September 20, 2021 – The shortage of containers that is plaguing shippers is not due to any underinvestment in the equipment fleet, but due to the extended time they are spending in transit, according to container shipping specialist Drewry. “Not only have we got rising cargo demand, but there is the continuing disruption across the container supply chain, which means it is taking much longer for containers to complete their voyages,” Drewry head of research Martin Dixon said, explaining that it is these delays that are leading to inefficiencies in the container fleet.
September 12, 2021 – Ports in Shanghai and Ningbo, the world’s largest and third-largest container hubs, have closed for the second time due to the impact of a typhoon this summer. China’s National Meteorological Centre issued an orange alert, the second-most serious level, for the Typhoon Chanthu, which was expected to make landfall in the Zhoushan Archipelago, Zhejiang province on Monday with strong gales and heavy rainfall. Terminal operators at the nearby Yangshan Deepwater Port, which accounts for about 45% of Shanghai’s throughput, suspended all box pickup and delivery operations from September 13. The two main port areas, Waigaoqiao and Wusong, halted the entry and exit of containers at the same time.
September 6, 2021 – Montreal Gateway Terminals announced that “in light of its continuous effort to respond to industry concerns, in light of the understandable allocation concerns and the evident logistical challenges on the supply chain of managing a 2 day receiving window for outbound (export) reefer containers, effective September 7th, MGT terminals (Section 77 and Section 62) will increase the receiving window from 2 to 3 days. As outbound reefer equipment will follow the same ERD and receiving window as dry cargo, Canaan Transport will continue to advise its customers on the best schedule for loading.
August 19, 2021 – The ports of Ningbo and Shanghai are slowly recovering from their shutdowns this past week due to a covid outbreak. However, reports indicate that vessels continue to be delayed and shipments are still congested in the area due to these problems.
August 12, 2021 – Operations at a terminal of the world’s largest port were suspended yesterday following a case of COVID-19 being detected in a worker. Ningbo-Zhoushan port started to turn ships away yesterday morning in the wake of the positive test. Initially, the ports authority claimed that its operating system was down early this morning before the Ningbo Municipal Health Commission came clean with the news. The infected worker was part of the workforce at Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal. There were already reports on Monday about the unprecedented volumes of tankers, bulk carriers and containerships backing up outside Ningbo-Zhoushan port.
August 6, 2021 – The federal government has reached a tentative agreement with the union that represents Canada’s border agents. The deal, announced today after more than 30 straight hours of mediated talks, comes after a daylong work-to-rule campaign that spawned long lineups at the country’s busiest border crossing points. It also comes just days before the Canada Border Services Agency is to begin easing COVID-19 travel restrictions on fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
August 6, 2021 – The Public Service Alliance of Canada says job action by 9,000 Canada Border Service Agency workers has begun after the 6 a.m. deadline for labour negotiations expired. The union says workers will now begin a “sweeping” series of actions at Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities and headquarters locations. The job action will continue until a deal is reached with the federal government.
August 5, 2021 – About 9,000 Canada Border Service Agency workers could begin job action as early as Friday August 6th. Although the immediate impact will be felt by travelers, cargo coming into or exiting Canada will also be impacted even though customs officers are considered essential workers. The impact will likely not be felt immediately but there will likely be delays in customs clearances, inspections, emanifest filings and all transactions at the land, port and airport crossings will be affected. We will continue to keep our customers and partners informed of any breaking news and we encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter which will provide the most updated information.
August 4, 2021 – Extreme weather in China is becoming the latest challenge to global supply chains, as a heavy typhoon season threatens to further delay goods stuck at some of the world’s busiest container ports. Yantian port in southern China’s export and industrial hub of Shenzhen stopped drop-off services of containers on Tuesday night due to a typhoon alert, the port said on its official social media account. Just two weeks earlier, Shanghai’s Yangshan mega-terminal facility and nearby ports evacuated ships as Typhoon In-Fa slammed into the coast, bringing widespread flooding and toppling containers stowed in the hold of a bulk carrier traveling to the U.S. There may be worse to come, as officials predict more typhoons will hit China this month.
July 29, 2021 – Following the announcement that was made yesterday, July 28, 2021, by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), the Border Services Officers (FB) bargaining unit has voted in favour of a strike. As early as the first week of August, CBSA Border Services Officers, represented by PSAC, will be in a legal strike position as a result of an impasse in negotiations between their union and the Government of Canada.
Ninety percent (90%) of Border Services Officers have been identified as essential, meaning that they will continue to offer essential services if there is a strike. We expect that our officers will fulfill their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. CBSA operations will carry on as planned as the Agency continues to ensure the safety and security of Canadians while maintaining the flow of goods and services across the border. However, travelers and businesses could experience an increase in border wait times, picketing outside CBSA premises, and wearing of union-related accessories. The CBSA has been actively working to plan for these situations and has developed mitigation strategies to ensure operations will continue. The CBSA will respond quickly to any job action or work disruption in order to maintain the safety and security of our border, ensure compliance with our laws, and keep the border open to facilitate the flow of legitimate goods and travel.
The CBSA noted the core functions of Border Services Officers work at the waterfront terminals is deemed to be essential and they do not anticipate disruption to the movement of cargo in the event of a strike. The CBSA is working closely with its local managers to ensure picketing plans are in place to allow essential CBSA workers to report to work, which they are required to do.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and share our findings and advice.