017  

We have been informed by JF Hillebrand Spain of the official strike dates for all Spanish terminals for the next three weeks: 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on every other hour starting May 24th on odd hours (May 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st, June 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th).



Argentina: Road to Chile Closed 
May 11, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports is currently closed due to bad weather conditions.  The inclement weather is expected to last for the next 48 hours.  



USA: Import Bunker Surcharge for June 2017  
April 28, 2017  
 

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for June 2017 will be USD 71 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 410 per TEU from April to June 2017.


USA: New Office Address for NASA and JF Hillebrand USA Headquarters as of May 1st, 2017
April 27, 2017  

North American Shippers Association (NASA) and its shipping partner JF Hillebrand USA are moving the headquarters location to Edison New Jersey on May 1st, 2017.  The new address is:

2147 Route 27, Suite 401

Edison, NJ 08817

 

Due to the move, the office will be closing early on Friday April 28th at 3:30PM local time.  On May 1st operations will resume from the new office location.  Phone, fax and email details remain the same, with no changes.   

Kindly update your records with the new office address to ensure receipt of any physical correspondence.  We appreciate your patience during the change in premises.    


Argentina: Road to Chile Closed 
April 20, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports was closed on Tuesday and then closed again today at 9:30 AM local time.

It’s an early start to the winter season for wine exports from Argentina via Chile.  The international road (RN7 in Argentina becomes Ruta 60 in Chile) snakes through the Andes mountain range and truckers pass through the border tunnel “Tunel de Cristo Redentor” at 3,209 meters (10,528 feet).  At that elevation transit is frequently interrupted by weather conditions typically between May through September.  A google search on Parada Caracoles gives you a great visual of the switchbacks truckers navigate down on the Chilean side.  Weather and road conditions are monitored both on the Chilean and Argentinean side for closures and reduced operating hours are implemented during the winter season. 


Argentina: Road to Chile Closed, Chile: Office Closure April 19th, 2017  
April 18, 2017  

The international road connecting shipments from Argentina to Chilean ports was closed due to bad weather conditions in the Andes pass.  Conditions are expected to improve later in the day but the closure could impact pending shipments.  Please also note that JF Hillebrand Chile will be closed on April 19th, 2017 while the population census is conducted.


USA: JF Hillebrand Congestion Surcharge at Port of Oakland to Decrease Effective May 1st, 2017 
April 4, 2017  

Recent initiatives to improve container flows at the Port of Oakland have enabled us to decrease the congestion surcharge on import and export cased good deliveries handled by JF Hillebrand.  The congestion charge for Oakland port was initially raised to $175 last March following the increased delays following the closure of Port America Outer Harbor Terminal and the transition of cargo and equipment to other terminals.  Referring to the implementation of night gates and trucking appointment systems at SSA and Trapac terminals, Ron Brown from the Port of Oakland told us last week “With the new initiatives underway, both terminals are performing much better and are better suited for future growth.”   

Effective May 1st, 2017 the congestion surcharge for import and export cased goods container deliveries handled by JF Hillebrand USA at the Port of Oakland will decrease from $175 per container to $125 per container.

 

We will continue to monitor container flows at the terminals and will regularly review the situation.  For any questions or further information please contact your JF Hillebrand representative or local office at www.jfhillebrand.com.​


Argentina: National Strike Thursday April 6, 2017
April 4, 2017  

Argentina’s largest union has called for a one-day general strike on Thursday April 6, 2017 in protest over governmental reforms and austerity measures.  JF Hillebrand Argentina has received confirmation that transport and port unions will be participating in the 24 hour national strike on Thursday April 6, 2017.  As a result, no transport or port operation services will be available on that day


USA: Import Bunker Surcharge for May 2017  
March 31, 2017  
 

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for May 2017 will be USD 75 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 410 per TEU from April to June 2017.

USA: FDA Alert - Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Implementation is May 27, 2017
March 22, 2017  

The US FDA will begin implementation of the Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) starting May 27, 2017.  The FSVP is part of the imported food safety controls established by the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

The FSVP requirements are separate from the Foreign Supplier Food Facility Registration, and the good news is that alcoholic beverages are exempt from FSVP requirements.  Shippers of only beer, wine or spirits do not have to take any further action. 

