NASA NEWS​​​​​​​​​​​

Italy Update - Truckers' Strike Cancelled
December 4, 2017 

An agreement has been reached over the weekend and the previously announced trucker’s strike on December 11th and 12th, 2017 has been cancelled.​



USA - Port of Miami (POMTOC) Truck Drivers Protest 
December 1, 2017 

Local trucking providers that make deliveries and pickups at the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company (POMTOC) are protesting current operating conditions, especially the lengthy gate wait times.  Turn times at the gates recently have been up to 4 hours, and failure to meet specific documentation sends truckers back to the start of the queue. 

 

At this point, the majority of trucking companies are not sending drivers to POMTOC for container operations.  Representatives from trucking companies, the port and terminal are arranging meetings to discuss how to move forward. 

 

For shippers with pending orders arriving or departing POMTOC, please contact your local JF Hillebrand representative for further information and options.  Import customer service can be reached at +1 732 388 0101 or visit AXIS for shipment updates.​ 


USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for January 2018   
December 1, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for January 2018 will be USD 108 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA will be $425 per TEU.​



Italy - Truckers' Strike December 11th - 12th, 2017
November 27, 2017 

Be advised that several trucking companies have confirmed a potential trucker general strike on December 11th and 12th, 2017, although a formal announcement has not been released by the labor union.

 

As December 8th is a national holiday in Italy, a trucker’s strike immediately following on December 11th and 12th would disrupt the transportation of containers, scheduled pickups and container positioning.  



South Africa - Intermittent Operations at Cape Town Port 
November 17, 2017 

Over the past few days, operations at Cape Town Port have been disrupted as heavy winds have required closures (no operations, no gate movements).  These regional wind gusts are common this time of the year and typically last for a few weeks.

When conditions close the port in the evening, this prevents container stacking and empty container pickups for the next day’s deliveries, creating congestion and bottlenecks at the port terminal the following morning.    ​



USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for December 2017   
November 1, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for December 2017 will be USD 89 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 390 per TEU, from October to December 2017.​


Italy - Update on Strikes this week 
October 30, 2017 

As advised last week, major Italian trucker unions are on strike today October 30th and 31st which is followed by a national holiday on November 1st
 
Strike information:
·         October 30th and 31st – Trucker general strike
·         (November 1st – National Holiday)
·         November 2nd and 3rd – Genova port workers strike – CANCELLED
 

The strike will disrupt the transportation of containers, scheduled pickups and container positioning this week.  Major Italian ports are also not operating today due to the protests. ​ 



France - General Strike Announced for November 16th, 2017
October 26, 2017 

A general strike has been announced for November 16th, 2017 by most major trade unions and it is likely that dockworkers will participate in the strike.  They will have to announce their attentions at least 48 hours in advance so official confirmation would be expected the week of November 13th, 2017. 



Italy - Upcoming Strike Dates Announced  
October 23, 2017 

Please be informed about strikes announced in Italy for the coming days:

 

·         October 27th – Public Sector strike

·         October 30th and 31st – Trucker general strike

·         (November 1st – National Holiday)

·         November 2nd and 3rd – Genova port workers strike

 

As a result of the strikes, transportation of containers and scheduled pickups could be delayed.  Port terminals and customs authorities will not be able to guarantee normal operations. ​ 



USA - Latest update on JF Hillebrand USA's California Operations 
October 17, 2017 

Wildfires in California have now burned over 213,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures, and killed 41 people, making it the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.  Evacuation orders in parts of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino have been lifted, but roughly 40,000 people are still displaced.  Fire teams have gained more ground and containment levels have drastically increased as the winds have died down and cooler temperatures are expected throughout this week.  Fires are still active in some areas, and there is now a new fire in the Santa Cruz mountains prompting new evacuations.  The entire state remains on high alert for continued fire danger. 

