Weekly update COVID-19 | Week 19 | 2022

Marinetrans will keep you informed on Corona related changes concerning your transport of spare parts with our weekly updates per mode of transport and per region – along with the necessary measures that need to be taken. We will continue to work in a force majeure situation, case by case and will do all that is possible to find the most economical solution to meet the delivery deadline and to make your business run smoothly.


Shanghai continues to undergo lockdown due to high amounts of Covid cases. Flight capacity has recovered slightly compared to last week, but the main bottleneck is a lack of trucking capacity. Despite this, airlines have increased rate levels as we head towards Golden Week.

Ex-South China the flight frequency has still not recovered due to the Covid situation and war conflict, however demand continues to pick up. Rates maintain at around the same levels as last week and the market is quite strong before the holiday. The market is fairly stable this week. Capacity is a little tight due to the upcoming holiday but is overall still manageable.

TPEB space is tight ex-Korea mainly due to shipments being re-routed from North China to Korea as a result of the ongoing Covid lockdowns. Airfreight demand remains strong outpacing capacity. Continued severe ocean freight service disruptions and port congestions drives increased demand for airfreight to solve supply chain challenges.

Capacity remains constrained is still overall insufficient to support current global demand. Incremental improvement in capacity with gradual return of passenger flights – which are being slowed down again due to Omicron.

Rates show no signs of softening as demand recovery remains very strong against limited capacity. Airlines continue to drive yield aggressively – with rates fluctuating weekly, and priority uplift comes at premium cost.

Demand continues to increase, the upcoming change in season is seeing an increase in air freight requests for inventory to be stocked for Summer. To ensure goods arrive quickly, consider smaller batches of cargo across multiple uplifts. Freighter capacity is heavily reduced and booking to uplift window is approx. 10-14 days. Less congestion at EU terminals, though high volumes, therefore a potential increased transit time.

Priority is given for loading cargo flights are: Medical equipment & supplies, Perishables, Post, Baggage, Priority paid cargo, General paid cargo.To check any airline operational information click here: https://www.tact-online.org/covid-19.

Courier Services

Transit times have increased to most destinations by 2-4 days additional. Covid-19 Surcharges have been implemented and raised again since last year. All shipments coming into EU now have to be cleared customs. Before if the value was Euro 22 or less, no custom clearance. Now all these ecommerce shipments to private people have to be cleared and causing huge courier back logs to arrange the clearance. Delays 3-7 days.

Road Freight

Global Trucking, fuel surcharges are either being implemented or raised, and this will continue based on where fuel costs go.

Europe: Waiting hours incurred by drivers has increased due to so many restrictions of staff, medical checks and crew availability. Driver shortages exist in Europe too and in the USA, it is extreme, and reports indicate no improvements for months.

Our ETL Trucks continue to roll each Friday from Oslo (Tuesday also), Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Hamburg (Tuesday also) and London to Super Hub Amsterdam. As you are very aware, the invasion of Ukraine has increased fuel cost dramatically. All truckers have implemented fuel surcharges and at this point we need to as well as the cost of our ETL trucks have risen accordingly. Therefore, please begin to charge the fuel surcharge of 18% from April 04th to clients that we charge for the ETL services.


Global port congestion shows little sign of improvement
China Lockdowns Lead to Increase in Blank Sailings – According to The Loadstar, the continued lockdowns and Covid restrictions have slowed manufacturing and prompted spot rates to decline. Right now, ocean carriers are preparing to announce a number of blank sailings, but the congestion is only expected for the short term. When China’s lockdowns ease, there will likely be a new wave of congestion as rates pick back up.

Lockdown remains in place in Shanghai and is impacting suppliers and causing headaches for shippers and importers. Ocean carriers continue to assess impacts to bookings, many of which are looking for replacement cargo originating from Southeast Asia due to current constraints and dips in shipment activity ex-China. Inventory replenishment efforts remain important and necessary for many importers and retailers ahead of traditional peak season.

Severe congestion, equipment imbalances, sliding vessel schedules, port omissions, blank sailings, and higher fuel charges continue to pose difficulties. Rate levels remain elevated and the premium market is strong.

Book at least 3-4 weeks prior to CRD. Consider premium options. Be flexible in regard to equipment and routings. Check closely with suppliers to understand any Covid-related impacts or changes to production outputs and forecasts.

