Portugal – Lisbon Strike Extended, Holiday Closures, Shipping Updates

Portugal Strike extended

Dockworkers at the port of Lisbon have announced an extension of their strike action from June 1, 2020 at 8AM to 8AM July 6, 2020.  Due the disruption in operations from the existing strike, most shipping lines have omitted Lisbon port calls from vessel schedules.  Until operations resume at Lisbon, customers will pending orders can divert freight to sail from Leixões or alternative ports; please inquire for more information.

US Memorial Day Holiday

NASA and Hillebrand office and warehouse teams will be closed for the US Memorial day holiday observed on Monday May 25th.  US Port terminals will also be closed or have reduced operations on the holiday as well. Please note for import customs this will shift forward the ISF filling cutoff dates to May 22th for departures through May 27th.   

Shipping Updates

The continued cancellation of vessel sailings on all major corridors has increased capacity demand on the remaining vessels.  In areas where there is peak seasons for other commodities this can impact the typical lead time to secure bookings.  Equipment availability still varies widely depending on origins, but in general there is more demand for reefer equipment. 

Information by country on equipment capacity, sailings and more is available on Hillebrand’s website, as well as updates and logistics strategies for the  North American market.  

We encourage you to work with as much advance notice as possible on requested ship dates and set up notification alerts on myHillebrand.com to keep on top of on estimated departure / arrival dates.

NASA and Hillebrand are here to help you navigate this ever changing environment and organize transport solutions for your business needs.  We thank you for your continued support; please reach out for any questions.