Most major wine warehouses and supplier facilities in wine country have re-opened this week.  JF Hillebrand Benicia (office and warehouse) was open all last week and doing outreach to customers and suppliers impacted by the fires.  Additional temperature-controlled warehousing was obtained to address immediate shipping needs along with other local initiatives.  

JF Hillebrand USA Last Mile Delivery service is supporting delivery of wine donations at the warehouse for a state-wide restaurant By the Glass program being mobilized to raise funds to support fire relief charities and nominated shelters.  For more information please contact Elly Hartshorn at e.hartshorn@jfhillebrand.com  

A statewide fire map, current containment levels and updates, visit http://www.calfire.ca.gov/

For any pending shipments to or from the area please contact your usual JF Hillebrand account representative for updated status.​ 



Ireland - Hurricane Ophelia 
October 16, 2017 

Hurricane Ophelia, the worst storm to hit the country in 50 years, is moving across Ireland forcing early closures of businesses and regional power outages.  JF Hillebrand offices closed at 11AM local time Monday and expect to reopen on Tuesday.   



Portugal - Wildfires in Portugal / Northern Spain  
October 16, 2017 

Wildfires, fueled by strong winds, have spread across central and northern regions of Portugal and in northern Spain (Galicia region) over the weekend.  A state of the emergency has been declared in the affected regions in Portugal and due to the warm weather conditions the situation is still critical.

 

Media coverage on the wildfires can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/world/europe/portugal-spain-fires.html

 

Link to active fire map:

https://fogos.pt/​




USA - Update on JF Hillebrand USA's California Operations
October 13, 2017 

NASA and JF Hillebrand USA are deeply saddened by the devastation of the wildfires burning in Northern California and across the state.  Our continuing concern is for the safety of our staff, customers, partners and local communities impacted.

 

Most major wine warehouses and supplier facilities in Sonoma and Napa have been closed or have reduced operations this week in accordance to evacuation advisories, staffing, power outages and air quality health alerts. 

 

JF Hillebrand USA’s office in Benicia California is at present 25 miles south of the Atlas fire.  The facilities are open and operational this week and the team is working on additional temperature-controlled warehousing solutions for industry needs, considering the ever-changing conditions.  We have been reaching out to customers and suppliers to see what their needs are and how we can support them. 

 

We have also heard from wine communities around the world wishing to help.  JF Hillebrand USA Last Mile Delivery service is contributing delivery support from their warehouse on wine donations for a state-wide By the Glass program for restaurants being mobilized to raise funds to support fire relief charities and nominated shelters.  For more information on this program, please contact Elly Hartshorn at e.hartshorn@jfhillebrand.com.

We will continue to post updates as the situation develops.  For any pending shipments to or from the area please contact your usual JF Hillebrand account representative for updated status.​ 


France - Strike on October 19th, 2017

October 13, 2017 

French stevedores unions have called off the strike planned for Monday October 16th, and a new nationwide general strike of transport personnel has been announced for Thursday October 19th, 2017.


USA - Active Northern California Fires Prompt New Evacuations
October 11, 2017 

Firefighters in California are battling 22 large wildfires that have burned nearly 170,000 acres and a shift in wind direction and speed are prompting new evacuations alerts in the Napa and Sonoma counties.  Red Flag Warnings have been issued for much of Northern California due to the gusty winds and low humidity, which increase the risk for new wildfires. 

 

A state of emergency is in place for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange and Solano counties.  Wildfires have claimed 17 lives and burned an estimated 3,500 homes and commercial structures, although the situation is still ongoing and damage assessment is still in progress.   

 

Most major wine warehouses in Napa County and American Canyon have been closed or have reduced operation hours this week in accordance to staffing, road closures, power outages and air quality conditions.   

 

JF Hillebrand Benica’s office and warehouse has been operational this week; however, as the conditions change, the office is on alert to move to remote contingency procedures with limited staff to allow employees to address evacuation alerts.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our staff, industry colleagues, wineries, suppliers and the communities deeply affected by these fires. 