Do plan on delays and build in a minimum of at least 3-5 weeks additional to sailing schedules given for your all Ocean freight shipments. Shipping by full container is more reliable than shipping via Loose Container Loads.

On Board Services / Port Information

Our Last mile delivery service remains in tack in most global ports. It may take a bit longer but as in Dubai and Amsterdam congestion is causing delays by handling staff to hand over the cargo. Delays of 1-3 days. Port congestion in China is delaying many vessels for several weeks! We suggest that you use this service for added control especially in these tough times. Please consult this link for port service listings: https://www.nepia.com/industry-news/coronavirus-outbreak-impact-on-shipping/ (Credit to The North Club)

We would like to provide you with a brief update on the latest market conditions out of Amsterdam key destinations. Please note both AMS and RTM offices will be closed on the following dates:

26-05 Thursday, Ascension Day

06-06 Monday, Pentecost

26-12 Monday, Boxing Day


Singapore (SIN): The situation to Singapore does not seem to improve at the moment and in the near future. In most cases we do have the possibility to uplift on next day direct flights although often times it will be for express rates. In general, the costs for airfreight to Singapore seem to have increased on all levels.

Shanghai (PVG): CZ/CK have advised us flights to PVG have been resumed. Although capacity is still limited at this stage. Due to the lockdown situation in Shanghai a lot of business has diverted to alternative lanes which are now overflowed such as Guangzhou, Qingdao, Dalian, Peking, etc.

Houston (IAH): As of recently United has activated their direct flight (UA0021) to Houston again. Please note on this flight they have very limited capacity available assigned to cargo and since this is a PAX flight chance of offload due to passenger luggage may cause delay. We are pleased to announce KLM has activated the day 7 allotment into Houston on KL661. We can now offer a steady rate and service since this’ll be booked on the Cohesion product. Same as used for the day 6 Singapore allotment. Please try to get any shipment to MT USA planned on this console.

Seoul/Pusan (ICN/PUS): Please note, due to the Ukraine conflict many flights have been cancelled or re-routed to this region of Asia. Most common carriers used have limited capacity available on flights of the upcoming weeks. OZ, one of the more important carriers ex- AMS are now offering flight schedules 19th of this month and later. KE is offering similar uplift dates.

Osaka/Tokyo (KIX/NRT): Same conditions as to Seoul and Pusan. Many cancelled or rerouted flights.

Dubai (DXB): Both KLM and Emirates have limited capacity available. Any larger shipments should be planned well ahead.


Airfreight Export: We still face some congestion at the ground handling agents on both import and export side. For import this means that it can take longer before we have the cargo in our warehouse. For export it can be that the face longer delivery times to the ground handling agent of the carriers. This will in general not have any influence on the air export shipments. Pricing still high because of demand/supply. As per 01 April carriers will implement their Summer schedule. Hopefully more passengers’ flights will be operating which hopefully will result in steady pricing.

Road Freight: Due to the enormous raise of the gasoline price both airlines and trucking companies are forced to implement or raise their current surcharges. Global Trucking, fuel surcharges are either being implemented or raised, and this will continue based on where fuel costs go.

Ocean export ex Netherlands: We still face the situation of port congestion. Containers are subject to roll over. Because Maersk, Hamburg Süd and Saf Marine (all part of the Maersk Group) are not accepting any containers anymore from the Freight forwarders which put extra pressure on the capacity.

Allow 4-6 weeks extra as to when the cargo is needed at destination.



The number of newly infected persons in Germany is at its highest level since the outbreak of the pandemic, with more than 37,000 within one day, but so far are no new restrictions and no new lockdown in sight. At this stage, our office is fully operational.

AIRFREIGHT: Shanghai is still very difficult Very expensive, and space is also not available. It will take some time until that has calmed down. In general, available Flight capacities are very limited and partly booked out far in advance.

SEAFREIGHT: There are still significant delays in arrivals and departures. The biggest problems now are the lack of equipment and the restrictions on the delivery of containers (max. 48-72 hours before departure), as all container terminals are still overcrowded due to delayed ships.

TRUCKING: Normal. No problems/delays.

IMPORT: Air cargo import can be handled without any obstacles or delays, but we are facing significant problems with air freight imports via Frankfurt airport.
Due to the high import volume and changes in the IT system, huge backlogs cause delays in transit of import shipments to Hamburg.
For Sea freight there are significant delays in the arrival of containers due to late departures at shipping ports.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Normal. No problems/delays.


