18.00 15/04/2013 | ILA members approve new 6-year contract

The International Longshoremen's Association said its members overwhelmingly approved a new, six-year master contract. The contract covers some 14,500 workers at 14 ports that handle containerized cargo along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast.

Along with the master contract, local agreements at most ports along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast also were ratified by ILA members, including one with the New York Shipping Association. Negotiations are continuing in the ports of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hampton Roads and the union said those agreements are expected to be completed early next week.

For more information please go to http://www.americanshipper.com/Main/ASD/NEWSFLASH_ILA_members_approve_new_6year_contract_53522.aspx

09.00 10/04/2013 | Strike in Surabaya, Indonesia

The strike situation in this port was resolved and all operations are back to normal.

09.00 21/03/2013 | Strike in Surabaya, Indonesia

Due to a sudden strike of all trucking companies in Surabaya, Indonesia cargo can not be moved in- and out of the port. The stop of all activities in the port will cause delays in export and import cargo from and to Surabaya.

Our team is monitoring the situation and we will keep you informed about the further development. Should you require any information in the meantime please contact our branch management under following details:

E-mail: info.jakarta@noSpamkuehne-nagel.com 

Tel: +62315350709

16.30 01/03/2013 | Temporary closure of Three Gorges Dam

As from March 2nd, 2013, the north-line lock of Three Gorges Dam (长江三峡大坝) will be closed for the annual inspection during a 20 day period temporarily leading to longer lead times and an increase in charges as well as space issues.

The following transit times will be calculated during the time of temporary dam closure:

  • From Chongqing to Shanghai: approx. 15 days
  • From Shanghai to Chongqing: approx. 18 days

During the temporary closure of the Three Gorges Dam the traffic capacity on Yangtze River is expected to decrease to about 50% compared to normal traffic.

Period of time concerned: March 2nd - 22th, 2013

This decreased traffic capacity will lead to the following: space capacity cannot be guaranteed at any time and additional extra charges, such as detention/demurrage on both sides (Chongqing & Shanghai), are to be expected. Further details about this will be provided by your contact at Kuehne + Nagel in a separate correspondence.

Kuehne + Nagel is monitoring the market situation closely and will keep you informed in case of further changes.

Should you have any further questions related to this subject, please do not hesitate to contact.

Kuehne + Nagel Chongqing Branch Office:
+86 23 63107078 Ext.82
wendy.chen@noSpamkuehne-nagel.com

09.00 19/02/2013 | Sokhna port strike ended

Sokhna port strike is over officially and port operations already resumed normally. Please find message as received from DP World (Sokhna port operator).

"Kindly note that starting from today 18/02/2013 DP World Sokhna has resumed work again in all company activities including containers activities (seaside and landside (gate and yards)) which has been stopped for more than 2 weeks due to the strike of ex subcontractor labors.

We already received the first container vessel (since strike beginning) which under operation now and it works now normally (4 cranes are working in this moment). 13 containers has been released after 12:00 am till 8:00 am, and many containers released from 8:00 am so far (reports attached) beside we started to receive export full containers as usual .

For inspection yard we will start moving containers in the night shift while inspection procedures will start tomorrow morning normally."

17.00 12/02/2013 | Strike at Sokhna port

This Egyptian Red Sea port is closed as a result of a strike staged by workers employed by Dubai-based DP World. While efforts are under way to settle this strike, CMA CGM started to implement a USD 250/TEU Congestion Surcharge and other carriers are expected to follow suit.

Kuehne + Nagel will continue to provide you updates on developments as new information becomes available. For further information, please contact our Cairo office for more information

09.00 04/02/2013 | ILA, USMX Reach Tentative Agreement

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have reached a "tentative agreement" over a new six-year Master Contract for U.S. East and Gulf Coast dock workers.  Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director, George H. Cohen, issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between ILA and USMX:

“I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative agreement for a comprehensive successor Master Agreement. The tentative agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. Those local negotiations are ongoing and will continue without interruption to any port operation. Out of respect for the parties’ ratification processes, and consistent with the Agency’s long-standing confidentiality policy, we will not disclose any details concerning the substantive provisions that have been reached.”

Read the full statement issed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS): fmcs.gov/assets/files/Public%20Affairs/2013%20Documents/ILA-USMX_Statement-2-1-13.pdf

10.00 21/01/2013 | ILA & USMX talks to continue

According to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service the labor contract talks between the United States Maritime Alliance and International Longshoremen’s Association will continue under the auspices of the FMCS (Official news release attached here). The contract deadline will be still February 6, 2013. As the risk of a strike remains, we continue to recommend that you:

  • Stay informed via press reports, Kuehne + Nagel announcements and your Kuehne + Nagel sale representative
  • Be prepared for a Port Congestion Surcharge of $ 1,000PC40. This Surcharge will generally affect all cargo received at origin after the effective date and for cargo arriving after the strike begins
  • Have visibility of your cargo status and your supply chain
  • Have active communication up, down and across your organization
  • Have empowered staff who can make rapid decisions with respect to the disposition of your cargo

Kuehne + Nagel will continue to provide you updates on negotiation developments as new information becomes available. We will be with you throughout this turbulent time to protect your interests and cargo. For further information, please contact your Kuehne + Nagel representative or email: seafreight.usa@noSpamkuehne-nagel.com

19.00 10/01/2013 | East Coast port strike averted; ILA & USMX agree on 30-day extension

According to recent  news from Federal Mediation And Conciliation Service (FMCS) both parties have reached a tentative  agreement on some issues (Attached is the official press release with details). Meanwhile the contract for the East and Gulf Coast terminals was extended through February 6th, 2013. However, yesterday's talks covering work rules and staffing at the Port of New York and New Jersey broke off, reducing the prospects for a deal before this deadline.

As the risk of a strike remains, we continue to recommend that you:

  • Stay informed via press reports, Kuehne + Nagel announcements and your Kuehne + Nagel sale representative
  • Be prepared for a Port Congestion Surcharge of $ 1,000PC40. This Surcharge will generally affect all cargo received at origin after the effective date and for cargo arriving after the strike begins
  • Have visibility of your cargo status and your supply chain
  • Have active communication up, down and across your organization
  • Have empowered staff who can make rapid decisions with respect to the disposition of your cargo

Kuehne + Nagel will continue to provide you updates on negotiation developments as new information becomes available. We will be with you throughout this turbulent time to protect your interests and cargo. For further information, please contact your Kuehne + Nagel representative or email: seafreight.usa@noSpamkuehne-nagel.com

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