However for any members that also import vinegars, olive oils or related food stuffs in addition to alcoholic beverages, the FSVP requirements would apply.  In brief, US ACE custom entry documents must list the name, contact information, DUNS#, and FDA registration number of the FSVP food importer for each line entry of food product.

The FDA has supplied a guideline to help companies determine if they are subject to FSVP here.  The complete FDA final rule can be found here.   

For any questions or further information on the FDA FSVP requirements , please direct your inquiries to FDAhelpdesk@jfhillebrand.com  ​



USA: Miami Port South Florida Container Terminal SFCT Surcharge Effective April 21, 2017 
March 22, 2017  

The South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) at the port of Miami has introduced a new tariff item, a Terminal Landing Surcharge for all inbound import containers of USD29.50 per container.  This charge will be applied to NASA member import containers at SFCT terminals with 30 day notice, effective April 21st, 2017.  The official announcement can be found on the terminal website here.


Spain Update: Remainder of Spanish Port Strikes Cancelled 
March 16, 2017  

All the previously announced strike dates at Spanish ports have now been cancelled as the European regulation on port labor reforms was not ratified by Congress.  Currently terminals are still very congested as they have to work through a backlog of containers and equipment shortages caused from carriers omitting Spanish port calls and it is expected to take a couple of weeks for the situation to return to normal.   


USA: JF Hillebrand New Jersey Office Closed Tuesday March 14, 2017 due to Winter Weather 
March 13, 2017  

Due to heavy snowfall accumulation anticipated with Winter Storm Stella, the JF Hillebrand office in Rahway New Jersey will be closed on Tuesday March 14, 2017.  Emergency contact information by department will be circulated via NASA Newsflash. 


USA: Winter Storm to Close Port of NY/NJ Terminals Tuesday March 14, 2017  
March 13, 2017  

The Port of New York New Jersey has issued the following alert:

All PONYNJ terminals will be closed on Tues. March 14,2017 due to blizzard conditions.  Winter Plan in effect. Please use extra hours today.

GCT Bayonne, APMT, Maher will be open until 7PM and PNCT until 6PM. 



Spain Update: Current Conditions at Spanish Ports.  Ocean Carriers Announce Congestion Surcharges 
March 9, 2017  

As we continue to monitor the situation at Spanish ports and the resulting ocean carrier reactions, our shipping partner JF Hillebrand Spain has alerted us to new developments impacting shippers.

Several ocean carriers omitted Spanish port calls from their schedules when the official strike announcements were made.  Despite the last minute cancellations of 5 out of the 9 planned strike days, skipped sailings by shipping lines with little or no notice have resulted in terminal capacity shortages and equipment availability issues that are impacting the normal flow of cargo in and out of the ports. 

Shippers should expect delays to get containers in and out of the terminals, loading delays from lack of equipment, and missed sailings as carriers omit port calls.  Shipping lines are also now announcing congestion surcharges starting as early as mid-March for shipments moving in and out of Spanish ports.  

The previously announced strike dates are currently still in place as follows:

·         Week 11 -  March 17th  every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 12 – March 20th, 22nd, 24th every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Bilbao Port will strike on the above days for 24 hour periods starting at 8:00 AM.

 

For customers with sensitive cargo, we strongly recommend additional cargo protection measures  such as the use of VinLiner, operating reefer equipment, or postponing loadings where appropriate.    



Spain Update: Port Strikes Cancelled for March 10th, 13th and 15th; Negotiations Postponed to Next Week   
March 9, 2017  

Agreement was reached between the Spanish stevedore’s unions and employers to cancel the strike dates for March 10th, 13th and 15th as negotiation efforts continue before the European reforms relating to the port labor system are ratified by local government. 

The previously announced strike dates are currently still in place as follows:

·         Week 11 -  March 17th  every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 12 – March 20th, 22nd, 24th every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Bilbao Port will strike on the above days for 24 hour periods starting at 8:00 AM.

As with the previous strike cancellation, the pre-announced dates have resulted in ocean carriers skipping port calls, with little or no notice and terminal capacity and equipment availability is affecting the smooth flow of cargo in and out of the ports.  



Spain: Spanish Port Strike Update  
March 7, 2017  

JF Hillebrand Spain has alerted us to current issues at port terminals this week.  Despite the cancellation of the port strikes on March 6th and 8th, the pre-announcement led to ocean carriers skipping port calls this week, with little or no notice in some cases.  With no sailings, terminal capacity and equipment availability becomes an issue, especially for reefer equipment. 