All Operations are normal. Logistics, transports and main necessary production and business lines will stay on work as normal in this period.

IMPORT: Normal. No problems/delays.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Normal. No problems/delays.


Greece lockdown lifted. All services and facilities are working. For our branch, we are 100% back in office (government issued statement for unvaccinated employees to provide weekly rapid test results /penalties for noncompliance). Warehouse is on normal staff working.

AIRFREIGHT: We’re still facing serious backlog & congestion for most key destinations globally and rates are increasing day by day (over-peaking especially for the past 2 weeks).

SEAFREIGHT: No major problems on Export / import, But – No stabile rates & congestion issues. Delays on unstuffing LCL shipments.

TRUCKING: No delays for the time being but facing capacity issues for trucking to EU / Turkey. Working on more frequent stabile routings, especially to NL/DE/TK.

IMPORT: Import handling for Air is functioning normally (only DHL handler at airport has restriction on pick up timeframe 11:00-16:00 our LT every working day).

ONBOARD: No restrictions or COVID related delays to go onboard.

Spain / Gibraltar

AIRFREIGHT: Airports are more congested and all of them invoice us a surcharge for COVID when collecting any cargo from their warehouse. Regarding Export, fewer flights are available and air rates have increased for some destinations.

SEAFREIGHT: Normal. No problems/delays.

TRUCKING: Trucking working as usual.

IMPORT: Longer waiting time due to customs working from home and therefore, slowing the process.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: There are some terminals where we can have limited access to vessel, hence in such case POD cannot be obtained



As at today, our Osaka office & Warehouse are fully functioning for 100%.

AIRFREIGHT: We are facing serious backlog & congestion for ALL DESTINATIONS. Most of the Airlines still working from home and only reply by email or Fax for providing schedule and rate, hence it would take very long time. We really appreciate your kind understanding and patience.

Average Transit Time for TC1/2/3
TC1 (North America) : 5-7 days
TC1 (South America) : 5-7 days
TC2 (Middle-East) : 4-5 days
TC2 (Europe) : 4-5 days
TC2 (Africa) : 5-7 days
TC3 (Singapore) : 3-4 days
TC3 (Shanghai) : 3-4 days
TC3 (Oceania) : 5-7 days
TC3 (Others) : 3-4 days

SEAFREIGHT: We are facing serious short on space for USA/EU destinations & heavy delay on all destinations on both FCL and LCL. Please ensure to activate your Seafreight shipment as early as possible without enough time frame.

TRUCKING: Trucking is working normal.

IMPORT: Import handling for Airfreight/Seafreight is working normal.

ONBORD DELIVERIES: Onboard delivery in Japan is working normal.

South Korea

As of April 14, there were 125,846 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. It has continued to decline until now As of Apr 21, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has decreased to 81,058. This seems to be due to decrease in the number of Covid-19 tests as the government stopped the operation of Covid-19 test centers from the 11th Apr. All meeting restrictions and business hours restrictions have been lifted.

AIRFREIGHT: It is very tight to hold space in the market due to recent circumstance; it is important to book as soon as possible. Airfreight rate fluctuates daily, and fuel surcharges due to the Ukraine war are greatly increased by airlines, so the additional attention is required. * AMS, IAH: As of today, the fastest schedule is available from Apr 18th.

SEAFREIGHT: Spaces are still tight, and we are not seeing any easing of spaces & rates as most of the carriers are still backlogged.

TRUCKING: Due to the war in Ukraine, fuel costs in Korea are rising rapidly. The trucker in the market are starting to charge a separate fuel surcharge.

IMPORT: Normal Operations.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Normal operations.

Sri Lanka

AIRFREIGHT: Airfreight shipments could be cleared and delivered onboard on a timely manner. We need copies of AWB, invoice and Packing list 2 working days before shipment arrival.

SEAFREIGHT: Due to current limitations because of Covid 19, we need minimum 4 working days to clear Sea freight shipments and arrange onboard delivery. Copies of BL, invoice and PL required well in advance (minimum 3-4 working days before shipment arrival).

TRUCKING: No delays observed, trucking functions are normal.

IMPORT: Limited staff at all key points. Hence, send us Shipping documents for well in advance (as mentioned above).

