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Posted November 26, 2014

FOS France:
Albatrans France has reported that as of this morning the access to FOS port is blocked by protesting farmers. No entries or exits of containers are possible at the port. Unofficial rumors indicate that this action can last for 2 or 3 days to come. The local police are currently waiting for orders from the authorities as to how to proceed and possibly try to prevent this situation. However, past experience shows that the French farmers may become very violent when confronting the police forces.

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Posted November 25, 2014

Chile:
Albatrans Chile reports that the National Association of Public employees of Chile (ANEF) called for a strike today, November 25, 2014. The strike may cause delays in the processing of shipping documents and Customs paperwork, and you will be advised directly should any of your shipments are affected.

Belgium:
Belgian unions are organizing strikes in various areas over the next month to protest various social issues. The unions will try to block key economic areas, including ports, rail stations, and industrial areas.

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Posted November 21, 2014

CONGESTION SURCHARGE COMES BACK INTO PLAY:
After announcing a surcharge and then suspending it, carriers are again announcing a congestion surcharge for cargo going into West Coast ports with an effective date based on gate-in at origin of November 26, 2014. The surcharge is again being questioned and examined by the FMC as they review the trigger mechanism and the undefined longevity.

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Posted November 21, 2014

Volume 4, Issue 3 of the WSSA Grapevine is now available!

Our Fall 2014 issue features the latest news on the port congestion plaguing the West Coast, updates on the G6, 2M, Ocean Three, and CKYHE carrier alliances, a look at Customs "One Border" Initiative, a glance at the new warehouse for Alba Wine and Spirits Warehousing and Distribution, and details on WSSA's own insurance enhancements.

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Posted November 19, 2014

On Monday, November 24, 2014, union workers in Belgium have scheduled a protest against newly formed government policies. As union dockworkers will be among those protesting, and with the anticipation that picket lines will be blocking Port of Antwerp entrances, it is most likely that the port will not be able to operate at normal levels for that day. For the sake of planning, port officials are asking customers to consider the terminals closed for the day.

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