Winter Season Alert for Argentina Cross-Andes Transport & Shipping Updates

May 29, 2020

Winter Season Alert for Argentina Cross-Andes Transport The winter season (typically from May to September) in South America has started.  For Argentina shipments routed via Chilean ports (Valparaiso or San Antonio), winter conditions can force the closure of the cross-Andes route and delay schedules.  Shipping Updates The continued cancellation of vessel sailings on all major corridors has increased capacity demand on the remaining vessels.  In areas where there is peak seasons for other commodities this can impact the typical lead…

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EU Tariff Update – Comment Period Open for New Information Collection Process

May 27, 2020

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a noticed today in the Federal Register regarding a requested change in the way affected public comments would be collected and processed for the next revision period (starting around June 23rd, 2020 for the next 180-day review around August 12th, 2020).   Today’s notice introduces a change to simplify the way public comments would be submitted and handled.  During the last review period in December, the USTR received nearly 26,000…

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Portugal – Lisbon Strike Extended, Holiday Closures, Shipping Updates

May 20, 2020

Portugal Strike extended Dockworkers at the port of Lisbon have announced an extension of their strike action from June 1, 2020 at 8AM to 8AM July 6, 2020.  Due the disruption in operations from the existing strike, most shipping lines have omitted Lisbon port calls from vessel schedules.  Until operations resume at Lisbon, customers will pending orders can divert freight to sail from Leixões or alternative ports; please inquire for more information. US Memorial Day Holiday NASA and Hillebrand office…

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Port Terminal Update and Cargo Facility Fees

May 15, 2020

Impact on ports: 20-30% drop in volumes for the first half Port terminals across North America are assessing the impact of COVID-19 on first quarter results.  According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), US ports are projecting a 20 to 30 percent volume drop in the first half of this year.  The AAPA has sought Congressional grants for ports to maintain workforces and port employer associations have asked for federal grants to support spending on cleaning and personal…

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Shipping Update and Hillebrand Northern California Warehouse Move

May 14, 2020

Shipping updates As port terminals reduce adjust operations and policies to manage vessel schedules, volumes and equipment turnaround, the operations teams at Hillebrand continue to work around schedules to meet customer’s delivery expectations as best they can.  Ocean carriers continue to cancel or “blank” sailings on all key corridors to maximize efficiency on remaining vessels.  Equipment availability varies widely depending on the origin of goods, but in general reefer availability is more limited.  Information by country on equipment capacity, sailings…

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North American Update May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020

Shipping updates Port terminals across the country continue to reduce hours, shifts or announce closures on a weekly basis depending on volume demand.  Cancelled sailings (blank sailings) and shipping line schedule changes continue on all major shipping corridors so plan for adjusting lead times on new orders and protecting cargo as temperatures rise for summer months.  You can find both international operations and North American port updates on Duties, Taxes & Tariffs You can view US Customs & Border…

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Hillebrand Monthly Bunker Levels for June 2020

May 1, 2020

Fuel pricing trends are in uncharted territory today with the unprecedented drop in global demand.  Despite the recent OPEC move to cut production, fuel production, similar to ocean carrier operations, cannot shut down completely. Ocean carriers have taken drastic measures in the terms of idling fleet and cancelling sailings, but their bunker formulas were set up to cope with IMO 2020 regulations, and not negative or marginal fuel cost pricing. Given this environment and the fact that all carriers work…

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North American Update April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

Shipping updates Restrictions on wine export from South Africa are expected to resume tomorrow and bookings are planned for May.  We’ll continue to update if there are any changes and we encourage to follow country updates on international operations (port operations, equipment availability and sailing schedules/capacity) updates on Duties, Taxes & Tariffs You can view US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) CSMS messages and eligibility regarding the COVID-19 related postponement of duties here CSMS 4243171 and CSMS 4241561. Note…

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North American Shipping Update April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

Global Shipping Capacity As global demand is slowing, ocean carriers are adjusting capacity worldwide on every major shipping corridor.  According to industry statistics, 385 vessels have been removed from active fleet which represents roughly 3 million twenty foot equivalents (TEUs) or 10% of the global fleet. Cancelled or “blank” sailings first impacted US ports on the West Coast, but we are seeing slower volumes affecting the Atlantic and Gulf port regions too.  As a result port terminals are adjusting or…

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South Africa Extends Lockdown and Suspends Wine Exports, Port of Virginia to Consolidate Terminals

April 17, 2020

South Africa extends lockdown and suspends wine exports The government of South Africa extended lockdown measures yesterday for another two weeks through April 30th, 2020.  Transportation of wine for export purposes was initially relaxed last week following extensive industry efforts, but again has been suspended as of yesterday in an official press release from the office of Minister Fikile Mbalula (attached).  For more information from industry organizations please reach out to Wines of South Africa or VinPro.  For any questions…

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