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Onboard delivery in Sri Lanka is functioning normal. However, outsiders are not allowed to board ships. Hence, PODs and other documents will be sent onboard together with shipment boxes to get ships stamp & signature.

UAE - Dubai

In consideration of the Holy month, office working hrs will be 0800 to 1400 Hrs starting from 02nd April 2021. Please be noted that all government offices will work half day & the processes can take more time compared to normal time. Kindly check with us for the deadlines and makes sure to consider extra time during this month as there will be only skeleton customs staff after the normal working hrs and all inspections/operations will be suspended during the prayer time.

Most local companies will be working till 1400 Hrs and warehouse will close by noon time. If any collections required prior notice required to plan trucks accordingly. Fujairah port/gate pass office also will be closed from 0300 – 0500 hrs & 1800 – 2000 Hrs throughout the month. Deliveries on EID holidays/over the working time is subject to overtime charges on case-to-case basis. EID holidays expect to be from 2ND May to 6TH/7TH May subject to change.

AIRFREIGHT: All terminals are working with full capacity, but still DNATA have only 24 hrs free storage.

SEAFREIGHT: Terminals are in function as normal.

TRUCKING: All ports are open as normal, need green pass for access.

IMPORT: Operates as usual.

ONBOARD: Restrictions are lifted.


We are functioning our office with 100 % strength.

AIRFREIGHT: Flights space availability is getting gradually better, and rates are also getting a little cheaper but still higher side than Normal time specially for Europe & US.

SEAFREIGHT: Sea Freight functioning with good success. Inventory of containers are also limited and rates for Europe and Far East sectors has increased.

TRUCKING: Trucking is working normal.

IMPORT: Export/Import is functioning Normal at Airport and Sea ports.

ONBOARD DELIVIRIES: All imports for on board deliveries are functioning as normal and going on with good success with some restrictions/guidelines.


Kindly note Shanghai lockdown extended due to increasing cases, now the resume time not confirmed, we will inform you for any updated news. All warehouses/communities/traffic etc are required to close, also many roads and highways are closed, it’s very difficult to arrange trucking, delivery and exporting.

Transport still the major challenging point, specially to access to PVG, trucks from other province will all require permit to get through tollgate, and in lots of cases drivers are not allowed to get off the truck while wait on their seat for the warehouse people to unload/load before they can leave…this cost extra money and delays as well. We can arrange custom clearance at PVG airport, transportation cost is bit higher due to lockdown, we will inform operation timely, pls help to plan accordingly.

Int’l couriers

  • UPS/TNT/FEDES are suspending service for local delivery
  • DHL, 7days quarantine before local deliveries
  • UPS inbound PVG – 7 days quarantine applies before self-pick up.

Customs clearance of ship spares for int’l inbound Air and Sea into Qingdao or TAO airport still available, general freight, at normal clearance lead time.

Domestic couriers

  • YTO, CTO are not able to provide delivery to Qingdao area
  • SF, Deppon, KYE will be slow on local delivery
  • Some other providers might not be able to reach Qingdao

By considering those temporary restrictions in place, we will foresee a longer operation lead time required for, if we should put on an extra 1-3 days lead time for clearance and OBD. Qingdao (TAO) is one of the typical areas that is under close spotlight, people(trucker drivers included) would need to carry a clean PCR report tested with the 48hours time frame, but since the quarantine measurement has put in place quite a lot of places national wise, the slower domestic transport is to affect all domestic ports.

Recently the Covid situation at China is very serious, new cases continue to rise, specially at Shanghai, people are required to working from home. Many roads and highways are closed, it’s very difficult to arrange trucking and delivery. For any specific vessel we could not arrange, will inform operation timely, hope your understanding and pls help to inform client accordingly. China will have Qingming Festival from 3rd to 5th, Apr 2022, pls inform client provide delivery instruction in advance.

AIRFREIGHT: We just got notice that from 10th April, any importing shipments arrive Qingdao or transfer via Qingdao need 10 days quarantine. It applies for all importing shipments by air, sea or courier. Airport side will arrange Nucleic acid test after 10 days quarantine and shipments will be ready for tally if test result is negative. Pls help to plan your shipments to/via Qingdao. We can arrange custom clearance at PVG airport, transportation cost is bit higher due to lockdown, we will inform operation timely, pls help to plan accordingly.