The government and unions have a meeting scheduled for this Thursday March 9th and the previously announced strike dates are currently still in place as follows:

·         Week 10 - March 10th – every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 11 - March 13th, 15th, 17th  every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 12 – March 20th, 22nd, 24th every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Bilbao Port will strike on the above days for 24 hour periods starting at 8:00 AM.

The protests continue to stem from European regulations to reform the country’s port labor system, ending restrictive practices surrounding dock labor. 

Shippers can expect to see delays for container gate in / gate out movements at all port terminals, scheduled booking changes, and skipped port calls by ocean carriers.  

We will continue to monitor the situation for any updates and attempt to minimize the impact of these closures whenever possible.  For urgent orders, please reach out to your JF Hillebrand customer service representative at 732-388-0101 to discuss alternative routing possibilities or for any questions. 


USA Update: FDA Supplier Registration Alert - FDA System Outages Resolved 
March 6, 2017  

Be advised that the FDA has issued an update that the system outages have been resolved.  For any questions, please contact FDAhelpdesk@jfhillebrand.com 

FDA alert notification below:

CSMS# 17-000122 - RESOLVED- FDA Currently Experiencing Multiple System Outages 3/3/17

03/03/2017 03:29 PM EST

Automated Broker Interface


FDA technical teams have resolved the earlier technical issue. Entry processing has resumed. There is now a backlog of entries that should take approximately two hours to clear.


Do not resubmit entry data that has already been submitted as this will cause additional delays.



USA: FDA Supplier Registration Alert - FDA Reporting Multiple System Outages
March 3, 2017  

Be advised that the FDA has issued the following alert that multiple system outages are impacting normal operations.  This delay will impact FDA supplier registrations.  For any questions, please contact FDAhelpdesk@jfhillebrand.com

FDA alert notification below:

CSMS# 17-000120 - FDA Currently Experiencing Multiple System Outages 3/3/17

03/03/2017 12:45 PM EST

Automated Broker Interface

FDA is currently experiencing outages across many applications, which prevents the processing of entries. The technical team is currently investigating. As a result, FDA’s Division of Food Defense Targeting will be operating under the prior notice scenario 2 contingency.

These issues will prevent submitters who filed via Automated Broker Interface (ABI) from receiving Prior Notice Confirmation (PNC)numbers and would prevent Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers from auto-checking the PNC for ABI filers. The intermittent downtime will also prevent the receipt of 801(a) admissibility decisions until the systems are operational again. If prior notice has not already been submitted, ABI filers may decide to wait out the intermittent downtime if they determine that the timeliness of prior notice will not be adversely affected. Filers who choose this option should understand that they remain responsible under section 801(m) of the act and under the prior notice final rule for filing timely prior notice. ABI transmissions received by FDA during the downtime will be queued and processed once the maintenance is completed. PNC numbers will not be transmitted back to filers during the downtime.

Alternatively, filers may submit prior notice via PNSI, in which case the prior notice confirmation number must accompany the article of food (21 CFR 1.279(g)). If prior notice is submitted through PNSI, FDA and CBP recommend that the PNSI confirmation page, including the prior notice confirmation number and time stamp, be presented to CBP officers for cargo release. If the PNSI confirmation page is not presented, this may delay cargo release while the CBP officer, without being able to access OASIS, contacts FDA for verification of the prior notice confirmation number(s) and time of submission.

If prior notice has already been submitted via ABI/ACE prior to the interface intermittent outage, and confirmation has already been received, the submitter may proceed with prior notice using the standard process. If prior notice has already been submitted via ABI/ACE and confirmation has not been received prior to the intermittent interface outage, FDA and CBP recommend that, rather than resubmitting via PNSI, submitters should provide to CBP officers, at the time of cargo release, an endorsed (signed) copy of the ABI transmission or some other evidence adequate to show that prior notice has been submitted via ABI/ACE. Questions regarding prior notice during this downtime should be presented to the FDA's Division of Food Defense Targeting at (866) 521-2297.

As a result of these application issues, FDA also cannot process incoming 801(a) submissions. Entries will be processed and messaging sent once the issue has been resolved. Do not re-transmit entries as this will cause further delays when the issue has been resolved.

The Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System (ITACS) is also down due to the same issue.  Please continue to contact FDA ACE Support 24/7 at ACE_Support@fda.hhs.gov or 877-345-1101 for ACE inquiries.  Please contact FDA's Division of Food Defense Targeting at (866) 521-2297 for questions regarding prior notice.​


Spain: Port Strikes on March 6th and 8th Suspended; Strikes to commence on March 10th, 2017 
March 3, 2017  

Spanish ports workers have suspended the previously announced strike dates for March 6th and 8th.  Strikes action to commence starting March 10th, 2017 as follows:   

·         Week 10 - March 10th – every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 11 - March 13th, 15th, 17th  every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 12 – March 20th, 22nd, 24th every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Bilbao Port will strike on the above days for 24 hour periods starting at 8:00 AM.

The protests continue to stem from European regulations to reform the country’s port labor system, ending restrictive practices surrounding dock labor. 

Shippers can expect to see delays for container gate in / gate out movements at all port terminals, scheduled booking changes, and skipped port calls by ocean carriers.  

We will continue to monitor the situation for any updates and attempt to minimize the impact of these closures whenever possible.  For urgent orders please reach out to your customer service representative at 732-388-0101 to discuss alternative routing possibilities or for any questions. Members can also track order status updates in AXIS.


USA : International Longshoremens' Association (ILA) Urged to Abide by Existing Contract and Forego Strike Action
March 1, 2017 

There have been news stories circulating last week that the ILA longshoremen’s union (for USA East and Gulf Coast ports) called for a one day coast wide port shutdown and march on Washington to protest hiring practices by the Waterfront Commission and the use of non-union labor in Savannah and Charleston.  No official press release was issued and no date for the proposed Washington march and shutdown was ever set.

This week at the JOC’s TPM Conference in Long Beach, International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett urged union members to abide by their current contract.

We will continue to monitor the situation for any change that would represent an immediate threat to transport flows in or out of the USA.  However shippers should be aware of the building tensions as the union and employers begin early talks for the coast wide contract that ends in September 2018.


USA Update: FDA Supplier Registration Alert 
February 28, 2017  

USA customers continue to face significant delays due to cancellation of supplier FDA (Food and Drug Administration) registration numbers. 

As a reminder, cancellations have been occurring from:

·         Failure to renew registration before December 31,2016

·         Failure of the supplier to confirm the nominated US Agent on the FDA registration website

·         Failure of the nominated US Agent to confirm acceptance on the FDA registration website

If your supplier’s registration has been cancelled for any reason, a new registration process must be initiated.  Due to the recent high volumes of new registrations received at the FDA, the processing time can take several days.

NASA’s shipping partner, JF Hillebrand, can assist with both new FDA supplier registration and US Agent representation services. For further information, please contact us at: FDAhelpdesk@jfhillebrand.com




Spain: Port Workers Prepare for 9 Days of Strikes Starting March 6th 2017 in Protest of EU Reforms 
February 28, 2017  

Spanish ports workers have announced 9 days of strikes starting March 6th, 2017 as tensions build between the negotiating parties.

Strike action has been announced at all Spanish ports as follows:

·         Week 10 - March 6th, 8th, 10th – every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 11 - March 13th, 15th, 17th  every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Week 12 – March 20th, 22nd, 24th every other hour starting at 8:00AM

·         Bilbao Port will strike on the above days for 24 hour periods starting at 8:00 AM.

The protests continue to stem from European regulations to reform the country’s port labor system, ending restrictive practices surrounding dock labor. 

Shippers can expect to see delays for container gate in / gate out movements at all port terminals, scheduled booking changes, and skipped port calls by ocean carriers.  

We will continue to monitor the situation for any updates and attempt to minimize the impact of these closures whenever possible.  For urgent orders please reach out to your customer service representative at 732-388-0101 to discuss alternative routing possibilities or for any questions.  


USA: Import Bunker Surcharge for April 2017  
February 28, 2017  
 

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for April 2017 will be USD 81 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA will be USD 410 per TEU from April to June 2017.


Spain: Algeciras Port Operations Suspended due to Strong Winds
February 21, 2017  

Please be advised that the Port of Algeciras has suspended operations starting Monday February 20th due to strong winds which continued today.  Operations may possibly resume this evening if weather conditions consistently improve.      


