The number of incidents on theft on cargo containers are increasing. Although sealed, containers do not carry the same cargo or are even empty when arriving at its destination. Used seals often allow doors to be removed, re-installed and cargo missing as a result of not securing the doors of the containers properly.
The delays at the port of Norfolk connection to the rail have not been solved as yet. Rail operators do their utmost to get all containers on the rail moving as soon as possible, however, it goes without saying that with only regular connections and available equipment, it is hard to catch up with the current back-log and new cargo arriving.
We would like to inform you that most carriers have announced a G.R.I.(General Rate Increase) as of 01/10/2013 for East Bound cargo moving to the USA.
All carriers determine their own G.R.I. level, however on average they have announced USD 150,- / 20ft & USD 250,- / 40ft container.
A Low Water Surcharge(L.W.S.) is currently applicable for all cargo moving via Montreal. This surcharge is applicable on all incoming and outgoing cargo to and from Montreal.
The Port of Virginia is experiencing a significant influx of rail cargo at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and APM Terminals in Portsmouth (APMT) as the result of peak season volumes and a spike in rail diversions as a result of congestion in other ports.
A Low Water surcharge is now applicable on cargo to Canada, oving on the St Laurent River, due to the low water level. Of all Press Releases issued, we produced a recap for your easy reference.
MTLS would like to advise you of an announcement made recently by the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators (WCMTO) that the PierPASS Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) will be increasing as of August 19th, 2013.
The Port of New York still experiences congestion (see earlier reports on our website).
The circumstance in New York seems to be related to a combination of factors. Due to new rules on driving time for drivers, there are currently too few trucks available for loading and unloading of containers.
The St. Lawrence River water levels have dropped earlier this year. Latest levels do not show any improvement and the situation will most likely continue or even deteriorate in the next months.
As of July 15, CBP is enforcing with severe financial penalties that the Importer Security Filing (ISF) be filed with Customs 24 hours prior to vessel lading. All non-compliant ISF shipment will be placed on hold until this requirement is met.