SEAFREIGHT: Additional disruptions due to increase in Covid cases in Shanghai are impacting suppliers and causing headaches for shippers and importers. Ocean carriers continue to assess impacts to bookings and have not yet announced any blank sailings but expect that there will be changes to bookings. There is uncertainty around whether softening currently being seen in the market is expected to last, as post-CNY lulls in demand are traditional and inventory replenishment efforts remain for importers and retailers. Severe congestion, equipment imbalances, sliding vessel schedules, port omissions, blank sailings, and increased fuel charges continue to create challenges.

We can book to Asia, such as Japan, Korea, Singapore. Space and price are still tight and higher to USA and Europe, especially for OOG space. There is heavy delay (approx. 5-20 days) for vessels depart from Shanghai port due to port congestion, recently departure delay is longer, pls grant more time for sea-freight exporting.

Book at least 3-4 weeks prior to CRD. Consider premium options. Be flexible in regard to equipment and routings. Check closely with suppliers to understand any Covid-related impacts or changes to production outputs and forecasts.

TRUCKING: Truck is hardly to arrange, and transit time is delayed a bit, 48 hours covid testing report is required for drivers at most places, which takes longer time and extra charges. For Shanghai city, the covid situation is very serious, driver needs 24 hours covid testing report, for those areas under government lockdown, drivers will also under lockdown measurements, so trucks are even less, and cost increased.

We have receive some notice from local subcontractors, that due to current Covid outbreak situation in China, consol trucking resources are reduced very quickly, driver resources as well, so in a lot of case they will have to organize dedicate trucking for onboard delivery, in order to catch the timeline request, and this will result in temporary pricing increase on Onboard service.

IMPORT: We arrange customs clearance and delivery at almost all China ports. For epidemic prevention, terminal ground handling and release time is a little longer.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Delivery at Weihai, Shandong shipyard suspended due to positive case. Beilun, Ningbo also under strict control of in and out of trucking. Quanzhou, Fujian difficult to arrange Onboard services and takes longer time for clearance, shipments go to Mawei and Quanzhou, will need to physically go through bonded warehouse for customs transfer, while normally requires only a quick stopover.

Due to contactless delivery, many times we could not get POD from vessel, need client help to get POD from vessel. Due to covid effect, some terminals prohibit delivery, likely Yangshan, Dalian., etc, the situation changes quickly and sometimes we get notice in short time, we will follow closely for each vessel and keep you informed. Some ports will charge covid prevention fee and required for covid test report of cargo, we will charge at actual occur, pls help explain to client accordingly.


Our Office & Warehouse are 75% manned. In view of the requirement to WFH, please expect some delay in billing.

AIRFREIGHT: Facing backlog & congestion for China. Rates are increasing dramatically and are subject to change according to supply & demand and last min cancellation of flights.

SEAFREIGHT: Port Congestion – waiting time might increases from current 3 – 5 days to 5 – 7 days. Most of the outbound shipments are fully booked for major ports. Rates increased and uncertainty of sailing schedules. Penalty might be imposed for any cancellation. Sea Import – Longer Clearance time and CFS charges increased.

TRUCKING: Situation improved. Trucking Singapore / Malaysia: PCR and ART test is no longer required. Driver & cargo hands – must be fully vaccinated (2 jabs) and with surgical mask. Important – Please ENSURE NO AMENDMENT of Cargo Import Permit once approved. Any amendments will definitely result in delay and missed delivery.

IMPORT: Air Import handling is functioning normal. Sea Import handling is taking longer time due to Port Congestion and CFS Charges are increased.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: In view of current situation, please expect some delay and required more time. Delivery onboard at Container Port / Jurong Port / Anchorage – Boarding Officer is prohibited to go onboard. MUST conduct CONTACTLESS CARGO OPERATIONS. All endorsement of documents (D/O, Manifests etc) will be via email only. We’ll attach a note to the Master indicating our email address. All items that lift up to vessel can be taken back – including safety nets, ropes, slings and pallet. However, all items taken back must be sanitized.

Driver / Cargo Hand must go for swab test ART with negative result within 24 – 72 hrs prior entering the Container Port / Jurong Port / Barge Station.

Landed Spares – allowed to land. We’ll sanitize and keep the Original GLF in a plastic bag if any.

Delivery to Shipyard – Driver / Cargo Hand must go for ART swab test with negative result within 24 – 72hrs prior entering the shipyard. Mandatory to wear N95 face mask.



