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Before planning your next shipments, take a moment to review what's actually happening on your trade route. Capacity, rates and congestion on the major routes explained here.

Port updates
Area Country Port Update
North America US US Rail Labor Strike Averted 2 Dec 2022 - The White House signed a resolution today to prevent a potential rail strike. With the agreement now there will be no legal strike action from US railroad unions.
US Rail Labor Strike Averted North America  •  US  •  2 Dec 2022 - The White House signed a resolution today to prevent a potential rail strike. With the agreement now there will be no legal strike action from US railroad unions.
Europe UK UK Rail New Strike dates 30 Nov 2022 - The UK Rail network (RMT union) has announced further planned industrial action on the following dates: December 13-14, 2022, Dec 16-17, 2022, Jan 3-4, 2023, Jan 6-7, 2023. In addition there will be an overtime ban from Sunday Dec 18, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023.; Alternative routing via road transport will be limited by capacity and could incur additional costs.
UK Rail New Strike dates Europe  •  UK  •  30 Nov 2022 - The UK Rail network (RMT union) has announced further planned industrial action on the following dates: December 13-14, 2022, Dec 16-17, 2022, Jan 3-4, 2023, Jan 6-7, 2023. In addition there will be an overtime ban from Sunday Dec 18, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023.; Alternative routing via road transport will be limited by capacity and could incur additional costs.
South America Chile Chile National Truckers Strike ended 30 Nov 2022 - Both the stevedore strike at DP World Terminal at San Antonio Port and the national trucker strike that led to intermittent blockages have been resolved. Expect some residual delays in container movements.
Chile National Truckers Strike ended South America  •  Chile  •  30 Nov 2022 - Both the stevedore strike at DP World Terminal at San Antonio Port and the national trucker strike that led to intermittent blockages have been resolved. Expect some residual delays in container movements.
Oceania New Zealand Blenheim / Nelson 28 Nov 2022 Export container flows are still very much impacted for shipments from New Zealand's south island after flooding damaged roadways. Flooding now in Marlborough and road closures are creating longer trucking routes and causing delays. Repairs are underway on the main highway between Nelson and Blenheim, SH6. Traffic is being re-routed which will add to the transit time and incur additional trucking charges due to heavily reduced capacity. Plan for delays for packing, fitting and trucking from this area.
Blenheim / Nelson Oceania  •  New Zealand  •  28 Nov 2022 Export container flows are still very much impacted for shipments from New Zealand's south island after flooding damaged roadways. Flooding now in Marlborough and road closures are creating longer trucking routes and causing delays. Repairs are underway on the main highway between Nelson and Blenheim, SH6. Traffic is being re-routed which will add to the transit time and incur additional trucking charges due to heavily reduced capacity. Plan for delays for packing, fitting and trucking from this area.
North America US Los Angeles / Long Beach 18 Nov 2022 - Terminal congestion is still an issue with discharged units going to undeliverable areas and not available for collection. Trucking queues often prevent drivers from pulling loads during allotted appointment times - if the appointment window expires, truckers will need to secure a new appointment. Shortage of chassis and gensets and it is difficult to secure appointments to return empties. Additional charges can occur if container cannot be picked up and or returned within the allotted free time. The Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach Container Dwell Fee is on hold until Dec 16, 2022. This is separate from individual terminal dwell fee agreements on long dwelling units. Long Beach is removing the weekend exemption for free time effective September 1st, 2022. Free time will be inclusive of Saturdays and Sundays (except on legal holidays) when a container terminal in Long Beach is open on either of those days.
Los Angeles / Long Beach North America  •  US  •  18 Nov 2022 - Terminal congestion is still an issue with discharged units going to undeliverable areas and not available for collection. Trucking queues often prevent drivers from pulling loads during allotted appointment times - if the appointment window expires, truckers will need to secure a new appointment. Shortage of chassis and gensets and it is difficult to secure appointments to return empties. Additional charges can occur if container cannot be picked up and or returned within the allotted free time. The Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach Container Dwell Fee is on hold until Dec 16, 2022. This is separate from individual terminal dwell fee agreements on long dwelling units. Long Beach is removing the weekend exemption for free time effective September 1st, 2022. Free time will be inclusive of Saturdays and Sundays (except on legal holidays) when a container terminal in Long Beach is open on either of those days.
