Thanksgiving 2014 America

Written by admin on 25 november 2014

Please note on Thursday 27-11-2014 due to thanksgiving most offices will be closed. As far as we can tell a lot of  American companies will be closed as well upon Friday 28-11-2014

Please note this can affect our speed in quoting as well as pick-ups & deliveries can be delayed.

We trust to have informed you herewith.

Martijn van der Zweth,

Managing director MTLS


Postponed Implementation of US west Coast Port Congestion Surcharge

Written by admin on 20 november 2014

Overnight several carriers have announced that the recently implemented Port Congestion Surcharge on the US West Coast has been postponed until further notice. Many believe this came as a result of shippers pushback.  The FMC has raised questions as to whether in fact the legal basis for the surcharges have been met.

Most carriers have said that labor slowdowns were the main reason for congestion, prompting the surcharges.  However, the increased volumes and shortage of chassis are the roots of the

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Announced Strike Actions in the Port of Antwerp

Written by admin on 19 november 2014
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MTLS would like to inform you that in response to the latest coalition agreement as released by the Belgian Federal Government, the Belgian national union organizations have called for 3 provincial strike action days and for 1 national strike action day.

The first provincial action day will take place on Monday 24th November, and involves the provinces of Antwerp, Limburg, Luxemburg and Hainaut. The National action day has been announced for 15th December.

It is for this first strike action day that

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West Coast port congestion surcharge

Written by admin on 17 november 2014

The port congestion problem in the US West Coast has not improved since the summer. Congestion remains widespread and conditions continue to deteriorate on a daily basis. Under the current circumstances and for quite some time, carriers have been dealing with severe and widespread operational difficulties all along the West Coast. In the meantime, carriers have absorbed significant additional costs and expenses brought on by the congestion.
The two port congestion surcharges going into effect November 17, 2014, for cargo arriving

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Los Angeles and Long Beach Terminal Congestions

Written by admin on 4 november 2014

The Port of Los Angeles, along with its sister port of Long Beach, is congested. Badly congested. Frustrations over the congestion are running high for carriers and shippers alike.
However, the situation is especially frustrating for shippers who are experiencing delays and increased costs in receiving their imports.
Approximately 40% of U.S. imports arrive through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. While congestion is common to ports around the world right now, the high volume of cargo that arrives through

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Implementation of the Intermodal Door Delivery Charge for all Door shipments to and from the United States of America

Written by admin on 3 november 2014

Dear relation,

MTLS would like to announce the implementation of the Intermodal Door Delivery Charge for all Door shipments to and from the United States of America, announced by various carriers.

While we remain committed to moving your cargo in a timely manner, some of the issues such as extensive port congestion, truck driver shortages, and sharply increased rail volumes have resulted in significant cost increases which are totally beyond our ability to influence. All of these challenges do not permit

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ECA Regulation Surcharge as of 1st January 2015

Written by admin on 3 november 2014

Dear relation.

As of 1st January 2015, every ship operating within the Emission Control Area (ECA) must use higher quality fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1% (current limit: 1.0%). Adherence to this limit under MARPOL Annex VI is required of ship-owners by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations body responsible for maritime affairs..

As a result, ALL carriers will implement a Trade specific “ECA Regulation Surcharge” to be in effect from 1st January 2015. The charge

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