Weekly update COVID-19 | Week 41

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.

Updates via Mode of Transport


Kindly note Shanghai (PVG) airport put extra quarantines measures in place due to confirmed COVID-19 cases from charter operators. As a result, very few spot charters will be approved going forward which could keep a lid on capacity expansion during the peak season.

Surging Covid-19 cases amongst ground handling staff at many Chinese airports have forced new work rules to go into effect. The most significant airport impacted by these new rules is Shanghai (PVG) where a 7+7+7 work program has been implemented. This means that staff work 7 days, quarantine in a government hotel for 7 days and then quarantine at home for 7 days. The cycle then repeats itself.

This has effectively reduced the workforce at the airport by almost 50% which has forced many airlines to cancel flights and also limit the amount of work for the ground handling staff. As a result of these changes, Flexport has embargoed the carrying of import freight into PVG so the loading of export cargo from PVG to LAX can be prioritized. These new work rules are expected to be around for several weeks if not longer so this is also going to have a significant impact on how much freight can move through PVG during the peak season.


China: The mainland has recently been affected by rolling power cuts and rationing of power supply largely due to the coal shortage and increased prices in the market. This may result in decreased production and help alleviate the current market constraints however the power situation is ongoing. Overall, we anticipate the market to be relatively quiet from the end of the holiday to the week after.

South China: Capacity in the market continues to be tight and several carriers have cancelled flights as a result of numerous flight re-routings to HKG caused by increased Covid cases in China. TPEB and FEWB rates continue to climb in the lead up to Golden Week, and shippers are rushing to ship out their cargo before the holiday.

Taiwan: Due to ongoing supply chain constraints around the world some shippers are facing raw material shortages, resulting in delayed production times. Capacity to the USWC is quite full with many technology companies continuing to ship their Q4 volume as scheduled. USEC capacity is very congested and many ORD flights are still cancelled until further notice. Due to the strong market demand some carriers are pushing their express and priority service. Ocean to air conversions are also starting to pick up on FEWB lanes and may lead to tighter capacity to come.

South East Asia: Space ex-Northern Vietnam is full until October 7 for all US destinations. Due to SE Asia origins being transit hubs, airlines are sometimes not able to guarantee space even with express rates. The situation is worsening as the US holiday season and year end approaches and more ocean to air conversions are saturating the market. Rate levels are expected to either stay at the current levels or increase come October. Space ex-Southern Vietnam remains extremely tight with rate levels continuing to increase. Rates are expected to climb even higher next month. The Vietnamese government has allowed some factories to resume production in Southern Vietnam, so demand is likely to increase.
We shall continue to observe a lack of freight capacity on many routes, especially in the current peak season, and the resulting very high freight rates. (Europe-USA)
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.


Traffic on the TPEB worsens as the number of vessels awaiting berths has surged in recent weeks at destination (~70 vessels awaiting berth at LA/LB) and particularly at origin (~150 doing the same at Shanghai and Ningbo). Sustained peak season demand on TPEB continues to produce congestion flare-ups, which in turn breed bottlenecks and strains elsewhere on the trade lane. This cycle of pile-ups worsening, improving, and worsening again is proving to be the new normal and is expected to continue at least through the New Year and likely until inventories are replenished to sufficient levels.

The port congestion pandemic has stretched around the globe with ever greater numbers of containerships idling, waiting for berth spaces to open up across five continents.
Pandemic and unified behavior is dramatically narrowing the market supply for cargo space and container capacity, which is driving up ocean freight rates going record high.

Due to bottlenecks in availability of empty container containers in Asian seaports delays are to be expected for sea freight shipments. Our experience is often up to 2 weeks or more in delays.

Do plan on delays and build in a minimum of at least 4-6 weeks advance booking for your all Ocean freight shipments.

Courier Services

Transit times have increased to most destinations by 2-4 days. Covid-19 Surcharges have been implemented. We will utilize these services case by case depending on service and price level. 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

Europe: At current, we are not experiencing delays and so far, most governments continue a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers in order to eliminate bottlenecks caused by the current crisis.

This may change at any time and we will advise. Waiting hours incurred by drivers has increased due to so many restrictions of staff, medical checks and crew availability.

Our ETL Trucks continue to roll each Friday from Oslo (Tuesday also), Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Hamburg (Tuesday also) and London to Super Hub Amsterdam. USA trucking capacity has stabilized but capacity is very tight, and delays are often due to Covid demands and check points.