North America US Oakland 16 Nov 2022 - ​Current vessel waiting time is 12-18 days due to high import volume, yard congestion and labor availability. Operations have been impacted by local labor issues on Nov 2 and again on Nov 14. Discharged containers may still be stacked in unavailable areas for a minimum of 14 days until being made available for collection. Severe chassis equipment shortages.
Oakland North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - ​Current vessel waiting time is 12-18 days due to high import volume, yard congestion and labor availability. Operations have been impacted by local labor issues on Nov 2 and again on Nov 14. Discharged containers may still be stacked in unavailable areas for a minimum of 14 days until being made available for collection. Severe chassis equipment shortages.
North America US Miami 16 Nov 2022 -Vessel waiting time is averaging 4 days at Miami due to high import volume and residual delays from Hurricane Nicole closure last week. Containers are still going into undeliverable areas before being made available. General trucking capacity delays of around 5 days for all container types. Warehouses in the area for wine and spirits are at capacity limits and are pushing back delivery windows and can be up to 3-4 weeks in some cases.
Miami North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 -Vessel waiting time is averaging 4 days at Miami due to high import volume and residual delays from Hurricane Nicole closure last week. Containers are still going into undeliverable areas before being made available. General trucking capacity delays of around 5 days for all container types. Warehouses in the area for wine and spirits are at capacity limits and are pushing back delivery windows and can be up to 3-4 weeks in some cases.
North America US Savannah 16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait times are 7-15 days due to berth congestion, high import volume and extra loaders. Warehousing capacity limits, especially in the Atlanta area, are delaying delivery appointments by 3-4 weeks in some cases. This prevents carriers from pulling import containers by the last free day. General delays of 10 days to secure truck capacity for all equipment types.
Savannah North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait times are 7-15 days due to berth congestion, high import volume and extra loaders. Warehousing capacity limits, especially in the Atlanta area, are delaying delivery appointments by 3-4 weeks in some cases. This prevents carriers from pulling import containers by the last free day. General delays of 10 days to secure truck capacity for all equipment types.
North America US Chicago Rail Ramp 16 Nov 2022 - Extended delays in pickups and deliveries are continuing due to a shortage of available chassis in Chicago. Delays noted for rail deliveries on import cargo from Long Beach and Oakland especially. Congestion is an operational concern still at the Bedford Park Terminal and 59th St Facility. Delays for Chicago ingate operations at BNSF destined for ITS Terminals at Long Beach.
Chicago Rail Ramp North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Extended delays in pickups and deliveries are continuing due to a shortage of available chassis in Chicago. Delays noted for rail deliveries on import cargo from Long Beach and Oakland especially. Congestion is an operational concern still at the Bedford Park Terminal and 59th St Facility. Delays for Chicago ingate operations at BNSF destined for ITS Terminals at Long Beach.
North America US Charleston 16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait time is up to 24 hours. Import dwell time is the biggest problem for terminal capacity. Chassis shortages are delaying pickup, delivery, drayage to/from rail facilities. General delays of around 10 days to secure truck power.
Charleston North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait time is up to 24 hours. Import dwell time is the biggest problem for terminal capacity. Chassis shortages are delaying pickup, delivery, drayage to/from rail facilities. General delays of around 10 days to secure truck power.
North America US Houston 16 Nov 2022 - Vessel waiting time is 2-15 days due to high import volume, labor availability and vessel bunching. Export receiving windows extremely limited. General trucking capacity is averaging about 7 days. Chassis deficits are adding to congestion for both Houston and Dallas.;Starting Dec 1, 2022 Port of Houston will apply a Sustained Import Dwell Fee of USD 45 per unit per day on day 8 after free time expires.
Houston North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Vessel waiting time is 2-15 days due to high import volume, labor availability and vessel bunching. Export receiving windows extremely limited. General trucking capacity is averaging about 7 days. Chassis deficits are adding to congestion for both Houston and Dallas.;Starting Dec 1, 2022 Port of Houston will apply a Sustained Import Dwell Fee of USD 45 per unit per day on day 8 after free time expires.
North America US New Orleans 16 Nov 2022 - Severe chassis shortages and no 40' chassis available. General trucking capacity delays averaging 5 days for all container types.