Spain Update: Stevedores Partial Strike for Next Week Suspended  
February 16, 2017  

Please be advised that the previously announced stevedore’s strike for next week (Feb 20th, 22nd and 24th) has been suspended.  The protest stems over government plans to reform the country’s port labor system.  The government has postponed the application of European regulation ending restrictive practices in dock labor, allowing unions and their employers more time to negotiate an agreement. 

Note: the unions will continue to give strike notice alerts on a weekly basis in the case there is no agreement reached.    




USA: FDA Supplier Registration Alert 
February 14, 2017  

NASA's shipping partner JF Hillebrand has recently been informed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the deadline has passed for US nominated agents to submit their acceptance of their role as nominated agents.  

·         If JF Hillebrand was the nominated US Agent for your supplier, acceptance was submitted timely, and there is no action required on your part.

·         If your supplier nominated another provider to act as the nominated US Agent, please confirm that acceptance was submitted to the FDA.  In the past 24 hours, we have learned that the FDA has cancelled registrations for many suppliers who failed to comply.  

·         If your supplier’s registration has been cancelled, the supplier will need to re-register with the FDA, which could take several days, causing shipments that have already arrived to be subject to demurrage.  

If you have any questions, please contact your local JF Hillebrand representative 


USA Update: Port of NY/NJ and Boston Terminals to Re-open Friday February 10th, 2017
February 9, 2017  

The NY/NJ Port Authority has issued the following status update:  

All NY/NJ container terminals will be open on Friday Feb 10th at regular hours with the exception of PNCT. GCT Bayonne, APMT & Maher at 0600. No appointments required at GCT Bayonne. GCT NY& RHCT open at 0800. PNCT will open at 1300.

GCT Bayonne will be OPEN Sunday 2/12 0600-1300. No reefers or OOG will be handled. Also OPEN 2/13 0600-1500 for all types of gate moves. Appointments mandatory 6am-9am both days.

The Port of Boston will have a delayed opening on Friday at 10:00AM. 



USA: JF Hillebrand New Jersey Office Closed due to Winter Weather, Port of NY/NJ Terminals CLOSED
February 9, 2017  

As advised yesterday, NY/NJ Port Terminals are closed today due to winter weather.  Free time will be extended for containers not already in demurrage, and per diems on containers and chassis will be handled in accordance with the Winter Weather Plan.  GCT Bayonne will be open Sunday but GCT NY will be closed on Monday (note Monday February 13 is an ILA Union holiday).

The JF Hillebrand office in Rahway New Jersey will be closed today.  Emergency contact information by department will be circulated via NASA Newsflash.


USA: Port of NY/NJ Terminals to Close Thursday February 9th, 2017 due to Weather, Extended Gate Hours Today 
February 8, 2017  
 

The NJ/NY Port Authority has issued the following announcement:

“Due to the impending snow storm, all container terminals, empty and chassis depots will be CLOSED on Thursday February 9th.  Free time will be extended for containers not already in demurrage, and per diems on containers and chassis will be handled in accordance with the Winter Weather Plan.  Gates will be extended this evening as follows: Maher (9PM), RHCT (7PM) and GCT Bayonne (7PM).  Please plan to fully utilize these additional hours.   Aditional information about Friday's opening will be distributed tomorrow afternoon.  Appointments WILL NOT be required on Friday at GCT Bayonne.  Monday February 13th is an ILA holiday.  Terminal schedules will be shared tomorrow as well."

 http://www.panynj.gov/port/​


Spain: Undercover Stevedores Strike at Barcelona Port, Partial Strike at All Spanish ports February 20, 22 and 24, 2017   
February 8, 2017   
 

JF Hillebrand Spain has alerted us that there is an undercover strike underway at Barcelona port which translates into very slow work operations.  Container receipt or deliveries are taking an average of ten hours approximately and creating delays for all container movements at the terminals. 

In addition there will be a stevedores strike at all Spanish ports on February 20th, 22nd, and 24th, 2017.  The strike action will not be a continuous 24 hour strike, but a work stoppage every odd hour (one hour working, one hour stoppage) which will result in heavy delays in receiving and delivering containers at all port terminals.  


USA: Import Bunker Surcharge for March 2017  
January 31, 2017  
 

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for March 2017 will be USD 64 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is currently at USD 340 per TEU.


