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USA Rail Labor / Potential Strike Next week

July 15, 2022

After failing to reach an agreement on a new contact, rail unions could ​​​​​go on strike next week.  The 30 day cooling-off period following mediation ends at 12:01 next Monday July 18, 2022.  The US government has until that time to intervene with emergency board to step in to resolve the dispute.  Read more in this article from Freight Waves.  If rail labor goes on strike, this could impact all intermodal moves to/from the ports as well as domestic rail moves. We will continue…

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German Trade Union announces 48 hour strike starting July 14, 2022

July 13, 2022

The ver.di union has announced a potential strike which would affect major German ports including Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven.  The planned action would be a 48 hour work stoppage starting on July 14, 2022 at 7AM until July 16, 2022 at 7 AM.  If the strike goes forward this would impact operational processes at the port including truck deliveries and congestion in the port complex regions.  

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California AB5 Protests Planned at Los Angeles/Long Beach and Oakland.

July 13, 2022

California / Potential port disruptionAccording to local providers, the trucking community and independent owner-operators are planning for protests at Oakland over California AB5 next week, Monday – Wednesday.  It is not clear how much this will impact roads or operations; but we expect some companies will not send drivers to the port if there is risk of harm to drivers or property.   California AB5 requires independent contractors to be classified as employees and has a direct impact on drayage providers.  The…

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USA Shipping Updates July 2022

July 12, 2022

Supply chain outlook and port updates As we move into the third quarter, the supply chain is still dealing with disruption from congestion at major ports used in the wine and spirits beverage trade, regional equipment supply shortages, ocean carrier service changes, and of course weather delays.  The longer lead times to secure equipment and bookings can make it challenging for import scheduling, so you can request the July Trade Dashboard report from our shipping partner. View posted vessel wait…

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USA Monthly Bunker Levels for August 2022

July 1, 2022

Below are the BAF (bunker adjustment factor) levels on USA imports for August 2022. US Port Region / Equipment 20′ Dry 40′ Dry 20′ Reefer 40′ Reefer N. Europe* to US East Coast/Gulf $564 $1,128 $816 $1,632 N. Europe* to US West Coast $816 $1,632 $1,144 $2,288 W. Med** to US East Coast/Gulf $633 $1,266 $1,316 $1,316 W. Med** to US West Coast $863 $1,726 $1,826 $1,826 S.America / S.Africa to US $578 $1,156 $817 $1,634 Oceania to US  $1,106…

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Update: Spain transport union votes to delay strike action 

July 1, 2022

The Spanish transport union (Plataforma Nacional Defenesa Sector del Transporte) will not enact a strike today after voting to postpone any industrial action for at least 30 days.  We will continue to monitor the situation and update on any potential strike action at the end of July.

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La Spezia Port Congestion Fee effective July 1st, 2022

June 30, 2022

Due to congestion and serious constraints on the operational productivity at La Spezia, the port operator will implement a congestion surcharge on all transport in or out of La Spezia ports as follows: La Spezia Congestion surcharge: EUR 150 per unit, applicable on imports or exports effective July 1st, 2022 until further notice We realize these surcharges come with little notice and are out of shipper’s control.  Unfortunately in order to maintain transport capacity and shipments via La Spezia, we…

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Holiday schedule – note ISF filing cutoffs and airfreight arrival planning

June 27, 2022

NASA and its shipping partner will be closed on Monday July 4th for Independence Day. Important reminder for import customs ISF filing and airfreight arrivals:  Thursday June 30th is the ISF filing cutoff for departures through Thursday July 7th, 2022  For any pending airfreight orders arriving between Thursday June 30th through Monday July 4th, please contact your operations representative to re-schedule or plan for arrivals accordingly.  Most warehouses, carriers and customers will be closed or closing early on Friday July 1st and…

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Pass Closed: Argentina Cross-Andes Winter Season Shipping Alert

June 22, 2022

For any shipments from Argentina routed through Chilean ports (Valparaiso or San Antonio) be advised winter delays are to be expected.  The Paso Cristo Redentor (pass en route from Mendoza to Chile) is currently closed and snow is forecasted through Friday.    The international road connecting Mendoza to Chile passes through the Cordillera de los Andes (3,000 meters above sea level) and transit is frequently interrupted due to snow and ice accumulation on the pass. Daily traffic is around 600-700…

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German Port Strike Imminent

June 22, 2022

Germany’s trade union Ver.di has called for a 24 hour warning strike after the disputing parties look unlikely to reach a settlement in the fourth round of collective bargaining with port employers (the Central Association of German Seaport Companies). The trade union has announced a 24-hour warning strike to take place on June 23rd, 2022 beginning at 6AM. This would impact container and vessel operations at the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Prepare for disruptions to scheduled operations for container…

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