South Africa

Currently issues we have experienced lately is:

1.Severe berthing delays at all South African Ports due to inclement weather conditions which is further compounded by ageing equipment.

2.Shortage of air cargo capacity and airlines upselling on rates quoted.

PLZ – back to normal.
CPT / SLD – not affected.

Vessels berthing at Richard’s Bay will likely be delayed.

AIRFREIGHT: Severe delays (4-7 hours) experienced when collecting airfreight imports at JNB due to the high volume of cargo being handled for the entire country.

SEAFREIGHT: All ports operating as normal, but delays can be expected as the backlog is cleared.

TRUCKING: Trucking between JNB>>>DUR now in operation. Expect delays due to backlog.

BORDERS: Land borders are open but severe delays experienced due to insufficient health authorities processing COVID-19 testing.

IMPORT: Long handling times for clearance due to shift working/rotation, corona/diseases/quarantine/limited staff at airlines/airports/ports.

ONBORD DELIVERIES: Slight delays due to corona testing but mostly back to normal. Delivery personnel not allowed on board the vessel.


As at today, our Egypt office & Warehouse are fully functioning for 100%.

AIRFREIGHT: Airfreight is functional normal .no backlogs or delays

SEAFREIGHT: Same, e.g. port congestions, corona diseases/quarantine/limited staff at terminals. Sea freight works normal. quarantine checks happen as precautions measures without any limitations in staffing or terminals

TRUCKING: Trucking is working normal with no delays or limitations

IMPORT: Import handling for Air is functioning normal, no limitations or restrictions in staff or terminals.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Onboard delivery in Egypt is functioning normal. onboard delivery occurs while staff is following daily healthy. Precautionary measures come into effect.

Other Regions

Please contact us for any specific arrangement and we will look for the best solution. We will continue to advise you as we see critical events. Thank you for your business and your trust.



AU offices remain open and operational 100% with limited Covid restrictions currently in place.

AIRFREIGHT: Import airfreight remains restricted due to flight limitations and airline backlogs coming into AU.

SEAFREIGHT: Delays are being experienced due to congestion through transhipment hubs to AU, plus local AU ports becoming congested with further unpack/handling delays.

TRUCKING: AU internal transfer delays are further being experienced due to cross border checks plus increased volumes causing added handling delays.

IMPORT: Customs clearances going through with minimal delays currently. Some handling delays at terminals due to congestion.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Deliveries to vessels still operating normally, but subject to port/berthing changes and added time is recommended for import handling to vessels.

North America

USA - Houston

There is a severe shortage on equipment and trucks to pick up containers from the ports these days. Some drayage companies are booked several weeks out. Due to unprecedented record level of imports arriving into the U.S., there is a severe CHASSIS & LABOR SHORTAGE + PORT CONGESTION. Please expect Delays & potential Increased Costs.

AIRFREIGHT: SIN has extreme backlog due to low staff from covid, other than that nothing to add from last time. High demand on Airfreight causing all airlines filling up the space quickly. Can go less than an hour and we confirm a shipment and the booking we wanted the space is already gone. Air freight lift is showing some back logs to selected destination such as South America, Asia and Europe.

COURIER SHIPMENTS: Be aware that DHL/UPS/TNT/FEDEX has had HUGE trouble lately with HIGH DEMAND and they have not had enough employees and trucks to keep up with their volume on the domestic movements. SO HUGE DELAYS ON SOME SHIPMENTS.

SEAFREIGHT: Ocean Imports: No change noticed on wait times or truck availability to collect ocean freight. Exports from Asia are very heavy, severe backlogs are being experienced in Los Angeles & East Coast for in bound containers. Present back log at Los Angeles can be 4 to 6 weeks. Container Shortages are being experienced both inbound and outbound. Shipping lines has stated moving containers from the West coast to the East coast, due no more space on the West Coast. Savannah, Charleston area is almost impossible to get trucks, Pricing is fluctuating on a daily basis General Rate increases are being announced for this month. New long-term contracts are not being entertained by ocean carriers due to the volatility.

