NASA NEWS​​​​​​​​​​


Argentina Update - Road to Chile Open  
July 19, 2017  

Traffic is allowed as of 9AM local time July 19th, 2017.  Weather conditions are forecast to be favorable for the rest of the week.


Argentina - Road to Chile Closed  
July 18, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports closed today at 8AM local time for operational work on the Chilean side of the tunnel. 


USA - LA/Long Beach Pier Pass Charge Increases on August 1st, 2017
July 3, 2017  

Be advised that the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) announced an annual increase in the Pier Pass Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach effective August 1st, 2017 as follows:

 

·         ​from USD 70.49 per TEU to USD 72.09 per TEU

 

The Pier Pass administration program charges a traffic mitigation fee on weekday daytime cargo moves (between 3AM – 6PM) to encourage cargo owners to use off-peak and Saturday shifts.  For more information on the annual adjustment or the PierPass program, see www.pierpass.org.


USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for August 2017   
June 30, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for August 2017 will be USD 62 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 400 per TEU from July to September 2017.



Update - APM Terminals NJ  

June 30, 2017  

Below update from the Port of NY/NJ Alerts:


APM Terminals' Daily Status Web Page is up and running.

Please go to below for latest on empty returns and modified gate for Friday, June 30th:

http://www.apmterminals.com/operations/north-america/port-elizabeth/about-us/status-update-report​



Operations Update on Maersk - APM Terminals NJ Modified Hours June 30, 2017    
June 29, 2017  

Maersk has issued a customer advisory indicating that operations have resumed and cargo handling is close to normal. 

Regarding the status of APM Terminals in NJ, the Port Authority has issued an update that the gates will be operational on Friday June 30th for limited deliveries, but with modified hours starting at 6AM to 7PM.    

Below update from the Port of NY/NJ Alerts:

Please be advised APM Terminals Elizabeth will open a MODIFIED gate process tomorrow, Friday, June 30th, commencing at 6:00AM and process up until 7:00PM. All activity will occur through the main gate off McLester St. ONLY. There will be NO Tripoli St./empty annex access.

APM will process import load deliveries for the following vessels only:

Maersk Kensington

Mataquito

Itea

Nile Dutch Osprey

CMA CGM Thames

Maersk Columbus

CMA CGM Titus

Maipo

MSC Judith

Maersk Singapore

Atlantic Cartier

All Live Reefer Imports

 

APM WILL NOT accept export loads, however, APM WILL accept empty equipment, bare chassis and bobtails to assist with import delivery processing. ONLY import loads with US Customs and carrier freight release will be processed. As expected there will be a heavy demand for deliveries, please meter your motor-carrier arrivals to minimize delays and congestion.

APM truly appreciates your ongoing understanding and support during this matter.



Spain Update - Agreement Reached, Strikes Cancelled 
June 29, 2017  

Spanish stevedores unions and the employers reached a final agreement in a meeting held this morning in Madrid.  This cancels the remaining previously announced strike dates; however, it will take some time for port terminal congestion to return to normal levels.  



Update - APM Terminals NJ to Remain Closed Thursday June 29th, 2017
June 28, 2017  

APM Terminals in NJ will be CLOSED for Thursday June 29th


Below update from the Port of NY/NJ Alerts:

Due to the continuing impact of the global cyber "ransomware" attack, unfortunately APMT ELZ's gate operations will be CLOSED tomorrow, Thursday, June 29th. Free time will be extended by three (3) days (Tue., June 27th thru Thu., June 29th.)

We continue to diligently work on our service recovery plan inclusive of restoring all systems capabilities and access. At this time we continue to work vessel operations and are targeting some level of gate operations for Friday, June 30th: TO BE CONFIRMED.

Please note that APMT personnel are still without telephone and email access. For the most up to date information please sign up for Port Authority Alerts at (https://www.paalerts.com) For any critical issues please contact Giovanni Antonuccio at 908-966-2779.

We appreciate your ongoing support and patience as we work through this issue.

 

Local APM staff in New Jersey have indicated that vessel operations are in progress but the gate opening delay is linked to a custom release procedure and hope to resolve this to open on Friday.


