Traffic info about Sea Freight
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Important information about transport worldwide
Here you will find important traffic information on worldwide Sea Freight. You are, of course, always more than welcome to reach out to your local Blue Water contact for further information.
The Ever Given incident continues to cause delays
Vessels at the Suez Canal are passing through after Ever Given was afloat. However, ccongestion at Europe’s gateway ports is expected as many vessels will arrive at the same time. Further, equipment around the ports is lacking as many more containers arrive simultaneously.
At Blue Water, we are confident that our agreements and relations are strong as well as our ability to find solutions in cooperation with our customers. Still, we advise you to be flexible regarding pick up and deliveries as we try to avoid any unnecessary port storage to arise.
General Average - a legal principle of Maritime Law – has been declared by the owner of Ever Given. The principle states that parties involved in the voyage will be asked to proportionally share the losses resulting from the blockage. This means that the cargo on Ever Given will be even further delayed since it will probably not be released until the adjustors has all the necessary information in place.
Please reach out to your usual Blue Water contact if you have any questions.
Blockage of the Suez Canal causes delays
A large container ship is stuck in one of the busiest trade routes: the Suez Canal.
On Tuesday the 23 March, the container vessel EVER GIVEN ran ground and consequently blocked the canal and traffic in both directions. This disrupts the global supply chains.
At the moment, the vessel owners in cooperation with the Suez Canal Authorities are doing their best to refloat the vessel and create passage. Unfortunately, any clear indications on when this is done is presently not available. An older channel has been reopened in an attempt to divert some of the traffic and ease the amount of waiting vessels.
However, all import and export shipments - booked on vessels normally using the Suez Canal - will be affected by the present situation as the congestion must be sorted out before the marine traffic is back to normal.
We are aware of the inconvenience this situation causes. Please reach out to your usual Blue Water contact, if you have any questions. Blue Water constantly follows the situation, and we will keep the affected customers updated.
Tightened rules for entering the UK
Over the weekend, the UK government has tightened the rules for entering the UK due to the current Covid-19 situation in Denmark.
This means that driver-accompanied trailers from Denmark are not allowed into the UK. Blue Water runs an unaccompanied service to and from the UK, and we are therefore still operating normally.
However, this issue, together with Brexit and the usual pressures of the Christmas season, mean that we are facing capacity problems on the vessel to/from Immingham.
We will of course do all we can to maintain our usual high service levels.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Blue Water office.
Set-up for our Iceland traffic
As from 1 July 2019, we will change the set-up for our traffic to Iceland.
- Regular weekly departure
- Unloading and loading at our own terminal
- Departure from Aarhus every Thursday
- Arrival at Reykjavik every Tuesday
DAP & DDP to the USA – Important info about Power of Attorney
Blue Water Shipping offers and recommends its customers DAP or DDP solutions within the USA. This means the customer will have control of his/her shipments from A to Z.
When you choose a DDP solution, Blue Water should be pleased to assist with customs clearance. In this connection, a Power of Attorney (POA) should always be filled in.
US Customs Border Protection (CBP) has stringent requirements regarding signatures and documentation in relation to issue of POA. CBP requires a copy of driver’s license or passport to accompany the POA, and also that the two persons signing the POA must hold a C title: CEO, CCO, COO etc. Other titles will not be accepted.
If you have any questions to the above, please feel free to approach your local Blue Water contact.
China introduces Uniform Social Credit Code
As per 1 June 2018, Chinese Customs Authorities will introduce new demands to the information in transport documents: Uniform Social Credit Code.
The following data must be provided in all transport documents as per 1 June:
Uniform Social Credit Code
USCC is the Tax payer's indentification no. (TIN no.) and consist of 18 digits. In case of "to order B/L or "to order AWB", the tax ID number of first Notify Party must be advised.
Enterprise Code of Shipper
This is Shipper’s tax identification number – European VAT number etc.
If the above information is not provided, your consignment is at risk of being held by Chinese authorities.
For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.
New B/L demands – Export India
We must draw your attention to the fact that Mumbai Customs have issued a public notice stating that with effect from 1 April 2018, all export B/Ls should include the following mandatory details
- Import & Export Code (IEC) of the importer
- GST Identification No. (GSTIN) of the importer
- Official email ID of the importer
These demands are intended to avoid export of waste that the exporting country ships to India for dumping purposes.
If you have any questions to the above, please refer to your local contact at Blue Water.
Capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada
The capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada is worsening.
Some of the main challenges that the trucking communities are facing include:
- Governmental regulations including “Electronic Log Devices” (ELDs)
- Infrastructure and congestion at ports and airports
- Limited free times at rail ramps
- Fewer entrants into the job market. Surveys indicate a shortage of 35,000 truckers in the US
- Increasing operational costs
- High service demands and requirements (hazardous cargo, refrigerated cargo or other special cargo). Several trucking companies are now starting to avoid these types of cargo
These challenges make on-time door deliveries increasingly difficult while also increasing the risk of demurrage, detention and storage.
For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.
Time slot on container terminals in Hamburg
Hamburg’s four container terminals are developing their TR02-system which is used to plan the inbound and outbound delivery of containers. Through this system, the haulier will receive a delivery number for each individual container.
The next phase in the development is time slot which comes into effect as per October 29. This means, that it is mandatory for each haulier to make an inquiry for a pre-allocated time slot for each individual container being delivered on one of the four terminals.
The below illustration shows you the tolerance of time slot’s as well as how the terminals will prioritize the trucks.
The new system can cause problems when delivering containers. In case the containers are not unloaded or released, they cannot receive a time slot.
We do not know the number of possible slots within one time slot as the terminals have not communicated anything about this.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your local Blue Water contact.
New demands for documentation - Thailand
Please be aware that Thailand has introduced new regulations for marking of goods and documents for shipments to and from the country. The new regulations cover: invoice, packing list and other documents accompanying the goods. The regulations apply to both sea freight and air freight.
As from 13 November 2017, SHIPPING MARK must be inserted in all documents. (SHIPPING MARK is the cargo marks and number provided by you).
The outer package of the goods must bear the same SHIPPING MARK. You are allowed to enter the text by hand.
If the above two requirements are not fulfilled, you will receive a fine of 50,000 Baht (approx. 1,525 USD) from the customs in Thailand.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to call your local contact at Blue Water.
USA tightens import regulations for wooden packaging
USA has tightened the import regulations for cargo arriving in wooden packaging.
Wooden packaging arriving in USA must on two sides of the article display visible proof of having received treatment to kill timber pests prior to dispatch. Any violations of these regulations will be fined.
For further information, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection