Port updates

Red Sea Routes

Recent developments in the Red Sea have caused ocean carriers to take action to protect their vessels and their crews. Some of these actions have resulted in rate increases, which will be applied in the form of an emergency surcharge, implemented 1st Jan 2024. This situation is expected to cause an industry-wide supply and demand imbalance, resulting in capacity and equipment challenges. 

Port updates
Area Country Port Update
Europe France France - strikes suspended 12 June 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have suspended the remaining strike days for June. It will take some time to work through backlog and restore normal operations. The original strike action covered 4 hours per day on May 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, and June 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28 followed by 24 hour strike dates on June 7, 13, 21, 25, 2024.
France - strikes suspended Europe  •  France  •  12 June 2024 - The French National Federation of ports and docks have suspended the remaining strike days for June. It will take some time to work through backlog and restore normal operations. The original strike action covered 4 hours per day on May 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, and June 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28 followed by 24 hour strike dates on June 7, 13, 21, 25, 2024.
South America Argentina Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) 10 June 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso closed again due to winter weather on June 8, 2024 and the forecast doesn't show much improvement in the coming week. Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and reopens, there will be residual delays and congestion backlogs that will increase both overall transit times and unplanned charges for late/early arrival costs, storage, and demurrage/detention. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for alternative routing via Buenos Aires for urgent shipments.
Mendoza (cross-Andes transport) South America  •  Argentina  •  10 June 2024 - The international pass between Mendoza and the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso closed again due to winter weather on June 8, 2024 and the forecast doesn't show much improvement in the coming week. Plan for seasonal disruption during the winter season starting late April through September. When transit is closed due to weather and reopens, there will be residual delays and congestion backlogs that will increase both overall transit times and unplanned charges for late/early arrival costs, storage, and demurrage/detention. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for alternative routing via Buenos Aires for urgent shipments.
North America US California, Arizona, Nevada Heat Advisory 11 June 2024 - Excessive heat warnings have been issued for parts of California and the USA Southwest (Arizona, Nevada, Texas). For supplier pickups in Northern California, including Napa and Sonoma counties, daytime temperatures will range in the 90s-100F.Adjusting pickup appointments or applying cargo protection (VinLiner or Reefers with gensets) is recommended for supplier pickups and deliveries in these regions.
California, Arizona, Nevada Heat Advisory North America  •  US  •  11 June 2024 - Excessive heat warnings have been issued for parts of California and the USA Southwest (Arizona, Nevada, Texas). For supplier pickups in Northern California, including Napa and Sonoma counties, daytime temperatures will range in the 90s-100F.Adjusting pickup appointments or applying cargo protection (VinLiner or Reefers with gensets) is recommended for supplier pickups and deliveries in these regions.
North America US Baltimore port reopens 11 June 2024 - The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Baltimore channel has been fully restored. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier routing schedules.
Baltimore port reopens North America  •  US  •  11 June 2024 - The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Baltimore channel has been fully restored. Please contact your local Hillebrand Gori representative for more information on pending shipments and ocean carrier routing schedules.
Europe Germany Bremerhaven 10 June 2024 - Port workers in Hamburg shut down container terminal on Friday and have announced a potential strike for Bremerhaven on Wednesday June 12, 2024
Bremerhaven Europe  •  Germany  •  10 June 2024 - Port workers in Hamburg shut down container terminal on Friday and have announced a potential strike for Bremerhaven on Wednesday June 12, 2024
Europe Italy Genoa 3 June 2024 -Genoa Terminals continues to experience congestion for container pickups and deliveries. Trucking unions have announced congestion surcharges effective June 3, 2024 and now have delayed a week to June 10, 2024.
Genoa Europe  •  Italy  •  3 June 2024 -Genoa Terminals continues to experience congestion for container pickups and deliveries. Trucking unions have announced congestion surcharges effective June 3, 2024 and now have delayed a week to June 10, 2024.
