There has recently been severe congestion in the Port of Hong Kong. Vessels have been able to get into Hong Kong, but have not been able to berth at the dock. This congestion is partially due to an exceptionally high-volume peak season in the Asia/North Europe and transpacific trade lanes. However, it has mostly been caused by the new ultra-large container vessels (ULCV’s) that have been newly introduced into Asia-Europe services. These vessels have been flooding the transpacific with 10,000 teu-plus vessels.
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Oakland Ports have seen congestion the past few days that rival, if not surpass, the congestion at the LA/Long Beach Ports. Ports America and SSA have lines in excess of 3 hours just for truckers to enter the terminal. This is the wait just to enter and does not include the time it takes to load/unload containers. Jo-Sak is working closely with our truckers to ensure loading and delivery appointments are being kept on time as much as possible. Truckers are doing their best to communicate any delays they are experiencing to their customers in a timely manner.
Jo-Sak was informed of the following as per the PierPass news dated October 27th:
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.
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 shipping lines have announced congestion surcharges if there is a strike, lockout, work stoppage, or labor related disruption for any US port on or after May 1st. The US West Coast is of the utmost concern as the ILWU will start contract negotiations on May 12th. Their contract expires June 30th and if they do not come to an agreement by June 30th on July 1st there will be a work stoppage which will cause these increases to take place. We of course will keep you up to date but please keep in mind when you are working on n
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.
Members of Unifor and the United Truckers Assocication reached an agreement with Port Metro Vancouver and the governments of British Columbia and Canada to end the 28 day work strike at Port Metro Vancouver and return to full operations March 27th, 2014.
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.