New Orleans North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Severe chassis shortages and no 40' chassis available. General trucking capacity delays averaging 5 days for all container types.
North America US Seattle 16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait time is 1 days due to berth congestion. . Shortages of equipment, chassis and gensets and empty return availability at terminals. General truck capacity delays averaging up to 14 days for all container types.
Seattle North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Vessel wait time is 1 days due to berth congestion. . Shortages of equipment, chassis and gensets and empty return availability at terminals. General truck capacity delays averaging up to 14 days for all container types.
North America US Baltimore 16 Nov 2022 - Vessel waiting time is 3-7 days due to berth congestion and high import volumes. Truck lead time averaging around 7 days.
Baltimore North America  •  US  •  16 Nov 2022 - Vessel waiting time is 3-7 days due to berth congestion and high import volumes. Truck lead time averaging around 7 days.
Oceania Australia Australia Tugboat Strike 15 Nov 2022 - Tugboat operations will be stopped from an indefinite lockout announced to start on November 18, 2022. This will affect multiple ports in Australia and is expected to cause shipping line port omissions or diversions, shipping delays and additional costs in detention / demurrage and storage of goods / containers.
Australia Tugboat Strike Oceania  •  Australia  •  15 Nov 2022 - Tugboat operations will be stopped from an indefinite lockout announced to start on November 18, 2022. This will affect multiple ports in Australia and is expected to cause shipping line port omissions or diversions, shipping delays and additional costs in detention / demurrage and storage of goods / containers.
Europe Spain Spain truckers strike cancelled 15 Nov 2022 - 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.
Spain truckers strike cancelled Europe  •  Spain  •  15 Nov 2022 - 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.
Europe Belgium Antwerp 7 Nov 2022 - A national strike in Belgium on Nov 9-10, 2022 will impact port operations at the Port of Antwerp. This combined with a national holiday on Friday Nov 11, 2022 will mean 3 consecutive days of disruption for cargo. Plan for delays on cargo from the closures and expected backlog.
Antwerp Europe  •  Belgium  •  7 Nov 2022 - A national strike in Belgium on Nov 9-10, 2022 will impact port operations at the Port of Antwerp. This combined with a national holiday on Friday Nov 11, 2022 will mean 3 consecutive days of disruption for cargo. Plan for delays on cargo from the closures and expected backlog.
Africa South Africa South Africa - Port Strike Over 19 Oct 2022 - South African transport unions have reached a new three year contract applicable for the period from April 1st 2022 to March 31, 2025. This ends the current industrial action at the port terminals. Transnet is prioritizing urgent and sensitive cargo and implementing recovery plans to address the backlog. Continue to expect residual disruption in cargo movements and additional origin handling charges for shipments from/to South Africa.
South Africa - Port Strike Over Africa  •  South Africa  •  19 Oct 2022 - South African transport unions have reached a new three year contract applicable for the period from April 1st 2022 to March 31, 2025. This ends the current industrial action at the port terminals. Transnet is prioritizing urgent and sensitive cargo and implementing recovery plans to address the backlog. Continue to expect residual disruption in cargo movements and additional origin handling charges for shipments from/to South Africa.
North America Canada Canadian Railway - Winter Shipping 1 Sep 2022 Please note winter routing will be in effect as of October 15, 2022.
Canadian Railway - Winter Shipping North America  •  Canada  •  1 Sep 2022 Please note winter routing will be in effect as of October 15, 2022.
South America Argentina Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) 31 Aug 2022 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso has had several closures in August due to winter storms. As of September 1st winter transit restrictions will be lifted, permitting 24 hour travel when conditions permit. Be prepared for interruptions in transit when routing cargo this direction. Delays could lead to incur additional charges for storage, demurrage and detention if the trucker cannot deliver to the port terminal as schedules due to delay in transit from weather or strikes.
Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) South America  •  Argentina  •  31 Aug 2022 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso has had several closures in August due to winter storms. As of September 1st winter transit restrictions will be lifted, permitting 24 hour travel when conditions permit. Be prepared for interruptions in transit when routing cargo this direction. Delays could lead to incur additional charges for storage, demurrage and detention if the trucker cannot deliver to the port terminal as schedules due to delay in transit from weather or strikes.

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