Shipping Updates October 2022

October 5, 2022

Port of New York / New Jersey record volumes in August In August the Port of New York New Jersey took the number one spot in container processing with over 843,191 import and export containers.  This puts the port ahead of Los Angeles, at 805,314 and Long Beach at 806,940 for the same month.  The East Coast port’s five busiest months have all been in 2022.    This underscores the major frustration motor carriers operating at the port have been…

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USA Monthly Bunker Levels for November 2022

October 3, 2022

Please see the below BAF (bunker adjustment factor) levels on USA imports for November 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 $436 $872 $604 $1,208 N. Europe* to US West Coast $605 $1,210 $857 $1,714 W. Med** to US East Coast / Gulf $463 $926 $976 $976 W. Med** to US West Coast $627 $1,254 $1,354 $1,354…

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Alert: Hurricane Ian, Update on Port Closures

September 29, 2022

According to the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Ian has made landfall on the Florida peninsula and producing a catastropic storm surge, winds and flooding.  Florida Ports / airportsPort of Miami’s two main container terminals were closed todayTampa area ports were closed Tuesday Jaxport in Jacksonville closedPort Everglades closed to all traffic​​​Orlando International Airport closed today at 10:30 AM, Tampa airport also closed. Southeast regionSavannah and Charleston are under US Coast Guard condition Whiskey (72 hour notice before storm winds arrive)Port of…

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Alert: Hurricane Ian Advisory

September 26, 2022

According to the National Hurricane Center forecast, Hurricane Ian is approximately 100 miles west of the Cayman Islands and is expected to reach Florida’s gulf coast later this week. The US Coast Guard has set port condition Yankee for Port of Palm Beach and Port of Fort Pierce.  All other Florida ports (Miami, Port Everglades) are at port condition X-Ray.  Under X-Ray conditions all ocean vessels greater than 500 gross tons must prepare to depart and under Yankee must immediately depart. Port Condition…

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US FDA Biennial Registrational Renewal October 1st – December 31, 2022

September 26, 2022

All USA imports of food and beverages are required to have a US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) registration number.  Every two years the FDA requires all registrations to be renewed between October 1st, 2022 – and December 31st, 2022.  Each food facility outside the USA must renew registration and provide a DUNS number for the food facility’s physical location during the renewal period.  Failure to do so could result in denied entry of products. What you need to know for the renewal…

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Shipping from Italy Alert: Limited Strike at Livorno / Leghorn

September 20, 2022

All port terminal labor unions at Livorno port are striking this week (September 15 through September 22) after negotiations broke down.  This is a limited strike of 2 hours at the end of each work shift. This will add to general gate congestion and operational slowdowns for containers at the terminals.  We will continue to update on new developments, but plan for delays in pending shipments.  

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Update: Tentative deal reached between railroads and union labor

September 15, 2022

A tentative agreement has been negotiated between US railroads and labor unions that looks to avert a rail strike.  The preliminary deal will extend the cooling-off period giving unions more time to ratify the agreement while avoiding rail disruption. More background on the agreement in this article from American Journal of Transportation here. ​​​​​​Norfolk Southern had proactively stopped accepting intermodal traffic, while other rail carriers implemented plans to protect hazardous or security-sensitive cargo this week.  JB Hunt was shifting cargo to…

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Alert: US Rail freight carriers preparing for potential strike

September 12, 2022

Freight rail providers are enacting contingency plans for a potential US rail strike if an agreement is not reached by this Friday September 16th, when the mandated cooling off period ends.  Norfolk Southern will implement gate closures effective on 12 noon Tuesday September 13, 2022 to intermodal traffic.  More information on the carrier’s contingency planning can be found on their website here.  BNSF and CSX are reported to taking measures to secure shipments of hazardous and security-sensitive materials if a…

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USA Shipping Updates September 2022, Port Terminal Free Time Changes, Update on UK and US strikes

September 9, 2022

Supply chain outlook and port updates Where are we today?  It appears the lengthy queue outside of Southern California is getting shorter… down to about a week of delay for containers to berth.  But what does that trend mean for shipping in general and where did the vessels go? ​​​​​In part we definitely have seen more ship traffic move from the West Coast to East Coast ports as importers wanted to avoid the long lines in California and the potential of a coast-wide longshoremen…

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Check your LFD (Last Free Day): Free Time Rules Vary by Port Terminal and Shipping Line

September 8, 2022

If you have imports coming in on Hapag-Lloyd, it’s vital to check their free time rules and not rely on the port terminal website.  The LFD (Last Free Day) granted by the ocean carrier may not be the same as the port terminal and this can lead to additional storage charges in demurrage and detention.   Free time policies can be found on carrier websites, you can view Hapag Lloyd’s ​Last Free Day Rules here  If you have questions about the Last…

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