Typhoon Kalmaegi caused some vessel delays in September. Vessels were forced to wait outside the Port of Hong Kong until the typhoon had passed. The typhoon caused shipping lines to alter schedules to try and recover the time that had been lost. Most lines are now back to their regular service schedules. Typhoon season is projected to last through November 30th and may cause further delays to ports in the future.
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Vancouver continues to face vessel space issues and a shortage of 20’ dry containers. It is very important to book in advance so Jo-Sak can secure space.
Please note several shipping lines have sent updated notice on required seal standards for export shipments. The information below should be read and communicated to your cold storages, suppliers, transloaders, etc. who are loading your shipments and purchasing these seals to make sure they are using the proper seals.
Please be informed that the mediated back to work plan was rejected on Saturday. This has resulted in the continued strike outside Port Metro Vancouver and is causing further delays and congestion. With the slowdown of container freight through Vancouver, rail congestion has led to embargos on all transloaders. Some transloaders are still able to unload railcars and load containers at Vanterm/Centerm on a “permit” basis.
The strike is now impacting the ability of some carriers to accept bookings from other origins where the POL is Vancouver due to congestion.
Weather Delays / Vessel Delays – Weather delays continue to affect vessels arriving into the US and Canada. The winter storm that occurred in the Midwest and Northeast over the past few weeks brought extreme low temperatures affecting rail operations in the US. We continue to see revised bookings from shipping lines with updated cut offs, sailings, and ETAs.
Please be advised that we anticipate QC Thaw Season weight restrictions to go into effect March 17,2014.
The weight limits during this period are as follows:
Please note effective October 1st any shipment into India will require a ISO 17712 High Security Seal.
Terminals in India will not discharge if containers do not have high security seals. Carriers may be forced to return cargo to origin at shippers expense.
Due to reduced water levels in the Saint Laurence river, causing to lower tonnage on the ships, carriers have anounced low water surcharge. Amount varies per each shipping lines. Please contact us for updates.
Carriers are experiencing delays in transhipping at Caucedo due to increased volume. They expect in few weeks things should go back to normal. We will update soon.
Things are definitely changing in this industry and one area most affected has been in the documentation process, particularly given new customs and EU/China regulations. Many carriers are charging manifest corrector fees, revision fees, late submission fees, etc.In most cases, there is a fee charged for each correction request on bills of lading. Piease note, Jo-Sak requires full BL instr as early as possible on the day of documentation cut off.