Update from Maersk Lines & APM Terminals NJ Closed

June 28, 2017  

Received below update from Maersk Lines:

Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

 

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Received below from APM Terminals:

APM closed June 28th and plan to open June 29th at 6:00 a.m.; gate hours to 7:00 pm (cut off) June 29th through July 7th. Free-time will be extended 2 days due to service impact



Spain - Update on Spanish Port Strikes, Strike on June 29th Called off as Negotiations Continue  
June 28, 2017  

Spanish stevedores unions and their employers continue to work on an agreement and have convened a new meeting for tomorrow June 29th.  Official sources from both sides have confirmed that they are close to reaching a final agreement that could end the strikes.  To support the good faith efforts, unions have recommended to their associates not to go on strike tomorrow June 29th, 2017.

 

Despite this announcement, European Stevedore Unions already called for an industrial action for 2 hours on June 29th in all European ports in order support their Spanish counterparts.  It is likely that this work stoppage would be supported by Spanish stevedores.

 

Until a final agreement is reached, previously announced strike action is still in place for a work stoppage every other hour, for the following days:  

 

Week 26: 30th

Week 27: July 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th

Week 29: 19th, 21st, 23rd

 

For shipments, terminal congestion and capacity is a major concern at all Spanish port terminals.  Gate in/out operations, equipment and chassis rotation, and container scheduling at export facilities continue to be impacted.

 

Shippers with temperature sensitive cargos in dry containers should consider VinLiner insulation or refrigerated equipment to protect cargo from additional exposure risk due to the possible delays at the terminals.  




APM Terminals Los Angeles Closed   

June 27, 2017  

APM Terminals Los Angeles has advised that they continue to experience IT issues and will be closed the second shift tonight and the first shift tomorrow, June 29th.  They continue to work to resolve the matter. 



Maersk Lines Massive Cyber-Attack   
June 27, 2017  

We have been notified by Maersk Lines that they are the victims of a massive cyber-attack that has shut down 300 of their offices and shut their entire organization down, including some subsidiary companies. This will disrupt and delay cargo.

Several APM Terminals have been shut down and cargo can currently not be delivered to or picked up at these terminals. The Port Authority in New York/New Jersey advises truckers to delay trips to the APM Terminal.

It is recommended that you do not communicate with them by email or visit their website(s) until it is announced that they are back to normal as this could potentially lead to spreading the infection.



Maersk / APM Terminal Systems Outage  
June 27, 2017  

Maersk and most of the APM Terminals in the Moller-Maersk Group have experienced a system outage from a ransomware cyber-attack.  The Port of NY/NJ has also issued local alerts to delay trucker arrivals as they are unable to process them.  




Spain - Update on Spanish Port Strikes, 3 Strike Dates Called Off as Negotiations Continue   
June 23, 2017  

Spanish stevedores have called off 3 strike days: today June 23rd, 26th and 27th in efforts to further the progress with negotiations.  Despite the official announcement, port terminals at Barcelona are reporting a shortage of union labor and long trucker lines for equipment gate in / gate out operations. 

 

Upcoming strike days are still planned: (work stoppage every other hour)

Week 26: June 29th, 30th

Week 27: July 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th  19th, 21st, 23rd




Spain - Update on Spanish Port Strikes, More Strike Dates Announced   
June 19, 2017  

Spanish stevedores have announced additional strike days following last week’s rejection of the union proposal.  Employers are to set forth another proposal to the unions this week.

 

Strike action is to proceed with a work stoppage every other hour, for the following days:  

 

Strike Days: (work stoppage every other hour)

Week 25: June 19th, 21st, 23rd

Week 26: June 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th

Week 27: July 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th  19th, 21st, 23rd

 



USA - Teamsters to Picket Drayage Companies Operatings at Ports of Los Angeles / Long Beach 
June 19, 2017  

Be advised that Teamsters intent to picket at three harbor trucking companies (CalCartage, XPO Logistics, and Intermodal Bridge Transport) on Monday June 19th, Tuesday June 20th and possibly Wednesday June 21st.  Teamsters want harbor drivers to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors in efforts to unionize.

 

The labor action by the Teamsters union is expected to have minimal impact, but there could be possible slowing of operations at selected sites in the Port of LA / Long Beach complex.  



Spain - Update on Spanish Port Strikes, More Strike Dates Announced   
June 16, 2017  

Spanish stevedores have announced additional strike days as follows

 

Strike Days: (work stoppage every other hour)

June 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th   (work stoppage every other hour)

July 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th , 7th, 8th (work stoppage every other hour)



Italy - Trucker Union Strike Friday June 16, 2017   
June 15, 2017  

JF Hillebrand Italy has advised that some trucker unions will be participating in a public transport general strike on Friday June 16, 2017.  Transportation of containers or pickups scheduled for tomorrow may be subject to delay.    