  

California statewide fire map http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

San Francisco Chronicle Interactive fire map http://www.sfchronicle.com/north-bay-fires/

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USA - Update on Northern California Wildfires  
October 10, 2017 

Dry and windy conditions have continued to fuel 15 wildfires in Northern California covering over  73,000 acres in nine counties since Sunday night.  A state of emergency has been declared for Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties with evacuation and road closures near active areas.  These fires have claimed 11 lives and burned an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures.   

California statewide fire map http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

San Francisco Chronicle Interactive fire map http://www.sfchronicle.com/north-bay-fires/

For shippers with pending shipments from this area, please contact your JF Hillebrand customer service representative for updated status. ​ 


USA - Northern California Wildfires Affect Napa and Sonoma Counties
October 9, 2017 

Several wildfires have broken out overnight across Northern California affecting over 20,000 acres in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties.  Evacuation notices and road closures will affect immediate operations in those areas.   

 

Napa County:

Tubbs Fire – 20,000 acre fire off of Highway 128 and Bennet Lane

Atlas Fire – 5,000 acre fire off of Atlas Peak Road south of Lake Berryessa

Partrick Fire – 100 acre fire off of Patrick Road west of Napa

 

Sonoma County:

Nuns Fire – 300 acre fire off Highway 12 north of Glen Ellen

 

More fires are further north affecting parts of Mendocino County and Lake County.  Visit CalFire for current incidents at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents

For shippers with pending shipments from this area, please contact your JF Hillebrand customer service representative for updated status. 

Please note most major port terminals are closed today in observance of Columbus Day (a public holiday but not observed in all states).

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USA - Weather Alert for Port of New Orleans, US Gulf Coast
October 6, 2017  

US Gulf Ports are making preparations in advance as  the threat of Tropical Storm Nate moves northward on Thursday.  Storm surge warnings have been issued for the Northern Gulf Coast.  The US Coast Guard has set the port conditions for New Orleans at X-Ray and Port Whiskey for Mobile, Tampa, and St. Petersburg ports.  National Hurricane Center advisories can be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

The US Coast Guard port conditions system direct ship operators how to respond to advancing tropical weather and are as follows:  

·         Whiskey: Gale force winds expected within 72 hours.  Ports remain open but oceangoing ships and barges greater than 500 gross tons must report intention to remain in port or depart (must depart within 12 hours of gale force winds)

·         X-Ray: gale force winds expected within 48 hours, same process for oceangoing ships and barges as condition Whiskey. 

·         Yankee: Gate force winds expected in  24 hours.  Vessels must arrange immediate departure to seek safe refuge in a port outside of the affected port.  Cargo operations must stop in 18 kilometer per hour (kph) winds.

·         Zulu: Gale force winds within 12 hours.  Port operations closed.​ 



France - Dockworker Port Strike Announced for Monday October 16th, 2017
October 6, 2017  

Unions of dockworkers and ports have announced a strike for Monday October 16th, 2017.  There will be no gate-in/gate-out movements at all French ports.  JF Hillebrand France is working to adjust loadings before or after where possible.  For shippers with pending shipments in this area, please contact your JF Hillebrand customer service representative for further information. 


Argentina - Road to Chile Closed due to Weather Conditions
October 4, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports has closed due to weather conditions.  


USA - Trucking Hurdles Ahead  
October 2, 2017  
 

The USA domestic trucking market is facing some tough hurdles as we enter the fourth quarter.  Transportation prices across the country are skyrocketing at the same time capacity is at the lowest level since 2014.  The national average van rate was $0.16 higher in September than for August according to DAT which reports on the US truckload freight marketplace.  Below we’ll highlight the key issues that have contributed to today’s situation:

 

Texas and Florida Resupply

FEMA and large retailers are shelling out high premiums to resupply affected areas in Houston and Florida.  The turnaround times for equipment back to carrier networks is delayed as some units are being used as temporary storage or are waiting for receiving facilities to unload.  These areas have little return cargo as well which also slows down equipment repositioning and available capacity levels.    