North America US Oakland 4 June 2024 - Expect delays and congestion at all 3 terminals for container operations.   Containers discharging at TraPac going into closed areas and not available for an average of 3 days or more. Terminal appointments are limited and there are delays in terminating empty containers.  Average wait time of 4+ days at OICT and TraPac
Oakland North America  •  US  •  4 June 2024 - Expect delays and congestion at all 3 terminals for container operations.   Containers discharging at TraPac going into closed areas and not available for an average of 3 days or more. Terminal appointments are limited and there are delays in terminating empty containers.  Average wait time of 4+ days at OICT and TraPac
North America US New York / New Jersey 4 June 2024 - Expect continued congestion from higher volumes and Baltimore diversions. PNCT has absorbed significant volume increases leading to turn times at the terminals averaging 3-4 hours. The combination of increased volumes and long lead times has resulted in unavoidable delays and demurrage charges at the terminal. APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers.  APM moving containers into closed areas until they have space. Empty return delays at all terminals due to the high volumes of containers.
New York / New Jersey North America  •  US  •  4 June 2024 - Expect continued congestion from higher volumes and Baltimore diversions. PNCT has absorbed significant volume increases leading to turn times at the terminals averaging 3-4 hours. The combination of increased volumes and long lead times has resulted in unavoidable delays and demurrage charges at the terminal. APM and GCT terminals require mandatory appointments for picking up imports and terminating empty containers.  APM moving containers into closed areas until they have space. Empty return delays at all terminals due to the high volumes of containers.
North America US Seattle / Tacoma 4 June 2024 - Port congestion and wait times at Seattle and Tacoma terminals. Offloaded containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days. Shortage of rail car supply anticipated for the next couple of weeks. Terminal 18 will be closed on June 7, 2024.
Seattle / Tacoma North America  •  US  •  4 June 2024 - Port congestion and wait times at Seattle and Tacoma terminals. Offloaded containers going into undeliverable areas for 2-4 days. Shortage of rail car supply anticipated for the next couple of weeks. Terminal 18 will be closed on June 7, 2024.
North America US Norfolk 4 June 2023 - Terminal congestion still occurring with higher volumes, and overflow from Baltimore diversions. Carriers are at or over capacity and demurrage is likely in some circumstances. Empty container termination is difficult.
Norfolk North America  •  US  •  4 June 2023 - Terminal congestion still occurring with higher volumes, and overflow from Baltimore diversions. Carriers are at or over capacity and demurrage is likely in some circumstances. Empty container termination is difficult.
North America Canada Canadian Railway Potential Strike - Negotiations resume 16 May 2024 - Canadian Pacific and the railway unions have restarted negotiations in an effort to secure a new collective agreement.
Canadian Railway Potential Strike - Negotiations resume North America  •  Canada  •  16 May 2024 - Canadian Pacific and the railway unions have restarted negotiations in an effort to secure a new collective agreement.
Europe Italy Naples Strike 17 May 2024 - A strike at Naples port by terminal operators and truckers is affecting container operations. MSC service schedules will be disrupted. If vessels omit a port call at Naples, the most likely diversion would be to alternative ports of Salerno or Gioia Tauro.
Naples Strike Europe  •  Italy  •  17 May 2024 - A strike at Naples port by terminal operators and truckers is affecting container operations. MSC service schedules will be disrupted. If vessels omit a port call at Naples, the most likely diversion would be to alternative ports of Salerno or Gioia Tauro.
Oceania New Zealand New Zealand 15 May 2024 - Capacity restrictions at Metro Park in Auckland (rail connector to Tauranga) are impacting cargo movements and shipment schedules to North America. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for more information and alternatives.
New Zealand Oceania  •  New Zealand  •  15 May 2024 - Capacity restrictions at Metro Park in Auckland (rail connector to Tauranga) are impacting cargo movements and shipment schedules to North America. Contact your Hillebrand Gori representative for more information and alternatives.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes – Update 8 Apr 2024 - The Red Sea crisis continues to impact ocean container routing. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM have either suspended Suez Canal routings, opting for detours via South Africa or are assessing the situation for each vessel before transit. This situation results in unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions cannot be anticipated or communicated in advance. This uncertainty affects cargo bookings, as a booking with a carrier opting for the Suez route might still end up passing via the Cape of Good Hope. As a result of this variability, the charges imposed by carriers apply to all cargoes, regardless of the vessel's actual routing. Hapag is announcing reefer booking limitations from US East Coast due to longer reefer equipment circulation with the Cape of Good Hope routings.
