Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach to expand operating hours to improve supply chain congestion

October 14, 2021

Yesterday leaders from port authorities, transport workers unions, trucking and logistics associations, and major US retailers came to the agreement to move towards expanded operations at the port of Los Angeles / Long Beach and at major retailer distribution hubs.Southern California ports have struggled to keep up with the influx of cargo vessels since July last year; vessels at anchor and in drift areas increased to an record 80 this month.  This port takes the brunt of the transpacific trade…

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Italian Strike Update, Shipping Drayage and Intermodal Advisory for October 13, 2021

October 13, 2021

Italian Strike UpdatesTensions are running high at major Italian ports between terminal operators and truck workers.  At Genoa, container terminal freight offices were temporarily closed and in turn truckers blocked the terminal entrance gates and disrupted the major highway tollbooth in the area.  Emergency meetings seem to have called off activity that was planned to continue to October 17th, although the situation is still very fluid. At Trieste, a blockade was called for Friday October 15th and may be an indicator…

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Alert: Strikes Announced for France and Italy, Update on industrial action at Australian ports

October 7, 2021

France –  24 hour strike at Le Havre Port October 15, 2021 French dockworker trade unions have called for a 24 hour strike on October 15, 2021.  There will be no container operations (empty pickups or deliveries of loaded).   Italy – 24 hour General strike on October 11, 2021  Italian workers have called for a general strike on October 11th, which will involve port terminal operations.  There will be not container pickups or deliveries.  Australia – Update on Industrial Action…

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USA Monthly Bunker Levels for November 2021

October 4, 2021

Below are the BAF (bunker adjustment factor) levels on USA imports for November 2021; levels remain the same with the exception of increases for West Mediterranean and Asia to USA rates. US Port Region / Equipment 20′ Dry 40′ Dry 20′ Reefer 40′ Reefer N. Europe* to US East Coast/Gulf $294 $588 $426 $852 N. Europe* to US West Coast $426 $852 $624 $1,248 W. Med** to US East Coast/Gulf $377 $754 $804 $804 W. Med** to US West Coast…

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MSC announces GRI from Australia and New Zealand to USA effective November 1, 2021

September 30, 2021

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a surcharge on the Oceania to North America trade lane.​​​​​​​Effective November 1st, 2021 MSC will apply a general rate increase of USD 1,500 per container (dry and reefer) from Australia and New Zealand to USA.    ​​​​​Please reach out to your Hillebrand representative for further information on your bookings and lead times. 

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Shipping, Drayage and Intermodal Alerts for September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

USA Congestion extends beyond the ports The constant line of ships waiting outside of US ports has put excessive pressure on all landside operations related with moving inbound and export cargo from the vessels, to the yards, to railheads, and destination warehouses. Everything is exacerbated by supply shortages: from chassis, gensets, to labor at each point of a logistics move to a warehouse door.  This is also not just a US West Coast port problem, the street dwell time for chassis…

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Alert: Port Closures / Delays in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

September 23, 2021

Melbourne Port – Temporarily Closed Engineering crews are assessing safety of equipment at the port of Melbourne following the 5.9 earthquake on Wednesday.  Additional the VICT Terminal at Melbourne was shut down on Wednesday night local time because of a new positive cases and will remain closed until further notice; likely a reopening will not be likely until the weekend.   This will impact containers already in-gated at the terminal as well as exports that are loading will be held in…

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Shipping Alerts for September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

Demurrage, Detention, Terminal StorageShipping demand, reduced labor/productivity and peak season has created another year of delays and additional costs for pulling cargo out of port and rail terminals.  Under normal conditions, cargo could be pulled out of terminals within the free time limits (typically 4-5 days at ports and 2 days at rail terms).  With record volumes, labor shortage and resulting congestion, demurrage (charged by shipping line after free time window expires), terminal storage charges (charged by the terminal) and…

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Port alerts for Houston, Chile, France

September 14, 2021

USA Houston port – Severe weather Due to severe weather, Houston container terminals will close in-gate operations at 3PM local time and remain closed through tomorrow morning (9/14/2021) Chile /  San Antonio port – Weather delays Port terminals at San Antonio have faced several closures recently due to weather. Severe storms on the Pacific coast during the current season often bring high winds and storm surges preventing vessels from berthing at the port during their allocated windows.  Vessel schedules to…

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MSC surcharge Europe to US West Coast starts September 13, 2021. New Increases coming in October from Europe to all US ports

September 10, 2021

As previously announced, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a surcharge on all cargo from Europe to US West Coast ports and Vancouver.  MSC has granted NASA a slight adjustment on announced surcharge, changing the effective date and the rates to Oakland and LA/LB as follows:  Effective September 13, 2021 MSC will increase rates from Europe to US West Coast ports as follows:  Ports of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada – USD $1,000 per container (all sizes / types)  Ports of Oakland,…

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