 

Rising Fuel Prices 

Fuel prices are headed upwards again.  The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) which reports on nationwide fuel prices reported the diesel fuel average for September at $2.785 per gallon, up 16% year over year.  

 

Electronic Log Device (ELD) Regulation   

Electronic log devices (ELDs) will be required on all truck moves as of December 18th, 2017.  All commercial truck drivers, no matter the transport mode (full truck load, less than truckload LTL or drayage) will be restricted to 14 hours on-duty totals in a day, with 11 hours maximum drive time in that same period.  Drivers that cannot complete moves will have mandatory “rest periods” of 10 hours according to Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.  Compliance to the ELD and HOS legislation will require more drivers and is estimated to further reduce trucking capacity and increase costs.  The industry is already facing an ongoing long-haul driver shortage and ageing labor force and tighter regulation could push smaller and mid-size trucking operations out of operation.   

 

JF Hillebrand continues to monitor market capacity and pricing fluctuations across a range of trucking operators to provide dependable service to our clients and NASA members.  For information on the impact to your domestic supply chain or to explore intermodal / rail alternatives for your business, please contact your JF Hillebrand sales representative. ​ 


Spain - Strike in Cataluna Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
October 2, 2017  

Please be advised Cataluna region main Unions and worker associations have called for a general strike tomorrow October 3rd, in protest against the incidents occurred during Sunday October 1st over the Catalonian Referendum process.

The strike will affect our daily operations at the JF Hillebrand Barcelona warehouse and container haulage in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona.  


USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for November 2017   
September 29, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for November 2017 will be USD 77 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 390 per TEU, from October to December 2017.



USA - Trucking Capacity Shortage Predicted 
September 20, 2017  
 

The truckload market is gearing up for the end of year rush and capacity is predicted to be tight.  Overall trucking demand has been steadily gaining ahead of available supply in the market, but the impact of Hurricane Harvey and Irma will sharply limit capacity in the short term (for immediate relief efforts), as well as in the long term (as affected areas work on resupply and rebuilding). 

The situation is not helped by the trucking industry’s ongoing long-haul driver shortage and ageing labor force.  It will be tough for providers to find drivers when competing against higher-paying construction jobs, especially as the rebuilding efforts will increase the demand and pull more drivers out of the labor pool.  A recent article predicting truckload capacity shortages published by FreightWaves gives a more in-depth look on the developing situation.

For customers moving freight across the country by truckload, in general the situation will put upward pressure on rates, limit capacity, and increase transit times.  According to Craig Allan, Director of Domestic Freight at JF Hillebrand USA, the domestic transport sector is already seeing capacity going to Texas, Florida and Atlantic states, which is having a ripple effect across all traffic corridors.

In order to better react to capacity fluctuations in the market and provide dependable service to our clients and NASA members, JF Hillebrand has well-established contractual relationships across trucking providers.  For information on the impact to your domestic supply chain or to explore the feasibility of intermodal/rail alternatives for your business, please contact your JF Hillebrand sales representative. ​ 



France - Dockworker Port Strike Announced for Thursday September 21st, 2017
September 19, 2017  

Unions of dockworkers and ports have announced a strike for Thursday September 21st, 2017.  There will be no gate-in/gate-out movements that day so this could delay container loading schedules.  JF Hillebrand France is working to adjust loadings before or after wherever possible. 


France - Trucker Strike Announced for September 25th, 2017
September 15, 2017  

Transportation Trade Unions in France have called for a strike on September 25th, 2017 in protest of new labor laws.  The strike will be renewable; truckers could potentially block fuel depots and this could disrupt normal transport operations.  


Chile - Updated: Strike by AFSAG Workers Ended
September 14, 2017  

JF Hillebrand Chile has advised that an agreement between the disputing parties has been reached and the strike by the Association of Agricultural and Livestock Service Officials (AFSAG) has ended.  



