Global Shipping Updates

November 30, 2022

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 or ordered back through an injunction process. The situation is still evolving, but you can read today’s article in Freight Waves here. Local office early closing…

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Port of Houston introduces Import Container Dwell Fees

November 16, 2022

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 fee will be charged to the beneficial cargo owner (BCO) in order to release the unit from the terminal.   The Sustained Import Dwell Fee is…

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

November 15, 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, 222 that will impact multiple ports around Australia.  The dispute is an escalation of union industrial action since October that has added up to 2,000…

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

November 10, 2022

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 Association of American Railroads (AAR) issued a press release that the BMWED union has agreed to extend their cooling off period until December 4 so…

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Florida port closures for Hurricane Nicole

November 9, 2022

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 announced a holiday closure for Friday Nov 11th Veterans Day The Port of Jacksonville is open to limited inbound traffic until 3pm and all cargo operations…

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Shipping Updates November 2022 – Closures and Strike Alerts 

November 7, 2022

Port of Antwerp – Belgium general strike ​​​​​A national strike in Belgium on November 9-10th, 2022 will impact port operations at the Port of Antwerp.  This combined with a national holiday on Friday Nov 11, 2022 will mean three consecutive days of disruption for cargo.  Plan for delays from the closures and resulting backlog.    Spain – Transport / Trucking Strike Transport unions, including freight truckers, have announced a strike starting November 14, 2022 with no declared end date at this…

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

November 7, 2022

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 this area.   In addition to current origin trucking rates, there will be an additional charge of NZD 450 per container plus fuel (FAF 28%) and…

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Alert: Port of Oakland Closes Terminals citing labor issue

November 2, 2022

​​​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 developments.    For more information on the impact to active or upcoming orders, please reach out to your representative to discuss your shipping concerns. 

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USA Monthly Bunker Levels for December 2022

October 31, 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 $1,106 $805 $1,610 W. Med** to US East Coast / Gulf $452 $904 $954 $954 W. Med** to US West Coast $613 $1,226 $1,326 $1,326…

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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

October 11, 2022

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 in which no strike could take place until November 19th at the earliest.  If one union goes on strike, the remaining unions could refuse to…

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