On Board Services / Port Information

Our last mile delivery service remains in tack in most global ports. It may take a bit longer but, in most cases, but we can find a way on board. 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)

Amsterdam: We still have approx 2300 infections per day and approx 350 persons in hospital. The 1.5 meter distance is not applicable anymore. Daily life is back to normal, Restaurants, Bars are open but till 24:00 hour and a negative test or your approval of vaccination needs to be shown before you are allowed to get in. So in general its going ok but the Government is still guarding everything very closely.

Airfreight Export: Airfreight is still at a high level, especially into East Coast USA, South America, African continent and Australia. Airfreight into China is still constrained with high costs as a result. The Covid situation at the airport of Shanghai is getting better and better but not completely solved currently. There is still some backlog at the ground handling companies but slowly it is getting better. Airlines does except oversized, special, extreme heavy cargo at the moment but only on had ad base and not on every flight so the advice is to book in advance. South African market, Cape town and Durban are very much constrained. Lots of export cargo ex Europe into South Africa but because of less return cargo the pricing is quite high. South America like Brazil and Panama is very much constrained as well. Lesser flights and high demand results in high pricing. We do have capacity available but suggest booking in advance.

Road Freight: Running smoothly in general. Market is overheated but we always find a way to get the job done.
In general, it is quite busy in the market. Too short wheels and drivers to manage all jobs.

Ocean freight: Unfortunately the ocean freight market is still overheated which results in high pricing because the demand is much higher than the supply. Market analysts thinks it will remain at least till the end of this year.

Ocean carriers say they have frozen the pricing, but we need to see how this will work till the end of this year.
The market is still extremely overheated and in in-balance. Shortage of containers still applies, and the end of the year is coming which always results in high demand. Key is to book in time.

Updates via Region


The number of newly infected people is currently rising steadily, but there are no new restrictions so far and no new lockdown in sight. At this stage, our office is fully operational.

AIRFREIGHT: Emirates offers again Durban and Cape Town. Every two days ex Dubai to Cape Town or Durban. 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.
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

Spain / Gibraltar

It seems that things are going better in Spain and tourist can come now. So, we presume flights to small airport will now be receiving more airplanes. Currently, no measures against COVID19 are affecting our workplace. We’re working the same way we used to before Corona.

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.


Greece lockdown lifted. Some restrictions and protective measures still apply and more people continue to get vaccinated.

For our office we still try to maintain 50% home working for safety reasons, and we’re all obliged to submit weekly COVID self-test results to the gov.database. 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 week).

SEAFREIGHT: No problems on Export / import, No stabile rates & some 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.

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

APAC: Australia (AU)

AU offices remain open and operational 100% with various Covid restrictions currently in place due to the growing outbreak of Delta strain.

AIRFREIGHT: Import airfreight remains restricted due to flight limitations and airline cancellations. Space booking can be very delayed.

SEAFREIGHT: Delays continue to grow with sea freight transfers through to AU. Cargo can sit 2-3 weeks in transshipment hubs whilst in route.

TRUCKING: Further transfer delays are increasing within AU as transfer within around states gets disrupted with various Covid lockdowns.

IMPORT: Customs clearances continue to go through reasonably normally, though some handling delays at terminals due to congestion.

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Deliveries to vessels are showing delays in some areas with new Covid restrictions.


As at today, our Osaka office & Warehouse are fully functioning for 100%. On the other hand, due to serious increase in COVID-19 cases, Osaka and other cities are under State of Emergency, therefore Osaka office will implement remote-work for 30%.

All vendors including Airlines/Brokers/Trucking companies/etc are affected due to remote work or related issues which will cause heavy delay on quotation and arrangements.

In case we face Covid-19 case in our office or warehouse, we will be ordered by Government official to close office or warehouse for 1-2 days for Virus Disinfection. Once Virus Disinfection is done, we will be able to go back to office work.

Booking/Revenue control office of some airlines will be affected by the said State of Emergency which will cause heavy Delay on booking confirmation and rate quotation.

AIRFREIGHT: We are facing serious backlog & congestion for EU & USA & SINGAPORE & SHANGHAI and rates will be increased from October dramatically.

SEAFREIGHT: We are facing serious short on space for USA/EU destinations for both FCL & LCL.
FCL Rates are still remained at very high level.

TRUCKING: Trucking is working normal.

IMPORT: Import handling for Air is functioning normal but Import handling for Sea takes a little longer time due to limited staffs.