TRUCKING: HUGE delays with LTL and same with Courier shipments, once they have processed customs, they now go a lot on their domestic trucks and causes huge delays. Hazmat Trucking fee will go up by 37 %, Fuel Surcharge for Onboard and trucking rates increased as much as 37% throughout USA. Lastly, price of lumber is also going up like crazy, so cost for pallets will also for the time be increased to about 10-25 USD pr reg pallets. All due to supply chain issues. Hot shot trucking has been running pretty normal until lately, also here now due to extreme high demand all over. Seeing difficulties getting 18 wheelers and also Hazmat drivers and trucks and availability and rates are going up like crazy on certain trucks and lanes these days, especially out of town and interstate runs.

IMPORT: Airfreight: Airlines have longer than normal waiting times for collection due to short staff and reduced opening hours. Some airlines (AA, ANA, BA, JL) are no longer open on the weekend so not possible to pick up cargo until Monday with weekend arrivals if needed. KLM is closed on Sunday’s and close earlier on Saturday (1600) so difficult to get anything from KLM on weekend if Sat arrival. Customs: Longer processing times for CASR due to short staff / staff rotation – currently working every other day. Several airlines and handling partners have again increased their rates.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Everything is still pretty much going as normal with those. Only can note that New Orleans is slowly getting going again. Still some congestions and delays with the vessels getting in, but we can operate deliveries there. Our agent is operating and doing deliveries and the airport warehouse are now opening back up again to pick up cargo.

South America


** National Holiday Notice – November 15th (Monday) “Proclamation of the Republic” **

** Local Holiday Notice (Santos, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) – November 20th (Saturday) “Consciousness Day” **

Airfreights: can be cleared and delivered and depending of the region, spare parts can be forward directly to destination, without pass to GRU, however, the best option nowadays is being attended via GRU in São Paulo and from there continue by truck to the delivery Ports.

SEAFREIGHT: So far, no restrictions.

TRUCKING: TRUCK DRIVERS STRIKE – At the moment the main highways in Brazil are not blocked, also considering that Government increased the security to avoid it.

At Santos port, the transportation of empty containers between Santos x Guarujá (internal Haulage) are being totally affected due to lack of trucks. The empty return to the marine terminals and depots is reduced considerably.

Regarding laden containers, the delivery of export units is being performed under Military Police escort via convoy operation, to avoid blockage and not put in risk the safety of others truck drivers. The import units are being kept at marine terminals and there are plans to have it collected with escort too, once marine terminals might face issues with yard occupation soon.

Operations of Solid Bulk and other cargoes are also being direct affected due to lack of trucks. The Agencies Union as well as Marine Port Operators Syndicate are working to push authorities to provide security for the drivers to enter the port area, since the manifestants are based on the port entrance area to intimidate the ones who are still working. The main reason for the strike is the increases of diesel/fuel, which had already 8 adjustments along the current year. Also, some past demands as freight levels plan, tolls costs reductions among others are part of the requirements.

The Government offered an assistance value of BRL 400,00 per month, which as per Truck Driver’s Union are not enough. There are some rumors that strike movements will be reduced gradually as from now considering that, not working, the independent drivers can’t guarantee their revenues. Security level (ISPS Code) of BRSSZ/Santos port is being elevated from level I to level II as from Nov 01st 00h01 /2021.

It means that marine terminals and others port facilities must to apply additional security measures. On the notice, the Authorities determined that monitoring via camera must be increased, and also give authorization for Military Police of State to have free access at port. Important to inform that vessels at port also need to take necessary measures on board looking to comply with that.

IMPORT: No impact on clearance activities. Airfreight we require 3 working days (depend of location) and sea freight about 5 days.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: No restrictions.


All ok so far. No strikes, no curfew, airlines, ports and transport companies are working as usual. We are releasing during weekends, but we can experience some delays in availability of cargo, as all in subject to WH airline personnel. (on weekends the workforce its always reduced)

Just to keep in mind:
AIRFREIGHT IMPORTS: Kindly note that we will not be able of releasing cargos during weekends (only until Saturdays 0800hrs to 1200hrs). So, we kindly request to book your cargoes with arrival weekdays. Otherwise we will not be able to release and deliver.

Below Airlines warehouse working schedule for releases:

Daytime schedule:
Monday to Friday: 0800hrs to 1600hrs
Saturday: 0800hrs – 1200hrs

Nighttime schedule:
Monday to Friday: 2130hrs to 2300hrs
Saturday: 1930hrs – 2130hrs
Sunday: 1930hrs – 2130hrs

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Clearance/on board delivery running at 1-3 working days (weekdays) Please send pre-alerts arriving weekdays.


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