Red Sea Routes – Update Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  8 Apr 2024 - The Red Sea crisis continues to impact ocean container routing. Major shippers like Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM have either suspended Suez Canal routings, opting for detours via South Africa or are assessing the situation for each vessel before transit. This situation results in unpredictability of shipping routes at booking, as last-minute routing decisions cannot be anticipated or communicated in advance. This uncertainty affects cargo bookings, as a booking with a carrier opting for the Suez route might still end up passing via the Cape of Good Hope. As a result of this variability, the charges imposed by carriers apply to all cargoes, regardless of the vessel's actual routing. Hapag is announcing reefer booking limitations from US East Coast due to longer reefer equipment circulation with the Cape of Good Hope routings.
North America US Miami / Port Everglades 8 Apr 2024 - Congestion at SFCT terminals and POMTOC, split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
Miami / Port Everglades North America  •  US  •  8 Apr 2024 - Congestion at SFCT terminals and POMTOC, split chassis likely. Appointment delays.
South America Chile Chile - San Antonio Port strike 3 Apr 2024 - The Chilean port union has called for a strike at San Antonio port terminals for April 8, 2024.
Chile - San Antonio Port strike South America  •  Chile  •  3 Apr 2024 - The Chilean port union has called for a strike at San Antonio port terminals for April 8, 2024.
Europe Italy Italy - General Strike 3 Apr 2024 - Italian ports will strike for 2 hours every shift starting April 3 to April 5, 2024.  Genova port will be on strike all day on April 5th, 2024. Prepare for delays in container pickup and deliveries to the ports.
Italy - General Strike Europe  •  Italy  •  3 Apr 2024 - Italian ports will strike for 2 hours every shift starting April 3 to April 5, 2024.  Genova port will be on strike all day on April 5th, 2024. Prepare for delays in container pickup and deliveries to the ports.
Europe Finland Finland Port Strike ended 8 Apr 2024 - The Finnish Transport Workers Union (AKT) nationwide stevedores strike that started at all Finnish ports on March 11, 2024 has ended on Sunday April 7, 2024. Operations are to resume on Monday April 8, 2024 but be prepared for delays.
Finland Port Strike ended Europe  •  Finland  •  8 Apr 2024 - The Finnish Transport Workers Union (AKT) nationwide stevedores strike that started at all Finnish ports on March 11, 2024 has ended on Sunday April 7, 2024. Operations are to resume on Monday April 8, 2024 but be prepared for delays.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes - Update 28 Dec 2023 - The Red Sea region presents ongoing safety challenges for vessels, as an example the MSC United VIII was targeted by a missile on December 26. In response, many ships are being rerouted via the Cape of Good Hope, affecting over 150 vessels and 2 million TEUs of capacity. This has led to supply and demand imbalances globally. Shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori will introduce an Emergency Cost Recovery Surcharge from January 1, 2024, to cover these extra costs. We all remain committed to securing shipping space and containers, ensuring operational continuity without compromising security. Customers can access shipment information via myhillebrandgori.com.
Red Sea Routes - Update Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  28 Dec 2023 - The Red Sea region presents ongoing safety challenges for vessels, as an example the MSC United VIII was targeted by a missile on December 26. In response, many ships are being rerouted via the Cape of Good Hope, affecting over 150 vessels and 2 million TEUs of capacity. This has led to supply and demand imbalances globally. Shipping lines invoked Force Majeure clauses and implemented additional charges on freight rates and contracts. Hillebrand Gori will introduce an Emergency Cost Recovery Surcharge from January 1, 2024, to cover these extra costs. We all remain committed to securing shipping space and containers, ensuring operational continuity without compromising security. Customers can access shipment information via myhillebrandgori.com.
Middle East Red Sea Basin Countries Red Sea Routes 18 Dec 2023 - Ocean carriers are suspending services via the Red Sea and Suez Canal after recent developments. Delays or diversions around the Cape of Good Hope will significantly impact transit times between Asia and Europe and are expected to have a ripple effect on equipment circulation and schedules on other routes. Carriers had recently increased Red Sea routing due to congestion at the Panama Canal.
Red Sea Routes Middle East  •  Red Sea Basin Countries  •  18 Dec 2023 - Ocean carriers are suspending services via the Red Sea and Suez Canal after recent developments. Delays or diversions around the Cape of Good Hope will significantly impact transit times between Asia and Europe and are expected to have a ripple effect on equipment circulation and schedules on other routes. Carriers had recently increased Red Sea routing due to congestion at the Panama Canal.
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