Chile - Wildfires  
January 26, 2017
 

Serious fires have been affecting the central area of Chile for the last ten days, but yesterday was the worst day due to the high temperatures (between 35° and 41° C), creating perfect conditions for wildfires in the forest. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jan/25/chile-wildfire-worst-ever-in-pictures

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/25/chile-fire-firefighting-international-help

Unfortunately the fires have reached the wine valleys and many wineries are thereby suffering the consequences.  At this point, the wine industry cannot determine the consequences to this year’s harvest, but nevertheless small vineyards have been completely devastated due to the uncontrolled fires. 


USA - Labor Shortage at SSA/Oakland International Container Terminal
January 23, 2017
 

Be advised that SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal has been impacted by a shortage of union labor again today, impacting the scheduled container gate in / gate out movements.

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USA - Protests Block Terminals at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Oakland
January 20, 2017
 

Be advised that APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and SSA Terminals at the Port of Oakland are not operating today due to protests.  Scheduled container gate in / gate out movement will be impacted.  



Winter Weather Conditions in Italy and France, Trieste Port Operations Suspended due to Weather 
January 18, 2017
 

Update Italy - Winter weather conditions are still affecting areas in Central and South Italy which could impact or delay the transportation of containers and pick-ups in those areas.  Congestion is gradually improving near Genova and La Spezia following the fire in Liguria; both ports are operating regularly.  Trieste Port terminal activities have been suspended due to weather (strong winds).

France – Cold winter temperatures have been reported in major wine regions (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Alsace, North Rhone Valley and in the South of France) and scheduled dry container pickups are not recommended.  Individual members will be contacted to explore additional cargo protection options with the use of VinLiner, operating reefer equipment, or schedule adjustments.    

Italy - Winter Weather Conditions, Fire in Liguria 
January 17, 2017
 

JF Hillebrand Italy has alerted us that winter weather conditions are affecting areas in Central and South Italy which could impact or delay the transportation of containers and pick-ups in those areas. The situation is complicated from a fire in Liguria that affected the area around Genova and La Spezia resulting in heavy traffic in the zone and more congested operations at the closest port terminals.  


Chile - Customs Strike 
January 13, 2017
 

Currently there is a Chilean Customs´ workers strike but it should be ending later today.​



Italy - Leghorn Port Terminals Closed due to Weather Conditions 
January 13, 2017
 

Due to persistent bad weather conditions (strong winds), all terminal activities are suspended in the Port of Leghorn.  Weather conditions should improve in the next few days.


USA: Import Bunker Surcharge for February 2017  
December 30, 2016  
 

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for February 2017 will be USD 50 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is currently at USD 340 per TEU.

Italy - Winter Weather Conditions and Genoa Port Strike
December 19, 2016  
 

Winter weather conditions in Northern and Central Italy are affecting the transportation of containers and therefore pick-ups may not be guaranteed or could suffer delays.


The situation is further complicated because of a fatal accident that happened in the Port of Genoa during the weekend.  The Unions have called for a two-day strike in the Port of Genoa for Monday and Tuesday, December 19th and 20th.  This has resulted in port terminals and custom authorities not being able to guarantee normal operations at this time.



Shipping Industry Consolidation Continues with Maersk's Acquisition of Hamburg Sud 
December 1, 2016  
 

Consolidations are shaping the new shipping industry landscape, with the latest announcement today that Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, has entered an agreement to acquire Hamburg Süd, the seventh largest shipping company.  Hamburg Süd specializes in North – South trade corridors, employees 5,960 employees in over 250 offices, operates 130 containerships and had a turnover of USD 6,726 million in 2015.  Read the full press release here.

As per Maersk’s announcement, regulatory approval is required by China, Korea, Australia, Brazil, the United States and the E.U. among others, and is expected to last through the end of 2017.  Hamburg Süd is not a member of the three major global shipping alliances coming into effect in April 2017, the 3M (Maersk, MSC, HMM), THE Alliance or Ocean Alliance, which will shape shipping routes and capacity for the upcoming year.  

NASA maintains service contacts and relationships with all major carriers to benefit our members with wine, spirits and beer shipments from around the world.  We remain committed to our mission to vigorously pursue and establish cost advantages in the area of transportation through collective buying power.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your local sales representative for more information.