Update on Spanish Port Strikes  
June 14, 2017  

JF Hillebrand Spain has provided an update today that the previously announced strike dates will proceed as no agreement was reached in yesterday’s meeting between the Spanish stevedore’s union and employers.  Strike days are as follows:  

 

Strike Days:

June 14th and 15th (full day work stoppage)

June 19th, 21st, 23rd (work stoppage every other hour).


Terminal Congestion:

With reduced operating hours from the work stoppages, terminals are at or above capacity.  Gate in/out operations, equipment and chassis rotation, and container scheduling at export facilities have been impacted.

 

Delayed or Skipped Port calls:

Maersk has been the first carrier to announce dropping a port call in Barcelona.  With more strike days coming up it increases the probability other shipping lines will follow suit.  Should a vessel omit a port call, containers at the terminal are still subject to existing free time allowances. 

 

Cargo Protection:

Temperatures are currently between 22 and 28°C (72 to 82°F).  Shippers with temperature sensitive cargos in dry containers should consider VinLiner insulation or refrigerated equipment to protect cargo from additional exposure risk due to the possible delays at the terminals. 

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and update on new developments.  For members with any pending orders from Spain, please reach out to JF Hillebrand import customer service at +1 732 388 0101 for assistance. 




Spain Update: Next Strike Dates, Escalating Congestion 
June 8, 2017  

Spanish stevedores have announced 5 more strike dates for June in addition to the 3 already announced.  Strike dates and details are as follows

As a result of the ongoing labor strikes by Spanish stevedores, Spanish port terminals are extremely congested and this is impacting shipments at all ports.  Below is a recap:

 

Next Strike Days:

June 9th (work stoppage every other hour)

June 14th and 15th (full day work stoppage)

June 19th, 21st, 23rd (work stoppage every other hour).

 

Terminal Congestion:

With reduced operating hours from the work stoppages, terminals are at or above capacity.  Gate in/out operations, equipment and chassis rotation, and container scheduling at export facilities have been impacted.

 

Delayed or Skipped Port calls:

Maersk has been the first carrier to announce dropping a port call in Barcelona.  With more strike days coming up it increases the probability other shipping lines will follow suit.  Should a vessel omit a port call, containers at the terminal are still subject to existing free time allowances. 

 

Cargo Protection:

Temperatures are currently between 22 and 28°C (72 to 82°F).  Shippers with temperature sensitive cargos in dry containers should consider VinLiner insulation or refrigerated equipment to protect cargo from additional exposure risk due to the possible delays at the terminals.  


We will continue to monitor the situation and update on new developments.  For members with any pending orders from Spain, please contact JF Hillebrand import customer service at +1 732 388 0101 for further information or check order status in AXIS.  




USA Update:Ocean Carrier Service Changes from South Europe to Boston Port  
June 7, 2017 


The 2M Shipping Alliance (Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk) are postponing the MSC service changes from South Europe to Boston while they work on reshuffling services.  (Last month it was expected, but not officially confirmed, that MSC would cease the direct Boston port call and service Boston from Italy/South Europe with a transshipment route via North Europe) 

In the interim, MSC and Maersk have resumed cargo bookings to Boston direct (with the exception of Fos sur Mer which routes via Spain or Sines, Portugal).    

We will continue to update on service changes that will impact Boston shipments when new information is available. NASA’s shipping partner JF Hillebrand is available to assist our members; please reach out to your local representative with any questions or concerns.​



Spain Update: More June Strike Dates Announced   
June 6, 2017  

Spanish stevedores have announced 5 more strike dates for June in addition to the 3 already announced.  Strike dates and details are as follows:

 

June 5th, 7th, 9th (work stoppage every other hour)

June 14th and 15th (full day work stoppage)

June 19th, 21st, 23rd (work stoppage every other hour).

 

The work stoppages due to the strike are expected to increase port congestion, delay gate in/out of containers at terminals, and lead to possible booking cancellations or schedule changes if ocean carriers omit calls to Spanish ports.   ​



Chile Update: National Customs Workers Strike Over   
June 2, 2017  

JF Hillebrand Chile has informed us that the Chilean customs strike  (Asociación Nacional de Funcionarios de Aduanas de Chile / ANFACH) that started last Wednesday May 24th, 2017 is over. 