USA - Port Everglades Terminal (PET) Applies Surcharge on Containers Not Discharged in Advance to Terminal Hurricane Closure    
September 13, 2017  

Be advised that the Port Everglades Terminal (PET) has applied provisions of their tariff relating to Hurricane Port Conditions and the protective measures required for the protection of cargo and property at the facility.  Any loaded containers (import and export) not recovered prior to closing, that were shifted or stored for the purpose of storm preparation, are assessed a USD 100 Storm Preparation Fee prior to release.  Container arrivals following the terminal’s re-opening are not affected.   




USA - Update (Wednesday) on Florida, South Atlantic Ports and Caribbean Operations   
September 12, 2017  

Recovery from wind damage, surges and flooding is underway in Florida and the South Atlantic.  Below is an update on port status and operations:

 

·         Port of Miami – OPEN – US Coast Guard cleared truck and gate operations and marine traffic was allowed as of Tuesday afternoon. 

·         Port Everglades – OPEN  

·         Savannah – Port and river channel assessment was underway yesterday, reporting OPEN for truck and gate operations.

·         Charleston Port – OPEN  

·         Rail Service – please check status updates with your local representative.

 

The JF Hillebrand office in Florida remains closed until power can be restored at the facility.  Staff is be operating under contingency procedures and working remotely.  Please reach out to usual contacts via email or mobile numbers. 



Chile - Strike by AFSAG Union Sept 13 - 15 Could Impact Port and Border Operations 
September 11, 2017  

The Association of Agricultural and Livestock Service Officials (AFSAG) has announced a nationwide strike for September 13 to 15th, 2017 which could impact port and border operations (for shipments moving from Argentina to ship via Chilean ports).

JF Hillebrand Chile has advised that ethical shifts will be in place, but normal operations could be delayed.  



USA - Update (Wednesday) on Florida, South Atlantic Ports and Caribbean Operations   
September 11, 2017  

Irma weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Florida, but portions of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coast have Storm Surge Warnings in effect.  Due to the size of the storm, wind hazards will continue to spread northward through Georgia and into portions of Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Irma will continue to provide heavy rain and inland flooding across much of the northern peninsula and eastern panhandle of Florida and southern Georgia.  Weather tracking and updates are available on the National Weather Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Port / Rail Operations

·         Miami – Closed until US Coast Guard completes assessment.  According to port officials they expect a possible opening later this afternoon or Tuesday.

·         Port Everglades – Closed until US Coast Guard completes assessment.  

·         Savannah – Awaiting updated status, previously advised closures through Tuesday.  Tornado Warning and flood advisories are in effect in the area.

·         Charleston Port – All gate and yard operations will be open as normal today.  Vessel operations may be impacted based on local conditions and US Coast Guard actions, but no vessels are currently scheduled to be worked on today.

·         Rail Service – awaiting updates on CSX, NS and FEC (previously announced network closures for Monday).

 

The JF Hillebrand office in Florida remains closed today as local counties still have curfews in place while damages to power lines and roads are assessed.  Staff is be operating under contingency procedures and working remotely as conditions permit.  Please reach out to usual contacts via email or mobile numbers.

 

Caribbean / International Operations –

Puerto Rico – Port of San Juan reopened to commercial traffic.  Operations and facilities in Anguilla, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands cancelled until further notice.  



France - National Strike Announced for Tuesday September 12th, 2017
September 8, 2017  

Major trade unions in France have called for a national strike on Tuesday September 12th in protest of new labor laws the government intends to implement this month.  Dockworkers will be taking part in this strike and there will be no gate-in/gate-out movements at all French ports which will impact container loading schedules.  


USA - Florida and South Atlantic Ports Prepare for Hurricane Irma    
September 8, 2017  


The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories now for the Atlantic on Hurricane Irma as the storm continues to move north, and is for to move between the central Bahamas and the north coast of Cuba today. Hurricane tracking and updates are available on the National Weather Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Port / Rail Operations Update

·         Miami – Closed

·         Port Everglades – Closed

·         Freeport – Closed

·         Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington – Port condition X-Ray, 48 hour notice of gale force winds

·         Rail Service – while the impact to infrastructure is not known, CSX, NS and FEC are taking precautionary measures and re-positioning equipment where possible.  CSX is reporting terminal congestion in Memphis, Atlanta and Nashville.  There will be no train service on FECs network today.

 

The JF Hillebrand office in Florida will be closed on Friday September 8th until further notice as power failures and storm damage is expected.  Staff will be operating under contingency procedures and working remotely as conditions permit.  Please reach out to usual contacts via email or mobile numbers.

 

Caribbean / International Operations –  Damage is being assessed from Hurricane Irma and several islands are under hurricane watch or warnings for Hurricane Jose, currently a category 3 hurricane.  Operations and facilities in Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands cancelled until further notice.   ​


USA - Florida Prepares for Hurricane Irma    
September 7, 2017  

As Hurricane Irma continues its trajectory across the Caribbean and towards South Florida, our concern is that our members and their families and loved ones remain safe.  We also are monitoring the storm as it relates to shipments and cargo movements.  Hurricane tracking and updates are available on the National Weather Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Port / Rail Operations

·      Miami – Port condition Xray for Thursday, Yankee for Friday, Zulu for Saturday.  Terminal operation will cease on Thursday with limited vessel operations permitted.

·       Port Everglades – same as Miami.

·       Freeport – Closing all operations Thursday 7AM

·       Jacksonville – No condition set at this time, possible Friday evening closure

·       Savannah, Charleston – no condition set at this time, possible weekend closures.

·       Rail Service – FEC to close interchange traffic from CSX and NS mid-day on Thursday Sept 7th and no longer accept in-gate traffic after 12PM for Port Miami (check with your operator for other terminals).

 

The JF Hillebrand office in Florida will be closed on Friday September 8th until further notice as power failures and storm damage is expected.   Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for parts of Miami-Dade county and coastal areas as of noon today.  Staff will be operating under contingency procedures and working remotely as conditions permit.  Please reach out to usual contacts via email or mobile numbers.

 

Puerto Rico – We are fortunate to have heard that JF Hillebrand staff in Puerto Rico are safe.  We continue to monitor and await updates for JF Hillebrand clients and families from other Caribbean islands impacted by the storm and resulting flooding and storm surges.

 


USA - Florida - Port of Miami to Close Thursday for Hurricane Irma   
September 6, 2017  

Hurricane Irma has been classified as a Category 5 storm destined for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands and then Florida with destructive winds, storm surge, dangerous surf, heavy rainfall and flash flooding possible.  Updates are available on the National Weather Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Port of Miami, Florida has just announced that the POMTOC terminal gates will be closed Thursday September 7th in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.  Updates can be followed at:

PortMiami http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/

POMTOC http://pomtoc.com



Weather Alert - Hurricane Irma  
September 5, 2017  

Hurricane Irma has been classified as a Category 5 storm destined for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands early Wednesday with destructive winds, storm surge, dangerous surf, heavy rainfall and flash flooding possible.  Updates are available on the National Weather Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Puerto Rico / US Virgin Islands – Port Condition X-Ray has been by the US Coast Guard for sustained gale force winds.  JF Hillebrand staff in Puerto Rico is operating under standard emergency procedures.  

 

Port of Miami, Florida is currently monitoring the hurricane status and has activated the Emergency Operations Center at level 1.  Updates can be found on the Miami-Dade County emergency website: http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/

 

For shippers with pending shipments, please contact your JF Hillebrand customer service representative and check AXIS for updated status. ​ 


Container Delays at Jamaica / Kingston Freeport Terminal 
September 5, 2017  

Outbound and transshipment containers at Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd have been experiencing severe delays due to congestion.  Several factors have contributed to the operational disruptions, including a truckers strike in early August and the implementation of a new terminal operating system at the port.  As a result, the port terminal is backlogged, impacting container discharges, trucker pickups and now major ocean carriers (CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sud, COSCO and ZIM) with routes calling Kingston are bypassing the port to divert cargo to Caucedo or Cartegena.  

For more background, a recent article highlighting the escalating situation can be found here.

 

For shippers with pending shipments in Kingston, please contact your JF Hillebrand customer service representative and check AXIS for updated status. ​ 



USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for October 2017   
September 1, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for October 2017 will be USD 64 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA will be USD 390 per TEU from October to December 2017.


USA - Update on Houston Port Operations
August 31, 2017  

We have been notified that all Port of Houston facilities will be open tomorrow, Friday September 1st 2017.  Vessels will be worked for import only as they are cleared for transit. 

The gate hours will be 7:00AM to 5:00PM.  The port will also be open on Monday September 4th, but the gate hours are not available at this time.  

For carrier vessel operations and any rail movements, please contact your customer service representative for the latest updates.  

USA - Update on Houston Port Operations

August 31, 2017  

The impact from Hurricane Harvey and flooding is continuing to disrupt shipment operations to and from the Port of Houston.  The following is a quick update of conditions:

Port Houston: All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday, August 31st due to the weather and flooding conditions.  Operations can only resume when US Coast Guard re-opens the ship channel for vessel transit.  Updates will be provided as more information is available or you can follow updates on the Port of Houston website: http://porthouston.com/portweb/


At this point it is unlikely that the Port of Houston will re-open until after Labor Day holiday.  When the port does re-open, terminal congestion, trucker access and equipment availability and scheduling will be a primary concern. 


For members with pending inbound shipments, it is critical to determine and relay back information if receiving facilities are open and available to receive truck deliveries.  For any locations that will have delayed openings, please contact your customer service representative to discuss off-terminal container holding options until deliveries can be made.   


The Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics office, part of the JF Hillebrand Group, in League City Texas, has re-opened today.

 

For carrier vessel operations and any rail movements, please contact your customer service representative for latest updates.  For questions on order status please contact import customer service at 732-388-0101 or check AXIS.​ 



USA - Ocean Carrier and Vessel UPdates for Port of Houston 
August 30, 2017

The impact from Hurricane Harvey and flooding is continuing to disrupt shipment operations.  You can view all of the latest details regarding Hurricane Harvey on the National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#harvey


Port Houston: All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday, August 30th due to the weather impact across Houston. They will be continuing to monitor weather conditions to determine when operations can safely resume. At this point, there are no indications from the U.S. Coast Guard on when the Houston Ship Channel will reopen for vessel transits. Updates will be provided as more information is available or you can follow updates on the Port of Houston website: http://porthouston.com/portweb/

Ocean Carrier / Vessel Operations:

·         Hapag Lloyd MV Frisia Lissabon omitting the Houston call. Exports rescheduled for  MV Buxlink (voyage 1736S), ETD September 5, 2017.

·         COSCO- Full staffing of Houston North America Operations Center expected Wednesday August 30.

·         MSC Sao Paulo Houston arrival Sept. 2

·         MSC Stella scheduled for August 31 pending terminal opening

·         Maersk vessels as per below:

 

 

The Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics office, part of the JF Hillebrand Group, in League City Texas, also remains closed with limited staff working remotely.​


USA - Wednesday Update: Houston Port Terminals Remain Closed
August 30, 2017

Port of Houston Remains Closed– Container terminals and general cargo facilities closed last Friday at noon and still remain closed today (Wednesday).  There is no indication as of this morning from the US Coast Guard when the ship channels may be re-opened, but we will continue to update you on the situation.

