Update on shipments from France

April 25, 2023

The shipment backlog at French ports has been improving since last week.  Ports workers discontinued the four hour work stoppages which allowed more transport movements after the massive disruptions to schedules from the protests. Labor unions have called for nationwide strikes on April 28, 2023 and May 1st, 2023 but the impact and scope of the protests on container movements is not yet known. ​​​​​​Note that upcoming May holidays in France fall on Monday May 1, Monday May 8, Thursday May 18,…

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Port Labor Concerns on the US West Coast as Contract Negotiations Continue

April 10, 2023

Port Terminals at Los Angeles / Long Beach closed unexpectedly April 7, 2023 All international container terminals were closed at the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach for Thursday’s night shift (April 6, 2023) and Friday’s day shift (April 7, 2023).  Industry sources suggest this was linked to the last day of ILWU Local 13’s president but an official notice from the ILWU Local 13 union on April 7, 2023 did not mention any strike action.  The statement mentioned…

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Shipping Update – April 2023

April 3, 2023

USA Good Friday Holiday Friday April 7, 2023 Be advised that Friday April 7, 2023 is a ILA Longshoremen Work holiday.  Most East Coast and Gulf port terminals will observe the holiday and close operations for Friday (in some cases Saturday as well) or operate under holiday service schedules.  USA West Coast ports are scheduled to be operational as the ILWU observes Cesar Chavez Holiday (March 31, 2023).  France – Strike action continues week of April 3, 2023 Port workers…

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US TTB CBMA Importer Refund Claims System coming April 3, 2023 – New functionality available

March 27, 2023

The TTB has released update on new functionality and a release date for the CBMA Import Claims System,  We have provided a copy of the TTB bulletin below:  TTB Bulletin March 24, 2023 New functionality is available in myTTB.  Alcohol importers planning to submit a refund claim for CBMA tax benefits can now: What you need to do:  Review instructions on getting started in myTTB. After creating a myTTB account, you’ll be able to get access to your company’s information…

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Germany Strike March 27-28, 2023, Strikes again in France this week 

March 27, 2023

Germany – New strike impacting Inland Rail Depots Be advised a new strike throughout Germany on March 27 – 28, 2023 will cause disruptions and delays at certain inland rail terminals.  This follows a warning strike at Hamburg Port that closed operations from March 22 from 5:30 PM to Friday March 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM.   France – Strike action continues this week Tensions have escalated with the protests across France and further port strikes are planned this week. …

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USA Quarterly Bunker Levels April – June 2023

March 22, 2023

Effective April 1st, 2023 USA import BAF (bunker adjustment factor) will be applied on a quarterly basis instead of monthly.  BAF levels have also been split out by shipping trade lane for imports from South America, South Africa and Oceania as follows:  US Port Region / Equipment 20′ Dry 40′ Dry 20′ Reefer 40′ Reefer N. Europe* to US East Coast / Gulf $350 $700 $525 $1,050 N. Europe* to US West Coast $573 $1,146 $860 $1,720 W. Med** to US East…

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​​​​Shipment Options and Alternatives from France as strikes continue 

March 16, 2023

Strike action in France has disrupted shipments for several weeks now and we are hearing rumors of further planned strike activity next week.  Le Havre may possibly see four strike action days next week and it is not yet known what action is planned for Fos sur Mer. Given the massive disruption this has on scheduled shipments, customers should consider the limitations of movements this causes and associated charges from delays or diversions.  Below we have outlined shipment options to…

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More Strikes in France next week, March 14th-16th, 2023

March 10, 2023

France – Strikes Continue Recent strike action in France over pension reform will be extended next week for March 14th – 16th, 2023.  Cargo movements have been disrupted with blockades at key transport areas, port entrances, fueling stations, etc. Expect delays for export shipment schedules from Le Havre and Fos sur Mer as well as air, rail and inland trucking operations. Please contact your customer service representative for questions on pending shipments or view shipment notifications on your myHillebrandGori customer…

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Strikes in France March 6th-8th, 2023 / Shipping Updates 

March 2, 2023

France – Strikes for Dockworkers and Rail  French dockworkers have announced a strike for next week, March 7th – 8th,  2023 and there is a possibility the strike could be extended. SCNF / Rail service will also be on strike March 6th – 8th, 2023.   UK Rail Strikes for March The UK Rail network (RMT union) has announced further national strikes after rejecting offers from train operators and network rail last week.  Strike action is planned March 16th, 2023 and train staff…

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Customer Advisory: Shipping delays from Leixoes (Portugal), Residual delays North Europe 

February 17, 2023

Portugal – Delays for shipments at Leixões Local truckers operating at Leixões were on strike Feb 22-24, 2023 which impacted pickups or deliveries at this port.  Residual delays North Europe   Recent strike activity in France has impacted operations not only in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, but also in North Europe, including Antwerp.  North American Port updates  Congestion continues to ease across major container ports in general but there continues to be challenges regionally, in particular with securing chassis…

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