Sweden: Lockout in Gothenburg Port Leads to Shipment Delays
June 2, 2017  

A partial lockout at APM Terminals at Gothenburg Sweden, the country’s main export port, has led to increased congestion at all Swedish ports.  Shipping lines have started to omit port calls to Gothenburg and are likely to suspend service to other ports in Sweden that cannot absorb further capacity.  Maersk, CMA-CGM, and MSC have all announced congestion surcharges.  For NASA members with any pending orders from this area, please contact JF Hillebrand USA import customer service at 732-388-0101 for further information.  


Chile Update: National Customs Workers Strike Still in Effect; Ethical Shifts in Place   
June 1, 2017  

The Chilean customs strike  (Asociación Nacional de Funcionarios de Aduanas de Chile / ANFACH) that started last Wednesday May 24th, 2017 is entering its 8th day.  We have been informed by JF Hillebrand Chile that ethical shifts have been officially confirmed as of yesterday afternoon so import and export activity can be processed.  The orders most impacted by the strike are consolidation shipments in bonded warehouses and cross-border shipments from Argentina where there is a backlog to be cleared.  



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

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for July 2017 will be USD 64 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA will be USD 400 per TEU from July to September 2017.

Chile Update: National Customs Workers Strike Continues  
May 30, 2017  

Chilean Customs (Asociación Nacional de Funcionarios de Aduanas de Chile / ANFACH), has been striking since 8AM last Wednesday May 24th, 2017 over new governmental proposals to their contract.  As a result this is delaying normal operations for Chilean shipments, consolidations, and cross-border shipments from Argentina.  


USA Update: Operations Resume at Port of Oakland's SSA Terminal   
May 25, 2017  

Operations resumed this afternoon at the Port of Oakland’s SSA Terminal after a longshoremen’s walkout that begin shortly after 9AM local time



USA: Port of Oakland - Operations Temporarily Suspended at SSA Terminal   
May 25, 2017  

Operations at the Port of Oakland’s SSA Terminal were halted over a longshoremen’s labor walkout this morning shortly after 9AM.  Arbitration is involved with the situation and local contacts indicate operations may resume this afternoon, although this is unconfirmed at this point.  A local newspaper issued an article on the port situation today: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/25/noose-discovery-prompts-longshore-walkout-at-port-of-oakland/

 

Container pickups and deliveries to the port complex today could face delays as the trucks are queueing in the area. For questions or concerns please contact import customer service at 732-388-0101.



Italy - Truckers Strike Monday May 29th, 2017
May 25, 2017  

As informed by JF Hillebrand Italy, the country’s main trucker unions have announced a general strike on Monday May 29th, 2017.  This could impact the transportation of containers as well as pick-ups.   


Chile: National Customs Worker Strike   
May 24, 2017  

Chilean Customs (Asociacion Nacional de Funcionarios de Aduanas de Chile / ANFACH), has started an indefinite national strike as of 8AM today over new governmental proposals to their contract.  This will affect normal operations for Chilean shipments and cross-border shipments from Argentina. 

No information has been released regarding the implementation of ethical shifts.  We will provide updates when new information is available.  

 



Spain Update: 5 out of 8 Port Strike Days Called Off  
May 23, 2017  

We have just been informed by JF Hillebrand Spain that 5 out of the 8 previously announced strike days have been called off.  Labor action has been suspended for May 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st and June 2nd

 

Strike action has been maintained for June 5th, 7th and 9th for every other hour, starting on odd hours.


USA:Ocean Carrier Service Changes from South Europe to Boston Port  
May 19, 2017 

Ocean carrier service changes will shortly impact our members receiving inbound shipments to Boston from South Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal and southern France).  Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will cease the direct Boston port call on its westbound transatlantic service and will service Boston with a transshipment route via North Europe through Rotterdam.  While this allows MSC to offer a more competitive transit time to New York in line with other shipping alliance schedules, it will lengthen the transit time for Boston shipments.

Although there is a lot of information circulating in the industry, MSC has yet to officially confirm the final schedules and transit times to Boston, or the final vessel that will have a direct Boston port call.  The scheduled routing is expected to change as follows:

 

·         Spain (Various ports): Valencia or Sines – Rotterdam – Boston

·         France: Fos – Rotterdam – Boston

·         Italy (Various ports): La Spezia – Rotterdam – Boston

·         Portugal: Sines – Rotterdam - Boston

 

While the situation is rapidly unfolding, these changes may impact your logistics planning.  NASA’s shipping partner JF Hillebrand is here to assist our members and explore new routing solutions and additional cargo protection measures for Boston shipments; please reach out to your local representative with any questions or concerns.



Argentina: Road to Chile Open
May 19, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports re-opened today at 9AM local time.  



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.