USA Monthly Bunker Levels for January 2023

Please see the below BAF (bunker adjustment factor) levels on USA imports for January 2023.  This will be the fourth month of consecutive import BAF rate decreases.  US Port Region / Equipment 20′ Dry 40′ Dry 20′ Reefer 40′ Reefer N. Europe* to US East Coast / Gulf $361 $722 $517 $1,034 N. Europe* to…

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Global Shipping Updates

US Rail Labor Update – Congressional Action underway Congress is voting on legislation to intervene on a potential rail strike. A bill has passed the House today and will move to the Senate.  If Congress agrees to enact legislation, this would eliminate a legal rail strike; workers could still organize a walkout but could be replaced…

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Port of Houston introduces Import Container Dwell Fees

The Port of Houston is the latest port to introduce long-term container dwell fees on imports at Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals. Sustained Import Dwell Fee  Starting December 1st, 2022, the Sustained Import Dwell Fee of $45 ​​​​​per unit per day fee will be assessed on the eighth day after the expiration of free time.  The…

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Strike updates: Spain strike cancelled, Australia Tugboat strike Nov 18, 2022

Spain / Trucking Strike Cancelled ​​​​​​The transport strike in Spain this week was called off after failing to gather enough support from transport association and unions through the country.  The strike only caused some disruption in the port of Algeciras.   Australia / Tugboat Strike November 18, 2022  Tugboat operator Svitzer will start an indefinite lockout on Friday November 18,…

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Strike updates: US Rail, UK Liverpool Port and US Holiday schedules

UK / Liverpool Port Strike Postponed In a positive development, the Unite union reached an agreement with Peel Ports Group and the Liverpool Port strike, previously announced to start on November 14th, 2022, will be postponed to allow members to vote on the new agreement later this week.    US / Rail Labor Update Yesterday the…

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Florida port closures for Hurricane Nicole

Due to Hurricane Nicole, Florida ports have announced closures as follows:  Miami – POMTOC Gate will be closed Wednesday and Thursday Nov 9 – 10, 2022. The terminal anticipates re-opening with a holiday operations schedule on Friday Nov 11th Veterans Day.  SFCT will be closed on Wednesday Nov 9th, Thursday operations to be announced.  SFCT previously…

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Additional road transport fees on shipments from New Zealand’s South Island

Due to highway infrastructure damage from flooding in New Zealand’s south island, road construction is underway starting November 1, 2022 and is expected to last seven weeks.   Traffic will be rerouted via SH63 which will add to the transit time and incur additional charges due to heavily reduced capacity.  Plan for delays for packing, fitting and transport from…

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Alert: Port of Oakland Closes Terminals citing labor issue

​​​The Port of Oakland has closed terminals this morning citing a protest by the clerks union ILWU local 34.  This has stopped all work at Oakland terminals without any advance notice.  We will continue to monitor the situation to see the dispute can be resolved this morning or we will advise if there are further…

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USA Monthly Bunker Levels for December 2022

Please see the below BAF (bunker adjustment factor) levels on USA imports for December 2022.  All BAF levels reflect a decrease in rates.  US Port Region / Equipment 20′ Dry 40′ Dry 20′ Reefer 40′ Reefer N. Europe* to US East Coast / Gulf $385 $770 $553 $1,106 N. Europe* to US West Coast $553…

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Union rejects US rail contract reviving strike risk, update on strikes in UK, South Africa, New Zealand loading delays and Hapag GMX routing change to US West Coast

USA Rail union rejects tentative agreement, revives strike risk The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (BMWED) rail union has voted down the tentative rail labor agreement brokered last month.  So far four unions have approved the deal with seven unions scheduled to cast their votes through mid November.  This latest development triggers a “status quo” period…

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