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Port of Portland to Re-open in January 2018

Container service at the US West Coast Port of Portland will  be resumed next year,  Oregon Live  reports. 

Swire Shipping has agreed to start offering a mix of general, non-containerized cargo and container services.  The calls will start beginning January 2018  at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, roughly every 35 days. The route will be from Portland to Australia and New Zealand, and then onto China, with a possible stop in South Korea before returning to Portland.

Portland Port’s former client Korean shipping operator Hanjin Shipping, ceased to call at the terminal after division arose between International Longshore and Warehouse Union and port operator ICTSI. Currently Portland Port is now not managed by ICTSI, but is self-managing.

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New EU Rules to Improve Europe Rail Infrastructure

The European Union  is planning to introduce rules to improve international coordination of infrastructure works that will be implemented at the end of 2017, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

This was welcomed by the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA).  The ERFA highlighted  problems leading to poor quality rail service, including late information regarding planned disruptions, limited provision of — or unsuitable, diversionary routes and  uncoordinated infrastructure works across one or more networks.

On August 12, work on the new Rastatt Tunnel freight bypass caused the track through the Rhine Valley to subside by half a meter (1.6 feet) between Karlsruhe in Germany and Basel in Switzerland, making the route unsuitable for rail traffic. This immediately blocked the way for more than 100 trains a day, forcing cargo shippers to scramble for alternatives, which were themselves limited because of widespread maintenance work by rail operator Deutsche Bahn and its subsidiary DB Netz.

Among the positive changes from the EU rules were the requirement for rail operators to provide early advance warning for major capacity restrictions lasting more than seven days and affecting 30 percent of traffic, and for infrastructure managers to set up a coordination platform, together with users and service facilities to prepare timetables, including the provision of diversionary routes.

Infrastructure managers, including those impacted by the rerouting of trains, are now obliged to coordinate among themselves capacity restrictions more than 24 months before changes to the working timetable.

Also among the changes were involvement of users in the early coordination work, early and clear communication, and planning that minimizes rail disruption where for the most disruptive capacity restrictions lasting more than 30 days and affecting more than 50 percent of traffic, at least two alternatives of capacity restrictions must be offered to users, indicating the duration of the disruption and available capacity on diversionary lines.



Santos Customs Strike Spreads Nationwide

The Journal of Commerce reports that Customs officers in the port of Santos have escalated their slowdowns and strike.

The escalation at Santos comes as the the customs union, Sindifisco, says that 7,000 members nationwide will also join with their colleagues in Santos, and it signals that the simmering dispute between the government and customs officials has now come to the final point

As we reported earlier, the industrial action began  last Wednesday, and for an indefinite period of time into the future customs will refuse to process cargo except for “essential and emergency,” products such as medicines, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and will not use computers on Mondays and Friday, which makes those days de facto strike days.

Various sources said between 3,000 and 4,000 extra containers were currently waiting for clearance in Santos.

Cargo that normally takes just 24 hours for clearance is now taking close to five days

Please be guided accordinlgy. RCL Agencies will provide more updates once available.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Approve Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) on November 2nd, the American Journal of Transportation reports.

The plan  sets out ambitious clean air strategies for moving cargo through the  port complex, by lowering truck and cargo-handling equipment to near zero and ultimately zero emissions.

“These new policies and strategies are some of the most progressive air-quality rules in the nation,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are serious about fighting climate change, protecting local residents and promoting economic success at our ports.”

The initiatives include new investments in clean technology, expanded use of alternatives for reducing at-berth ship emissions and a demonstration of up to 100 zero-emission trucks in the next few years, according to the plan.

A part of the 2017 plan  is also to reduce  greenhouse gases from port-related sources to combat global warming and climate change.

The estimated cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP ranges from $7 billion to $14 billion.

Truckers Strike at India’s Cochin Port Ends

A section of unionized truck drivers serving DP World-operated Vallarpadam Terminal in India’s Cochin Port  has called off their strike campain, the Journal of Commerce reports.