 

The Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics office, part of the JF Hillebrand Group, in League City Texas, also remains closed.   ​


USA - Update: Port of Houston Remains Closed
August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey continues to impact conditions in Texas and the Atlantic.  Latest details can be found on the National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#harvey

Port of Houston Remains Closed– Container terminals and general cargo facilities closed last Friday at noon and still remain closed today (Tuesday).​

 

The Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics office, part of the JF Hillebrand Group, in League City Texas, also remains closed.   ​


High Temperatures in South Europe
August 28, 2017

In South Europe, after last week’s hot temperatures, it is again forecasted that temperature will be equal to or above 85°F are forecast for this week. 

JF Hillebrand recommends our customers to consider utilizing insulation or Reefer equipment for all containers regardless of the destination during the next days. By placing insulation or using a Reefer container, it will assist to limit the exposure of fragile/high quality/valuable beverages to potential loss of integrity risks.

You may use the weatheronline.co.uk website (map/climatic data about South Europe) for further information..​


USA - Hurricane Harvey Update
August 28, 2017

From the Port of Houston: 

"All Port of Houston facilities will remain closed on Tuesday August 29th due to the continued threat of inclement weather.  We will be continuing to monitor the developing weather conditions to determine whether operations can safely resume on Wednesday.  Updates will be provided as more information is available."


USA - Hurricane Harvey Weather Alert / Houston Port Closing Early  
August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is expected to be a major hurricane when it makes landfall this evening bringing storm surges, rain and wind hazards for much of the Texas Coast.  Latest details can be found on the National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#harvey

Port of Houston – Container terminals and general cargo facilities will close today at noon, and container terminal truck gates will close at 11AM. 

The Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics office, part of the JF Hillebrand Group, in League City Texas, will also be closed today.​ 



Argentina - Road to Chile Status 
August 14, 2017  

The international road connecting Argentina to Chilean ports closed last Thursday August 10th at 8AM local time and has re-opened today as of 9AM local time.  



USA - Maersk Announced Port Call Change from Miami to Port Everglades
August 4, 2017  

Maersk has announced an adjustment to their Transatlantic TA1 service.  They will make an immediate port switch in Florida moving away from Miami POMTOC Terminal and will instead serve Port Everglades Terminal.  The switch to Port Everglades will commence with the arrival of the Maersk Idaho on August 16th, 2017. 



USA - Import Bunker Fuel Surcharge for September 2017   
August 1, 2017  

The monthly import bunker fuel surcharge on import cased goods from Europe, South America and South Africa for September 2017 will be USD 60 per TEU.  The quarterly BAF from Australia and New Zealand to the USA is USD 400 per TEU from July to September 2017.


USA - Port of Oakland Closed Friday July 28th, 2017  
July 25, 2017  

The main terminals at Port of Oakland (OICT/SSA, TraPac) will be closed on Friday, July 28th, 2017 in observance of Harry Bridges Day. 


JF Hillebrand USA gets a Sidekick to deliver last mile logistics in California
July 24, 2017  

NASA’s shipping partner JF Hillebrand USA, has acquired Sidekick Delivery, a warehouse and delivery provider serving the needs of small and mid-sized craft beer and wine projects.  The deal enables JF Hillebrand USA to expand its beverage logistics offerings with a last mile logistics solution in California.

 

Elly Hartshorn founded Sidekick Delivery in San Francisco in 2014 with the company tagline of snappy and precise wine and beer delivery in California.  “What Sidekick Delivery has achieved in just a few years is outstanding.  Elly’s wine passion, determination and commitment to provide stellar service for members of the wine and craft beer community are values that complement our company’s vision of delivering tailored logistics solutions in niche markets,” said Thomas Barfoed, Area Director for the USA, Canada and Mexico, at JF Hillebrand Group.

 

The team from Sidekick will join forces with JF Hillebrand at the company’s California warehouse and office, and will work together to enhance and accelerate the evolvement of an integrated last mile logistics platform.​ 


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.