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April 5th, 2023

Note the above services are where the greatest number of blank sailings are occurring on the transpacific eastbound lane. Other services as well may have announced cancellations or delays. Please contact us if there is a specific service or trade you are concerned about.

We extend our thanks to our Chinese partner RS Logistics for providing these reports. 

UPDATE: Strike-related tensions in Western Europe

Both France and Germany have been experiencing ongoing disruptions related to strike actions. Both countries have had their logistics respectively impacted. Here’s what we know:

France: Unions have announced an eleventh day of national strikes for April 6. Rail and air operations are expected to be heavily disrupted. Passenger and freight transport can expect service delays or cancellations.

Germany: Unions and employers remain negotiating a pay deal. Strikes have affected various modes of transportation, including rail, air, and public transport, and have led to service delays and cancellations.

Our German partners report that tensions remain and further strikes are a possibility. However, they have not confirmed whether an official strike date has been announced by unions.

Stay tuned for additional updates later this week in a new episode of FreightFM!

IMPORT: Asia to North America (TPEB)

Recent Developments:

• West Coast contract negotiations (between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)) remain active. The existing labor contract between the two parties expired July 1, 2022.

• General rate increases (GRIs) are popping up in the early days of April. Blank sailings are still in play, especially for West Coast routings.

Rates: Rates to all US coasts remain low and in the ballpark of pre-pandemic levels.
Space: Space is open.
Capacity: Capacity is open. However, blank sailings remain a factor.
Equipment: Unless advised otherwise, availability is open at inland and coastal ports.
• Book at least two weeks prior to the ready date.
• Blank sailings follow us into Q2 2023.

IMPORT: Europe to North America (TAWB)

Rates: Rates keep sliding down but are still high when compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Space: Space is open to all U.S. coasts as congestion is minimal.
Capacity: Capacity is open thanks to added vessels and lower demand.
Equipment: Availability has improved on both origin and destination sides.
• Book at least three weeks prior to ready date.
• Premium services (i.e., no-roll options and improved cargo reliability) remain assurances shippers should add to the tab with transatlantic service.

EXPORT: North America to Asia

Rates: Rates continue a steady dip downward.
Space: Space is wide open.
Capacity: Capacity is widely available for all services going into Q2 2023.
Equipment: Availability at virtually all inland points and seaports. However, chassis can be hard to come by in pockets.
• Book at least two weeks prior to the time of departure.
• Blank sailings have not been routine for the market but remain in close contact with providers to be aware of any developments.
• Shippers with high volume projects should take advantage of carrier receptiveness to take on these opportunities. Space is wide open with a high acceptance rate.

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Check out our latest episode of FreightFM…In The News–Germany and France Strikes

We discuss when these strikes started, the reason(s) for them, and the impact they have had.

The Port of NY/NJ Receives a Rail Grant to Continue to Grow Their Intermodal Service

The Port of NY/NJ has received a $6 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, to help improve on-dock rail service and convert more shippers to intermodal.

This grant will go towards the construction of new crossover tracks at the Port’s ExpressRail facility at Elizabeth Terminal.

With those new crossover tracks, it would allow trains from the port’s two largest container terminals to connect directly with southbound tracks adjacent to the facilities.

Completion is expected by the end of 2025.

Source: JOC

Freight News

Port of Rotterdam and APM Terminals Announce Expansion of Maasvlakte II Terminal

In a recent announcement, the Port of Rotterdam and APM Terminals say they are putting a billion euros towards developments at the Maasvlakte II container terminal.

They will be adding more berth and yard space, which will double the handling capacity of the Maasvlakte II container terminal.

With this expansion, it will increase the terminal’s capacity by about 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) from its current capacity of 2.7 million TEU.

This new expansion is expected to be operational in the second half of 2026, per APM Terminals.

A Cargo Owner Committee Wants the U.S. FMC to Be Stricter in Regulating Rail Storage Fees

The National Shipping Advisory Committee (NSAC), a committee of cargo owners who are advising the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), is asking the agency to be more strict in regulating rail storage fees.

In its request, it would only apply to rail-assessed demurrage on “through bills of lading,” or carrier haulage, where the ocean carrier is responsible for the door-to-door transportation of the cargo – per the Journal of Commerce.  

NSAC details recommendations for possible next steps:

  1. Ask the U.S. Congress to increase the FMC’s jurisdiction to include more authority over how rail-related fees are billed
  2. Request a rule that railroads can only invoice ocean carriers for storage fees
  3. Ask the U.S. DOT to intervene to direct the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to investigate the issue

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