The stoppage came after the authorities imposed  new freight weight regulations on container trailers and revoked licenses of those drivers who violated them.

The settlement followed discussions between union leaders and government agencies Tuesday morning, according to local shipping sources.

The striking drivers returned to work, but it could take the terminal a couple of days to clear export-import backlogs built up during the strike, according to the information provided by the shipping line agents.

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Notifications for Shipments from India to Kuwait

According to the information provided by our partners, effective October 19th , all FCL/LCL shipments, both  Import and Export  from Kuwait to India need to be palletelized.

Cargo that is not palletelized  will be stopped by customs  and the customer will be fined directly KD 80. The cargo will be released only when the  penalty is paid.

Please be guided accordingly.  If any questions, please contact RCL Agencies representative at 973-779-5900.

Santos Customs on Strike Following Week of Slowdowns

Customs officers in the largest Brazilian port of Santos decided to proceed with a one-day strike, guaranteeing further delays and extra warehousing costs for shippers after a week of slowdowns, the Journal of Commerce reports.

All cargo will be affected apart from “essential” items, such as medicines, hospital supplies, livestock, and food for ships’ crews, according to Sindifisco, the union representing officers of the Receita Federal, which is the name of Brazil’s customs agency.

The union says they had to go ahead with the strike after the government failed to respond to last week’s slowdowns.

Sindifisco is now saying the government has reneged on promises made earlier this year to get them back to work.  The government counters that it has not gone back on the promises, but given the dire state of public finances, much of the agreement must be delayed.

While Sindifisco says that each day of downtime in Santos leads to the accumulation of 2,000 to 3,000 containers and delays in the collection of Reais100 million ($30.8 million) in federal taxes, members of the local shipping community dispute those figures.

Currently , hundreds of containers are delayed at Santos.  At this moment, it is difficult to say whether or not dispute will be resolved by November 1st.

Please be guided accordingl. RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation.

Six Labor Unions Reach Tentative Agreement with Freight Rail Carriers

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Russian Railway to Provide Faster Delivery to Attract Cargo

Russian rail monopoly RZD is planning at the start of next year to  introduce new services that will cut transit times by rail on some routes by 15 to 17 percent, the Journal of Commerce reports.

RZD hopes the reductions will make rail more attractive to shippers who overwhelmingly rely on trucking despite its higher costs because of the faster transit times. As a general rule, the cost of transportation by truck is 35 to 40 percent more expensive than rail and 50 to 60 percent faster.

RZD is accomplishing the transit time savings through the introduction of more door-to-door and just-in-time schemes and greater use of a single window for customs, according to a spokesperson for Oleg Belozerov, the head of RZD. The railway will also begin high-speed rail services for container cargo.

At present the average speed of container trains is 8.1 miles per hour because of slow operations, mainly related to rearranging and sorting containers and wagons on trains.

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New Customs Strike Threat at Santos from November 1st

Shippers and port users in Santos are preparing themselves for delays and extra storage costs as customs officers in the port go on strike yet again, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

Members of Sindifisco, the union for Receita Federal (customs) officers in Brazil, voted last week  to carry out a “zero-clearance operation” starting October 16 that will grow into a full-blow strike from November 1st if their demands are not met,

Sindifisco claims that the government of Michel Temer, which is trying to introduce market reforms and slash the state budget, has not kept the promises it made earlier this year regarding wage increases, making a strike the only means of redress.  Brasilia says it has not reneged on the agreements, but that their implementation must take place in 2019 and 2020 rather than 2018 and 2019 in order to help balance Brazil’s finances.

The union said that they will continue to clear “essential” cargoes such as medicine and hospital supplies, live animals, and food for vessel crews. The slowdown will leave an extra 3,000 containers on the Santos quay each day and cause clearance times to jump to between three and five days rather than the average 24 hours, according to the union.

In practice, say Santos insiders, the customs officers will probably clear about 30 percent of all containerized cargoes. In addition to longer clearance times, expensive storage costs also begin to accrue during these disruptions.

Please be guided accordingly. RCL Agencies will provide more updates once available.