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Felixstowe strike and industrial disputes

The Unite Union’s 1,900 members at the Port of Felixstowe will start their eight day walkout this Sunday 21st August, returning Monday 29th and though some operations will be maintained at the port, significant disruption must be anticipated.

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August freight market report

Our August freight market report provides an air and sea freight review, together with international updates and supply chain insights, to aid your decision making in the weeks ahead.

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Port of Felixstowe facing August strike

Earlier in July the Unite Union’s 1900 members at Felixstowe voted 92% in favour of a strike, in a dispute over pay, which is planned for the end of August, after rejecting a subsequent 5% pay rise offer and talks this week failed to break the deadlock.

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Cuts to Hong Kong cross-border trucking is new normal

Last week The Loadstar shared a prominent story – ‘Another blow for Hong Kong, as cross-border trucking comes under pressure again’ – which is likely to have raised the concerns of more than a few shippers, trading in the region. Unnecessarily, we think.

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June freight market report

Our June freight market report provides a multi-modal situation review and Asia round-up, together with international freight updates and supply chain insights, to aid your decision making in the weeks ahead.

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Threat of US west coast strike action lifted

With the labour contract between over 22,000 West Coast dockworkers and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) set to expire once 1st July, without agreement, representatives from 49 business associations sent a letter requesting the White House intercede and it appears their plea may have worked.

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May freight market report

Our May market report provides a multi-modal situation and Shanghai lockdown summary, together with international freight updates, that will provide you with supply chain insights for the weeks ahead.

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April freight market update

Whenever it seems freight rates might soften, events conspire to keep them elevated and soaring bunker prices, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, could further delay any ‘return to normal’.

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US west coast shippers need to prepare

Negotiations for a new labour contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), on behalf of shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 west coast ports, will begin on the 12th of May and some shippers are already sourcing products from Asia earlier than normal, or directing cargo to US East Coast and Gulf terminals, to avoid potential port chaos.

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Dealing with Shanghai lockdown

We are working closely with our local offices to help shippers avoid weeks of disruption after Shanghai entered nine days of COVID lockdown yesterday.

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