ONBORD DELIVERIES: Onboard delivery in Japan is functioning normal. There are some terminals where we can have limited access to vessel, hence in such case POD cannot be obtained.

South Korea

Number of those being infected are its highest and continuing to grow which limits number of people gathering.

AIRFREIGHT: Other than to Asia destinations, spaces are starting to overbook with some destination having to book at least a week in advance to secure space with rates being constantly updated depending on space availability. This more or less will continue to end of the year.

SEAFREIGHT: still spaces are basically fully booked into end of September, and we are anticipating for more space issues & rates as we are seeing more and more carriers bypassing Korea callings.

TRUCKING: Normal Operations

IMPORT: Normal Operations

ONBOARD DELIVERIES: Normal operations.


Our company staffs are all in normal working at office and warehouse. China government have implemented more strict epidemic prevention policies, it will affect both exporting and importing and local delivery.

AIRFREIGHT: We can arrange airfreight to most airports. Almost all airlines resumed, air-freight rate is still on higher side. Flight delay or cancellation without notice will be last for a period of time.

SEAFREIGHT: We can book to Asia, such as Japan, Korea, Singapore. Space and price are still tight and higher to USA and Europe, specially 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.

TRUCKING: Truck is working in normal.

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: On Board deliveries are functioning for most ports. 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, the situation changes quickly and sometimes we get notice in short time, we will follow closely for each vessel and keep you informed.


Our Offices are 75% manned. All services and facilities are working with some restrictions and protective Government’s guidelines still apply.

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. But Port Congestion is going on by which waiting time might increases from current 3 – 5 days to 7-8 days. Most of the vessels are getting delay for major ports. Inventory of containers are also limited and rates for Europe and Far East sectors has increased uncertainty with sailing schedules.

TRUCKING: Trucking is working normal.

IMPORT: Working normal

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


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.


Based on info from 24 Sep’21, tighter Covid-19 Restrictions, we’ve to further reduce manpower from working in the office and warehouse.

AIRFREIGHT: Most of the carriers are fully booked till end of Oct’21 for major airports and huge increase of rates – Europe/ US / UAE / China.

Current feedback from airline: SIN / PVG – As advised from next week onward, the backlog should be clear.

We’ve received latest adv from SQ this morning: again heavy backlog and space situation is very BAD.

USA & Europe – due to COVID-19 TRUCKING Services to USA & Europe will have some delay.

Facing backlog & congestion for EU & USA & Middle East. Rates are increasing dramatically and are subject to change according to supply & demand.. Space & Rates for Asia are still manageable. EK – flights to JNB. To CPT and DUR – subject to confirmation at time of booking.

Re: Air Shipment Requiring Temperature Control into PVG – Message from SQ Sales
Due to the Covid-19 situation in NKG, the cold room facilities at PVG is very congested now. SQ is unable to guarantee cold room storage. Please liaise with the consigned to arrange for immediate clearance upon arrival in PVG. This guideline is effective immediately.

SEAFREIGHT: Port Congestion – waiting time might increases from current 3 – 5 days to 5 – 7 days. Most of the outbound shipments are fully booked till end of this month for major ports. Rates increased and uncertainty of sailing schedules. Penalty might be imposed for any cancellation. Sea Import – Longer un-stuffing – some agents takes 10 to 14 days.

TRUCKING: Same. eg. delays due to border controls

Trucking Singapore / Malaysia: Due to Malaysia Full Lockdown from 01 June’21 to 14 June’21, trucking company are facing problems with limited number of drivers available for cross-border operations. They also require at least 3 working days for application of Cross Border Travel Permit which is based on first come first serve basis. Mandatory COVID-19 tests for cargo drivers entering Singapore from Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints starting Friday (Jan 22).
Interaction with Cross Border Transporter – PPE: – Surgical mask, face shield or goggles and gloves; Swab Test: 7D RRT – EVERY 3 DAYS INTERVAL FOR PCR AND ART, 14D RRT – PCR

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. PPE such as face mask and hand gloves must be worn prior cargo ops. Upon end of cargo ops, PPE shall be immediately disposed. Driver / Cargo Hand must go for swab test with negative result within 3 – 7 days 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 – some of shipyards required driver / cargo hand must go for swab test and the result must be negative. Driver / Cargo Hand must go for swab test with negative result within 3 days prior entering the shipyard. Mandatory to wear N95 face mask.

Latest requirement from the MPA and Shipyard: –

1. Supply Boat – Boarding Officer is required to produce proof that he/she has a valid Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken as part of the 3 Day / 7-Day RRT programme. In addition, will also be required to take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on the third (3rd) of fourth (4th) day of the 7-Day RRT cycle. At present, the cost of the ART is not subsidized and must be fully borne by the shore-based personnel or the company.

2. Shipyard – same as above. Some shipyard is not allowed our Boarding Officer / Driver / Cargo Hand to leave our truck IF WITHOUT ART.


Sri Lanka

The country is now opened up but the interprovincial travel restrictions are still intact. All shipping activities including ship spares clearance could be carried out as usual.

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.

South Africa

We have now moved to level one of the lock down from today so things should be getting back to normal pretty soon.

Only 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. Transporters have since 01st December 2020 implemented a surcharge of R750,00 / $50,00 for all collections at JNB airport. They have now agreed to only implement the surcharge if the wait is more than 1 hour. International flights arrive at CPT and JNB only. Cargo for other destinations moved by road.

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.


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: No strike expected.

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.

UAE - Dubai

Dubai Expo2020 inbound traffic is getting busy with the Sea-Air traffic which is adding more pressure to the local handling agents (Dnata). Hence pls plan your shipments well in advance and kindly consider using EK for all urgent shipments into Dubai, Pls note that all other Airlines inbound cargo arriving to Dubai will be delayed until further notice.

AIRFREIGHT: kindly consider using EK for all urgent shipments into Dubai, Pls note that all other Airlines inbound cargo arriving to Dubai will be delayed until further notice.

SEAFREIGHT: Space issue to few sectors, please cross check for the space

TRUCKING: Abu Dhabi deliveries require 2 days prior notice for gov. approvals following Covid protocol.

IMPORT: Operates as usual.

ONBOARD: Limited persons will be permitted to attend vessel @ Jebel Ali, rest all open as normal.

All in functional as normal, only Abu Dhabi trucking it is 3 days prior confirmed schedule required for obtaining PCR test and boarder approval for driver.


As at today, our Egypt office & Warehouse are fully functioning for 100%. In case we face Covid-19 case in our office or warehouse, we will be ordered by Government official to close office or warehouse for 1-2 days for Virus Disinfection. Once Virus Disinfection is done, we will be able to go back to office work.

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.


All ok so far. No strikes, no curfew, airlines, ports and transport companies are working as usual. Skeleton staff will be available through mail and cell phones and Import/export and DOB operations will be carried out 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. (weekends the workforce its always reduce)

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.

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.

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.

Current status of New Orleans after the recent hurricane. Most places there are still more or less shut down. Still about a half a million people are without power. Airlines ground handlers and LTL deports are still more or less shut down. Our agent there is operating best they can on Generators and using their mobile phones. It will be several more weeks if not months before the area is back up to full operation again.

AIRFREIGHT: We are experiencing now that airlines are filling up the space quickly right now. Can go less than an hour and we confirm a shipment and the booking we wanted the space is already gone. A lot of backlog heading into SIN from here right now. Most common carriers (Eva & SQ) going there are fully booked up for a week or more in some cases. Air freight lift is showing some back logs to selected destination such as South America. Asia and Europe are not backlogged ex the US at this time. Pricing is fluctuating on a daily basis to all destinations. PLEASE TRY TO AVOID USING JAPAN AIRLINES 131 PREFIX. This airline ends up trucking the last 1-2 legs of the shipments, their local handling partners is one of the worst, HUGE delays and no proper tracking and follow up from the airline, it will arrive when it arrives, they advise us mainly.

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. We have really seen huge impacts on the trucking with LTL carriers. Some LTL terminals have struggled more than others, but in general because of lack of trucks and drivers as result of when Covid 19 started and when shutdowns happened, a lot of drivers lost their jobs and drivers whom owned their own trucks eventually lost their trucks due to economy. Now the demand is back up and booming, so now they see result of a lot less trucks and drivers. Same time the situation with the continued problem with drayage and container overflow in the US. This has caused a lot of LTL shipments to get delayed when going from hub to hub and to final consignee. So, when and if shipping LTL now especially, it is very important to give some extra cushion on the timing if possible, for delays.

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.

Below are links about the port congestion in Savannah and the nationwide trucker shortage: The trucker shortage issue has been on-going for a while now, but seems it is getting worse. I can’t say for sure or not, but possibly could be the pipeline shut down on the east has affected this some as well. I know a lot of areas on the east coast were having fuel shortages due to that.





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